IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Breaking: Sudden storm ravages campground in VA; New rules for explosive oil trains; Big win in small Maine town over Big (tar sands) Oil; Sunday news shows discover global warming exists; PLUS: We're No.1! America and Rush Limbaugh lead the world...in global warming denial ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots; Solar car sets new land speed record; Republicans always listen to the Pentagon --- except on climate change; Self-cooling solar cells generate more output; Oil industry damaged PA water sources 200+ times; Amid CA drought, Nestle guzzles private water; Forest managers ban exploding shooting targets over fire fears ... PLUS: National Hockey League warns global warming threatens hockey's future ... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Extreme Weather: Sudden Storm Smashes VA Campground:
- 2 Killed as Storm Rips Through Virginia Campground (NY Times)
- Tornado tears through campground in Cape Charles, Virginia (Washington Post):
A tornado warning was issued at 8:20 a.m. from the National Weather Service; a tornado or severe thunderstorm watch had not been in effect prior to the warning
- Wild summer skies from Montana to Mississippi to Maine as summer front cuts across nation (Capitol Weather Gang, Washington Post)
- New Rules for Explosive Oil Trains - Big Oil Not Happy:
- VIDEO: Are tighter rules for crude oil trains chugging along too slowly? (PBS NewsHour)
- U.S. Proposes Faster Changes in Oil Trains (NY Times)
- Proposed oil train safety rules include lower speeds, improved braking (LA Times)
- Speed of Oil Tank Cars 'An Issue': DOT Secretary (Bloomberg News)
- How oil and gas firms gained influence and transformed North Dakota: Boom has brought prosperity, but critics wonder about the costs (Center for Public Integrity)
- Maine: Big Win for Small Town Over Big Oil:
- Maine Residents Fight American Petroleum Institute Lobbyists Over Ban on Tar Sands Shipments (DeSmogBlog):
According to a report published by Environment Maine Research and Policy Center in June 2014 titled, Inside the Big Oil Playbook [PDF], the API-backed effort spent $750,000 to defeat the South Portland ballot measure.
- South Portland approves law barring tar sands oil (Portland Press-Herald)
- How The South Portland City Council Foiled Big Oil's Plan To Sneak Tar Sands Out Of Canada (Climate Progress)
- Maine port city's ban on crude exports prompts oil industry threats (LA Times)
- Maine town fights plan to use pipeline to export oil sands crude (LeHigh Valley Morning Call)
- We're No.1 - U.S. Tops the World In Global Warming Deniers:
- Poll: U.S. Leads The World… In Climate Denial (Climate Progress):
A poll of 20 countries and over 16,000 people has found that the United States leads the world when it comes to climate denial.
- The Strange Relationship Between Global Warming Denial and…Speaking English:(Mother Jones) [emphasis added]:
Not only is the United States clearly the worst in its climate denial, but Great Britain and Australia are second and third worst, respectively. Canada, meanwhile, is the seventh worst. What do these four nations have in common? They all speak the language of Shakespeare. Why would that be?...[T]he English language media in three of these four countries are linked together by a single individual: Rupert Murdoch.
- AUDIO: Rush Takes Credit For Finding That U.S. Leads Globe In Climate Denial: New Study Shows Americans Have "The Highest Amount Of Doubt About The Conventional Wisdom Of Climate"
- Sunday Network News Shows Discover Global Warming:
- Sunday Shows Cover Climate Change As Much In First Half Of 2014 As In Last Four Years Combined (Media Matters)
- STUDY: PBS NewsHour Airs Four Times More Climate Coverage Than ABC World News (Media Matters)
- VIDEO: False Balance Lives: In Worst Climate Story Of The Year, PBS Channels Fox News (Climate Progress, 9/17/2012)
- Candy Crowley's weird dismissal of climate change (Grist,10/12/2012)
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
- Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots (Washington Post) [emphasis added]:
The effects of climate change are creeping into Chicago's low-income neighborhoods...[F]rom Chicago to Indianapolis and Milwaukee, residents face just as many difficult issues as changing weather patterns collide with aging infrastructure. ...In Chicago over the past century, downpours that force human waste up pipes and into homes — storms that dump at least 1.5 inches of rain in a single day — have struck the city more often.
- Solar Car Just Set A New World Land Speed Record (Climate Progress)
- NHL Warns Climate Change Could Threaten The Future Of Hockey (Think Progress Sports):
The report, which draws attention to the impact of climate change and other environmental factors on the growth and long-term outlook of the sport, is the first of its kind from any major sports league, the NHL said.
- Republicans Always Listen to the Pentagon-Except When It Says Climate Change Is Real (New Republic) [emphasis added]:
Faced with mounting scientific evidence that humans are causing climate change, Republicans are having an increasingly hard time denying the facts. Those denials became even more laughable Tuesday, when one of the party's favorite agencies, the Department of Defense, told Congress that climate change is hurting military operations.
- Self-cooling solar cells have greater power output, last longer (Treehugger)
- EPA chief defends power plant rule against GOP charges of overreach (McClatchy DC)
- Massive Interest-Free Loan Program Announced For Solar Users In India (Climate Progress)
- Oil And Gas Extraction Damaged Pennsylvania Water Sources Over 200 Times Since 2007 (AP)
- Parched Texas town turns to sewage water to keep city flush with water: (Reuters)
When the going got tough due one of with worst droughts in a century, the parched Texas city of Wichita Falls got going with its program to recycle sewage water for drinking.
- Amid record California drough, Nestle guzzles water (Al Jazeera America):
Last week saw California adopt mandatory restrictions on civilian water use. People caught watering their lawns to the point of runoff, hosing off sidewalks or driveways or washing cars without a shut-off nozzle can face fines of up to $500 a day.
- Exploding shooting targets banned from 12 US national forest over fire fears: (Reuters):
Federal land managers on Wednesday banned exploding targets used by shooting enthusiasts from 12 national forests in four Western U.S. states, saying the devices could spark wildfires and are a threat to public safety.
- Feds to test MCHM, chemical that tainted West Virginia water supply (Charleston Gazette):
Federal scientists will conduct new studies to examine the potential health effects of exposure to the chemicals released during the January leak at the Freedom Industries tank farm along the Elk River in Charleston, under an agreement announced Wednesday.
- If it's raining, NYC's raw sewage is probably pouring into waterways: (Newsweek)
- June 2014 was Earth's warmest on record as ocean temperatures surged (Washington Post) [emphasis added]:
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that June was the globe's warmest in 134 years of records following its report that May was also the hottest on record. These reports are feeding anticipation that 2014 could become the warmest year on record.
- Global Ocean Temperatures Haven't Been This Hot Since Before 1880 (Mashable)
- Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says (AP) [emphasis added]:
Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out six times as much water-polluting nitrogen, takes 11 times more water for irrigation and uses 28 times the land, according to the study, published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Cows are not efficient at converting feed to protein for human consumption.
- Study vindicates climate models accused of 'missing the pause' (The Conversation):
Climate models can recreate the slowdown in global warming since 1998, as long as they correctly factor in crucial variables such as the state of the El Niño system, new research has shown.
- How long will world's oil reserves last? 53 years, says BP (CS Monitor):
The world has 53.3 years left to find an alternative to oil before current proved reserves run dry, according to BP. Of course, nations are finding new oil - meaning that number is rising - but new extraction methods are costly and can pose environmental threats.
FOR MORE on Climate Science and Climate Change, go to our Green News Report: Essential Background Page
- 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).