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Earthgauge news March 16

Mass Extinction May Occur Within 300 Years, Scientists Say

In a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, researchers found that if efforts are not made to conserve species that are in danger of becoming extinct, a mass extinction – meaning a loss of at least 75 percent of species – could occur in just 300 years.

Air Pollution Triggers More Heart Attacks Than Cocaine – Huffington Post
Air pollution triggers more heart attacks than cocaine use, a recent study finds. While cocaine users certainly shouldn’t be celebrating, people living in cities with high pollution levels should be concerned.

NOAA climate scientists cleared in U.S. report – Green House – USATODAY.com
Federal climate scientists whose e-mails were leaked in the debate over climate change did nothing wrong, concludes an investigation by the U.S. Commerce Department’s inspector general.

Canada upset by concerns over oil sands – UPI.com
Canadian officials are threatening to pull out of trade talks with the European Union if the EU presses ahead with environmental regulations that would block imports of fuel produced from Canada’s oil sands.

Green economy will promote growth, says UN – Nature.com
Investing $1.3 trillion – or 2% of global GDP – in “green” initiatives each year between now and 2050 will spur significant economic growth in the long run, according to a report published today by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

Extreme winter weather linked to climate change | Reuters
This winter’s heavy snowfalls and other extreme storms could well be related to increased moisture in the air due to global climate change, a panel of scientists said on Tuesday.

Eastern cougar formally declared extinct – The Republic
For decades, many have believed the eastern cougar to be extinct. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made it official.

World Environment News – Water, CO2 The Priorities For China’s 5-Year Plan
Tackling environmental problems from carbon emissions to water pollution will be a key focus of a new five-year plan in China. The plan for 2011-2015 will include new directives aimed at reversing the damage done by 30 years of untrammeled growth, and it will also aim to give a fillip to clean and renewable energy.

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