IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Study finds CNN and Fox 'News' FAIL on climate change; CNN looks for missing plane, finds an ocean full of garbage; PLUS: Energy company to pay record fine for 85 years of toxic waste dumping and they couldn't be happier about it... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): GOP climate skeptic's on-air conversion in Showtime's 'Years of Living Dangerously'; Waters to flood part of CO River for just a few weeks; Final chapter of IPCC report to be published this week; Low-tech 'living fences' drastically reduce lion killings; Another oil spill on public lands ... PLUS: Scientists Focus on Polar Waters As Threat of Acidification Grows ... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- UN IPCC Warns Window of Opportunity Is Closing To Act On Climate Change:
- Conservative Climate Panel Warns World Faces 'Breakdown Of Food Systems' And More Violent Conflict (Climate Progress)
- Warming World Threatens Us All, Warns U.N. Report (TIME Magazine):
A new U.N. report illustrates the impact that rising temperatures will have on crop yields, water supplies and sea levels.
- Study: CNN and Fox 'News' FAIL On Climate Change Coverage:
- REPORT: Science or Spin?: Assessing the Accuracy of Cable News Coverage of Climate Science (Union of Concerned Scientists)
- Fox News climate change coverage is now 28% accurate, up from 7% (Guardian UK)
- New Report Finds CNN and Fox News Weaken Public Understanding Of Climate Science; MSNBC's Climate Coverage Towers Over Other Cable Networks (Media Matters):
The latest media analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) found (perhaps unsurprisingly) that Fox News misinformed their audience a great majority of the time when discussing climate change. Meanwhile, CNN devoted a paltry amount of airtime to global warming in 2013, and when they did cover the topic, the network frequently presented the science demonstrating global warming as an issue up for debate by pundits.
- STUDY: CNN Largely Ignores Major Climate Report's Warnings: Even Fox News Covered Climate Report More Than CNN --- But To Dismiss It (Media Matters)
- VIDEO: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Lambasts Media's Poor Climate Change Coverage (Media Matters)
- VIDEO: Bill O’Reilly: Don’t hate Tesla Motors just because environmentalists are dumb (Raw Story)
- CNN Looks For Plane, Finds Ocean Full of Garbage:
- VIDEO: Bill Maher: ‘Least Important Thing We Could Pull Out of the Ocean Is That Airplane’ (Mediaite) [emphasis added]:
“I honestly think the least important thing we could pull out of the ocean is that airplane...The focus as always in America is on the wrong thing,” Maher said. “There are two parts to this story — the ocean and the plane. This I think is why human beings aren’t going to survive, because they couldn’t see which was the important one.”
- Ocean garbage thwarts Flight 370 search: (Al Jazeera America):
Anticipation has repeatedly turned into frustration in the search for signs of Flight 370 as objects spotted from planes in a new search area west of Australia have turned out to be garbage. It's a time-wasting distraction for air and sea crews searching for debris from the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished March 8. It also points to wider problems in the world's oceans.
- Record Environmental Fine For 85 Years of Toxic Waste Dumping:
- Anadarko To Pay Record Settlement To Clean Up Kerr-McGee's 85-Year Toxic Legacy (Kate Sheppard, Huffington Post Green) [emphasis added]:
In 2006, [Kerr-McGee] transferred other parts of its company associated with the years of pollution into a separate company, Tronox, which was left insolvent. Tronox couldn't pay the costs of the environmental cleanup and went into bankruptcy in 2009. The government argued that Kerr-McGee devised this scheme to evade responsibility for cleanup and instead passed the cleanup costs on to local communities and the federal Superfund program. A court last December found Kerr-McGee guilty of fraudulent conveyance. The court also held the new company and its parent, Anadarko, liable for the cleanup costs.
- Anadarko Pays Billions in Settling Toxins Case (NY Times)
- $5.15 Billion Pollution Penalty Too Small To Hurt Energy Corp: (MSNBC)
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
- Republican climate skeptic has on-air conversion in Showtime's ambitious 'Years of Living Dangerously' (E & E News) [emphasis added]:
When Grimm meets MSNBC host Chris Hayes for an intimate chat toward the end of the episode, the congressman confesses that he was moved to do his own climate research and has in fact evolved his position....There's no "oxygen left in the room" to take on global warming in Congress, Grimm insists, not with immigration, jobs and other pressing issues at hand. As Hayes grows more frustrated, noting that Grimm's very constituents face serious threats, the lawmaker finally lays it on the line. "Washington is not real life. ... You're talking the substance and the science. My point to you is, [that is] irrelevant," Grimm tells Hayes. "It's much bigger than me. I don't think Americans have the will to do it."
- Waters to flood part of Colorado River for just a few weeks: (NPR):
Millions of gallons of water used to flow every day from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California. Now, the Colorado River ends at Morelos Dam on the U.S.-Mexico border. Below it, one of North America's largest wetlands is dry.
- Documents show pilot failed to disclose herbicides used on timberland (Jefferson Public Radio):
The helicopter pilot at the center of an aerial herbicide-spraying controversy in Southern Oregon applied a far wider variety of toxic chemicals than what he originally reported, according to newly released documents.
- Final chapter of IPCC climate report to be published this week (The Climate Group):
The critical third chapter, Mitigation of Climate Change, will focus on how the planet can curtail or prevent greenhouse gas emissions.
- Scientists Focus on Polar Waters As Threat of Acidification Grows (Yale e360):
A sophisticated and challenging experiment in Antarctica is the latest effort to study ocean acidification in the polar regions, where frigid waters are expected to feel most acutely the ecological impacts of acidic conditions not seen in millions of years.
- In latest blow to Pebble prospect, mining giant Rio Tinto is pulling out (Anchorage Daily News):
Global mining giant Rio Tinto is pulling out of the Pebble mine project in Alaska, the latest blow to the controversial plan to build an open pit mine in the best wild salmon stronghold in the world.
- 'Living Fences' Dramatically Cut Livestock and Lion Killings in Tanzania (Guardian UK):
A novel, low-tech idea is helping Tanzania's lion population rebound: So-called "living fences" — which enclose livestock and are constructed of actively growing trees and chain-link fencing - have cut lion attacks and retaliatory killings by more than 85 percent in the areas they've been installed
- Another oil leak reported on public lands in southern Utah (Salt Lake Tribune):
Newest spill: Citation Oil leak in Dixie National Forest is near the one discovered in Grand Staircase Monument.
- Inspector General: Interior Department's injection wells a 'threat to the nation's drinking water' (E & E News):
The Interior Department has thousands of mismanaged injection wells on federal lands, threatening the nation's underground supply of drinking water, according to a newly released inspector general report.
- Deep sea mining – the gold rush on the ocean floor (Guardian UK)
- EPA chief says power plant rule will be tough and enforceable: (Reuters):
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's chief said on Monday that new carbon pollution standards due in June will be flexible enough for all states to meet but will be environmentally stringent and federally enforceable.
- Drought threatens population in Northwest Haiti (Reuters)
- Northern Europe hit by most bee deaths (BBC):
A new study covering 17 EU countries says that far more honeybees are dying in the UK and other parts of northern Europe than in Mediterranean countries.
- 1/4 of Europe's bumblebees, vital to crops, face extinction: (Reuters): Almost a quarter of Europe's bumblebees are at risk of extinction due to loss of habitats and climate change, threatening pollination of crops worth billions of dollars, a study showed on Wednesday.
- Why the fossil fuel industry wants us to ignore risk (Renew Economy):
[Renewable energy] technology is having a massive impact on incumbent industries, perhaps more than any climate policy might have done in such a short period. The fossil fuel industry understands this - which is why they are so desperate to take such technologies out of the market...
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- Video Proof That Global Warming is a 'Hoax'!: NASA Temperature Data 1888-2011 (The BRAD BLOG):
- NASA climate change video: This is the U.S. in 2100 (NASA).