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Good news and not so good news...

Hadley Laughlin

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So, this week’s media coverage on the environment has produced some good and not so good news for us environmentalists.  I’ll start with the not so good news…according to a poll released this week by the Pew Research Center, climate change and other environmental issues are not a priority for US voters. 

  • -Global warming came in last among 20 voter concerns.
  • -Only 30 percent of the voters deemed global warming to be “a top priority,” compared with 35 percent in 2008.
  • -41% of voters consider “Protecting the environment” a top priority, compared with 56 percent last year.

Read more about the above poll at…

Revkin, Andrew. “Environmental Issues Slide in Poll of Public’s Concerns.” New York Times 1/23/09.

Okay, on to the better news.   The Wall Street Journal reported this week that our efforts over the last 20 years to clean up our air has resulted in adding an average of 5 months to our lives.  So, hold your head high knowing that our country’s pollution reducing efforts have had quantifiable results that benefit each and every one of us.  This just shows that we can’t stop now!

Read more about these cleaner air findings at…

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123260018471605295.html?mod=googlenews_wsj