Cool Green Morning: Thursday, September 24

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Published on September 24th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

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“Coywolves” in the neighborhood? Death panels for pandas? Monarchs in need of a women’s lib movement? It’s all in a day’s news here at Cool Green Morning.

  1. BBC wildlife expert Chris Packham makes a statement that could send shivers down your spine: Giant pandas should be allowed to die out. His argument? The money put toward breeding them in captivity could be better spent, like on protecting their habitat. He later says “sorry”, but most people are still outraged. Read The Vine’s comments.
  2. Climate Week continues, and Treehugger asks the big question: are China and the United States headed for a deadlock over Copenhagen?
  3. Talk about inequality of the sexes — a new report finds that female monarch butterfly populations in North America have been declining for the past 30 years. Researchers speculate that the females are more susceptible to a parasite that’s become more widespread since the ’70s.
  4. Reports of coyotes or wolves across the Northeastern U.S. have grown in recent years, and now it turns out that in fact, the animal people are seeing is actually the “coywolf” – a cross between a wolf and coyote.
  5. What’s been going on in Pittsburgh this week? A lot of speech-making and meetings, of course. But one group isn’t into all the talk: Greenpeace activists staged a protest from the West End bridge displaying a massive banner warning of the climate destruction that lies ahead.

(Image: Giant panda at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China’s Sichuan Province. Source: ironmanixs via a Creative Commons license.)

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Comments: Cool Green Morning: Thursday, September 24

  •  Comment from naturegirl613

    OMG! Why would they let pandas die out! That is tragic! and, monarchs are disappearing! Come back monarchs! What the hey is a “coywolf”???

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