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Green Business Roundup – April 5th 2012

Best of Green 2012

TreeHugger is announcing the results of their 2012 Best of Green Awards throughout this week.  Over 120 winners in more than 100 categories will be announced including best electric car, best green cookbook, best-looking endangered species!, and many more.  The winners of over 50 categories are selected by TreeHugger readers themselves.
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Weird weather

It has been one of the strangest years of roller-coaster weather ever.  Scientists are trying to work out why.  Can it be directly attributed to Global Warming? Is it here to stay?  What can be done to control it?  There are many direct effects on business.  Trees and crops which leaped into action when they thought spring had come early are now threatened by the cold in many parts of the world.  The New York Times reports on scientists’ efforts to link climate change to global warning by concentrating on a decline in ice in the Arctic.
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Geothermal power in Japan set to grow

Bloomberg is reporting that geothermal power in Japan may reach 2 gigawatts by the 2020s.  This would mainly be due to new projects which the government has decided to allow in recently opened areas of the national parks.  A feed-tariff program and $109 million in subsidies for feasibility studies and test drilling by 2013 are other significant factors.
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Electric cars get a much needed boost

Also from Bloomberg comes a report that $4 a gallon gasoline prices are breathing new life into a flagging market for electric cars and hybrids.
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Tuna fishing ban in the Pacific partially lifted

A two year ban on tuna fishing in areas of the Pacific, home to 60% of tuna fish stocks, has been lifted.  It has been replaced by limited access. A free-for-all requested by the big fishing nations has been rejected.  The imperative to conserve stock has to be pretty compelling even to the greediest but a report highlighted by the Guardian, Healthy European fish stocks would be worth £2.7bn a year, makes a strong economic case for patience and delayed gratification.
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