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The Green Life: Daily Roundup: May 20, 2010

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May 20, 2010

Daily Roundup: May 20, 2010

Loophole: Scientists discovered a growing mass of cold, rotating water near southern Florida's gulf coast that could sever the Loop Current, temporarily blocking the oil's spread to Florida coastlines. Greenwire and New York Times

Hold Your Breath: German researchers found in a study of 5,000 people that long-term exposure to urban pollution can increase blood pressure. BBC

Tough Breakup: BP has 24 hours to choose a less toxic chemical for breaking up oil in the Gulf and 72 hours for implementation. EPA officials are concerned that the massive amounts of the current highly toxic dissolvent, Corexit, will damage ecosystems. New York Times

Tea Tempest: Due to unusually high amounts of rainfall in India (the world’s second-largest tea supplier), overflowing rivers are damaging hundreds of acres of tea gardens. This devastation could severely decrease the nation's tea exports. ENN

Another Inconvenient Truth: A UC Santa Cruz student put Al Gore on the spot about his meat-eating habits during a recent lecture, questioning him about why his green literature encourages vegetarianism while he continues to eat meat. Gore admitted that he is not a vegetarian but said he eats less meat than he used to. Ecorazzi

--Sarah A. Henderson

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