The Eco News Roundup brings stories and commentary about issues related to climate change, renewable energy and the environment.

Foreign Species Invade San Francisco Bay

“California is cracking down on invasive species, and that could have a big impact on national regulations due out later this year. The state has passed the strictest rules in the country to prevent cargo ships from bringing foreign plants and animals to San Francisco Bay. But the standards are so high, California may not be able to enforce them.”

Obama Announces Steps To Boost U.S. Oil Output

“With gas prices topping $4 a gallon in many parts of the country, Obama announced plans to extend existing leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off Alaska’s coast and holding more frequent lease sales in a federal petroleum reserve in Alaska. Obama said the measures will help reduce U.S. consumption of imported oil in the long term.”

See Also: Cuba’s Hunt For Oil Raises Questions For U.S.

U.S., Other States To Cooperate On Arctic Rescues

“The United States, Russia and other nations agreed Thursday to coordinate Arctic search-and-rescue missions, a small step toward international cooperation in a fast-changing frontier threatened by looming fights over resources and military dominion.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the agreement among the eight-nation Arctic Council highlights the growing importance of the Arctic, where climate change is creating new shipping routes, fishing grounds and oil and gas drilling opportunities. Russia, which has laid disputed claim to much Arctic territory, participated in the very limited agreement to help stranded fishermen and the like.

A warming planet could open up vast amounts of wealth to be exploited, but dramatically alter life as we know it. Over the coming decades, rising sea levels are expected to change coastlines and inundate small islands, while altering the habitats of plants and wildlife. Low-lying areas from Bangladesh to Florida could be among the hardest hit.”

Gulf Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Creates Citizens’ Advisory Committee, Releases Restoration Priorities

“U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson convened an official meeting of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force today in Mobile, Alabama. During the meeting, the task force created a citizens’ advisory committee to help guide the group’s efforts and released a strategy background document outlining the priorities of the ongoing gulf restoration. The meeting in Alabama furthered the task force’s ongoing commitment to supporting the conservation and restoration of resilient and healthy ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico.”

EV Charging Stations Being Built by Major U.S. Retailers

“Two major U.S. retail companies began installing electric car charging stations outside stores in two states this month, adding privately financed infrastructure that analysts say will be critical for the growth of the electric vehicle market in the U.S. In Texas, Walgreens, working with NRG Energy, began installing the first of 18 rapid charging stations outside stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. According to company officials, the stations will offer a high-speed charger that can add 30 miles of range after just 10 minutes of charging time, and so-called Level 2 chargers that can add 25 miles of range per hour of charging time.”

How We Can Change Our Laws to Protect the Rights of Nature

“Cormac Cullinan talks about his book “Wild Law,” and why we need a legal system that looks out for “the health and integrity of the whole system.””

World will recover from warming faster than first thought . . . only 40,000 years

“THE Earth may be able to recover from global warming faster than previously thought, according to new research by American scientists. But they have also warned that the new evidence shows that it will still take the planet tens of thousands of years to recover from the impact of rising carbon dioxide emissions. “

Want people to get on board with a shift to clean energy? Shield them from economic insecurity

“Yesterday I ran across a pair of posts that got me thinking about risk and resilience. (Confession: Almost everything these days makes me think about risk and resilience.) First there’s this extremely smart piece from economist Jason Scorse. It makes an argument that I wish had gotten much more attention during the fight over the climate bill, to wit: “people are much more willing to support environmental policies that come with large risks and disruptions to their way of life when other policies are in place to shield them from excessive risk and instability.” “

NPR has a page of Science News which includes links on environment and energy.
Reuters has a page on Green Business and their Science page has additional stories. The Washington Post blog Post Carbon includes stories and commentary on climate and energy issues.

Here are some other links you may find worthwhile:
Climate Change News Digest
Climate Progress from Center for American Progress
Rocky Mountain Institute “an independent, entrepreneurial nonprofit think-and-do tank™ that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources.”

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