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By Desi Doyen on 7/11/2017, 11:14am PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: At G-20 summit, the world moves forward on climate change as Trump retreats alone; Trump Administration announces 'red team' effort to question mainstream climate science; Court rejects EPA bid to roll back methane emissions rule; Volvo to make every car model electric; PLUS: California's green governor trumps Trump with global climate summit... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): The Power and Peril of “Climate Disaster Porn”; The Uninhabitable Earth: When will climate change make earth too hot for humans?; Obama Rues Loss of ‘American Leadership’ on Climate Change; Tribal, environmental groups sue over methane rule delay; Nuns protest Atlantic Sunrise pipeline by building chapel on route; Environmental groups slam Senate energy bill; Deep industry ties in Trump's deregulation team; Coal no longer fuels America, but the myth remains; Ganges River in India "dying", succumbing to pollution; Trump analysis of WOTUS omits economic benefits of clean water... PLUS: Franken and Letterman take on climate change in hilarious web series.... and much, MUCH more! ...

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

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  • The Power and Peril of “Climate Disaster Porn” (New Republic):
    Climate scientists say New York magazine's cover story about global warming is unnecessarily apocalyptic. But can fear help the planet?...The notion that fear is a motivating force may be true in some political arenas, but research suggests that’s not quite true for climate change.
  • The Uninhabitable Earth: When will climate change make earth too hot for humans? (New York Magazine):
    Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think.
  • Obama Rues Loss of ‘American Leadership’ on Climate Change (NY Times):
    Former President Barack Obama on Saturday indirectly criticized President Trump in a speech delivered in Indonesia for withdrawing “American leadership” on climate change by abandoning the Paris accord. “In Paris, we came together around the most ambitious agreement in history about climate change, an agreement that even with the temporary absence of American leadership can still give our children a fighting chance,” Mr. Obama said at the Fourth Congress of Indonesian Diaspora in Jakarta, the capital, according to The Associated Press.
  • VIDEO: Funny or Die: Franken and Letterman take on climate change in hilarious web series (Climate Progress):
    Did you know Dave’s beard is actually a weapon in the fight to control carbon pollution?
  • Tribal, environmental groups sue over methane rule delay (climate Progress):
    The Bureau of Land Management rule had already been finalized.
  • Nuns Protest Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline by Building Chapel on Proposed Route (EcoWatch):
    The company has since filed an emergency court order to seize the nuns' land and build the pipeline. A judge has scheduled a court hearing for July 17. The nuns noted in their statement that the federal court's order of eminent domain, once it goes into effect, can allow Transco to call for the removal of the chapel. But they believe that "having this structure on their land, for however long, gives tangible witness to the sacredness of Earth."
  • 19 Aquariums Pledge to Fight Plastic Pollution, Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags and Straws (EcoWatch):
    A collaboration of aquariums across the U.S. have launched a campaign Monday to reduce ocean and freshwater plastic pollution. Notably, as of today, all 19 aquariums that belong to the Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP) have "eliminated" plastic straws and single-use carryout plastic bags at their facilities.
  • Greens Slam Senate’s Energy Policy Bill (The Hill):
    Environmental and progressive organizations are uniting to oppose the Senate’s broad energy legislation as it heads for a potential vote.
  • Renewables Generated More Power Than Nuclear in March and April (Green Tech Media):
    Solar farms planted on an abandoned nuclear plant site or powering a coal museum or atop a strip mine offer stark images of the ascendance of renewables.
  • The Deep Industry Ties of Trump’s Deregulation Team (NY Times):
    President Trump entered office pledging to cut red tape, and within weeks, he ordered his administration to assemble teams to aggressively scale back government regulations. But the effort — a signature theme in Mr. Trump’s populist campaign for the White House — is being conducted in large part out of public view and often by political appointees with deep industry ties and potential conflicts.
  • Coal No Longer Fuels America. But The Legacy — And The Myth — Remain. (Washington Post):
    Boone County claims to be the birthplace of America’s coal industry, the rich and abundant black rock discovered in these verdant hills almost three centuries ago. Coal gives name to nearly everything in these parts — the Big and Little Coal rivers, the weekly Coal Valley News, the wondrous Bituminous Coal Heritage Foundation Museum and the West Virginia Coal Festival, celebrating, as we arrive in town, its 24th year.
  • Dying 'Mother Ganga': India's Holy River Succumbs To Pollution (Reuters):
    India's holy Ganges begins as a crystal clear river high in the icy Himalayas but pollution and excessive usage transforms it into toxic sludge on its journey through burgeoning cities, industrial hubs and past millions of devotees.

  • Clean Water Rule: Trump Analysis Slashes WOTUS's Economic Benefits (E&E News):
    U.S. EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are disputing their own economic analysis of the 2015 Clean Water Rule, now saying most benefits they previously ascribed to the Obama-era regulation can no longer be quantified.
  • New study confirms the oceans are warming rapidly (Guardian UK):
    Although theres some uncertainty in the distribution among Earths ocean basins, theres no question that the ocean is heating rapidly.
  • 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.
  • 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: