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By Desi Doyen on 8/30/2016, 10:52am PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe takes a stand against massive new oil pipeline in North Dakota; California passes most sweeping climate change law yet; Evacuations in West Virginia after leak of deadly chlorine gas; PLUS: President Obama creates world's largest protected marine sanctuary... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Far-Reaching Tribal Solidarity Displayed At Pipeline Protest; Washington State Begins Killing Wolf Pack For Preying On Livestock; Enviros wage war with Interior over leasing's climate impact; Drought-Hardy Yards Could Ease Californian Heat Waves; Why It Matters: Climate Change; Colorado Anti-Fracking Activists Fall Short in Ballot Efforts; Wisconsin: High Rate Of Tumors Found In Fish; Minnesota: Researchers Warn On Mercury In St. Louis River Estuary Fish... PLUS: NASA: Earth is warming at a pace 'unprecedented in 1,000 years'... 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)...

  • Far-Reaching Tribal Solidarity Displayed At Pipeline Protest (Washington Post):
    Native Americans from reservations hundreds of miles away from North Dakota have joined the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s growing protest against a $3.8 billion four-state oil pipeline that they say could disturb sacred sites and impact drinking water for 8,000 tribal members and millions further downstream.
  • Washington State Begins Killing Wolf Pack For Preying On Livestock (Reuters):
    Wildlife agents authorized to eradicate a group of 11 wolves for repeated attacks on cattle in Washington state have hunted down and killed six animals from the condemned pack and are searching for the rest, a state game official said on Monday.
  • NASA: Earth is warming at a pace 'unprecedented in 1,000 years' (Guardian UK):
    Records of temperature that go back far further than 1800s suggest warming of recent decades is out of step with any period over the past millennium
  • Enviros wage war with Interior over leasing's climate impact (E&E News):
    Environmental groups launched a broad assault today on federal oil and gas leasing, accusing the Obama administration of ignoring the climate impacts from leasing on hundreds of thousands of acres since early 2015. WildEarth Guardians and Physicians for Social Responsibility filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging 397 leases in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The leases collectively represent almost 380,000 acres.
  • Drought-Hardy Yards Could Ease Californian Heat Waves (Climate Central):
    As drought-stricken residents of Los Angeles's hottest neighborhoods replace thirsty lawns with native plants, pavers and bare soil, new research has shown how their local climates could begin tipping back in the direction of their desert-like origins...The study helps to inform a 'what if' thought experiment, in which a future L.A. morphs back toward its original state, free of irrigation, driven by worsening Western droughts.
  • Why It Matters: Climate Change (AP):
    "It's as if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump live on two entirely different Earths: one warming, one not."
  • Colorado Anti-Fracking Activists Fall Short in Ballot Efforts (Inside Climate News):
    Two anti-fracking initiatives did not get enough valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot, Colorado officials announced on Monday, giving the oil and gas industry its latest victory over communities seeking to exert local control over fracking.
  • Wisconsin: High Rate Of Tumors Found In Fish (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel):
    Scientists led by researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey have found an elevated number of cases of skin and liver tumors in white suckers in the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic rivers — a discovery that suggests more work will be needed to remove contaminants from the waterways.
  • CSB: Mission Impossible --- Deadly Accidents, No Answers (Houston Chronicle):
    Early on a Saturday morning, deep inside a chemical plant in La Porte, Javier Ortiz took his last sip of coffee.
  • Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill banning state funds for coal projects (San Jose Mercury News):
    In signing state Sen. Loni Hancock's bill, the governor also praised the Oakland City Council for voting to ban transportation of the ore through its city and encouraged other cities to do the same. "Other localities should follow suit --- and the state should, too --- to reduce and, ultimately, eliminate the shipment of coal through all California ports, Brown wrote in a signing message.
  • Minnesota: Researchers Warn On Mercury In St. Louis River Estuary Fish (Duluth News-Tribune):
    If a kid catches a big walleye on the St. Louis River estuary in Duluth, the state warns her not to eat it. Ever.
  • In Scathing Review, EPA's Science Advisors Tell Agency Not to Downplay Fracking-Related Water Contamination (DeSmog Blog):
    On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency's scientific advisors finished their review of EPA's national study on fracking and sternly rebuked the EPA for claiming that its draft study had found no evidence of "widespread, systemic" impacts to drinking water. The EPA had not provided the evidence to support that claim, the Science Advisory Board (SAB) peer review panel found.
  • Secret 'Chemtrail' Spraying Not Real, Scientists Agree (ENS):
    Long-lasting white trails left behind by aircraft are caused by well-understood physical and chemical processes, not a secret, large-scale atmospheric spraying program, concludes new research from Carnegie Science, University of California-Irvine, and the nonprofit Near Zero.
  • Environmental records shattered as climate change 'plays out before us' (Guardian UK):
    Temperatures, sea levels and carbon dioxide all hit milestones amid extreme weather in 2015, major international 'state of the climate' report finds.


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