The Daily Dose: Your Guide to the World Today – 25 August 09

And these are your (business) leaders: The US Chamber of Commerce wants to put climate change on trial. It is pushing for a public hearing on the evidence that, it says, would be "the Scopes monkey trial of the 21st century" – a reference to the evolution versus creationism trial in 1925 which saw a teacher convicted for teaching Darwinian theory. The EPA has dismissed the idea as “frivolous”.

Trees around the world are colonising new territories in response to higher temperatures, growing at higher elevations and higher latitudes, a Lincoln University (New Zealand) study finds. The unexpected cause: warmer winters.

The Obama administration is working to craft a new overarching national ocean policy that could change how federal agencies address new projects at sea, from offshore energy development to aquaculture to marine conservation, with the intent of giving a unifying voice to federal agencies and law.

Mass bee deaths may be caused by viruses that disrupt gene expression, new research on bee DNA from colony collapse disorder (CCD) hives suggests, rather than a link with pesticides and immune defence, as was thought.

The Tennessee Valley Authority has spent $168 million toward the cleanup of its massive toxic coal ash spill last December – but the total direct cost could exceed $3 billion, and that’s not counting the impact on local real estate and businesses, let alone long-term environmental effects. 

Odd Spot: Polar bears are getting smaller due to “stress” from pollution and climate change, a new study suggests. The average polar bear skull is some 9% smaller than a century ago; it is thought the main cause is less sea ice leading to more energy used to hunt fewer food sources, thereby stunting growth.

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