2011 February Environment & Climate News

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February, 2011
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The February issue of Environment & Climate News opens with a look at what happened at the international climate talks in Cancun, Mexico. Managing Editor James M. Taylor notes, “With China, India, and other developing nations refusing to accept binding restrictions on their carbon dioxide emissions,” the talks ended without any significant agreement. But Obama administration delegates promised the U.S. would participate in a costly wealth transfer to developing nations.

Also in this issue:

  • Newly elected Republican governors in Ohio and Wisconsin have kept their campaign pledges, reasserting they will remove their states from the Obama administration’s ambitious high-speed rail project.
  • Environmental activist groups are trying to block the mining of phosphate, an important fertilizer for global crop production, in a central Florida location from which most of the nation’s phosphate is produced.
  • The Massachusetts Public Health Council has banned bisphenol-A (BPA) from being used in baby bottles and sipping cups. California and the U.S. Senate rejected similar proposed bans--although research has confirmed it poses no threat to human health or the environment.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s imposition of new restrictions on nutrient and sediment runoff into the Chesapeake Bay watershed is causing a storm of protest among New York’s primarily Democratic Congressional delegation.
  • Dwindling funding for state parks and deep budget cuts have led Colorado’s Parks Board to consider allowing oil and gas drilling in state parks.
  • Warming temperatures in Canada are causing butterfly species to extend, rather than contract, their geographical range, according to a study published in Environmental Entomology.

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