With Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen...
Climate change on the ballot.
By Desi Doyen on 10/28/2014, 3:34pm PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Climate Change and Election 2014: High stakes on energy, the environment, and global warming ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Australia breaks heat records - again; BP oil spill left big oily 'bathtub ring' on seafloor; Shell wants 5 more years to drill in the Arctic; How can we get power to the poor without frying the planet?; More storms mean more sewage overflows in Wisconsin; Japan town votes to re-start nuclear plants; Amid CA drought, bruising battle over water ... PLUS: U.N. climate change draft report warns risks of 'irreversible' damage... 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)...

  • U.N. Climate Change Draft Sees Risks of Irreversible Damage (Reuters) [emphasis added]:
    Climate change may have "serious, pervasive and irreversible" impacts on human society and nature, according to a draft U.N. report due for approval this week that says governments still have time to avert the worst.
  • Australia Blasted by Record Heat — Again (Climate Central):
    Strange early-season temperatures again dogged sweaty Australians over the weekend, with Saturday’s continent-wide average maximum topping 97°F — a record for October.
  • BP Spill Left Big Oily 'Bathtub Ring' on Seafloor (AP):
    The BP oil spill left an oily "bathub ring" on the sea floor that's about the size of Rhode Island, new research shows.
  • How can we get power to the poor without frying the planet? (Grist):
    As we pilot our ship through the 21st century, humanity faces its own narrow strait, its own Scylla and Charybdis. On one side is the many-headed monster of energy poverty, with its attendant ill health, backbreaking labor, and wasted potential. ...On the other side there is climate change, “waves and whirlwinds of fire,” which on our current trajectory threatens to flood, parch, starve, and uproot millions of people this century and possibly render the planet hostile to human life for centuries to come.
  • With Storms Intensifying, Milwaukee Braces for Bigger Flows (Daily Climate):
    Climate change has thrown historic rain patterns out of whack. Sanitation departments throughout the Midwest are bracing to keep up with more frequent and intense runoff.
  • Shell Seeks 5 More Years for Arctic Oil Drilling Drive (Bloomberg):
    Royal Dutch Shell Plc is asking the Obama administration for five more years to explore for oil off Alaska’s coast, saying set backs and legal delays may push the start of drilling past the 2017 expiration of some leases.
  • Pragmatism on Climate Change Trumps Politics at Local Level Across US (NY Times):
    Ms. Jacobs, a commissioner for Broward County, pressed her case, arguing that few issues were more critical to residents of southeast Florida than street flooding at high tide — sometimes even on sunny days — and ocean water seeping into their drinking water. “It’s how you ask the question,” she said. “Is clean water important to you?" Voters have answered yes so far.
  • Japan Edges Back Towards Nuclear Power With Vote To Restart Reactors (Guardian UK):
    Japan has moved closer to a return to nuclear power, more than three years after the Fukushima disaster, after a town in the country’s south-west voted to approve two reactors coming back online.
  • Most Canadians Say Environment Trumps Energy Prices (Bloomberg News):
    A majority of Canadians view environmental protection as being more important than energy prices and expect businesses to carry the burden of a carbon tax, according to a recent poll.
  • After Election 2014: STEM EDUCATION (Science Magazine)
  • Rooftop solar is just the beginning; utilities must innovate or go extinct (Grist):
    Sooner or later, there must be a wholesale rethinking of the utility business model. And if utilities are smart, they'll do it sooner.
  • Amid California's drought, a bruising battle for cheap water (LA Times):
    In truth, neither is to blame for Westlands' woes so much as the simple fact that the nation's largest irrigation district is in the wrong place.
  • Lifecycle Study Shows Renewable Electricity Is Greener Than All Other Sources: (Climate Central):
    [R]esearchers conducted the first-ever lifecycle analysis of a wide-scale global rollout of new wind, hydro and solar power plants, asking whether shifting from coal and natural gas power generation to renewables would increase or decrease certain types of pollution.
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    [O]ver time, the environmental impact of extracting those raw materials declines, pollution decreases and the total quantity of those materials likely needed for renewables is a fraction of the volume of those materials being mined today, the study says.
  • 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.


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
  • 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: