GREEN TEAM: Obama is expected to announce his already-leaked environment and energy team today. (Source: CNN)
TRICK OR TREATY: The U.N. climate summit in Poznan, Poland, wrapped up Saturday on either a hopeful or acrimonious note, depending who you ask. The hopefulness derived from the talks' modest achievements, which laid the groundwork for 2009's Copenhagen treaty, as well as from the continued global optimism that Obama will take care of everything. Acrimony swelled from the increasingly obvious divide between rich and poor nations, manifested in the arguments over who should pay for emissions cuts. (Sources: The New York Times, The Washington Post, AFP, AP, Dot Earth)
SWEET NOTHINGS: After Florida Gov. Charlie Crist was hailed recently for his success in salvaging a vast tract of the Everglades from U.S. Sugar, it looks as though the economic slump might derail his plans to save the swamp. (Source: The Los Angeles Times)
BASQUES IN REFLECTED GLORY: While Spain's Basque separatist group is weak from increased prosecution, its remaining devotees are trying to position themselves as eco-warriors, fighting a regional transit plan they say disrupts local communities and natural environments without benefitting those who live there. But the project the Basques are fighting is a high-speed rail line connecting Madrid to Paris that could take polluting cars and planes off the roads and out of the sky. (Source: The Guardian)
WHERE WOLVES: Wolf-human relations are souring. Endangered wolves in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where they've fought back from the brink of extinction in the 1960s, are being increasingly killed by locals who see them as a threat and nuisance. Many Western wolves are meeting the same fate by legal means -- government officials have killed record numbers this year, including all 27 members of a wolfpack in Montana -- and the Bush administration is expected to soon remove the Northern Rockies' 1,500 gray wolves from the endangered species list. (Sources: MSNBC, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
THE LORAX: The L.A. Times looks back at Dr. Seuss' rhyming environmental revolutionary. (Source: The L.A. Times)
"JELLYFISH GONE WILD": Jellyfish swarms have become increasingly common in recent years, as the "cockroaches of the sea" thrive while climate change and agricultural runoff create warmer waters and dead zones across the world. Sometimes containing billions of jellyfish and covering hundreds of square miles, these swarms can wipe out entire fisheries and even crashed the New York City Triathlon this year. The National Science Foundation recently launched a new interactive website detailing the gelatinous threat posed by spineless blobs, called "Jellyfish Gone Wild." But jellyfish aren't all doom and gloom: An Australian news outlet reported last month on a jellyfish-like creature there that holds potential for storing carbon, thus combating climate change. (Sources: Science Daily, The Mobile Press-Register, MSNBC, The L.A. Times, The Independent, The NY Times, The National Science Foundation, Australian Broadcasting Corporation News)
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