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By Desi Doyen on 6/26/2014, 4:35pm PT  


 

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: The gloves are off - President Obama now just openly mocking climate change deniers; Pesticides linked to autism (again) and death of beneficial insects (again); Extreme weather kicks the FIFA World Cup in Brazil; PLUS: Shocker: Fox 'News' says the globe is cooling. They are wrong. (Again.)... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Is Congress lifting US crude oil export ban? No, not really.; If you think US climate politics are crazy, wait'll you see what just happened in Australia; Detroit shutting off water to thousands; Next-gen GMO crops are here and will increase use of pesticides; Doctors fail to instruct pregnant moms on toxic chemical risks; New study proves air pollution regulations save lives.... PLUS: 1 In 10 U.S. beaches too polluted for swimming ... 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)...

  • 1 In 10 U.S. Beaches Are So Polluted They're Not Safe For Swimming, Report Says (Huffington Post Green):
    You probably don't want to dip your toes in these dirty waters.
  • U.S. OKs Export of Processed Condensate, Not Oil. Why the Distinction Matters (InsideClimate News) [emphasis added]:
    Forget that headline you saw yesterday, and the frenzy that followed it, about how U.S. companies are about to export domestic crude oil for the first time since the 1970s. That's not happening—at least not yet. "It was a total exaggeration," said Fadel Gheit, senior oil analyst at Oppenheimer and Co. "People jumped to the conclusion that this is going to be the first step in the long-awaited lifting of the [oil] export ban."
  • If You Think Climate Politics In the US Are Crazy, Wait Till You See What Just Happened in Australia (Mother Jones)
  • VIDEO: Water is a Human Right --- Detroit Residents Seek U.N. Intervention as City Shuts Off Taps to Thousands (Democracy Now!):
    In a submission to the United Nations special rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, activists say Detroit is trying to push through a private takeover of its water system at the expense of basic rights.
  • Depends on what you mean by “know” - the public needs better science communication: (Pharyngula):
    That a climate change denialist is able to regurgitate what he’s heard a scientist say does not mean he is not also packed to the gills with lies and rationalizations; that he’s able to check a box on a paper exam does not mean that he won’t act against that fact in his public activities.
  • The Next Generation of GM Crops Has Arrived—And So Has the Controversy (Wired) [emphasis added]:
    The agribusiness industry says the plants—soy and corn engineered to tolerate two herbicides, rather than one—are a safe, necessary tool to help farmers fight so-called superweeds. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture appear to agree. However, many health and environmental groups say the crops represent yet another step on what they call a pesticide treadmill: an approach to farming that relies on ever-larger amounts of chemical use, threatening to create even more superweeds and flood America’s landscapes with potentially harmful compounds.
  • Doctors Fail To Counsel Pregnant Women On Toxic Chemical Risks (Huffington Post Green):
    When Penelope Jagessar Chaffer became pregnant, her obstetrician warned her to avoid alcohol, cigarettes and mercury-laden tuna. Dangers posed to her unborn child by industrial chemicals such as flame retardants, pesticides and plastics, however, never came up.
  • 4 Republican former EPA administrators call on Congress to take action on climate change (Climate Science Watch):
    Exemplifying the proactive way authentic conservatives should be talking about climate policy, former Environmental Protection Agency administrators William Ruckelshaus, Christine Todd Whitman, Lee Thomas, and William Reilly --- all appointed by Republican presidents --- gave Senate hearing testimony last week that stood in sharp contrast to the current Republican Senators on the panel, who seemed to live in an alternative universe, offering up a sustained litany of party-line denial and delayer talking points.
  • Study: Pollution laws reduce deaths from lung illness (Al Jazeera America): North Carolina study finds lung disease mortality rates fell sharply after state passed 2002 air quality law/
  • BP shuts down internal oil spill claims program (Shreveport Times):
    In a shocking move, BP has decided to shut down its internal oil spill claims program, taking away an avenue for more than 10,000 claimants who have opted out of the oil giant’s controversial settlement agreement or others who are not covered by it.
  • Wall St. Journal: Climate change could cost U.S. East Coast $35 billion in 15 years (Veeoz.com) [emphasis added]:
    Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, ex-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer, a hedge-fund billionaire and major Democratic donor, are linking arms Tuesday to release a report, Risky Business, that argues U.S. companies should treat climate change as any other business threat. The report, which says climate change could cost the country billions of dollars over the next two decades, is the product of a bipartisan group of former cabinet officers, lawmakers, corporate leaders and scientists. The study concludes that within the next 15 years, higher sea levels, storm surges and hurricanes could raise the annual price tag for coastal damage along the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico to $35 billion.
  • These Maps Show How Many Brutally Hot Days You Will Suffer When You're Old (Mother Jones):
    If you're aged 4 to 33 right now, the map above shows you how many very hot days—those with temperatures over 95 degrees Fahrenheit—you're likely to experience by the time you're elderly.
  • Silver lining: CA drought is stopping spread of Sudden Oak Death disease (San Franisico Chronicle):
    The California drought is helping save the state's signature tree - the mighty oak - by slowing down the spread of the plague-like disease scientists call sudden oak death.
  • White House: Benefits of new rules worth more than $217B in past decade (SNL Financial Blog):
    The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs' draft review of "economically significant" rules issued between October 2003 and September 2013 - those likely to have an annual effect of $100 million or more on the U.S. economy - found an overall benefit of between $217 billion and $863 billion in 2001 dollars. Meanwhile, the May 30 report estimated that the costs of the 116 major federal regulations finalized during that time period totaled between $57 billion and $84 billion.


FOR MORE on Climate Science and Climate Change, go to our Green News Report: Essential Background Page

  • Skeptical Science: Database with FULL DEBUNKING of ALL Climate Science Denier Myths
  • How to Solve Global Warming: It's the Energy Supply (Scientific American):
    Restraining global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius will require changing how the world produces and uses energy to power its cities and factories, heats and cools buildings, as well as moves people and goods in airplanes, trains, cars, ships and trucks, according to the IPCC. Changes are required not just in technology, but also in people's behavior.
  • Warning: Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses (Grist)
  • NASA Video: Warming over the last 130 years, and into the next 100 years: