Green-News: Tuesday 2.3.09

  • Some scientists think dumping bales of crop waste deep into the ocean could cut atmospheric carbon build up by 14%. At depths of more than 1,500 meters there is very little mixing of deep water and surface water, keeping carbon on the ocean floor thousands of years; NewScientist investigates.

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Fight Obesity, Diabetes: More Parks and Safer Roads

By 2025, diabetes will likely surpass 380 million cases worldwide, exacerbated by obesity rates, which show no signs of slowing down. World health experts are calling for action:

It's the responsibility of governments to enable populations to create the conditions where (healthy) lifestyle is an easy choice rather than something that's very difficult to achieve," Gojka Roglic of the World Health Organization's diabetes program told Reuters.

If you don't have a park to walk in, if the traffic is too dangerous, then people won't be encouraged to walk or ride bicycles. Or if there is crime and someone will kill you for your bike, then you won't be encouraged to cycle."

Some governments have already answered the call. New York City’s calories-on-menus law, Japan measuring waistlines and a town in Italy paying people to lose weight.