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By Desi Doyen on 8/4/2011, 2:40pm PT  

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Somalia famine spreads in E. Africa; Tropical Storm Emily hits vulnerable Haiti; Polar bear scientist under investigation; Russia: faster ice melt opens Arctic trade routes; Gulf ‘Dead Zone’ expanding to new areas; Calculate climate change health effects in your state; Water well tainted by fracking; Japan fires top nuclear officials; Japan to lift evacuation order around damaged nuclear plant; Pockets of high radiation detected near Fukushima plant; Conoco-Phillips says massive China oil spill worse than thought; New superbug strain of salmonella; Sanders: NRC must act on Fukushima report; Beware These Household Energy-Saving Myths ... PLUS: Positively Orwellian: At Koch's ALEC Conference, 'The Many Benefits of Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment'...


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

  • Somalia famine grows, 12.5 million at risk: UN calls for urgent food but aid is slow to come and rebels threaten deliveries (Global Post):
    “While this is a tragedy triggered by the worst drought in 60 years, it is largely about our collective failure to end the Somali civil war," said Donald Kaberuka during a visit to Washington Monday.

    Judging by historic data from the last famine in the early 1990s experts have predicted that 2,500 lives a day will soon be lost in Somalia. Aid workers fear that outbreaks of preventable diseases such as measles or pneumonia could up the toll among an already weakened population.

  • Tropical Storm Emily Takes Aim at Vulnerable Haiti (Reuters):
    Tropical Storm Emily took aim at Haiti on Wednesday, threatening to add to the misery of a chronically poor nation struggling to recover from last year's devastating earthquake.
  • Star Polar Bear Scientist in the Dog House (Kate Sheppard, Mother Jones):
    The government mysteriously puts a lead Arctic biologist on administrative leave. Is it caving to oil interests? [sure looks like it - ed.]
    At no point in the course of the interview, which lasted for two hours, did the agents state exactly what they were investigating. At one point, Jeff Ruch, the executive director of PEER (as well as an attorney and an observer of the investigation), asked about the allegations. May responded, "Well, the scientif--well, scientific misconduct, basically, uh, wrong numbers, uh, miscalculations, uh-."
  • Russia Says High Ice Melt Opens Arctic Trade Routes (Reuters)
  • Gulf ‘Dead Zone’ Expanding to New Areas as Increased Flooding Makes the Problem Worse (Climate Progress)
  • NRDC Details Climate Change Health Effects (Riverside Press-Enterprise)
    The Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group, unveiled an online tool allowing users to look up the potential health effects of climate change by zip code.
  • Fracking: A Tainted Water Well, and Concern There May Be More (NYT Green):
    Oil and gas executives have long claimed that there is no case in which hydraulic fracturing has contaminated a drinking water aquifer.

    But such a case exists. And one of the biggest bars to enumerating suspected additional cases is the oil and gas industry's refusal to allow disclosure of them --- a condition of court settlements with landowners.

  • Japan to Sack Top Nuclear Energy Officials (AFP):
    Japan will sack three top energy officials over their handling of the Fukushima atomic disaster and scandals that have fuelled public mistrust in the country's nuclear policy, the government said Thursday.
  • Japan to Lift Evacuation Order Around Damaged Nuclear Plant (Environmental News Service)
  • Pockets Of High Radiation Remind Of Fukushima Plant Danger (Reuters)
  • US oil giant Conoco-Phillips says massive China oil spill worse than thought (AFP):
    The spill, which has polluted a sea area measuring 1,200 square kilometres, (460 square miles) according to the latest SOA figures, was kept secret by authorities for several weeks before being made public last month.
  • Scientists find new superbug strain of salmonella (Reuters):
    Scientists have identified an emerging "superbug" strain of salmonella that is highly resistant to the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin, or Cipro, often used for severe salmonella infections, and say they fear it may spread around the world.

    The strain, known as S. Kentucky, has spread internationally with almost 500 cases found in France, Denmark, England and Wales in the period between 2002 and 2008, according a study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders: NRC Must Act on Fukushima Report (RSN):
    "Delay is not an acceptable option," Sanders said at an Environment and Public Works Committee hearing in Washington. "We must do everything in our power to make sure nuclear power plants are safe and that this country never experiences what happened in Japan."

    Sanders spoke at a hearing called to look into NRC foot dragging on the recommendations. "I applaud the recommendations made by the task force, but I am disturbed that a majority of the NRC does not want to move forward on all 12 recommendations within three months," Sanders told the commissioners.

  • Beware These Household Energy-Saving Myths (The Consumerist)
  • George Orwell would be proud: At Koch's ALEC Conference: 'The Many Benefits of Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment (Think Progress Green)
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