ENN rounds up the most important and compelling environmental news stories of the week. In the news March 5th - 9th: Anglers tackle warming, Bank of America steps up, auto companies see green, and much more.
Top Ten Articles of the Week
In the news March 5th - 9th: Anglers tackle warming, Bank of America steps up, auto companies see green, and much more.
1. Climate Is Big Issue for U.S. Hunters, Anglers
A nationwide survey of licensed hunters and anglers last year commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation found that 76 percent of those polled agreed that global warming was occurring and the same percentage said they had observed climatic changes in the areas where they lived.
2. Bank of America Launches $20 Billion Environmental Initiative
Bank of America Corp., the nation's largest retail bank, will spend $18 billion on commercial lending and investment banking for "green" projects over the next decade, company officials announced Tuesday. The Charlotte-based bank said it will spend another $2 billion for consumer programs and on efforts to reduce its own impact on the environment.
3. Travel Business Group Rejects Calls for Germans to Vacation at Home
Travel-loving Germans are being urged to skip air travel and vacation at home instead to save the environment -- calls that the country's travel business association on Monday dismissed as "arrogant."
4. 'Don't Discuss Polar Bears,' Says U.S. Memo to Scientists
Polar bears, sea ice and global warming are taboo subjects, at least in public, for some U.S. scientists attending meetings abroad, environmental groups and a top federal wildlife official said Thursday.
5. Cambodian Leader Warns That Development Poses Threat to Great Lake
Cambodia's prime minister warned Monday that increasing population and over-exploitation of fisheries and wildlife pose a dire threat to his country's Tonle Sap, or "Great Lake," the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.
6. Auto Companies Look for Faster Way to Turn Green Thinking into More Sales
The global auto industry is experiencing a green revolution, convinced that lower emissions and hybrid engines could turn eco-minded drivers into a long-term customers. At the Geneva Motor Show, where hundreds of cars -- big and fast, small and slow -- are on display, the concept of going green is taking root in ways that automakers hope will not only create less pollution, but also more purchases.
7. U.S. FDA Denies That It's About to Approve Controversial Cow Drug
The Food and Drug Administration denied Sunday that it was about to approve a controversial new antibiotic for cattle. The fear is that using such drugs in animals can lead to the emergence of new drug-resistant "superbugs" that will be immune to similar drugs when used in people.
8. Residential Green Building Slow to Gain Momentum
Major homebuilders, who account for 80 percent of all homebuilding activity in the nation, face a unique challenge in implementing green building on a widespread scale. Many have added energy-saving features and experimented with environmentally friendly materials but have not yet been able to sign on a critical mass of buyers willing to pay more for them.
9. As Biofuels Boom, Will More Go Hungry?
Using plants to feed our fuel needs may be a great idea, and the biofuel goldrush could be a moneyspinner for several poor countries, but some experts warn people may go hungry as food prices rise. Fans of biofuels give the impression we could soon be running cars on maize, producing electricity with sugar, and getting power from palm oil.
10. Wolves, Moose in Decline on Michigan Island
Chased into the Lake Superior shallows, mauled and left for dead by fellow wolves, the young female struggled to shore and collapsed. A lone male came to the rescue, licking her wounds and staying on as she recovered.
Photo: Emperor penguins wait their turn to dive into the ocean near Ross Island, Antarctica. Photo credit: Emily Stone/National Science Foundation/Antarctic Photo Library.