Cool Green Morning: Thursday, May 28

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Published on May 28th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

Would you change your commute if you had a personal “CO2 pedometer” that tracked your daily carbon footprint? Do you think white-washing rooftops will help fight global warming? Tell us what you think… after you finish reading your daily dose of cool green news, of course.

  1. Who’s looking out for the California gnatcatcher? No one, says the U.S. GAO. A new report found that only 3 out of 497 listed species in the western United States are being formerly monitored.
  2. Leave it to the Swedes… a group of Volvo employees are using personal “CO2 pedometers” to assess the carbon footprint of their commutes — and then reduce said footprint by 30 percent.
  3. Could white-washing flat rooftops have a significant impact on global warming? Environmental Capital says Energy Secretary Steven Chu actually underestimated the benefits when he recently promoted the plan in London.
  4. Hawaiian honeycreepers are getting squeezed out of their habitat. The group of birds are shifting to higher elevations due to increased mosquito populations (and therefore disease risk), but they can only go as high as the tree line before they’re out of room to move.
  5. Here’s something we often talk about at the Conservancy: adaptation. Bruce Stutz writes in Yale Environment 360 that adaptation has to be a key component to any climate change action plan.

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