Cool Green Morning: Friday, June 12

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Published on June 12th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

Ready for a cool green weekend? No you’re not — that is, if you haven’t read the five links you must click on today, conveniently situated right below this sentence. Enjoy!

  1. Is “sustainability” a bad word? Peter Senge of MIT’s Sloane School of Management says the term is akin to “survival” — that it motivates by fear…and that that’s not a sustainable emotion. (Hat tip: Environmental Leader.)
  2. Many environmentalists are still bashing Japan’s modest-seeming offer this week to cut its carbon emissions by 15 percent from 2005 levels by the end of the decade. But some experts, reports Green Inc., think the proposal is actually better than what the United States and the European Union are proposing for themselves.
  3. Tanzania’s chimpanzee population has plummeted by more than 90 percent from recent levels to just 700 animals, reports 60-Second Science. Human and animal predation as well as disease are said to be the culprits.
  4. Rainforest clearing doesn’t raise the incomes of poor residents in Brazil who do the clearing, says a new study in Science — there’s initial prosperity because of the sale of the timber, followed by a return to pre-harvest income levels once the timber’s gone. (Hat tip: Journal Watch Online.)
  5. Marc Ambinder at the Atlantic reports on the seven Republicans President Obama turns to for advice the most — and Treehugger adds that these GOPers are also the greenest people in that party.

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