Cool Green Morning: Monday, August 3

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Published on August 3rd, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

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Five great green links, each of the five weekdays — that’s our promise here at Cool Green Morning. And we deliver

  1. Do we actually have an accurate way of measuring global greenhouse gas emissions? The National Academy of Science’s National Research Council says no, reports Environmental Capital — and is pleading with NASA to get a satellite into orbit to help out.
  2. India is going to spend $200 million on forest conservation — possibly to avoid a hard target on greenhouse gas emissions, reports Mridul Chadha at Red Green and Blue.
  3. Is cash-for-clunkers a green scam? The U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday to transfer $2 billion to the incredibly popular federal program — but sadly, as The Vine points out, the $2b comes from a renewable-energy loan-guarantee program. (And Hank Green at EcoGeek says the whole program rewards buying more inefficient new vehicles that will be on the road for 10 years.)
  4. Bad news: Jellyfish are back along U.S. coasts — big disgusting plumes of them, brushing up against you when you’re just trying to ride a wave. Good news: They might be helping the oceans absorb more CO2, reports EcoWorldly.
  5. Ready to ride to work? Lighter Footstep reviews 12 “purpose-built” urban bicycle models that could replace your car.

(Image: Jellyfish at Monterey Aquarium. Credit: heydere through a Creative Commons license.)

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