Cool Green Morning: Tuesday, August 18

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Published on August 18th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

Will Steven Colbert try to stop Bill McKibben from saving the world? Will the tenkile — the world’s rarest tree kangaroo — recover from near decimation? Will Kenya and Uganda go to war over a fish? We can’t promise any answers, but we can deliver the top Cool Green News links you should read today.

  1. Bill McKibben of 350.org made an appearance on the Colbert Report last night… watch the clip and see how Bill held up against the relentless jokester. Did he get his climate change message across? Let us know what you think.
  2. Fish are the source of a controversy over tiny Mgingo Island in Lake Victoria along the border between Kenya and Uganda. The island –unlike the rest of the lake — is still home to huge populations of Nile perch.
  3. Finally, a study that proves downloading music online is better for the environment than buying physical CDs — but interestingly, the carbon savings mostly come in the form of not driving to the store to buy your disc. (Hat-tip: The Vine.)
  4. The world’s rarest tree kangaroo — the tenkile, or Scott’s tree kangaroo — is making a comeback in Papua New Guinea. The tenkile population had declined to fewer than 100, but a conservation group has helped turn the situation around by getting local communities to reduce hunting of the animal and protect its forest habitat.
  5. Green, Inc. asked readers to submit their nominations for places that should be national parks — check out their short list and see if your favorite spot made it.
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