TreeHugger Picks: State of the TH Union
After listening to the supposed "State of the Union" here in the US last night, we paused our dilligent TreeHugging to wonder exactly where the state of the TreeHugger Union stood these days. Much like the televised version last night, we've got the good, the bad and the ugly.
The Good:1) More and more people in the US are discovering that public transportation is the way to go, and on top of that, bicycle sales are exploding. More bicycles than cars were sold in the US last year.2) A report found that wind turbines don't harm migratory birds as much as we may have first thought, and that the renewable energy that can be produced by such turbines can reduce poverty.3) On the greenhouse gas emission front, Europe reported to be ahead of Kyoto Protocol standards, and Sweden will be oil-free in 2020!The Bad1) The air inside cars is actually worse than the air around cyclists and pedestrians on the side of the road.2) Producing oil from tar sands creates two or three times more greenhouse gases than producing conventional oil.3) Despite regulations and watchdog groups, illegal logging continues to happen, this time in Canada.
The Ugly1) Wherever we are in the peak-oil matrix, we have less of it to tide us over that we originally thought.2) Current levels of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere are higher now than at any time in the past 650,000 years.3) The ozone hole over the Antarctic isn't going away, and will be around for at least another 60 years.