With Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen...
By Desi Doyen on 4/30/2009, 12:27pm PT  

IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: Global Swine Flu panic-demic?! Midnight and the Bush Administration; Utah student/ environmental activist faces prison time; Your dirty, dirty city; PLUS: ManBearPig!!!!! All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (links below): Obama's 100 Days Green Report card; Poo-powered golf carts; EPA pulls permit for coal-fired power plant in the Navajo Nation; ice action at both poles; Obama the Explainer on cap-and-trade, short and sweet; PLUS: Re-growing forests combats climate change ...See below for more!

Info/links on stuff we talked about on today's episode, plus MORE green news, all follows below...

'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': More green news not covered in today's audio report... .... See below!

  • Grist.org: Obama’s green achievements at 100 days
    Seventy-nine percent of Americans think President Barack Obama will do a good job protecting the country’s environment, according to the latest Gallup poll on the topic, released on Earth Day. That includes 95 percent of Democrats, 75 percent of independents and – most surprisingly— 65 percent of Republicans.

    At 100 days, what has he done to meet those expectations?

  • Yamaha Unveils Golf Cart Powered by Poo
    In Katori, where the cart is being tested, there is a place called Biomass Town where cow dung is processed into biofuel, which is then turned into methane. The methane is supplied via a tank that has been filled with activated carbon, a porous form of the element that assists in absorbing the methane at low pressure. Although our dreams of driving a truly poo-powered vehicle remain unfulfilled, we have to say we’re quite happy to add this lovely golf cart to our ongoing collection of poo-based green solutions.
  • EPA withdraws permit for massive Navajo coal plant
  • Reuters: New York-sized ice shelf collapses off Antarctica
  • Climate change hitting entire Arctic ecosystem, says report: Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme study tells of profound changes to sea ice and permafrost, among others
  • Obama the Explainer: President walks us through cap and trade in 4 crisp paragraphs
  • Regrowing Forests Could Provide Climate Change Help: A new study shows that allowing cleared forest to grow back can help cut down carbon dioxide emissions [emphasis added]:
    As policymakers and scientists try to find the best way to pump emissions from coal-fired power plants into deep underground reservoirs, another carbon dioxide sink is already soaking up greenhouse gases and has the potential to soak up much more.
    As North American settlers moved west in the early 19th century, they cleared land for timber and agriculture, producing a third of the net carbon dioxide emissions since 1850, the researchers write. But as farms were abandoned and forests were allowed to regrow, the trees began sequestering more carbon, Rhemtulla said.

    "Ecosystems provide all sorts of services, and this is a service that is often overlooked," Rhemtulla said. "It's an invisible thing that's happening with a great benefit that isn't always factored into decision-making."