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Written by From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine   
Monday, 31 August 2009 08:42

Dear EarthTalk: Has China been making any progress reducing its output of global

warming gases, and/or in tackling other environmental problems?   –Bill W., Saugus, MA

Decades of rapid-fire development and lack of government oversight has meant that China now faces some serious environmental challenges. According to research by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, China surpassed the United States as the world’s leading emitter of greenhouse gases in 2006—and hasn’t looked back. (While the Chinese emit some eight percent more carbon dioxide than their American counterparts, the U.S. still leads the world in greenhouse gas emissions per capita, due to its significantly smaller population size and higher standard of living.)

 
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Written by From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine   
Monday, 31 August 2009 08:16

Dear EarthTalk: How are populations of the world’s orca whales faring these

days? Are we still in danger of losing them all in the wild?      -- J. Witham, Bangor, ME

The largest member of the dolphin family and a major draw at marine parks, orcas (also known as “killer whales”) are highly intelligent and social marine mammals that, because of these traits, have come to be known as ambassadors for nature and marine ecosystems around the world.

 
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Written by From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine   
Wednesday, 19 August 2009 13:53

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the story with the Florida Panther these days? Is it still

teetering on the brink of extinction, or is it on the rebound?      -- Alex T., via email

One of more than 20 subspecies of cougar and native to the southeastern United States, the Florida Panther is most certainly still highly endangered. Biologists estimate that less than 100 of the animals are alive in the wild today, hanging on in the southern tip of Florida below the Caloosahatchee River. Their current range represents less than five percent of where they originally roamed across Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and parts of Tennessee and South Carolina.

 
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