Cool Green Morning: Tuesday, June 23

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Published on June 23rd, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

Yes, we have no shame. But when you make the front page of the New York Times’ national section, why not let the world know? Check out the video about how we’re breaching a 17-mile levee in Louisiana as part of the country’s largest floodplain restoration project, and then read on for the rest of today’s top Cool Green News links.

  1. A new report says efficiency improvements and renewable energy could save the United States $200 billion annually and lower demand by 30 percent in all states. The biggest savings would come from upgrades in lighting, followed by heating and cooling systems.
  2. Climate change predictions for the United Kingdom suggest that life will be pretty tough across the pond by 2080, with significant flooding, drought and sea level rise. But some experts question the methodology behind these predictions.
  3. Eco-Geek reports on early news that stimulus funding for car companies that focus on developing electric cars will go to Tesla, Nissan and Ford. Check out their breakdown of the winners.
  4. Surf’s up! A survey of 1,200 fisheries experts found most countries are lagging far behind international standards for sustainable fisheries management. The biggest determining factor of success that the authors found? Whether a country had a transparent process for transforming science into policy.
  5. As the Waxman-Markey bill goes to the House for a vote this week, Yale Environment 360 asks if the bill is a “good start or a non-starter?” Read the opinion piece, and tell us what you think in the comments section below.
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