Good new month to you! Start it off right by getting the top green online news below — hand-gathered by us every morning:
- Now that General Motors is declaring bankruptcy, what happens to the electric Chevy Volt model? Environmental Capital reports that — at a $40,000 price tag — the Volt doesn’t fit what GM needs to sell: profitable cars that appeal to a mass market.
- Is global warming already causing 300,000 deaths a year? So says a new report from Kofi Annan’s group, the Global Humanitarian Forum. (Hat tip: Red Green and Blue.) Andrew Revkin at Dot Earth reviews the widespread skepticism about the report’s conclusions.
- A new group in Borneo — the Center for Orangutan Protection — has started a guerilla media campaign to stop palm oil companies from destroying orangutan habitat. Mongabay interviews the group’s leader.
- Should conservation report its failures? Yes, says the editor of the journal Restoration Ecology — which is going to start publishing papers on such failures.
- What’s next for the American Clean Energy Security Act of 2009 (formerly known as Waxman-Markey) bill? Grist’s Kate Sheppard reviews the bewildering thicket of House committees that might review the bill — and what they might do to it.
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