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By Desi Doyen on 11/29/2012, 2:30pm PT  

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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: 2012 set to be one of the hottest years on record; Sea levels rising faster than predicted; Plankton is in trouble; Does air pollution raise the risk of autism?; PLUS: EPA knocks BP out of federal contracting ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Superstorm Sandy to cost $79 Billion; Rising seas to swallow NYC without action; L.A. inks solar deal with Moapa Tribe; 'Buyer beware' on San Diego's desalination plant; How to destroy the planet from the comfort of home; DOE's 'Road to Fuel Effienciency'; Ex-coal executive charged in mine disaster; Jordan fights water shortages ... PLUS: Meet The Climate Denial Machine ... and much, MUCH more! ...


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

  • New York, New Jersey expect Sandy to cost U.S. $79 billion (Chicago Tribune):
    Superstorm Sandy's tab swelled Wednesday as New York and New Jersey estimated they would need $79 billion in federal aid to cover damages, recovery and mitigation measures to cope with a future storm.
  • NY Times Warns On Climate Change: ‘Fear Death By Water’, Rising Seas Likely To Swallow Up City If We Don’t Act Soon (Climate Progress):
    The NY Times (finally) goes apocalyptic on climate change.
  • Los Angeles Signs Deal for Moapa Reservation Solar Plant: (Las Vegas Review-Journal) [emphasis added]:
    Council members for the city of Los Angeles approved a $1.6 billion, 25-year pact Tuesday to purchase solar power from a company that will build nearly 1 million photovoltaic panels on tribal land.
    "We are going to have a solar farm and jobs for our people," Anderson, 39, said about the 320 members of the Moapa band.
  • Desalination: Let the Buyer Beware (Huffington Post Green) [emphasis added]:
    In a new report issued today, the Pacific Institute released the results of a year-long analysis of the complex and controversial costs of seawater desalination. The conclusion? It is still really expensive, especially compared to alternatives.
  • VIDEO: TEDx Matt Grocoff - Shelter: How to Destroy the Planet from the Comfort of Home (Home Energy Pros):
    What it takes to get to a Net Zero Energy home.
  • INFOGRAPHIC: The Road To Fuel Efficiency: (Dept. of Energy)
  • Ex-Official Is Charged After Deaths at Coal Mine (NY Times):
    Federal prosecutors in West Virginia charged the highest-ranking executive to date on Wednesday in a broad investigation stemming from the 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine that killed 29 miners, a move that suggests more senior executives at Massey Energy, the mine’s operator, are likely to be prosecuted.
  • A Parched Jordan Places Hopes in Reservoir (NY Times):
    Jordan is the world’s fourth-poorest country in terms of water resources per capita, according to the World Bank. ... Against that background, Jordan is betting heavily on a major pipeline, the Disi Water Conveyance Project, which is expected to start carrying water next year to the capital, Amman, from deep underground sources in southern Jordan, which the country shares with Saudi Arabia.
  • Pace of Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon Falls (Wall St. Journal):
    Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest slowed dramatically last year as the government stepped up efforts to detect and halt illegal farming and logging, though some environmental groups warn that recent changes to the law protecting the forest might slow further progress.
  • Solidarity for Tar Sands Blockade and Climate Justice Spreads Worldwide (TruthOut.org)
  • Meet The Climate Denial Machine (MediaMatters.org):
    Despite the overwhelming consensus among climate experts that human activity is contributing to rising global temperatures, 66 percent of Americans incorrectly believe there is "a lot of disagreement among scientists about whether or not global warming is happening." The conservative media has fueled this confusion...Media Matters looks at how conservative media outlets give industry-funded "experts" a platform, creating a polarized misunderstanding of climate science.
  • COVER STORY: It's Global Warming, Stupid (Businessweek):
    Yes, yes, it's unsophisticated to blame any given storm on climate change. Men and women in white lab coats tell us-and they're right-that many factors contribute to each severe weather episode. Climate deniers exploit scientific complexity to avoid any discussion at all.
    If all that doesn't impress, forget the scientists ostensibly devoted to advancing knowledge and saving lives. Listen instead to corporate insurers committed to compiling statistics for profit.

  • Essential Climate Science Findings: