Cool Green Morning: Tuesday, August 11

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Published on August 11th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

Killer algae sounds pretty bad, but we won’t leave you with depressing news today… instead, take heart in knowing that volunteers gave 4,000 baby loggerhead turtles a helping hand in Australia. From A to Z (or 1 to 5), we’ve got the top Cool Green News links of the morning.

  1. Ah, wouldn’t you like to be on a beach in northern France right now? Maybe not. Tons of green algae have washed up on the beaches there, and it’s not just ugly — it’s lethal. A horse died and one man was left very ill after breathing in the fumes of this “green menace” caused by agricultural run-off, reports The Guardian.
  2. Is art important in the fight against climate change? Grist takes us on a tour through the outpouring of climate change art in recent years, saying such expressions can increase our awareness and even inspire us to act. What do you think?
  3. “The world’s biggest sustainable development” sounds like an oxymoron to me, but hey, that’s what they’re calling themselves over at the new Las Vegas CityCenter. The $8.5 billion, 18-million-square-foot complex is seeking LEED certification.
  4. Will a plea from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon help move world leaders to action on climate change? On Monday the Secretary-General said climate change is the biggest global challenge we face and governments need to reach agreement in Copenhagen this December.
  5. And more on sea turtles… Treehugger reports that a group of dedicated volunteers have helped 4,000 endangered loggerhead turtle hatchlings make it from nest to sea in Australia.   
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