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By Desi Doyen on 11/14/2013, 4:09pm PT  


 

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Another massive natural gas pipeline explosion in the US; Shoddy construction discovered on southern Keystone XL pipeline; Majority of red-state Americans now accept climate science; PLUS: The continuing and predicted humanitarian disaster of Super Typhoon Haiyan ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): A carbon tax would cut the deficit by $1 trillion; An innovative bamboo scooter that runs on AIR; 2013 is seventh hottest year; Warsaw talks thrash out UN climate roadmap; Climate deniers must pay $90k; Walmart’s emissions soar despite green talk; Could Carl Sagan have defeated climate denial?; New 'plastic-eating' ecosystem discovered in deep ocean; US crushes ivory to stop poaching; CA faces driest year on record ... PLUS: The 9 biggest weather disasters in the next 30 Years ... 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)...

  • VIDEO: 9 biggest weather disasters in the next 30 Years: Jeff Masters (TEDx Talks):
    One year before Hurricane Sandy, Jeff Masters from Weather Underground predicts 9 weather disasters that could strike the United States in the next 30 years. Number 6 on his list (Sandy) happened. What are the other 8 disasters, and what can we do to prepare?
  • 2013 is seventh hottest year, rising seas worsen typhoon (Reuters)
  • Warsaw Talks to Thrash Out UN Climate Roadmap (Scientific American): The costs of reducing emissions may be flash points along the path toward a 2015 Paris treaty
  • VIDEO: This innovative bamboo scooter runs on air (Grist):
    The EcoMoto was an Australian industrial design student’s third-year design project “aimed at developing a concept motorbike built around a compressed air powered engine.” As Darby Bicheno explains in his deep Australian accent, the air-powered engine is quiet and capable, perfect for short city trips. As long as the air compressor you use to fill the tank is powered by renewable energy, it’s pretty dang green.
  • A Carbon Tax Would Cut The Deficit By $1 Trillion (Climate Progress):
    A carbon tax of $25 per ton of emissions would cut the deficit by $1 trillion over a decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
  • Climate Deniers Must Pay $90,000 For ‘Not Acting Reasonably,’ Court Rules (Climate Progress):
    A New Zealand group dedicated to downplaying the existence of climate change has been ordered to pay close to $90,000 in court fees for bringing a “faulty” lawsuit that had sought to invalidate data that proved the country’s temperatures were on the rise.
  • Low prices, high carbon: Walmart’s emissions soar despite green talk (Grist): The mega-retailer has been bragging for years about its sustainability initiatives, but its carbon footprint just keeps getting bigger.
  • Could Carl Sagan have defeated climate denial? (Grist): Celebrating the great science communicator ... while being realistic about how much things have changed since the days of the Cosmos series.
  • MAP: What Our Coastline Will Look Like After We Melt All The World's Ice (Climate Progress):
    The best science suggests that on our current CO2 emissions path, by 2100 we could well pass the tipping point that would make 200+ feet of sea level rise all but unstoppable - though it would certainly take a long time after 2100 for the full melt-out to actually occur.
  • Look What's Slowing Down Global Warming (Mother Jones):
    The recent slowdown in global temperature increases is partially the result of one of the few successful international crackdowns on greenhouse gases. Back in 1988, more than 40 countries, including the US, signed the Montreal Protocol, an agreement to phase out the use of ozone-depleting gases like chlorofluorocarbons (today the Protocol has nearly 200 signatories).
    ...
    "The recent decrease in warming, presented by global warming skeptics as proof that humankind cannot affect the climate system, is shown to have a direct human origin."
  • Look who’s eating your plastic now: A whole unprecedented ecosystem (Grist):
    We already knew that barnacles, lanternfish, and whales have been gobbling up plastic. It turns out that the problem is even bigger than we thought — because it is much, much smaller. Welcome to the “plastisphere,” the tiny plastic-based ecosystem developing within the world’s oceans.
  • U.S. crushes ivory to save elephants from extinction (SF Gate):
    The ivory crush in Denver, which was temporarily postponed by the government shutdown, is intended to "send a message to ivory traffickers and their customers that the United States will not tolerate this illegal trade."
  • As Climate Warms American West, Iconic Trout In Jeopardy (NPR)
  • California on course for driest year on record (SF Gate
  • "Pandora's Promise"?: Myths And Facts About Nuclear Power (Media Matters) [emphasis added]:
    Media coverage of nuclear power often suggests that environmentalists are illogically blocking the expansion of a relatively safe, low-carbon energy source. However, in reality, economic barriers to nuclear power --- even after decades of subsidies --- have prevented the expansion of nuclear power.
  • 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: