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By Desi Doyen on 6/27/2017, 10:05am PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Nearly 160 killed in fuel truck explosion in Pakistan; Wildfire evacuations in Spain; Sea level rise accelerating faster than predicted; Trump Admin approves deadly seismic testing in Atlantic; PLUS: Hundreds of American mayors pledge to move their cities to 100% renewable electricity in 20 years... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Carbon in atmosphere rising, despite emissions remaining flat; Coal baron sues HBO comedy show host John Oliver; Trump and Modi meeting silent on climate; EPA official pressured EPA scientist to change testimony; CA to list glyphosate as cancer-causing, Monsanto threatens to sue; FirstEnergy's Ohio nukes not necessary to maintain grid reliability; Coal not necessary to maintain grid reliability; Invasive Asian carp found in waterway beyond Great Lakes barrier; EPA under investigation for low-balling methane emissions estimates from oil and gas; First-of-it's-kind 'clean coal' plant probably won't burn coal at all; Four die in SW heat wave... PLUS: Campaign to eliminate plastic straws sucking in thousands of converts... and much, MUCH more! ...

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

  • SPEAK UP for your national monuments through July 10, 2017: Review of Certain National Monuments Established Since 1996; Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment (U.S. Government)
  • Widlfire threatens national park in Spain:
  • More than 150 killed by exploding oil tanker truck in Pakistan:
  • Underwater sound cannons kill large swaths of plankton:
    • Air guns used in offshore oil exploration can kill tiny marine life (Nature):
      Powerful sound waves created during offshore surveys for oil and gas can kill microscopic animals at the base of the ocean food chain, according to a new study. And these lethal effects travel much farther than ecologists had previously assumed. Researchers fear that damage to these animals, collectively known as zooplankton, could harm top predators and commercially important species of fish that depend on such species for food.
    • Atlantic Oil Surveys Could Kill Food Used By Fisheries (Climate Central):
      The proposed Atlantic surveys would see arrays of airguns trawled by surveying companies up to 350 miles from the coast, fired every 10 seconds or so around the clock for up to a year. The new research suggests the proposal threatens to reduce the amount of food in the sea, as well as directly harm dolphins and other creatures.
    • SC's GOP Gov Sides With Coastal Communities Against Seismic Testing (Climate Progress)

  • The rate of sea level rise is accelerating sooner than predicted:
    • Sea level rise isn’t just happening, it’s getting faster (Washington Post) [emphasis added]:
      In at least the third such study published in the past year, scientists have confirmed seas are rising, and the rate of sea level rise is increasing as time passes — a sobering punchline for coastal communities that are only now beginning to prepare for a troubling future...For coastal communities, Harig said, the significance of the paper is that there’s no way to avoid the reality that sea level rise acceleration, which was already expected to occur based on scientific projections, is now here. “It’s no longer a projection, it’s now an observation,” he said. “It’s not something that they can continue to put off into the future.”
    • Sea level rise is accelerating, with Greenland in leading role (Mashable):
      A new study, published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, is one of a few recent works to confirm an acceleration in sea level rise during the past few decades. There had been greater uncertainty about this before, with climate deniers latching onto that and arguing that such an acceleration has not, in fact, been occurring...The findings also made clear how major contributors to sea level rise have been changing over time. And it doesn't paint a pretty picture.
    • Global sea level rise accelerates since 1990, study shows (Reuters)

  • Coal production is up in 2017:
    • Coal on the rise in China, US, India after major 2016 drop (AP):
      The world’s biggest coal users — China, the United States and India — have boosted coal mining in 2017, in an abrupt departure from last year’s record global decline for the heavily polluting fuel and a setback to efforts to rein in climate change emissions. Mining data reviewed by The Associated Press show that production through May is up by at least 121 million tons, or 6 percent, for the three countries compared to the same period last year. The change is most dramatic in the U.S., where coal mining rose 19 percent in the first five months of the year, according to U.S. Department of Energy data.
    • Global renewables rise from the ashes of coal's collapse (Climate Progress):
      China surpassed the U.S. to become world's largest renewable power producer last year, BP reports.

  • Hundreds of mayors sign 100% renewable energy resolution:
    • U.S. Mayors Back 100% Renewable Energy, Vow to Fill Climate Leadership Void (Inside Climate News):
      The U.S. Conference of Mayors also voted to support quick electrification of vehicles and urged Congress to back the Clean Power Plan and Paris climate agreement.
    • Mayors, Sidestepping Trump, Vow to Fill Void on Climate Change (NY Times):
      “If the federal government doesn’t act, it doesn’t mean we don’t have a national policy; the federal government doesn’t occupy the only place on this,” Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans and the new president of the conference, said before the vote on the nonbinding resolutions.
    • US mayors pass resolution to target 100% renewable energy by 2035 (Utility Dive):
      The group of more than 250 U.S. mayors also passed resolutions to support vehicle electrification, energy efficiency grants and city-driven plans to reverse climate change. The resolutions are symbolic and represent statements of intent for city planning and work with federal and state governments.

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

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