Environmental News Wrap Aug. 18-23: Asian Carp, Obama and Offshore Drilling, Understanding Energy Consumption, and more...
GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week:
- Asian Carp are invading the Great Lakes of America, threatening to replace existing fish populations. In Chicago, the government is being sued over not protecting the lakes from this invader enough.
- Children are being diagnosed with ADHD in record numbers and a new study claims that this is partly due to exposure to pesticides. What we feed our children matters.
- A pattern is emerging where neither polluters nor environmentalists are satisfied with Obama's environmental decisions. This time it is over new off-shore drilling rules. Some environmentalists are claiming that too many dangerous drilling operations will being given categorical exemption, meaning that they will not be regulated in any way.
- The US Environmental Protection Agency is delaying its decision on new ground level smog regulations. The last visit to these rules in the Bush Administration was not an environmental victory.
- It has been repeated many times that humans have difficulty with protecting species that are not big and cute or human appearing. Mother Jones shows a slideshow of endangered species that are not visually appealing to humans.
- A market is emerging for companies to convert gas power vehicles into hybrids and plug-in hyrbrids. Technology Review reports.
- Chrystler is using a technology in some of its new cars that greatly increase fuel efficiency and performance, finally large companies are waking up. But, is it too little too late?
- The Economist reports on how humans often underestimate the amount of energy they use in their house. This ignorance can then lead people to underestimate the impact they can have via efficiency upgrades.