Cool Green Morning: Thursday, August 27

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Published on August 27th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

Could lions be extinct in Kenya within 20 years? Will Waxman-Markey help America kick its foreign oil habit? Are we at the Conservancy shamelessly self-promoting our new study on energy sprawl? Find out in this edition of the most essential green links you need today… check them out.

  1. Will the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill help reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil? Environmental Capital says the current version of the bill “wouldn’t really do much to dent America’s oil appetite” nor help disempower the world’s major oil suppliers.
  2. The climate change debate — man-made or natural? — is likened to the debate over evolution vs. creationism by a senior vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has asked the EPA to hold a “Scopes-like” trial over the science of climate change.
  3. Africa without wildlife? It’s impossible to imagine, but writer Richard Conniff does after reading a new study that shows wildlife in Kenya are disappearing as quickly inside national park boundaries as out. The Kenya Wildlife Service fears lions could be extinct there within 20 years.
  4. Using real-life experiments to determine how warmer ocean temperatures might affect marine life, a new study found an increase in zooplankton, which could lead to fewer phytoplankton around sucking up CO2 and an overall loss of ocean life.
  5. The Conservancy’s new study on energy sprawl – the amount of land it takes to produce new energy — was featured in a number of media outlets, including Nature, ClimateWire, Bloomberg and Treehugger.
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