With Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen...
By Desi Doyen on 11/5/2013, 4:33pm PT  


IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Climate scientists go nuclear; Coal spills & kills; Obama announces major new climate action; UN's latest warning; PLUS: Germany breaks its own clean energy record --- again ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Video: Why GMO labeling is a 'Story of Solutions'; Britain’s new flood protection plan is to surrender to the ocean; Antibiotic resistance spreads to birds, wildlife; Even LBJ knew about climate change; The secret, dirty cost of ethanol; Oops: carbon capture and storage causes earthquakes; US natural gas reserves wildly overestimated; Facial scrub plastic micro-beads polluting Great Lakes ... PLUS: The caveman dilemma: Why we take such lousy care of ourselves and our planet ... and much, MUCH more! ...


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

  • The caveman dilemma: Why we take such lousy care of ourselves and our planet (Grist):
    We’re cavemen come to live in the city. Our bodies just aren’t adapted for this stuff.
  • Britain’s New Flood Protection Plan: Surrender To The Ocean (Climate Progress)
  • Flying the coop: Antibiotic resistance spreads to birds & wildlife: (Environmental Health News):
    Julie Ellis unfurled a long, white tarp under a stand of trees near Coes Pond where hundreds of crows roost. Her mission: to collect as much bird poop as possible. Back in the laboratory, Ellis' colleagues combed through the feces. Testing its bacteria, they discovered something unusual --- genes that make the crows resistant to antibiotics.
  • Even LBJ knew about climate change: (Grinzo.com):
    "Through his worldwide civilization, Man is unwittingly conducting a vast geophysical experiment. Within a few generations he is burning the fossil fuels that slowly accumulated in the earth over the past 500 million years. The CO2 produced by this combustion is being injected into the atmosphere; about half of it remains there. The estimated recoverable reserves of fossil fuels are sufficient to produce nearly a 200% increase in the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere.

    By the year 2000 the increase in atmospheric CO2 will be close to 25%. This may be sufficient to produce measurable and perhaps marked changes in climate, and will almost certainly cause significant changes in the temperature and other properties of the stratosphere."

  • Carbon Capture and Storage Can Cause Earthquakes, Making It ‘A Risky And Likely Unsuccessful Strategy’ (Climate Progress)
  • Ethanol: The secret, dirty cost of green power push (AP Opinion):
    [W]hen President George W. Bush signed a law that year requiring oil companies to add billions of gallons of ethanol to their gasoline each year, Bush predicted it would make the country “stronger, cleaner and more secure.” But the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today.
  • Fracking and Red Queen Syndrome (Climate Crocks):
    Red Queen Syndrome: “It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” ... Many wells behind the energy gush are quickly losing productivity, and some areas could hit peak levels sooner than the U.S. government expects, according to analyses presented last week at a Geological Society of America meeting in Denver.
  • VIDEO: Why GMO labeling is a 'Story of Solutions' (Green Biz):
    "The Story of Solutions" offers a simple, profound message about the choices we face, and concrete ideas for how to advance a healthier, sustainable economy. Best of all, the film leaves us with a tool we can use to evaluate our own work in the world, and ask the honest question: Am I on the right track?
  • This college turned its football field into an organic farm (Grist)
  • Study Shows Plastic Microbeads in Facial Scrubs Pollute Great Lakes (EcoWatch)
  • Why the Climate Corporation Sold Itself to Monsanto (New Yorker):
    The Climate Corporation, which has nearly two hundred scientists trying to make sense of fifty terabytes of weather data every day, will continue to operate as an independent unit, but I was surprised at Friedberg’s decision, because many food activists consider Monsanto to be the definitively evil corporation.
  • Naomi Klein: How science is telling us all to revolt (New Statesman):
    Is our relentless quest for economic growth killing the planet? Climate scientists have seen the data – and they are coming to some incendiary conclusions.
  • Coal industry's go-to law firm withheld evidence of black lung, at expense of sick miners (Center for Public Integrity)
  • >Leaked Documents Reveal the Secret Finances of a Pro-Industry Science Group (Mother Jones):
    Attacking the science behind environmental health and safety rules has long been an industry tactic. The American Council on Science and Health, a leader of the charge, has for years claimed that it is not an industry shill but an independent science organization. But it doesn't disclose its funders. Now documents reveal most of its funding comes from industries who stand to profit from its claims.
  • Why we don't care about saving our grandchildren from climate change: (TIME's Eco-Centric Blog) [emphasis added]:
    A new study shows that human beings are too selfish to endure present pain to avert future climate change. That's why we need win-win solutions now....The Nature Climate Change study also underscores why "win-win" climate policies - like innovation investments that can lead directly to cheap clean energy, rather than policies that make dirty energy more expensive - are likely to be the most effective ones.

  • Skeptical Science: Database with FULL DEBUNKING of ALL Climate Science Denier Myths
  • Warning: Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses (Grist)
  • FOR MORE on Climate Science and Climate Change, go to our Green News Report: Essential Background Page

  • NASA Video: Warming over the last 130 years, and into the next 100 years: