earth horizon

  • The Gallup organization recently released the new results on what Americans think about the environment. Overall, Americans are mixed on whether or not the environment is getting better, 50% think it is getting worse and 42% think it is getting better. According to the article, these percentages and the changes over the years can be attributed to governmental performance. It is also good news that the results also showed that 50% of people favor protecting the environment over the 40% that favor economic growth. Read about the other results and trends over the years @ huggingtonpost.com.
  • I’m sure by now many of you have heard of the shark cull policy in Australia. Well, the Greens are not standing for it and are taking up the issue with parliament. There is huge opposition to the policy, and “a national petition against Western Australia’s shark cull with 88,160 signatures on it has been presented to the Senate by the Greens.” Read more here watoday.com
  • We all know the dangers of global warming, but this article discusses a new report that warns: “global warming will disrupt food supplies, slow world economic growth and may already be causing irreversible damage to nature.” This report will urge governments to act, and more than 100 governments met this week from March 25-29th to edit and approve the report. To read more about what the report entails here.
  • Recently President Obama’s has endeavored to combat climate change with aggressive policies – one tool,  he has launched a new web-based app. As part of an effort to increase the public awareness of global warming as a tangible and immediate problem, the White House on Wednesday inaugurated a website, climate.data.gov, aimed at turning scientific data about projected droughts, wildfires and the rise in sea levels into eye-catching digital presentations that can be mapped using simple software apps.
  • House Republicans recently submitted new legislation that would “actually weaken the Endangered Species Act’s effectiveness and redirect scarce agency resources from species-recovery work to pointless reporting requirements.” Litigation costs are not a concern under the Endangered Species Act and these new bills are not going to help the Act in any way.

related: more eco news from The Alternative Consumer