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By Desi Doyen on 4/25/2017, 10:50am PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: The March for Science was a global success on 7 continents; What's next? Recruiting scientists to run for elected office; Earth hits a milestone in rising CO2; PLUS: Britain hits its own milestone --- its first full day without coal since the 1880s... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): There Is No Conflict Between Creating Jobs and Protecting the Environment; Sea Level Rise Threat Estimate Doubled Due to Extreme Arctic Melt; An Old Rock Could Lead To 'Next Generation' Solar Cells; The nation is immersed in its warmest period in recorded history; The effects of climate change will force millions to migrate; The Fingerprints of Global Warming on Extreme Weather; EPA Budget Cuts Will Severely Affect Environmental Justice Communities; The Saga of North Carolina’s Contaminated Water; How a sewer will save St. Louis... PLUS: China, India Become Climate Leaders as West Falters.... and much, MUCH more! ...

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  • There Is No Conflict Between Creating Jobs and Protecting the Environment (Washington Monthly):
    Conservative philosophy takes for granted that the only legitimate jobs are private sector, of course, but it would be a mistake to grant the conceit. Government doesn’t exist in order to steal from people for its own benefit. It exists in order to provide essential communal services that the free market either will not pay for, or will not provide to enough people to avert humanitarian disaster.
  • Extreme Arctic Melt Is Raising Sea Level Rise Threat; Estimate Doubled (Inside Cliamte News):
    Global sea level rise could happen at nearly twice the rate previously projected by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, even under the best scenario, according to a new report.
  • Renewables: An Old Rock Could Lead To 'Next Generation' Solar Cells (E&E News):
    After a 170-year delay, the discovery of a strange, metallic-looking rock found in the Ural Mountains in Russia in 1839 has ignited a global technology race for a cheaper, more efficient solar cell. It could seriously disrupt the world's solar market, currently dominated by China.
  • The nation is immersed in its warmest period in recorded history (Washington Post):
    The U.S. is enduring a stretch of abnormally warm weather unsurpassed in the record books, and it shows no immediate sign of ending.
  • The effects of climate change will force millions to migrate. Here’s what this means for human security. (Washington Post):
    To look at these issues in depth, the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University convened a working group on human migration and climate change. ISD’s April 2017 report, “New Challenges to Human Security: Environmental Change and Human Mobility,” brings together analysis and discussion from experts on climate change, resource management, migration, foreign policy and national security, and included government and nongovernmental organization policymakers and foreign policy practitioners.
  • China, India Become Climate Leaders as West Falters (Climate Central):
    In the Western hemisphere, where centuries of polluting fossil fuel use have created comfortable lifestyles, the fight against warming has faltered largely due to the rise of far-right political groups and nationalist movements. As numerous rich countries have foundered, India and China have emerged as global leaders in tackling global warming.
  • The Fingerprints of Global Warming on Extreme Weather (Climate Central):
    The idea behind extreme event attribution studies is to gain a better handle on how warming is changing the risk of different types of extreme weather in different areas. Because extremes have some of the biggest impacts on people, infrastructure and the economy, understanding how those risks are changing can help government officials and businesses better plan for the future.
  • EPA Budget Cuts Will Severely Affect Environmental Justice Communities (Common Dreams):
    “The EPA is important to me because I live in an industrialized community,” said Kelley, who won the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2011. “The EPA has been an authority that can really reduce air toxins that we’re exposed to. The state of Texas is very friendly to industry, and the EPA is like that big brother we can go to when there’s a major issue in our town.”
  • The Saga of North Carolina’s Contaminated Water (The Atlantic):
    The state’s GOP leadership tried to make the state more business-friendly. Now residents are saying their water isn’t safe to drink...“It’s like our state is deaf, and the only voice they can hear is Duke Energy.”
  • How a sewer will save St. Louis: (Politico Magazine):
    According to an Environmental Protection Agency report, just at the nation’s major beaches—a small portion of the country’s swimming areas—about 3,500 to 5,000 Americans a year get sick because of sewage-contaminated water.
  • Trump’s latest gift to the coal industry might be illegal (Climate Progress):
    The Department of Interior has stayed a rule that would enforce royalty payments for coal mined on public lands.
  • US EPA Confirms Continuity of Open Data Service beyond 28-Apr-2017 (Medium):
    The US Government’s largest civilian linked open data web service has been confirmed by EPA to remain operational beyond Friday 28-April 2017, pending Congress approving a C.R. or budget.
  • Some Sea Creatures May Already Be Dissolving in Our Acidifying Oceans (Pacific Standard):
    The most troubling element of this finding: The conditions to which the researchers exposed the lab-grown colonies exist already off the coast of California.
  • Texas chooses the fossil fuel CEO behind Dakota Access to guard its parks and wildlife (Climate Progress):
    Dallas billionaire and longtime pipeline exec Kelcy Warren was appointed by Gov. Abbott.
  • A beginner's guide to the debate over 100% renewable energy (Vox):
    Clean-energy enthusiasts frequently claim that we can go bigger, that it's possible for the whole world to run on renewables - we merely lack the "political will." So, is it true? Do we know how get to an all-renewables system? Not yet. Not really.
  • Analysis: Just four years left of the 1.5C carbon budget (Carbon Brief):
    Four years of current emissions would be enough to blow what's left of the carbon budget for a good chance of keeping global temperature rise to 1.5C.
  • No country on Earth is taking the 2 degree climate target seriously (Vox):
    If we mean what we say, no more new fossil fuels, anywhere.


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  • NASA Video: If we don't act, here's what to expect in the next 100 years: