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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Obama Administration approves sonic cannons for offshore oil exploration off the East Coast; Tornadoes in Boston? Bizarre extreme weather across the U.S.; Colorado judge strikes down local fracking ban; General Mills takes action on global warming; PLUS: Rocker Neil Young wants your help with a new technology to stop illegal logging in the rainforest ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Libya oil depot fire blazes out of control; NBC Shows How To Report On The Economic Costs Of Climate Change; BP Oil Spill is much worse than people think: scientists say; EPA is failing to stop pipeline methane leaks; More mysterious craters found in remote Siberia region; GOP candidate: most energy problems ‘are caused by environmentalists’; New communications platform to link electric cars, utilities... PLUS: Report find delaying climate action will carry heavy economic cost ... and much, MUCH more! ...


  • Bizarre Extreme Weather Across the U.S.:
  • Obama Admin Approves Sonic Cannons for Oil Exploration:
    • Obama opens Eastern Seaboard to oil exploration (AP) [emphasis added]:
      The cannons create noise pollution in waters shared by whales, dolphins and turtles, sending sound waves many times louder than a jet engine reverberating through the deep every ten seconds for weeks at a time. Arguing that endangered species could be harmed was the environmental groups' best hope for extending a decades-old ban against drilling off the U.S. Atlantic coast.
    • VIDEO: Dangerous oceanic exploration off the East Coast (The Ed Shultz Show, MSNBC):
      A major setback for environmental safety, after the Obama Administration lifts a 30 year ban on east coast oil and gas exploration. Ed Schultz and Dr. Reese Halter discuss the potential impact.

  • Colorado Judge Strikes Down Local Control Of Fracking:
  • General Mills Agrees to Take Action On Climate Change
    • General Mills takes bold stand for climate action: Oxfam welcomes General Mills’ commitments to act following tremendous public pressure (Oxfam) [emphasis added]:
      As one of the biggest food and beverage companies on the planet, General Mills has immense power to influence its suppliers and help create stronger standards in the industry....Kellogg, one of General Mills’ main competitors in the industry, faces growing pressure from the public to act. General Mills has shown that the only thing standing in the way of greater climate action from food and beverage companies is the political will.
    • Behind the Brands campaign makes waves as General Mills pledges climate action (TckTckTck)
    • General Mills' Policy on Climate (General Mills) [emphasis added]:
      As a global food company, General Mills recognizes the risks that climate change presents to humanity, our environment and our livelihoods. Changes in climate not only affect global food security but also impact General Mills’ raw material supply which, in turn, affects our ability to deliver quality, finished product to our consumers and ultimately, value to our shareholders.
    • NHL Warns Climate Change Could Threaten The Future Of Hockey (Think Progress Sports):
      The report, which draws attention to the impact of climate change and other environmental factors on the growth and long-term outlook of the sport, is the first of its kind from any major sports league, the NHL said.

  • Neil Young's Kickstarter Campaign: The Rainforest Call For Help:
    • VIDEO: Campaign to Save the Rainforest (Rolling Stone) [emphasis added]:
      The central idea behind Rainforest Connection is as simple as it is brilliant: Old cellphones are retrofitted with a solar-powered energy source and placed in trees around the rainforest. When they pick up the sound of chainsaws, animals in distress or gunshots, they alert authorities in real time. "Current detection systems rely on satellites which show rainforest destruction days or weeks too late," says a note on the group's Kickstarter page. "Our system provides the world's first real-time logging/poaching detection system. We can pinpoint deforestation activity the moment it begins, while simultaneously streaming the data openly and immediately to anyone around the world."

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

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  • 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:
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