Controversy abounds today: Ecuador institutes a new policy to limit the presence of certain people (poor locals) on the Galapagos, Apple leaves the Chamber of Commerce and concerns are raised about REDD becoming a vehicle for organized crime. Catch up on all the latest news here at Cool Green Morning.
- They look like shooting stars, but this new infrared video actually shows 500,000 bats emerging from a cave in New Mexico. Researchers set out to get an accurate count of the bat population without shining light on them and found significantly less bats than estimated from 1950s studies. (video above)
- Everyone’s talking about Apple again… this time, it’s because the super-company has decided to leave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because the agency won’t support legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Hat-tip: Environmental Leader.)
- Some on the international stage are worried that REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation) projects may be impossible to monitor and will result in corruption and organized crime, reports The Guardian.
- Climate change is all about minimizing risk, say the authors of a new study from MIT. Researchers released a new analysis showing that early efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will help minimize the risk of future climate change. (Hat-tip: Bright Green Blog.)
- To help protect the giant tortoises, boobies and other wild inhabitants of the Galapagos, the government of Ecuador is limiting the presence of humans — specifically poor local residents. Tourists, on the other hand, are still welcome.
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