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By Desi Doyen on 9/10/2015, 1:03pm PT  


 

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: A new entry into the 2016 Democratic presidential race --- and yes, we've got his position on climate change; Oil industry's deceptive ad campaign succeeds in California, as the state breaks new ground in climate and energy legislation; PLUS: Sarah Palin wants to be Energy Secretary --- and then quit... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Are scientists who collaborate with GMO industry tainted?; What Media Should Know About The Fossil Fuel Industry's Latest Pro-Smog Pollution Campaigns; Global warming could push bacteria species into overdrive; Obama:Act Now or Condemn World to a Nightmare; New study reveals the possibility of hurricanes 'unlike anything you've seen in history'; Scientists discover that the world contains dramatically more trees than previously thought - but it's not good news; 6.5 Million Americans Drink Water Contaminated With the Chemical Used to Make Non-Stick Pans... PLUS: Climate Change Is Darkening Seattle's Water Forecast... 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)...

  • What Media Should Know About The Fossil Fuel Industry's Latest Pro-Smog Pollution Campaigns: One Group Relies On Debunked Study, Another Is Front Group For Energy Industry (Media Matters):
    The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Environmental Policy Alliance are each running TV ad campaigns attacking the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) forthcoming smog pollution reduction rule. But before members of the media repeat the ads' claims, they should know that NAM's ads are based on a misleading study, and that the Environmental Policy Alliance is a front group for oil and gas PR executive Richard Berman.
  • "Nobody expected that it could do something so bizarre": Global warming could push bacteria species into overdrive (Climate Crocks) [emphasis added]:
    A new study from USC and the Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) shows that changing conditions due to climate change could send Tricho into overdrive with no way to stop - reproducing faster and generating lots more nitrogen. Without the ability to slow down, however, Tricho has the potential to gobble up all its available resources, which could trigger die-offs of the microorganism and the higher organisms that depend on it.
  • VIDEO: Obama on Climate Change: Act Now or Condemn World to a Nightmare (NBC News):
    We are not moving fast enough. None of the nations represented here are moving fast enough...The United Statesrecognizes our role in creating this problem and embraces our role in solving it....The time to heed the critics and the cynics and the deniers is past.
  • New study reveals the possibility of hurricanes 'unlike anything you've seen in history' (Washington Post) [emphasis added]:
    The purpose of the study is "to raise awareness of what a very low probability, very high impact hurricane event might look like," said Emanuel. The gray swan storms were generated by a computer model that "coupled" together, in the researchers' parlance, a very high-resolution hurricane model with a global climate model. That allowed the researchers to populate the simulated world with oodles of different storms.
  • Are scientists who collaborate with GMO industry tainted? (Grist):
    Neither of these facts is hugely consequential in itself. But these scientists work on opposite sides of today's widening debate over the future of U.S. agriculture - the argument between "big" and "small," conventional and organic, whether farming should go back to the land or back to the lab. Because of that, and thanks to a New York Times feature that hoisted them into the spotlight, they have become lightning rods for questions about research funding, conflicts of interest, and scientific ethics.
  • Scientists discover that the world contains dramatically more trees than previously thought (Washington Post) [emphasis added]:
    However, in no way do the researchers consider this good news. The study also finds that there are 46 percent fewer trees on Earth than there were before humans started the lengthy, but recently accelerating, process of deforestation.
  • 6.5 Million Americans Drink Water Contaminated With the Chemical Used to Make Non-Stick Pans (Environmental Working Group):
    [N]ationwide testing has found that 6.5 million Americans in 27 states are drinking water tainted by an industrial compound that was used for decades to make Teflon. The chemical, known as PFOA, has been detected in 94 public water systems.
  • Ready, Fire, Aim: Republicans Plunge Forward on Wrong Side of Climate Debate (Climate Crocks):
    Top Republican lawmakers are planning a wide-ranging offensive — including outreach to foreign officials by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office — to undermine President Barack Obama’s hopes of reaching an international climate change agreement that would cement his environmental legacy.
  • California Moves To Protect Citizens From Monsanto's GMO Weed Killer (Environmental Working Group):
    Because manufacturers loathe adding labels that could scare away customers, putting a chemical on the Proposition 65 list often leads them to reformulate the product or even to take it off the market. Since Roundup - primarily applied to genetically modified (GMO) crops - is the most widely used herbicide in the U.S., Monsanto will break out the heavy artillery to oppose the state's listing.
  • NatGeo Gives Fox Control of Media Assets in $725 Million Deal (Washington Post):
    Although the partners spoke optimistically about the new marketing and promotional potential of their enlarged venture, the news sent shudders through the magazine’s downtown Washington offices. The one-word reaction from one of the magazine’s journalists: “Dread.”
  • West Texas Residents Raise a Fight Over Another Trans-National Pipeline (InsideClimate News):
    Residents have rallied to oppose the Trans-Pecos pipeline, which will transport Eagle Ford shale gas across one of Texas' last remaining pristine areas.
  • Obama's Climate Plan Just Won Another Key Victory in Court (Mother Jones):
    A federal court in DC ruled that they would have to wait until the rules were finalized. They tried again last month, when the final details were announced. But this afternoon, they got smacked down again because the rules, while now final, still haven't been published in the federal register (that process typically takes months).
  • Climate Change Is Darkening Seattle's Water Forecast (InvestigateWest):
    One of the country's fastest-growing cities suddenly has a long-term water problem.
  • Huge Pirate Tuna Fishing Operation Exposed in Pacific, Says Greenpeace (Guardian UK):
    A Taiwanese longline vessel caught with 75kg of shark fins near Papua New Guinea was only the 'tip of the iceberg' of operations driving a decline in tuna.
  • Climate Change Could Put Tribes' Electric Systems at Risk (Climate Central):
    Heat waves, extreme storms, wildfire and other effects of climate change pose major threats to the electric power systems in Native American communities across the country, most significantly in the West and Southwest, according to a new U.S. Department of Energy report.
  • Ex Machina: No Techno-Fix For Irreversible Ocean Collapse From Carbon Pollution (Climate Progress):
    The Nature Climate Change study examined what would happen if we continue current CO2 emissions trends through 2050 and then try to remove huge volumes of CO2 from the air after the fact with some techno-fix. The result, as co-author John Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, put it, is "we will not be able to preserve ocean life as we know it."
  • Every country is now pledging to tackle CO2 emissions. It's still not enough. (Vox.com):
    In other words, if the world wants to stay below 2°C of global warming - which has long been considered the danger zone for climate change - these pledges are only a first step. Countries will have to do a whole lot more than they're currently promising. And the IEA has a few ideas for what "do a whole lot more" might entail.
    ...
    1. Increase energy efficiency in the industry, buildings, and transport sectors.
    2. Progressively reduce the use of the least efficient coal-fired power plants and banning their construction.
    3. Increase investment in renewable energy technologies in the power sector from $270 billion in 2014 to $400 billion in 2030.
    4. Gradually phase out fossil fuel subsidies to end-users by 2030.
    5. Reduce methane emissions in oil and gas production.
  • 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: