Cool Green Morning: Tuesday, August 25

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Published on August 25th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  


From the serious (climate change in Africa, declining reef fish in the Caribbean) to the not-so-serious (carbon-friendly ice cream? robotic fish to help detect pollution?), our round-up of Cool Green Morning news is sure to help start your day off on a green foot.

  1. It’s the new robo-cop of the underwater world: scientists have developed a “robofish” that mimics the style of real fish and can swim into tiny crevices too small for traditional underwater monitoring devices. Their mission? To help detect underwater pollution and inspect submerged pipe lines and other underwater structures. (Video above.)
  2. The director of Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research says the percentage of global carbon emissions from deforestation has been overestimated — Gilberto Camara puts the figure at 10 percent, rather than the 20 percent widely quoted by most climate experts.
  3. Will low-carbon ice cream solve the climate change problem? Probably not, but it is an odd sign of the way people in developing countries need to change their lifestyles, says Environmental Capital. Unilever is developing an “ambient” ice cream that will be stored and shipped at room temperature to reduce energy, then frozen in consumers homes.
  4. Meanwhile, African leaders are planning to ask rich nations for $67 billion per year to fight climate change. Africa contributes little to the global carbon emissions problem, yet could be hit the hardest by the changing climate, with droughts, floods, heatwaves and sea level rise.
  5. A new study of Caribbean reef fish has found that human population growth is correlated with loss of big fish species. Where the people are, the big fish aren’t. (Hat-tip: Blogfish.)
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