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Overload: The End of the Eastern Cougar, the Climate of Coffee, and More

Cougars, court, and climate change's impact on your morning coffee in today's daily roundup of what we're reading at GOOD Environment HQ. Enjoy!


The eastern cougar—aka the catamount, ghost cat, mountain cat, mountain lion, panther, or puma—has officially been declared extinct, a decision that will fluster and outrage many of my Vermont neighbors. (Though it's been 70 years from the last official spotting, the legend of the eastern cougar is alive and well in northern New England.)

The White House is toying—just toying—with the idea of tapping into the strategic oil reserves.


Tomorrow, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Fred Upton, is hosting an informative hearing on “Climate Science and EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Regulations.” Sounds good, but Chris Mooney calls it a "science fight," and is like, "so now they call in the scientists?"

Buzzkill: Climate change will wreak havoc on coffee crops, and will make for a more pricey latte.

After 22 years, the Exxon Valdez case is back in court. It could cost ExxonMobil another $100 million.

Overload is a daily round-up of what we're reading at GOOD Environment HQ.

Photo (cc) by Bruce Taten on Flickr.

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Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

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Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that the worst thing about the job, right after the pay, are the unreasonable cheapskates who "want to talk to your manager" to get some money off an item.

They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

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In a typical work day, people who smoke take more breaks than those who do not. Every few hours they pop outside to have a smoke and usually take a coworker with them.

Don Bryden, Managing director at KCJ Training and Employment Solutions in Swindon, England, thinks that nonsmokers and smokers should be treated equally, so he's giving those who refrain from smoking four extra days to compensate.

Funny enough, Bryden is a smoker himself.

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