Cool Green Morning: Thursday, July 30

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Published on July 30th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

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The image above shows ice sheets off the coast of Alaska in 2006 (left) and 2007 (right). What’s different about these two photos? (Hint: it’s related to climate change.) Read on for all the Cool Green News of the day.

  1. Why didn’t we know about this before? Newly declassified images from U.S. spy satellites show ice melt off the coast of Alaska. (Hat-tip: Red Green and Blue.)
  2. Is your local beach clean? NRDC has released its annual survey of water quality at America’s beaches. While some are doing better this year, and some worse, overall the stats look about the same: 7 percent of beaches surveyed had harmful levels of bacteria in the water.
  3. Transportation accounts for 28 percent of U.S. carbon emissions — how can we cut that in half by 2050? A new report says fuel efficiency standards won’t do much. Instead, we need to change drivers’ habits by cutting speed limits and imposing road fees. (Hat-tip: The Vine.)
  4. Humans aren’t the only creatures coping with baldness. A new species of songbird, dubbed the “barefaced bulbul” because of its lack of feathers, was recently discovered in Laos.
  5. Hurricane season begins tomorrow — what are we in store for this year? The Daily Green reviews the latest forecasts for hurricane season 2009.

(Image: Satellite images of ice sheets off the coast of Alaska, taken in 2006 and 2007, show the disappearing ice. Source: Public domain.)

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