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By Desi Doyen on 9/8/2016, 11:25am PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Major earthquake rattles Oklahoma, linked to fracking; Violent confrontation erupts at Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Dakota Access pipeline protest; Typhoons in Asia now 50 per cent stronger than in the 1970s; PLUS: President Obama in China formally signs the U.S. on to the landmark United Nations Paris Agreement... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Climate change makes major Gulf Coast deluges more likely: study; Battered Coal Companies Courted State AGs to Fight Climate Rules; Lloyd’s Fight Over Coverage for Oklahoma Earthquakes to be Heard by New York Court; The Truth Behind The Kochs’ New Fossil Fuel PR Campaign; Fish Deaths in Montana's Yellowstone River Tied to Warming Waters; Judge Blocks Central California Oil Development Over Fracking... PLUS: 13 Sperm Whales Found Dead with Stomachs Full of Plastic Trash... and much, MUCH more! ...

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'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...

  • Battered Coal Companies Courted State AGs to Fight Climate Rules (Bloomberg):
    Murray Energy Corp. made a $250,000 donation to the Republican Attorneys General Association last year and, in return, the coal mining company’s chief executive got a closed-door meeting with state prosecutors to discuss the Obama administration’s regulation of power plants. Eleven days later, the attorneys general went to federal court to fight the rules that Murray Energy says could put the coal industry out of business.
  • Lloyd’s Fight Over Coverage for Oklahoma Earthquakes to be Heard by New York Court (Claims Journal):
    A federal judge in New York agreed Wednesday to decide the lawsuit by Lloyd’s seeking to be released from liability for earthquake damage in Oklahoma blamed on fracking...Arguments in the Lloyd’s case focus on whether pollution insurance policies it sold to the oil company in 2014 cover earthquakes. This year, New Dominion was hit with five lawsuits seeking compensation for damage caused by earthquakes in Oklahoma. The suits blamed the earthquakes on the company’s injection well operations
  • The Truth Behind The Kochs’ New Fossil Fuel PR Campaign (Climate Progress):
    Behind the latest Koch-funded effort to hide the impacts of fossil fuels.
  • Climate change makes major Gulf Coast deluges more likely: study (NOLA):
    "The probability of a 3-day precipitation extreme like the event observed August 12th-14th occurring anywhere in the Central Gulf Coast region has increased, and the increase is due to human-caused climate change," the authors said in a news release reporting their findings. "In our expert judgement and drawing upon results from multiple peer-reviewed methods, the increase in probability is at least 40 percent --- but it may be larger."
  • 13 Sperm Whales Found Dead with Stomachs Full of Plastic Trash (The Inertia):
    At the time, necropsies hadn't been done, and speculation about the cause of the deaths ranged from global warming to pesticides. And although it has now been revealed that the most likely cause of death was acute cardiovascular failure, the contents of their stomachs was alarming, to say the least. Among the squid beaks and fish parts was a whole lot of plastic-just more damning evidence that plastic isn't worth the convenience.
  • Fish Deaths in Montana's Yellowstone River Tied to Warming Waters (InsideClimate News):
    An outbreak of fish-killing disease along a 100-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River in Montana may be the latest sign that mountain stream ecosystems are being disrupted by climate change. Scientists point to warmer, slower rivers as a likely cause of the mass fish mortality.
  • Judge Blocks Central California Oil Development Over Fracking (SF Gate):
    A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from opening more than 1 million acres in Central California to oil drilling because the agency did not properly explore the potential dangers of fracking.
  • As Oceans Continue to Warm, Consequences Grow More Dire, Study Says (InsideClimate News):
    Much of the heat of global warming has been absorbed by the sea, with a steep cost to marine life, ecosystems and the people that depend on them.
  • 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: