Environmental News Wrap: June 22-27
GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week:
Environmental News Pick of the Week:
- Paying industrializing countries to not destroy their own environment has been talked about for a long time, now Ecuador is stepping up to ask for billions of dollars simply to not extract all the oil under their land.
Ecuador is also in the middle of a 20 year old dispute with Texaco, now Chevron, over a large oil spill. Ecuador is suing Chevron for about $20 billion.
- The Christian Science Monitor covers natural gas as an alternative to burning coal for electricity.
- Countries along the Nile are having disputes over water rights. Five countries want a more favorable arrangement so they have broken the old agreement and have given the other countries one year to join them.
- The New York TImes offers a long article outlining the history of our pursuit for tuna meat and the decline in global tuna populations.
- A 2,000 mile pipeline that would bring oil from the Alberta Tar Sands to the US is under scrutiny from the US congress. Even Congress is now weary of the infamous Tar Sands.
- This article suggests ways that you can help lessen the impact of the gulf oil spill. I believe that it is important to take action on environmental issues, because while I believe we are fighting a losing fight, I dread to imagine a world where we did not at least try.
- The Huffington Post provides 382 pictures of the Gulf Oil Spill. I looked at about 250 of them and let the impact of this event sink in.
- Just for fun, The Week has an article unveiling 7 “beneficiaries of the BP Oil Spill.”