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{Wednesday Roundup} 3/21/2012 This Week’s Top Eco Stories

March 21, 2012

Frozen Planet Premiers to Rave Reviews

Discovery Channel’s new documentary series, Frozen Planet, premiered this past Sunday to stellar reviews. Here’s one more. If you’re a fan of 2007’s Planet Earth, then this is a must-see, as it was filmed by the same acclaimed documentary team. Narrated by Alec Baldwin, Frozen Planet explores what rising temperatures could mean for the people and wildlife living in the coldest regions of the world.

Watch Frozen Planet this coming Sunday with the family. I promise the series’ never-before-filmed sequences and stunningly beautiful scenery will blow your mind.

May-Like Weather in the East, While Snow Slams the West

While the eastern half of the United States is experiencing May-like weather, the West is dealing with what the National Weather Service is calling “an unprecedented onslaught” of heavy winter storms for this time of year. You’ll want to have a look at this bizarre weather map.

Brazil Bars Chevron Executives from Leaving Over Spill

Chevron oil execs are being held accountable by a Brazilian court for an oil spill which occurred off the coast of Rio de Janeiro back in November. 17 American executives from Chevron and Transocean Ltd. were barred from leaving Brazil while a federal court considers criminal charges against them for the nearly 3,000 barrels of oil spilled.

Ray Mabus, U.S. Navy Secretary Defends Biofuels Investment

By 2016, the United States Navy aims to obtain 8 million barrels of biofuel to power a strike group that’s being called the “Great Green Fleet.” But this initiative is ruffling some Republicans’ feathers in Congress. Alternative fuels require no drilling, and can be produced in the United States, but perhaps its greatest benefit comes straight down to simple economics. “The only way we can afford to get the number of ships, the number of aircraft that we need is to change the way we get fuel,” Mabus said.

#OWS Call for Occupy Earth Day, Global Month of Action

OWS efforts have mostly targeted banks and corporate greed but now, the Occupy movement is focusing in on climate issues. The movement has issued a call to ‘Occupy Earth Day,’ beginning March 23rd and continuing through April.

Is it Safe to Play Yet? Going Extreme Lengths to Purge Household Toxins

A new trend in parenthood is the purging of toxic chemicals in the home, at all costs. Might some parents be taking their toxic fears a bit too far? Read this article and let us know what you think.

Germany’s $263 Billion Renewables Shift Biggest Since War

Could Germany become a role model for economies all over the world? According to this article, time will tell. Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, is planning to build offshore wind farms that would cover an area six times the size of New York City and erect power lines that could stretch from Baghdad to London. The plans call for 17 of Germany’s nuclear reactors to be replaced with renewable energy such as solar and wind.

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