Green News For The Weekend Volume 296

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A few quick green news stories for you to peruse. I have realized that most “green” or environmental news is rather depressing, since there isn’t really much optimism about our leaders doing much of anything to protect the future for us. I will do my best to try to find one positive story each week, even if it’s only a small one without much impact.

One gripe leveled at consumer electronics companies is the rate at which their technologies become obsolete, often by design. While that’s great for selling new products, it encourages people to throw out products with plenty of life left, causing a global electronic waste problem. Samsung Electronics hopes to differentiate itself in the fiercely competitive high-definition TV marketplace by incorporating the ability to upgrade into their design.

How many members of The Nature Conservancy will be pleased to find that their organization has been working with Monsanto to promote GM crops as “Responsible”? Indeed, one can argue that these programs are being actively concealed from their members, donors, and the public. Seems other people are starting to catch on about The Nature Conservancy and Monsanto, too.

Coming off of the hottest year in U.S. history and 333 months of higher-than-average global temperatures, Rep. Lamar Smith’s (R-TX) first move as the new chair of the House Science and Technology Committee includes a hearing on climate science. House Science Chair’s First Action Is To Hold A Climate Change Denier Hearing. Oh boy. Just what we need, the guy (a non-scientist) chairing the SCIENCE committee denying that climate change exists.

Climate change has shrunk Andean glaciers between 30 and 50% since the 1970s and could melt many of them away altogether in coming years. Andean glaciers, a vital source of fresh water for tens of millions of South Americans, are retreating at their fastest rates in more than 300 years, according to the most comprehensive review of Andean ice loss so far. The future is not looking too bright if we don’t get our bleep together.

Gov. Dave Heineman of Nebraska approved a revised route for the Keystone XL pipeline through Nebraska on Tuesday, brushing aside vocal opposition from some citizen groups and putting final approval of the pipeline project squarely in the hands of the Obama administration.

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