You can now volunteer to monitor the effects of climate change on plants in your backyard.
Or you can also cut down forests illegally in Sumatra and get eaten by a tiger. Your call.
Find out more about your choices for today — and other weird and interesting green news in (as always) Cool Green Morning:
- Deforestation Blowback? Tigers have gone on a rampage in the last two months on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing nine people (most of whom have been illegal loggers).
- California Dreamin’: There’s doubt now that the Obama administration will let California set its own carbon emissions standards instead of hewing to a nationwide set of targets, reports Environmental Capital.
- Ask Not What Climate Change Can Do For You: The U.S. government is recruiting volunteers to report on the seasonal cycles of local plants — toward a new database on the effects of climate change. (Hat tip: Climate Feedback.)
- You Have to Let Me Know: Obama has also moved to suspend the December Bush administration ruling that federal agencies need not consult with the USFWS on projects that might affect endangered species.
- An Undigestable Truth? An acre of corn grown from ethanol would take 48 years to have the same net greenhouse gas benefits as leaving that land as grasslands, says a new study in the journal Ecological Applications. (Hat tip: Journal Watch Online.)
- Big, Big Green: Wired Science reports on the five biggest green-tech projects of 2009 — including a geothermal field in the Philippines.
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