Cool Green Morning: Thursday, August 13

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Published on August 13th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

Seen the marvelous spatuletail hummingbird? You must check him out — see video above — and read on to find out why this unusual little guy is endangered in Peru. It’s all the Cool Green News you need this morning.

  1. A new report from the American Bird Conservancy and a South American conservation group highlights the plight of the endangered marvelous spatuletail hummingbird (see video above) and other Peruvian wildlife losing their habitat. (Hat-tip: The Daily Green.)
  2. Of all people to oppose cap-and-trade… the Wall Street Journal reports that the founding geniuses behind the concept are skeptical about its ability to combat global warming. (Hat-tip: Environmental Capital.)
  3. If you’ve been planning a trip to Montreal just to check out their cool new bike-sharing system, you might be able to find one a little closer now: the Bixi bike share system will next be implemented in Boston and London.
  4. India is using up its groundwater supply — fast — says a new report. The study shows an average loss of 4 centimeters a year in northern Indian states, equivalent over 6 years time to triple the amount of water in Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States.
  5. Are town-hall protests like the ones making headlines about health care next for climate change? Could be, since the American Petroleum Institute and other opponents to climate legislation are funding similar rallies across the United States. The Vine analyzes some of the numbers fueling the opposition.
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