Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sierra Club: Good News, Bad News

Some good news and some bad news from the Sierra Club:

On the first anniversary of the BP disaster, dead and stillborn whales and dolphins continue to was up on the Gulf Coast at 3 times the usual rate.

Clothianidin the chemical chiefly responsible for the huge decline in honey bee populations in the US, banned ten years ago by Germany, Italy, France and Slovenia has still not been banned by the EPA.

The US slips to third in clean energy spending, behind China and Germany.

The TVA agreed to phase out 18 of 59 of its coal fired plants.

Net US greenhouse Gas emission in ’09 were 14% lower than in 2000.

Record prices for gold accelerate deforestation in the Amazon.

Since 1900, forests in North America, Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia have increased by nearly 100,000 square miles, an area larger than Great Britain.

The carbon foot print of a banana from ground to table is only one fifth of that of a pint of imported beer.

A paper bag has a carbon foot print 2-4 times larger than its plastic counterpart.

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