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By Desi Doyen on 4/16/2015, 3:57pm PT  


IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Ontario, Canada joins cap and trade system to fight global warming; Students push Harvard to divest billions from fossil fuels; New poll finds majority of Americans support a tax on carbon emissions; PLUS: Last male white rhino on Earth is now under 24-hour armed guard... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Dutch government taken to court over climate change; Fort McMurray's wastelands: Premature expropriations plague communities across Canada; Sardine population collapses, prompting ban on commercial fishing; Coal is dying all by itself; Nuclear Waste Reprocessing: Poised for growth, or on death's door?... PLUS: Judges Hear Challenge to Proposed E.P.A. Rule to Curb Climate Change... and much, MUCH more! ...


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

  • Dutch government taken to court over climate change (New Scientist):
    If governments won't do it on their own, can courts force their hand? That's the hope of a Dutch environmental group called Urgenda, which this week presented a class action suit over climate change.Urgenda is suing the Dutch government on behalf of some 900 citizens, including children. The suit claims that the government's action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is insufficient, and is therefore "knowingly exposing its own citizens to dangerous situations".
  • Judges Hear Challenge to Proposed E.P.A. Rule to Curb Climate Change NY Times)
  • Fort McMurray's wastelands: Premature expropriations plague communities across Canada (Financial Post)
  • Sardine population collapses, prompting ban on commercial fishing (SF Chronicle) [emphasis added]:
    [F]ederal scientists documented a 91 percent decline in sardine numbers along the West Coast since 2007.... "They didn't respond fast enough to the decline," said Shester, who blamed overfishing for worsening an already bad situation. "Now we find ourselves in a crisis situation."
  • Coal is dying all by itself (Grist) [emphasis added]:
    The "war on coal" narrative isn't simply misleading, it also distracts from the very real problem of how to prepare coal mining communities and energy consumers (i.e., everyone) for an approaching future in which coal is demoted to a bit role after a century at center stage.
    "The presence of the coal industry has kept these communities in a state of dependence, and not allowed them to develop a real economy beyond coal..."
  • Nuclear Waste Reprocessing: Poised for growth, or on death's door? (Bulletin of Atomic Scientists):
    But Beijing's attempts to develop commercially viable reprocessing facilities and breeder reactors have been afflicted with technological difficulties, serious delays, and cost overruns. At this point-especially taking into account China's ample uranium resources and its easy access to additional resources abroad-it appears very doubtful that reprocessing and fast reactors are the proper way forward for China's nuclear energy sector.
  • 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: