Cool Green Morning: Thursday, November 19

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Published on November 19th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

Too bad that feeling guilty isn’t enough to reduce carbon emissions. But we’re excited that California passed efficiency standards to cut television electricity use in half by 2013. And how about the recovery of a rare giraffe species in Africa? Not bad news for a cool green morning.

  1. There’ll be no more energy-sucking televisions in the state where TV was born, now that California has passed the nation’s first law requiring TV energy efficiency standards.
  2. Sometimes, incentives just don’t work. The Responsible Travel company has canceled its carbon offsets program, saying it helps travelers appease their guilt over flying but doesn’t actually help reduce emissions — and may even encourage more traveling.
  3. Climate change plays favorites apparently. A new report from the U.N. Population Fund says women suffer disproportionately from the impacts of climate change – but they also might be in the best position to mitigate it as well.
  4. A rare giraffe species was on the brink of extinction in 1996, with just 50 animals left in Niger. But regulations against poaching and other conservation efforts have made a huge difference – 13 years later there are now 200 animals.
  5. Wondering which major companies are going green? Check out this list of 5 big corporate names that are trying out new, more sustainable practices, from The Daily Green
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