Monday, November 8, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, November 8, 2010

Gardening in the time of climate change | The Burlington Free Press
Gardeners give new meaning to the phrase "bucket list." For the horticulturally inclined this does not mean what they want to accomplish before they die. Rather, it is the record of garden plants that, over the years, have "kicked the bucket" no matter how coddled.

In the past decade gardeners' lists have burgeoned as seasons have changed. Record heat, cold, floods, droughts and winds have recently come calling on Vermont gardens. It all adds up to climate change, say some.
Maine hits 12th straight month of warm temps | The Burlington Free Press
Maine is the coldest state in the Northeast, known for snowy nor'easters, lakes that remain ice-covered until May and an occasional chill on the Fourth of July. It reached a bone-numbing minus-50 degrees in 2009.

For the past year, however, Maine residents have enjoyed record warmth.

October marked a milestone of 12 straight months of warmer-than-usual temperatures in Maine. While the Northeast as a whole has been warm this year, no other state has had a streak like Maine's.
Vt. hoping to attract new energy laboratory | WCAX.COM
The University of Vermont and the Sandia National Laboratories are hoping to launch a new research partnership with some of the state's utilities and alternative energy companies.

The collaboration would focus on new energy technologies and how to connect renewable energy projects and conservation to the national electrical grid.

Planning for the project is under way with a $1 million grant from the Department of Energy.
Vt. holds third local food matchmaker | Boston.com
Vermont food sellers and buyers will get a chance to see if they're suited for one another at the third annual local food matchmaking event.

On Tuesday at Shelburne Farms, farmers and producers of locally made food will get a chance to talk one-on-one with wholesalers and distributors in 10-minute segments much like speed dating.

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture says the format is a time-efficient way for food producers to meet with many potential clients.
Judge Tosses Argument in Polar Bear Lawsuit | ScienceInsider
Environmentalists have moved one step closer to getting polar bears listed as endangered under U.S. law. A federal judge for the District of Columbia yesterday rejected a legal argument used by the Bush Administration in 2008 to argue that the polar bears are threatened but not endangered.

The Administration had argued that because the bear was not threatened with imminent extinction, it could only be listed as "threatened." (This status allowed the Administration to create a special rule exempting greenhouse gas emissions—which are, through global warming, melting the artic sea ice used by the polar bears for hunting—from regulation under the Endangered Species Act.)