Notes from a rare planet: More than 900 species have been added to the endangered species list this year

More than 900 species have been added to the endangered species list this year (MongayBay)

  • More than 19,000 species are now classified in one of three threatened categories: Vulnerable, Endangered, and Critically Endangered, a jump of 8,219 species since 2000.
  • Brighter news: The Arabian oryx makes a comeback.
  • Extinction rates are currently happening 100-1,000 times more than the natural rate.

Wind energy crosses political boundaries as a Palestinian and an Israeli partner up to form a cross boundary wind turbine business (New York Times)

  • Two business partners use one another’s access to markets to enhance their efforts to bring renewable energy to Israel and Palestine.
  • “It’s the same environment in which we live, the same place, the same country.”

A new poll from Yale University reveals more Americans care about global warming than expected. (Streetsblog Capitol Hill)

  • “We find very strong bipartisan support for a variety of climate and energy policies in this country,” said Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change.
  • Participants favored developing cleaner energy sources in a 9:1 ratio

One small thing: a weekly suggestion to help you lesson your environmental impact brought to you by the Sierra Club (Sierra Club)

  • This week: Reusable.  Try reusing bags and drinking out of in-house ceramic coffee mugs.

China’s efforts to green it’s  economy: not pretty now, but promises a cleaner future (The Nature Conservancy)

  • At the Boao Forum, Hank Paulson, Yao Ming, and Rare CEO Brett Jenks met with Chinese officials and businessmen to discuss to future relationship between China’s economy and its environment.
  • China is the top producer of wind turbines and solar energy panels.
  • China also has the largest reforestation plan in the world.