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The Green Life: Daily Roundup: May 21, 2010

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May 21, 2010

Daily Roundup: May 21, 2010

More or Less: A new analysis of the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico estimates the amount could be 100,000 barrels per day, ten times the official figure. Meanwhile, the EPA may restrict BP from securing future government contracts; this could mean that the company would stop drilling in federally controlled oil locations. NPR and ProPublica

Easing the Load: Obama announced the first-ever emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, to be implemented in 2014. The next round of standards, for cars and lighter trucks, are slated for 2017. Sierra Club

Out of Tuna: Researchers say that the Pacific tuna population may crash at any time, as did the species in the Atlantic Ocean. Earlier this year, an international attempt to restrict tuna trade failed. Nature

Gilded Fate: It appears that the world's smallest water lily, which two years ago went extinct in the wild due to agricultural demand for its water supply, has been sustainably resurrected. Scientific American

Big (Green) Apple:
New York City's second-tallest building, the 54-story Bank of America Tower, is now certified LEED platinum. Reuters

--Avital Binshtock


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