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By Desi Doyen on 3/22/2016, 11:07am PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Sea World vows to end captive orca breeding program; Great Barrier Reef in distress amid worldwide coral bleaching event; Americans' concern about global warming rises to new levels; Severe drought shuts down Venezuela; PLUS: Not just Flint --- towns across America have a lead contamination problem... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Carbon emissions highest in 66 million years, since dinosaur age; How Water Shortages Threaten Jobs And Growth Across The World; Baltimore Struggles To Protect Children From Lead Paint; Panama Canal Sets Depth Limit On Ships Due To Drought; Michigan Outlines Flint Recovery Plan; Sasol’s huge petrochemical project dissolves environmental justice community; As Coal’s Future Grows Murkier, Banks Pull Financing; Feds Propose 5-Year Water Bottling Permit For Nestle In California... PLUS: New Galápagos Sanctuary Has World’s Highest Abundance of Sharks... and much, MUCH more! ...

STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...

'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...

  • Carbon emissions highest in 66 million years, since dinosaur age (Reuters):
    The rate of carbon emissions is higher than at any time in fossil records stretching back 66 million years to the age of the dinosaurs, according to a study on Monday that sounds an alarm about risks to nature from man-made global warming.
  • New Galápagos Sanctuary Has World’s Highest Abundance of Sharks (National Geographic):
    A new sanctuary now protects the unique marine life around the Galápagos Islands, including the highest abundance of sharks known in the world.
  • How Water Shortages Threaten Jobs And Growth Across The World (Reuters):
    Three out of four jobs globally are dependent on water – which means shortages and limited access may limit economic growth in the future.
  • Baltimore Struggles To Protect Children From Lead Paint (NPR):
    When a doctor found that Kenicer Carty's 1-year-old daughter had a dangerously high level of lead last year, it triggered an alarm of sorts. Officials sent an inspector to Carty's 1930 row house in northeast Baltimore. It turned out that every single window had hazardous chipping lead paint.
  • Panama Canal Sets Depth Limit On Ships Due To Drought (Reuters):
    The Panama Canal will next month impose new draft restrictions on ships due to falling water levels at nearby lakes that form part of the waterway, the authority that administers the canal said in a statement on Monday.
  • Michigan Outlines Flint Recovery Plan (Reuters):
    Michigan's government on Monday released goals to help the city of Flint recover from a health crisis caused by the lead contamination of its drinking water.
  • Sec. Jewell in Burns, OR: 'This Land Belongs To All Americans' (Oregon Live):
    Harney County, infamous now for enduring a 41-day occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, may find itself back in the spotlight soon and this time it will be the government's doing. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell concluded a day of tours and meetings in the Burns area Monday by declaring she intends to help trumpet a success that got overshadowed by acts of the armed protesters who took over the reserve Jan. 2.
  • Mossville's End (Chemical Engineering News):
    As Sasol’s huge petrochemical project lifts Southwest Louisiana, an environmental justice community dissolves in its shadow.
  • As Coal’s Future Grows Murkier, Banks Pull Financing NY TRimes):
    As coal stocks plummet and a growing number of coal companies face bankruptcy, large banks are increasingly taking their money out of coal investments. "Tens of thousands of miners were on strike and coal prices were skyrocketing in October 1902. Afraid of unrest, President Theodore Roosevelt sought the help of John Pierpont Morgan. The powerful banker, who held great sway over the coal industry, brokered a deal with the miners that ended the strike.
  • Feds Propose 5-Year Water Bottling Permit For Nestle In California (The Hill):
    Federal officials are proposing to give Nestle a new five-year permit to bottle water on federal land in drought-ridden California.
  • Want to fight climate change? Here are the 7 critical life changes you should make (Grist) [emphasis added]:
    So, given the imperfections of this world, what is a lone wolf such as yourself to do? Here are some conclusions gleaned from this study: 1. Buy the most fuel-efficient car you can afford, then drive it as little as possible....


FOR MORE on Climate Science and Climate Change, go to our Green News Report: Essential Background Page

  • Skeptical Science: Database with FULL DEBUNKING of ALL Climate Science Denier Myths
  • 4 Scenarios Show What Climate Change Will Do To The Earth,
  • From Pretty Bad To Disaster (Fast CoExist):

    But exactly how bad is still an open question, and a lot depends not only on how we react, but how quickly. The rate at which humans cut down on greenhouse gas emissions--if we do choose to cut them--will have a large bearing on how the world turns out by 2100, the forecasts reveal.
  • How to Solve Global Warming: It's the Energy Supply (Scientific American):
    Restraining global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius will require changing how the world produces and uses energy to power its cities and factories, heats and cools buildings, as well as moves people and goods in airplanes, trains, cars, ships and trucks, according to the IPCC. Changes are required not just in technology, but also in people's behavior.
  • Warning: Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses (Grist)
  • NASA Video: Warming over the last 130 years, and into the next 100 years: