Cool Green Morning: Thursday, August 20

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Published on August 20th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

Tiger populations, suburban lawns, clean energy, green universities and a rice plant that will outgrow a flood… read on for today’s Cool Green Morning news round-up.

  1. Suburban lawns and gardens are an uncounted source of water pollution, says new research. Water run-off from these neighborhood fixtures can pick up chemicals and toxins and wash them into rivers and streams, where they contaminate fish and cause dead zones.
  2. In the race for cleaner energy development, are there really any losers? And rather than view it as a competition, won’t we all benefit from cooperation instead? The Vine reviews recent opinions on China’s lead over the United States in the pursuit of green technology.
  3. A new breed of rice called “snorkel rice” could boost production of the grain in Africa and Asia where flash floods often destroy crops. “Snorkel rice” plants can elongate rapidly when submerged in water.
  4. The planet’s tiger population depends largely on conservation in India, says a new study. Just 3,000 tigers remain around the world, with 60 percent found on the Indian sub-continent. And Indian tigers are unique because they have a higher genetic diversity than other wild tigers.
  5. How green is your university? Now you can find out. A few ranking systems have recently emerged to give colleges and universities a green report card.
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