Cool Green Morning: Friday, May 29

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Published on May 29th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

HUGE suspenseful questions asked (and perhaps answered) in today’s Coolness — about China, eco-TVs, melting permafrost and biospheres in North Korea. Just don’t ask us how plankton soak up CO2…or why they aren’t doing as much as anyone thought…

  1. Can the United States reach a climate deal with China? The New York Times reports that, while Democrats are optimistic, it will be “one of the most complex diplomatic negotiations in the history of the world,” says Rep. Edward Markey. (Hat tip: Environmental Capital.)
  2. Will new TVs soon have eco-labeling? Green Inc. says a consortium including Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Panasonic and Sony are working toward a voluntary rating system on how much lead, mercury and other bad stuff is behind the screen.
  3. A new UNESCO biosphere reserve…in North Korea? Believe it or not, it’s that country’s third, reports 60-Second Science.
  4. The melting of the permafrost in the Arctic tundra will actually create a carbon sink as plants grow in the underlying soil…but only for a while, reports a new study in Nature. (Hat tip: Climate Feedback.)
  5. Meanwhile, the amount of CO2 absorbed by plankton in the world’s oceans is far less than previously thought, according to Short Sharp Science. (Who knew that plankton absorbed CO2?)
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