With Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen...
By Desi Doyen on 11/7/2013, 3:35pm PT  


 

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: ELECTION 2013: the first climate election? Climate science denier Ken Cuccinelli defeated in VA; Local races with big environmental impacts for the country; PLUS: We're goin' the wrong way!!! Greenhouse gas emissions rise to record levels... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Fukushima cleanup enters dangerous phase; Western black rhino now extinct; Fossil fuels get $500B annual subsidies; China solar panel makers invest in solar farms; New investment project for North Africa solar; Whopping CO2 footprint for Australian coal mines; Debating 'Pandora's Promise'; PA gives fracking industry $1 billion; ExxonMobil fined $2 million for AR pipeline spill ... PLUS: It's time to adapt to unstoppable climate change, say scientists ... and much, MUCH more! ...

STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...

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

  • Fukushima nuclear cleanup enters critical phase (Guardian UK): Tokyo Electric Power to begin removing more than 1,500 fuel assemblies from spent fuel pool in unprecedented operation
  • Fossil Fuels Receive $500 Billion A Year In Government Subsidies Worldwide (Climate Progress):
    “If their aim is to avoid dangerous climate change, governments are shooting themselves in both feet,” the report, headed by ODI research fellow Shelagh Whitley, said. “They are subsidizing the very activities that are pushing the world towards dangerous climate change, and creating barriers to investment in low-carbon development and subsidy incentives that encourage investment in carbon-intensive energy.”
  • It's time to adapt to unstoppable global warming, scientists say (NBC News):
    Even if the world's 7 billion people magically stop burning fossil fuels and chopping down forests today, the greenhouse gases already emitted to the atmosphere will warm the planet by about 2 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century, according to scientists who are urging a focused scientific effort to help humanity adapt to the changing climate.

    And reality shows no sign of such a magic reduction in emissions.

  • China's ailing solar panel makers see the light, on a farm (Reuters):
    China's loss-making solar panel makers believe they may have found a way out of their nightmare - by becoming one-stop renewable energy shops with their own solar farms.
  • A New Investment Project Could Point The Way To Renewables For The Global Poor (Climate Progress):
    “North Africa and the Middle East are at the beginning of an impressive energy transition based on wind and sun,” said Dii CEO Paul van Son. “A well-developed, shovel-ready project then builds the basis for the much larger amounts of private sector investment necessary for constructing a renewable energy power plant.”
  • The whopping climate change footprint of two Australian coalmining projects (Guardian UK):
    Two Queensland mines would emit triple the greenhouse gas emissions of the Keystone XL pipeline, or six times the UK's annual footprint
  • Western black rhino declared extinct (CNN)
  • VIDEO: Debating Pandora’s Promise (Climate Crocks) [emphasis added]:
    Pandora’s Promise is a new movie that producers, I guess, hoped would jumpstart the nuclear industry by convincing doubting environmentalists that nuclear is a good idea. The premise is flawed, because, nobody ever consults environmentalists about new industrial projects – so it doesn’t really matter what environmentalists think. It matters what investors think, and they will not invest in nuclear energy without massive government subsidies and guarantees.
  • Handouts For Frackers: The Pennsylvania Plan To Give Drillers $1 Billion (Climate Progress):
    [I]n Pennsylvania, taxpayers could have to pick up the tab for gas drillers to extract highly-valuable natural gas, to the tune of $1 billion over a decade.
  • Arkansas: ExxonMobil Fines Proposed After Oil Spill (NY Times)
  • 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.
  • 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: