Green News For The Weekend Volume 265

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A collection of green news for you to read up on this weekend…

Earth is rapidly headed toward a catastrophic breakdown if humans don’t get their act together, according to an international group of scientists. Writing Wednesday (June 6) in the journal Nature, the researchers warn that the world is headed toward a tipping point marked by extinctions and unpredictable changes on a scale not seen since the glaciers retreated 12,000 years ago.

So far, 2012 has been the warmest year the United States has ever seen, with the warmest spring and the second-warmest May since record-keeping began in 1895, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported.

If we want to turn the farm bill into a healthier food bill, we need you to stand with us and act now. As it’s currently written, this bill gives away billions of taxpayer dollars in subsidies to corporate mega-farms, while slashing food stamps and neglecting healthy food programs. Sen. Gillibrand’s amendment will cut these outrageous crop insurance subsidies, restore cuts to nutrition programs and redirect $500 million dollars to healthy food programs.

This week hundreds of residents from Appalachia and beyond came to Washington, DC, to demand Congress end mountaintop removal coal mining and enforce the Clean Water Act.

As the Big Apple faces ever-hotter summers, officials are looking for ways to cool off in some of the only unused space left in a crowded city: rooftops. Fertile vegetated “green” roofs absorb the sun’s rays, while reflective “white” roofs bounce them back to space. Both are sprouting up in response to a 2008 city rule that requires new roofs to be climate friendly. Meanwhile, the city is working with the Obama administration to overhaul its hulking construction bureaucracy, making it easier for solar panel installers to turn rooftops into the city’s fastest-growing energy provider.

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Unfortunately the tendency has always been to wait until the problem is staring us right in the face before we decide to do something about it. Global warming is one such problem. We can’t wait for lawmakers to act to protect the planet. It’s on each and every one of us to do our part, starting today. Every individual can make a difference.

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