Happy Arbor Day! Happy Arbor Day? Sadly overshadowed now by Earth Day, Arbor Day (celebrated in the United States on the last Friday in April) is almost forgotten in the green blogosphere today. Still, why not plant a tree and connect with one of the original American ways of making Earth a little greener? Then read the other green stuff going on this morning…
- Is Environmentalism Bad for the Environment? Yes, when it prioritizes the local over the global — like residents of Cape Cod blocking wind farms there — writes Edward L. Glaeser on Green Inc.
- Because It’s Worth It: L’Oreal, the European company whose hair coloring product Preference had the famous tagline “Because I’m worth it,” is going to use methane from cow manure to power one of its haircare products factories. (It’s all part of a drive to reduce the company’s CO2 emissions by 50 percent in five years, reports GreenBiz.)
- Somebody Yell “Fire!”: Fire is the unspoken culprit in climate change, says a new report in Science — with up to 20 percent of manmade CO2 emissions coming from intentional fires set to clear forests. (Hat tip: Journal Watch Online.)
- Hypocrisy! I’m Shocked, Shocked! While the Global Climate Coalition — a group of oil, coal, and car companies — was casting doubt on the reality of climate change in the 1990s, the group’s own scientists were telling it the opposite, reports Andrew Revkin in The New York Times.
- Biomass to the Rescue: The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park, one of the last homes of the mountain gorilla, is being chopped down for charcoal. Could an alternative briquette made of biomass stop that? asks 60-Second Science.
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