Cool Green Morning: Monday, Sept. 21

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Published on September 21st, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  


We take the morning’s green news by the horns here at Cool Green Science — including a great story about Central Asia’s saiga antelope (above), being brought back from the brink of extinction by good old-fashioned conservation:

  1. European leaders are openly questioning whether the United States has the political will to address climate change, reports The New York Times. Todd Stern, the U.S. chief negotiator on climate, says the Euros just don’t understand our system.
  2. Climate change a bigger business than military spending? So says a new report from the investment bank HSBC — which also says climate might be a great way to boost job growth…or just be terribly inefficient, says Environmental Capital. (Hat tip: Yale Environment 360.)
  3. Maya Lin (who of course designed the Vietnam War memorial in Washington, DC) has a new memorial called “What is Missing?” honoring lost species…and those at risk of extinction. (Hat tip: Triple Pundit.)
  4. Will increasing U.S. biofuel production mean a bigger “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico? Yes, says a new study in Environmental Science and Technology. (Hat tip: Journal Watch Online.)
  5. Finally, a success story! The Saiga antelope of the Central Asia steppes has recovered from the brink of extinction with a concerted conservation effort. Read Mongabay for an interview with the founder of the Saiga Conservation Alliance.

(Image: Saiga antelope. Credit: jamasca66/Flickr through a Creative Commons license.)

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