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By Desi Doyen on 3/17/2015, 12:36pm PT  


 

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Another Category 5 storm wreaks devastation in the Pacific; Extreme weather is getting extremely expensive; Scientist warns California could soon run out of water; PLUS: Some good news: for the first time in history, the global economy grew, but carbon emissions did not....All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Now East Antarctica is rapidly melting, too; Record number of manatees counted in Florida; Wind power competitive with natural gas even without subsidies; Al Gore: climate deniers should pay a political price; Arctic melt is messing with our weather; Climate change is baking Alaska; Europe's regulation of pesticides could affect US food; Freedom Industries owners plead guilty in chemical spill; US Rail industry pushes White House to ease rules... PLUS: Experts agree: Renewable energy taking over... 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)...

  • VIDEO:“Renewable Energy is Taking Over”. Two Men. Two Positive Views. (Climate Crocks) [emphasis added]:
    [O]ne of Norway’s most successful and reclusive business leaders, Fred Olsen – who has built a fortune in shipping, as well as Oil – but, having awakened to the threat of climate change, is now one of the world’s leaders in Wind and renewable energy...he was kind enough to grant an interview, with his thoughts on the stunning emergence of renewable energy as a major competitor to fossil fuels.
  • The melting of Antarctica was already really bad. It just got worse. (Washington Post):
    That’s alarming, because the glacier holds back a much more vast catchment of ice that, were its vulnerable parts to flow into the ocean, could produce a sea level rise of more than 11 feet — which is comparable to the impact from a loss of the West Antarctica ice sheet.
  • Wind Power Without U.S. Subsidy to Become Cheaper Than Gas (Bloomberg):
    Wind power will be cheaper than electricity produced from natural gas within a decade, even without a federal tax incentive, according to a U.S. Energy Department analysis.
  • SXSW: Al Gore Says Climate Change Deniers Should Pay Political Price: (Chicago Tribune):
    "We need to put a price on carbon to accelerate these market trends,” Gore said, referring to a proposed federal cap-and-trade system that would penalize companies that exceeded their carbon-emission limits. “And in order to do that, we need to put a price on denial in politics."
  • Climate Change Is Baking Alaska: The Last Frontier's weather is broken. (Mother Jones):
    Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, which Zappa calls home, has been practically tropical this winter. Rick Thoman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Alaska, has been dumbfounded. "Homer, Alaska, keeps setting record after record, and I keep looking at the data like, Has the temperature sensor gone out or something?"
  • The Arctic's climate change is messing with our weather (Guardian UK):
    Rapid Arctic warming is changing the jet stream and our weather along with it.

  • Former Freedom Industries Owner Pleads Guilty In Chemical Spill Trial (Huffington Post Green):
    Two former owners of Freedom Industries pleaded guilty on Monday to environmental violations stemming from last year's Charleston chemical spill that prompted a temporary tap water ban for 300,000 residents.
  • How Europe’s Regulation of Pesticides Could Impact Your Food (Civil Eats):
    As the E.U. moves to restrict hormone-disrupting chemicals, the U.S. government objects.
  • Rail industry pushes White House to ease oil train safety rules (Reuters):
    The U.S. rail industry is pushing the White House to drop a requirement that oil trains adopt an advanced braking system, a cornerstone of a national safety plan that will soon govern shipments of crude across the country.
  • What Happens When an Eclipse Hits the World's Most Solar-Powered Country? (Mother Jones):
    Germany is gearing up for an unusual challenge to its clean-energy revolution...."Some of the hype ahead of the eclipse served to focus minds," said R. Andreas Kraemer, a senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam. Power companies "relish the upcoming opportunity to show how they can handle that challenge professionally."
  • Florida counts record number of manatees (Daytona Beach News-Journal):
    A record number of manatees — 6,063 — were counted during a statewide survey in February, state officials announced Monday, exceeding the previous high number by nearly 1,000.
  • The Hydraulic Hypothesis and the End of Civilization (Greg Laden, Science Blogs):
    The so called “Hydraulic Hypothesis” is an idea first fully characterized by the historian Karl Wittfogel....If agriculture is the basis for a society, and it is carried out in a semi-arid region, then the management of water through various forms of irrigation and the centralized control of the agricultural cycle lends itself to centralized despotic leadership. or at least, some kid of cultural and social change allowing for organized effort to predominate over individual self interest.
  • Rate Of Climate Change To Soar By 2020s, With Arctic Warming 1°F Per Decade (Climate Progress):
    New research from a major national lab projects that the rate of climate change, which has risen sharply in recent decades, will soar by the 2020s. This worrisome projection - which has implications for extreme weather, sea level rise, and permafrost melt - is consistent with several recent studies.
  • Now's Your Chance to Help Save the Imperiled Monarch Butterfly-and Get Paid to Do So (Take Part) [emphasis added]:
    Another threat, according to Grant, has been well-intentioned individuals who have planted a tropical form of milkweed, which competes with native varieties and is not beneficial to monarchs or other pollinators.


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
  • 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.
  • 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: