With Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen...
By Desi Doyen on 7/10/2014, 4:21pm PT  


 

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Debunking Neil Cavuto of Fox 'News' and the 1970's 'global cooling' myth; Anti-science nuttery alive and well in Kentucky...and Mars; BP oil still contaminating fish in the Gulf; Canada's tar sands linked to cancer spike in First Nations tribes; PLUS: Popular pesticide may be killing off the birds and the bees ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Federal government still spending billions to subsidize fossil fuels; Global warming at root of ‘utterly unprecedented’ summer flood; Helsinki's ambitious plan will make cars obsolete; Most Americans say they'll vote against climate change deniers; Carbon pollution standards reduce electricity rates; Greenpeace tells Lego 'everything is not awesome'; Fossil fuels are the new subprime investments; Australia climate politics stranger than fiction ... PLUS: Even if coal were free, it couldn’t compete with solar ... and much, MUCH more! ...

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

  • No, Neil Cavuto, Scientists Didn't Predict An Ice Age in the 1970s:
  • BP's Oil Spill Still Contaminating Fish in the Gulf:
    • Research shows Gulf of Mexico oil spill caused lesions in fish: scientists (Reuters):
      "We matched up the oil in the livers and flesh with Deepwater Horizon like a fingerprint," lead researcher Steven Murawski, a professor at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science in Tampa, told Reuters. He said the findings debunk arguments that fish abnormalities could have been caused by other factors including oil in coastal runoff and oil from naturally occurring seeps in the Gulf.

  • Canadian Tar Sands Linked to Cancer Clusters:
    • Study finds unusual contamination in animals near oilsands (Calgary Herald):
      The impact on health in communities downwind of development is “clear and worrisome,” researcher Stephane McLachlan told a news conference Monday in Edmonton. “Something unique is happening in Fort Chipewyan, especially around cancer.”
      ...
      Conducted in collaboration with the Athabasca Chipewyan and Mikisew Cree First Nations, the study found fish and animals consumed as part of a traditional diet contained unusually high concentrations of contaminants emitted during the extraction and upgrading of bitumen.

  • Just Killing Everything: Bee-Killing Pesticide Linked To Decline in Birds:
    • Declines in insectivorous birds are associated with high neonicotinoid concentrations (Nature):
      [I]n the Netherlands, local population trends were significantly more negative in areas with higher surface-water concentrations of imidacloprid...Future legislation should take into account the potential cascading effects of neonicotinoids on ecosystems.
    • Neonicotinoids linked to recent fall in farmland bird numbers (Guardian UK) [emphasis added]
      Research demonstrates for the first time the knock-on effects to other species of class of insecticides known to harm bees.
    • VIDEO: Second Silent Spring? Bird Declines Linked to Popular Pesticides (National Geographic):
      Pesticides don't just kill pests. New research out of the Netherlands provides compelling evidence linking a widely used class of insecticides to population declines across 14 species of birds.
      ...
      "I think we are the first to show that this insecticide may have wide-scale, significant effects on our environment," said Hans de Kroon, an expert on population dynamics at Radboud University and one of the authors of the paper.

  • Rich Republicans Most Likely To Deny Global Warming:
    • Study: Rich Republicans Are the Worst Climate Deniers (Mother Jones) [emphasis added]:
      We already knew about the "smart idiot" effect. Now, meet the "rich idiot" effect.
      ...
      "Among individuals with conservative political orientations, there is a correlation between occupying advantageous positions within industrial economic systems and an unwillingness to acknowledge the risks associated with climate change," [Jeremiah Bohr of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign] writes. "Perhaps to validate their economic interests, these individuals are more likely to process information on climate science through political filters that result in denying the risks produced by climate change."

  • Anti-Science Nuttery in Kentucky:

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


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: