Environmental news for April Fool's Day
April 1, 2009 will go down in history not only as the date scientists stopped pretending that global warming (aka climate change) was real and unavoidable, but a day that also revealed other big environmental news:
For instance, Red Green and Blue reports that former President George W. Bush will be awarded the prestigious Goldman Prize (the “environmental Nobel Prize”) for excellence in protecting the environment.
He's being recognized, Amiel Blajchman says, "for his 2006 decision to declare a remote chain of islands in Hawaii as a national monument. In making his announcement, Bush said 'It’s larger than 46 of our 50 states, and more than seven times larger than all our national marine sanctuaries combined. This is a big deal.' ” So is the trash that isn't being removed from the islands.
Everyone loves cute (and endangered) pandas. But what happens if those black and white charmers are really brown bears in disguise? The Taipei News in Taiwan reports that's what zookeepers uncovered about the local zoo's gift from China of a duo of pandas: "Zookeepers discovered at feeding time yesterday that the two pandas are in fact Wenzhou brown forest bears that had been dyed to create the panda’s distinctive black-and-white appearance."