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By Desi Doyen on 5/5/2016, 11:33am PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Massive wildfire forces evacuations in Canada's tar sands oil country; FL's coral reefs are dissolving; 'Widespread and persistent' fracking contamination in ND; CA's massive natural gas leak will cost more than half a billion dollars; PLUS: President Obama promises Flint, MI water crisis will not be forgotten... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Here's what it would take for the US to run on 100% renewable energy; Brazil Files $44 Billion Lawsuit Against Vale, BHP For Dam Spill; New Federal Rule Would Permit Thousands of Eagle Deaths; Federal Court Rejects US Plan For Restoring Embattled Northwest Salmon; Unstoppable Sudden Oak Death Kills a Million California Trees; Controlling Zika Mosquitoes May Be 'Lost Cause'; Harvard Scientist, Longtime Solar Skeptic, Now Sees the Light... PLUS: New Record Set for World's Cheapest Solar, Now Undercutting Coal... 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)...

  • Here's what it would take for the US to run on 100% renewable energy (Vox):
    Just requires a wholesale social and political revolution, NBD.
  • Brazil Files $44 Billion Lawsuit Against Vale, BHP For Dam Spill (Reuters):
    Federal prosecutors in Brazil filed a 155 billion-real ($43.5 billion) civil lawsuit on Tuesday against iron miner Samarco and its owners, Vale SA and BHP Billiton, for a collapsed tailings dam in November that killed 19 people and polluted a major river.
  • New Federal Rule Would Permit Thousands of Eagle Deaths (ABC News):
    The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles.
  • Poll: Public Supports Clean Power Plan As Their States Fight It (Midwest Energy News):
    Attorneys general in Michigan, Wisconsin and Missouri are “out of step” with the majority of voters in their state who support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, according to polling released last week.
  • Federal Court Rejects US Plan For Restoring Embattled Northwest Salmon (Retuers):
    The U.S. government's latest plan for offsetting the harm to migrating salmon from a series of dams in the Columbia River watershed violates the Endangered Species Act, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.
  • Unstoppable Sudden Oak Death Kills a Million California Trees (Washington Post):
    Healthy forests are especially important at a time of climate change — they’re an incredible tool to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Dead forests, on the other hand, can light the spark for wildfires, which are already showing a long-predicted uptick in activity.
  • New Record Set for World's Cheapest Solar, Now Undercutting Coal (Bloomberg):
    Solar power set another record-low price as renewable energy developers working in the United Arab Emirates shrugged off financial turmoil in the industry to promise projects costs that undercut even coal-fired generators.
  • Controlling Zika Mosquitoes May Be 'Lost Cause' (USA Today):
    Aedes aegypti, the exotically named mosquito that transmits the Zika virus, defies almost everything Americans think they know about mosquitoes, which means that even experts know very little about how to control them.
  • Fracking: Environmental Groups Sue EPA, Call For Strict Rules On Waste (Guardian UK):
    A coalition of environmental groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to demand a strong uniform standard for the transportation, storage and disposal of frack waste.
  • Harvard Scientist, Longtime Solar Skeptic, Now Sees the Light (Bloomberg):
    "I was wrong," largely because the fundamentals of solar power have changed...His reversal reflects the steep declines in producing electricity from sunlight. Even without government subsidies, power from large solar farms in some regions is now significantly below $40 a megawatt-hour and is on pace to drop below $20 by 2020, Keith wrote. That would be the cheapest power on the planet.
  • Human Extinction Isn't That Unlikely: You're more likely to die from climate change than in a car crash (The Atlantic):
    The risk of human extinction due to climate change-or an accidental nuclear war-is much higher than that. The Stern Review, the U.K. government's premier report on the economics of climate change, estimated a 0.1 percent risk of human extinction every year. That may sound low, but it also adds up when extrapolated to century-scale. The Global Challenges Foundation estimates a 9.5 percent chance of human extinction within the next hundred years.
  • Oracle buys Opower, and the role of energy data grows (E&E News):
    Software giant Oracle Corp. yesterday snapped up energy data company Opower for $532 million, underscoring how important it has become for utilities to give their customers a better digital experience...Opower is famous for introducing a feature on residential power bills that compares one home's electricity usage with another --- a behavioral trigger that propels energy savings.
  • Water Scarcity Could Push Conflict, Migration by 2050 (VOA News):
    The World Bank outlines a dangerous cycle where "episodes of droughts and floods have generated waves of migration and statistical spikes in violence within countries. In a globalized and connected world, such problems are impossible to quarantine."
  • Flooding flushes oil, fracking chemicals into Texas rivers (Austin American-Statesman):
    "Cattle that drank the fracking fluid actually died an hour after drinking it. There are potential carcinogens that can lead to leukemia, brain cancer and other endocrine disruptors that can affect premature births."
  • Santa Monica Approves Solar Requirement for New Construction (Renewable Energy World):
    "In Santa Monica we are moving away from buildings powered by fossil fuels in favor of clean and cost-effective solar energy," Dean Kubani, Santa Monica's sustainability manager, said in an April 28 statement. "This is not only the smart thing to do, it is also imperative if we are to protect our kids and grandkids from the worst effects of climate change."
  • Want to fight climate change? Here are the 7 critical life changes you should make (Grist) [emphasis added]:
    So, given the imperfections of this world, what is a lone wolf such as yourself to do? Here are some conclusions gleaned from this study: 1. Buy the most fuel-efficient car you can afford, then drive it as little as possible....


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.
  • Warning: Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses (Grist)
  • NASA Video: If we don't act, here's what to expect in the next 100 years: