2011 April Environment & Climate News

Issue Date: 
March, 2011
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The April issue of Environment & Climate News reports on Japan’s “nuclear crisis” – which, experts say, was more a media-contrived crisis than a real one. Explosions at a nuclear power facility damaged by the mid-March earthquake and tsunami did not expose civilians to dangerous levels of radiation.

Also in this issue:

  • A new study from the United Kingdom casts doubt on the claimed environmental benefits of reusable shopping bags.
  • The U.S. House of Representatives will fight to keep the U.S. economy free of EPA-mandated carbon dioxide restrictions.
  • The New Hampshire House voted by an overwhelming margin to end the state’s cap-and-trade program. The 246-104 vote approved a halt to the state’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The bill now moves to the New Hampshire Senate.
  • After comprehensive studies, Colorado and Texas state regulators found no evidence that natural gas production negatively affected local water quality.
  • The City of San Francisco’s costly rebate program to induce installation of low-flow toilets is backfiring, with city officials scrambling to combat clogged sewer lines and a horrible stench near important tourist neighborhoods.
  • The Chesapeake Bay oyster population is making a comeback. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley announced the number of native baby oysters in Chesapeake Bay is at its highest level since 1997.

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