Cool Green Morning: Thursday, October 1

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Published on October 1st, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

It’s the first of the month, time for a fresh start — like iPhone apps that track climate changea replacement for coal and dam removal on the Klamath (did you ever think you’d see the day?!). Of course, there’s also disappearing species (the Chinese paddlefish)… well, 4 out of 5 ain’t bad. Read on for today’s top Cool Green News.

  1. A new iPhone app helps track climate change and melting glaciers in the Swiss Alps – visitors to the region can rent the device while they hike among glaciers that have retreated rapidly in recent years.
  2. Electricity from switchgrass instead of coal? That’s what power company NRG Energy hopes to achieve with its pilot project in Louisiana that uses dried, shredded grasses instead of coal to produce power.
  3. The local and federal government, Native American tribes and environmental groups have hotly contested the future of dams on the Klamath River for decades. Now an agreement has been reached that proposes removal of four dams on the river starting in 2020.
  4. A three-year-survey of Chinese paddlefish in the Yangtze has turned up nothing — no fish — leading researchers to believe the species is on the verge of extinction
  5. The hot news of the day? The Senate’s climate change bill, introduced at a rally on Capitol Hill yesterday. The bill is similar to the one passed through the House earlier this year, with some notable exceptions, including: the Senate bill aims for 20% emissions reductions by 2020 over the House’s 17%.
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