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IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: Your "socialist" National Parks; Oceans warm, Taiwan floods, Greece burns; Coming soon: Cash for Refrigerator Clunkers! ... PLUS: McCain goes nuclear... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (links below): U.S. Senators fight fake grassroots "astroturf" campaigns and strengthen clean energy legislation; India's breadbasket faces water shortages; Hospitals May Face Severe Disruption From Swine Flu ... PLUS: French Winemakers Sound Alarm Over Climate Change...
Info/links on those stories and all the ones we talked about on today's episode follow below...
- World Ocean Temperatures Set Record High in July, U.S. Agency Says (Yale 360)
- In hot water: World sets ocean temperature record (AP):
Meteorologists said there's a combination of forces at work this year: A natural El Nino system just getting started on top of worsening man-made global warming, and a dash of random weather variations. The resulting ocean heat is already harming threatened coral reefs. It could also hasten the melting of Arctic sea ice and help hurricanes strengthen.
The heat is most noticeable near the Arctic, where water temperatures are as much as 10 degrees above average.
Breaking heat records in water is more ominous as a sign of global warming than breaking temperature marks on land, because water takes longer to heat up and does not cool off as easily as land.
- Taiwan’s Leader Faces Anger Over Storm Response (NY Times)
- Typhoon Morakot death toll in Taiwan rises to 376 (Xinhua News Service)
- Hundreds missing as typhoon Morakot mudslide buries Taiwan village: Up to 600 people feared buried as record rainfall hits island; ; China evacuates 1 million from east coast provinces; Deadly tropical storm Etau triggers floods in Japan (Guardian UK)
- Greek wildfires: water-bombing brings Athens flames under control:
A massive multi-national water-bombing effort has managed to bring under control wildfires that threatened Athens, but experts warned that forests around the Greek capital would take generations to recover. (Telegraph UK)
- Latest in Stimulus: 'Cash for Refrigerators': Coming this fall, a clunkers-type program to boost sales of energy-efficient home appliances will authorize rebates of $50 to $200 (Business Week)
- Auto Industry Braces For Hangover After The 'Clunker' Party (Washington Post)
- Firefighters Struggle in Athens (NY Times)
- Crist's wall against hurricanes is in Jerusalem (St. Petersberg Times)
- Transcript: "This Week" Transcript with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) (ABC)
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': More green news not covered in today's audio report... See below!
- Fighting Back, Several Senators Are Attempting To Make American Clean Energy And Security Act Stronger (Wonk Room):
As Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) take the lead to write the Senate draft, many of their fellow senators are fighting back against the armies of lobbyists and paid “grassroots” rallies of the oil and coal companies.
- Is Northwestern India's Breadbasket Running Out of Water?: A new study using satellite data suggests the region is using more groundwater than is being replenished by rainfall (Scientific American)
- Hospitals May Face Severe Disruption From Swine Flu
- French Winemakers Sound Alarm Over Climate Change (Green Inc.):
Some “wine-growing territories will not survive,” the group wrote.
Some formerly unlikely regions in Europe, like Britain, are already producing prize-winning vintages thanks to warming conditions. Supporters of English sparkling wines say that they regularly hold their own against the top Champagnes in blind taste tests.