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By Desi Doyen on 6/28/2016, 10:14am PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: More deadly floods, this time in West Virginia; Raging wildfire kills two in California, destroys hundreds of homes; Brexit could undermine international emissions agreement; Volkswagen to pay $15 billion in emissions cheating scandal; PLUS: TransCanada demands $15 billion from U.S. for rejecting Keystone XL pipeline... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): The inter-generational theft of Brexit and climate change; From Brexit to Climate, Little Engagement From Young People Washington State Must Fix Salmon-Blocking Pipes: Appeals Court; Study Finds Drilling and Fracking into Freshwater Formations; BP Oil Spill Cost Fishing Industry At Least $94.7 Million In 2010; Africa’s Charcoal Economy Is Cooking. The Trees Are Paying... PLUS: How The Battery Revolution Will Change How You Fly... 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)...

  • The inter-generational theft of Brexit and climate change (Guardian UK):
    Experts warned of the dangerous consequences that would result from Brexit, but the majority of older voters chose to ignore those risks. Prudent risk management was trumped by ideology, and today’s youth will have to bear the brunt of the consequences.
  • From Brexit to Climate, Little Engagement From Young People (Dot Earth, NYT):
    Britons’ “Brexit” vote to leave the European Union provides the intellectual equivalent of a cold shower, offering a sobering reminder that, far more often, most young people are deeply disengaged — even when an issue could affect their demographic slice most.
  • People Near Wyoming Fracking Town Show Elevated Levels of Toxic Chemicals (Inside Climate News):
    Researchers tested air pollution in Pavillion, Wyo., along with local residents, suggesting a link between the toxic chemicals released and biological impacts.
  • How The Battery Revolution Will Change How You Fly (Climate Progress):
    On Friday, NASA named an all-electric plane — the X-57 — as its latest futuristic aircraft. The X-57 will be powered by 14 electric motors driving propellers integrated into a new, narrow wing design. The battery revolution is truly taking flight: NASA has begun working on an effort “to help a significant portion of the aircraft industry transition to electrical propulsion within the next decade.”
  • Washington State Must Fix Salmon-Blocking Pipes: Appeals Court (Reuters):
    Washington state must repair road culverts that are blocking salmon from swimming to spawning areas because the pipes violate fishing rights protected by tribal treaties, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday.
  • In Calif., Study Finds Drilling and Fracking into Freshwater Formations (Inside Climate News):
    The overlap of oil and gas development and water sources underscores the vulnerability of California's groundwater, and the need for monitoring, the authors said."
    "In California's farming heartland, as many as one of every five oil and gas projects occurs in underground sources of fresh water, according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • BP Oil Spill Cost Fishing Industry At Least $94.7 Million In 2010 (NOLA.com):
    The BP oil disaster cost the Gulf of Mexico's commercial fishing industry $94.7 million to $1.6 billion and anywhere from 740 to 9,315 jobs in the first eight months, according to a new study by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
  • How The Caribbean's Charred Forests End Up Firing America's Barbecues (E&E News):
    Lust for charcoal is leading to murders, political unrest and the chopping of prime forests on the most populous island in the Caribbean, and a portion of the bounty winds up used to fuel barbecue grills in the United States.
  • Africa’s Charcoal Economy Is Cooking. The Trees Are Paying (NY times):
    When Julien Andrianiana started selling charcoal 14 years ago, he was just one of a few dealers around. Most households in Toliara, a coastal city in southwestern Madagascar, still used firewood for cooking.
  • Solar Power to Grow Sixfold as Sun Becoming Cheapest Resource (Bloomberg):
    The amount of electricity generated using solar panels stands to expand as much as sixfold by 2030 as the cost of production falls below competing natural gas and coal-fired plants, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.
  • U.S., Canada, and Mexico Vow 50% Clean Power By 2025 (Washington Post):
    The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico will pledge Wednesday to source half their overall electricity with clean power by 2025, according to administration officials.
  • Asbestos-Related Cancer Costs Canadians Billions (Toronto Globe & Mail):
    A first-ever estimate of the toll of asbestos-related cancers on society pegs the cost of new cases at $1.7-billion per year in Canada, and notes that is likely an under-estimate.
  • City Failed to Test for Lead in Water at Day Care Centers, Audit Says (NY Times):
    The New York City department charged with overseeing day care centers routinely failed to test the centers’ water for lead — and for years falsified reports that the tests had been completed, in order for the centers to receive operating permits — according to a sharply worded audit released on Friday by the city comptroller, Scott M. Stringer.
  • Oakland Council Votes To Block Coal-Shipping Plan (SF Chronicle):
    The Oakland City Council voted unanimously Monday to block the handling and storage of coal in Oakland, effectively halting a developer’s controversial plan to ship coal from the port.
  • 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....


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  • NASA Video: If we don't act, here's what to expect in the next 100 years: