Cool Green Morning: Tuesday, November 24

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Published on November 24th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but today’s news isn’t uplifting: the global water problem needs more attention, oceans are becoming less effective at storing CO2 and we’ve underestimated the pace and extent of climate change. Oh, and Obama loses to Nasheed in the ring. Let’s hold out hope that the sun will come out tomorrow.

  1. A new report about water paints a grim picture of human, environmental and economic consquences if we don’t address the global water problem — soon.
  2. Bradford Plumer asks in The Vine , Can we put a price tag on nature? The question comes on the heels of the latest report from an ongoing study trying to quantify the value of nature.
  3. In case you didn’t realize it, oceans are one of the world’s best carbon sinks, storing some 93 percent of CO2. But a new study shows that the seas are becoming less efficient at carbon storage.
  4. Bill McKibben compares two world leaders who are taking very different approaches to the problem of climate change. In an arm wrestle on the global stage, who do you think McKibben would bet on – Obama or Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives?
  5. More sobering news about the future of our planet:  journalist Elizabeth Kolbert reports that a group of leading climate experts have issued a new report, called “The Copenhagen Diagnosis,” saying that global warming is happening faster than the 2007 IPCC report predicted.  
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