Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 243

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As the end of the year approaches, I wanted to thank everyone for a record year of website visitors and traffic. The Good Human received nearly 1,000,000 visitors this year, a new high for the site which started back in 2006 with just a handful of readers a day. Thank you, thank you, thank you! It was an amazing year and I hope 2012 is even better. Happy New Year, and here’s to a safe and healthy 2012.

And here’s the last weekly roundup of important green news stories from around the web for 2011…

“Ignoring the issue of climate change places our health, our quality of life, our economic vitality, and our children’s future at risk,” 50 scientists say in a statement to Republican Presidential candidates.

Amazon Defense Coalition: Chevron Used Two Prominent U.S. Professors to Defraud Ecuador Court – Even though it lost the historic $18 billion trial in Ecuador, Chevron continues to defraud Ecuador’s appellate courts by refusing to disclose that it altered a key document to induce two U.S. academic “experts” to endorse fake testing methods to hide the presence of massive quantities of cancer-causing toxins at the company’s former well sites in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest, according to new documents released under federal court order.

People always ask me why my electric bill is so low. In summer, it’s about $30.00, in winter, maybe $40. When my older daughter comes home with her electric hair straightener, blow dryer and other gadgets, it goes up, but never past $50. Friends tell me their bills are $100 or more all year round. As much as you ask me why mine is so low, I have to ask why yours is so high! Here’s my electricity scenario.

Scientists have written an expanded review of six new air quality regulations by the EPA. These include the first national standards in the U.S. for reducing dangerous emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from power plants. Though the cost of implementing is about $195 billion over the next two decades, the economic, environmental and health benefits amount to well over $1 trillion, considerably outweighing the control costs.

Be safe out there…

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