Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, August 12

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Camels and mosquitoes — what do they have in common? They’re invasive species troublemakers, according to today’s Cool Green Morning green gatherings…and they must be dealt with. (Read that last bit in a horror-show-narrator voice. Yeah, like that — that’s spooky…)

  1. Camels are in numbers Australia’s largest invasive species (probably in size, too), so the Australian government now plans to shoot 650,000 of the camels to stop their destruction of the environment and water pipes (?!), reports the Associated Press. (Hat tip: 60-Second Science.)
  2. More invasives trouble: Planes are carrying mosquitoes to the Galapagos Islands…and those mosquitoes could be a vector for a devastating disease that could wipe out island wildlife, reports Journal Watch Online.
  3. One good thing about the recession — it’s reduced CO2 emissions a little bit, reports Dot Earth. (The phenomenon is being called the “CO2 shadow.”)
  4. Does New Zealand’s pledge to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 10-20 percent by 2020 signal problems for the Copenhagen climate negotiations? The BBC’s Richard Black thinks such “modest” individual-country pledges are supplanting the international negotiating process.
  5. Do you bike a lot, and also need yet another way to recharge your smartphone? PedalPower+ now makes a devise that fully recharges your Blackberry or iPod after two hours of riding, says CleanTechnica. (Confession: After two hours of riding, the last thing I can do is talk.)

(Image: Camels in Australia. Credit: Luca Zappa through a Creative Commons license.)

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