Eco News Network’s Top 5 Environmental Headlines of the Week

December 7, 2012

Eco News Network's top environmental headlines of the weekWhat’s been going on in the world this week? To help you stay up to date on the eco-friendly front, we’ll be providing just a few of the most important happenings in the environmental news world. Keep reading and check out our top five picks.






Dec. 5, 2012 – US Adds More Renewable Energy in 2012

United States uses more renewable energy in 2012A new report titled the “Energy Infrastructure Update,” released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, shows that 46.2 percent of the United States’ energy in 2012 was renewable. Read the full story at Grist

Dec. 5, 2012 – One of Five New Fish Species Named after Obama

New fish species named after President ObamaIf you’re thinking about naming your new pet after President Obama, two scientists from Georgia and Missouri beat you to it. An ecologist and geologist recently discovered five new fish species, and decided to name one “Etheostoma obama.” Read the full story at Mother Nature Network

Dec. 6, 2012 –Australia’s Prime Minister Stalls Green Tape Reform

Australia's Prime Minister stalls green tape reformAustralia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard followed through on her original plan to cut “green tape.” This means attempts to update environmental regulations for major projects have been delayed and business groups are now expressing disappointment in the decision. Read the full story at Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Dec. 6, 2012 – Indiana University Students Push for Clean Energy

Indiana University works toward clean energyAn Indiana University group, Coal Free IU, is pushing the college to steer clear from coal use clean energy. Senior Lauren Kastner helped launch the group and wants her school “to reflect the values of [her] generation and our changing society.” Read the full story at TreeHugger

Dec. 6, 2012 – New York City Declares Leadership in
Climate Change War

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces New York City will lead climate change warNew York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared he and his city will lead the war on climate change, especially due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy. He realizes they can’t do it alone, but the least they can do is become a leader in environmental issue. Read the full story at Yahoo! News

These are just a few, out of many, environmental headlines that have occurred this week. Be sure to educate yourself about what’s going on in the world and check back here every Friday to catch up on eco-friendly news.

-Allyson Koerner

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