Daily Green Wrap-up 11.September, 2012

There is no other place in the world like America. It is the only country that can lay claim to the mantle of richest in the world, and it is also the only country that fosters the organized harassment of climate scientists. Like jazz, sitcoms, and hip-hop, systematic attacks on climate scientists are an American original.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) has done something really cool and released a kind of ‘how to’ guide for cities who are considering setting up a bike-sharing program. It’s a fantastic idea and I must give kudos to all those involved! The best way for bike-sharing to succeed and spread like kudzu is for the best practices of existing programs to be transmitted to new entrants.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature has released a report saying that the Caribbean’s iconic reefs are in sharp decline, with live coral coverage down to an average of just eight percent. Shockingly, due to overfishing, pollution, disease and bleaching caused by rising global temperatures, that is down 50% from what it was in the 1970s.
…The Chicago spree, as unusually severe as it has been, mimics a pattern that researchers (and police officials, and, heck, just about all of us) have long observed. When temperatures go up, crime often does, too (last summer’s startling London riots were partly blamed on the weather).
The Board of Directors of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), recently approved the purchase of 45 new hybrid electric 40-foot buses from New Flyer Industries. These new vehicles will replace 13-year-old buses currently in service.
I wish I could understand the obsession with the Chevy Volt. There are far more interesting stories coming out of GM these days, but the media can’t get enough of lambasting the Volt. The latest ridiculous study claims that Chevy is losing as much as $49,000 for every car sold.

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