Category: Land Use

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, July 31

Written by | July 31st, 2013

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We’ve got unexpected water pollution, animal “fashion victims” and more in today’s green news.

  1. New EPA head says fighting climate change will create jobs, is good for the economy. (Christian Science Monitor)
  2. Plastic debris collected off the coast of Hawaii could fill a big rig. (NBC News)
  3. Lawyer who beat Chevron in oil pollution case now has Chevron to fear? (The New York Times)
  4. That cashmere you’re wearing is making fashion victims of the already rare snow leopard. (The Guardian)
  5. Got microbeads in your cleansers? So do the Great Lakes. (MNN)

The Green Buzz: Monday, July 29

Written by | July 29th, 2013

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Could Santa be flooded out? Did “Sharknado” get something right? It’s all in today’s green news.

  1. Apparently we paved paradise and put up unused parking lots all over the place. Awesome. (Grist)
  2. Where the North Pole was once frozen, now there is a lake. Is Santa flooded out? (MNN)
  3. Ok, “Sharknado,” sometimes aquatic animals do fall from the sky (just not sharks). (National Geographic)
  4. U.S. government has redirected over $31M dollars owed to USAID to form a conservation fund in the Phillipines. (Mongabay)
  5. Perhaps animals in captivity don’t need toys or treats, but quality time with friends. (The New York Times)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, July 25

Written by | July 25th, 2013

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Napoleon Dynamite may be interested in today’s green news.

  1. A rare “zonkey” has been born in Italy. (Science World Report)
  2. 25 years after the Exxon Valdez disaster, the secret to one bird’s recovery may be bad news for mink. (Grist)
  3. Ocean pollution spreading faster than we thought? Microbes are feasting on ocean plastic waste. (ecogeek)
  4. A sand dune could doom the set of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. (National Geographic)
  5. An offshore drilling rig exploded on Tuesday in the Gulf, and continues to burn. (NPR)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, July 11

Written by | July 11th, 2013

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From ugly animals to a national park on the moon, we’ve got your green news!

  1. Lorax wanted. Because Amazon deforestation has dramatically increased in countries outside of Brazil. (Mongabay)
  2. Pictures: Newly formed Ugly Animal Protection Society says these guys need saving, too. (Discovery News)
  3. Do we have to save one species over another to protect America’s wilderness? (NPR)
  4. Far out: U.S. lawmakers propose a national lunar park to protect artifacts left on the moon by NASA astronauts. (MNN)
  5. China and the U.S. have agreed to work together to capture carbon dioxide spewing from their respective power plants. (Bloomberg)

A Thirst For Growth: Fueling China’s Urban Expansion

Written by | July 3rd, 2013

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As China grows to an urban population of 900 million people, the most critical thing it will have to get right is protecting its water supply, says the director of our Securing Water Program.

The Green Buzz: Friday, June 14

Written by | June 14th, 2013

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Near extinct Philippine Eagle found to be thriving elsewhere in the Philippines – queue the R. Kelly track, “I believe I can fly.”

  1. National bird of the Philippines found nesting in previously unknown region, leads to conservation effort (ABS-CBN)
  2. The joys of teaching conservation to kids while fishing. (Gannet)
  3. Conservation leads to job opportunities in Zambia (Times of Zambia)
  4. Cultivation of sea cucumbers leads to conservation efforts in Madagascar (National Geographic)
  5. VIDEO: Glacier collapses in Argentina (AP)

 

 

 

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, June 12

Written by | June 12th, 2013

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There’s happy news for chimps in today’s green news.

  1. Lab testing on chimps may be ending in the U.S. (Treehugger)
  2. Bloomberg unveiled a massive plan to protect the Big Apple from future effects of climate change. (Huffington Post)
  3. But we’re sure it would help to have the world get on track with its climate goals. Here’s how one study says it can. (Grist)
  4. Those bird apps that mimic birdsong? They’re harming birds. (BBC News)
  5. Proposed housing development + existing (and massive) bat cave = major debate. (NPR)

The Green Buzz: Monday, June 10

Written by | June 10th, 2013

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Hidden wildfires, ocean trash, and wolves are just some of the green news tidbits we’ve found for you this morning.

  1. The USFWS announced that wolves are losing their federal protection in almost all of the lower 48 states. (LA Times)
  2. This bums us out: Most of the trash that litters the ocean floor is recyclable. (MNN)
  3. For victims of Hurricane Sandy, the worst is not over. (Huffington Post)
  4. Clearly the problem of climate change and emissions has not been solved. (Washington Post)
  5. Think deforestation is the Amazon’s biggest problem? Think again. (It’s hidden fires.) (NASA)

The Green Buzz: Monday, June 3

Written by | June 3rd, 2013

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Today we’re talking weather, greenwashing, and fighting deforestation.

  1. Oklahoma has been pummeled by tornadoes — but why? (National Geographic)
  2. A complaint from environmental groups is exposing what exactly is behind those green labels. (The New York Times)
  3. Environmentalists got one major firm to quit greenwashing and deforestation in Indonesia. (NPR)
  4. Need a little inspiration for what activities to do outside? Look no further. (Washington Post)
  5. Texas just passed landmark policy related to the state’s water supply — and it’s good news for this drought-beleaguered state. (Burnt Orange Report)

The Green Buzz: Monday, May 20

Written by | May 20th, 2013

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As the weather warms up, so too does the green news on climate change…

  1. If we carry on as usual, climate change will bring water shortages in major U.S. cities. (Bloomberg)
  2. By the 2020s, NYC could see heat-wave deaths rise by 20 percent (thanks again to climate change). (The Guardian)
  3. You know it’s bad when people wish for fire ants instead of the newly invasive ‘crazy ants.’ (MNN)
  4. What the frack do we know? Turns out, not a lot. (Grist)
  5. Landmark ruling in Indonesia gives millions of hectares of forests to Indigenous people. (Mongabay)
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