The Low Down On Green Living
October 30th, 2007
Just in case you haven’t had time to keep up with your environmental reading….here are some highlights from the month of October.
California Fire Devastation Consistent with Global Warming Projections
Science Daily reports: “This is exactly what we’ve been projecting to happen, both in short-term fire forecasts for this year and the longer term patterns that can be linked to global climate change,” said Ronald Neilson, a professor at Oregon State University and bioclimatologist with the USDA Forest Service. To learn more about the links between climate change, drought and wild fires, please read this article:
New York May Join Crackdown on Plastic Bags
According to Reuters, New York City may follow an international trend and crack down on plastic shopping bags, seeking to cut their use with a plan officials hope will be a model for other cities. We knew there was a reason we loved the Big Apple!
Read the article here: http://www.enn.com/pollution/article/24152
Several States Planning to Sue Federal Govt. over Emissions Regulations
The New York Times reports that New York is one of more than a dozen states, led by California, preparing to sue the Bush administration for holding up efforts to regulate emissions from cars and trucks, several people involved in the lawsuit said on the 24th of October. States are pushing the Bush Administration for tougher regulation on greenhouse gas emissions.
Toyota Planning to Cut Size and Price of Next Generation of the Prius
Although they won’t say how much or when, a top Toyota exec announced that they would be able to greatly reduce the size and cost of the Prius because they will use a nickel-metal hydride battery instead of lithium-ion. Can’t wait to see them on the lots!
In Case We Weren’t Sure…..U.N. Says World in Dire Straits
According to Reuters, the Chief of the UN Environment Program, Achim Steiner says, “The global trends on climate, on ozone, on indeed ecosystem degradation, fisheries, in the oceans, water supplies … are still pointing downwards.”
To learn more about the UNEP report, click here: http://www.enn.com/pollution/article/24095
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