News Clips for January 21, 2010

Ocean Acidification

· Pacific’s rising acid levels threatening marine lifeSeattle Times

The most extensive survey of pH levels in the Pacific Ocean confirms what spot measurements have suggested: From Hawaii to Alaska, the upper reaches of the sea are becoming more acidic in concert with rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

· Enviro group: US must respond to coral concernsWashington Post

A U.S. conservation group announced Wednesday it would sue the federal government to force a decision on whether to protect 83 coral species it says are threatened by global warming and more acidic waters.

Endangered Species

· New challenge to offshore drilling in the Chukchi Sealatimesblogs.latimes.com

Absent a long-range policy on oil and gas development in the offshore Arctic from the Obama administration, the federal courts continue to be the battleground of choice over America’s next oil frontier.

Appropriations

· Hanging EPA regulations around Democrats’ necks - Grist Magazine

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