With Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen...
By Desi Doyen on 4/21/2015, 12:34pm PT  


 

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: The BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, five years later; As Earth Day comes and goes, Obama pushes again for climate action; Jan-March 2015 was the hottest ever recorded; PLUS: Jeb Bush thinks climate change might actually be a thing... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): 10 tips to make every day Earth Day; Geologists think they know what caused TX earthquakes; Everything you think you know about CA water is wrong; Majority of e-waste collected in 2014 not recycled correctly; Arctic is ‘unraveling’ due to climate change; Geologists blame fracking injection wells for TX earthquakes; Support for carbon tax reaches almost 70%; Electrical grid infrastructure needs major changes, report finds... PLUS: Since BP Spill, 9 Million Acres in Gulf Leased for Drilling... 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)...

  • 10 tips to make every day Earth Day (Treehugger):
    Reuse instead of buying new every time.
    Repurpose The more creative cousin of reuse, repurposing turns old junk into new, functional objects.
    Rot compost everything organic.
    Repair instead of replacing.
    Return Only buy from companies with take-back programs.
    Refill instead of buying disposable bottles and paper cups.
    Refuse to buy overpackaged, disposable, single-use junk.
  • Majority of e-waste collected in 2014 not recycled correctly: report (Waste Dive) [emphasis added]:
    [T]he volume of electronic waste discarded around the globe reached 41.8 million tons in 2014. Less than one-sixth of that was considered to be reused or recycled properly....The 41.8 million tons of electronics tossed in 2014 had a potential value of $52 billion worth of reusable resources.
  • The Arctic is ‘unraveling’ due to climate change, and the consequences will be global (Washington Post):
    “What Happens in the Arctic Doesn’t Stay in the Arctic:” Here are four potential ways, drawing both upon the new report and much of our prior reporting here, that changes in the Arctic will reverberate well beyond it and, in some cases, have planet wide consequences...
  • Everything I thought I knew about water in California is wrong (Grist):
    Yes, farmers use a whole lot of Golden State water. But there's no easy solution to the state's drought woes in turning off their taps.
  • Geologists think they know what caused Azle earthquakes (WFAA):
    It states that the team at SMU found "high volumes of wastewater injection combined with saltwater (brine) extraction from natural gas wells is the most likely cause of earthquakes."
  • Support for carbon tax reaches almost 70% (E&E News) [emphasis added]:
    A large majority of Americans support taxing carbon emissions, according to polling results released yesterday, and favorability rises to two-thirds if the tax is used to send money back to households....[The survey] also found that efforts by environmental organizations to increase urgency around climate change by pointing to extreme weather isn't working, and neither are efforts to erode people's belief in global warming by questioning the science.
  • Since BP Spill, 9 Million Acres in Gulf Leased for Drilling (InsideClimate News):
    The BP drilling rig explosion five years ago sent 4.9 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, causing widespread damage to wildlife, ecosystems and livelihoods still seen today.
  • 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."
  • Major Changes Needed for U.S. Power Infrastructure, Says Obama Report (Washington Post):
    The U.S. electric grid will require major changes to reposition itself for the future challenges of climate change, new technologies, and national security in coming decades, according to a first-ever “Quadrennial Energy Review” released by the Obama administration.
  • 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: