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By Desi Doyen on 8/28/2014, 3:55pm PT  


 

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Fire and explosion at Indiana refinery with a history of exploding; UN climate report warns of 'irreversible' global warming; Million-dollar fines for oil and chemical spills; Renewable energy now produces 22% of world's electricity; PLUS: Get ready for the People's Climate March on Sept. 21 in NYC ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): "An actual exit from climate hell"; 4 scenarios of our global warming future; Unpackaged: German market revolutionizes shopping; Hawaii's largest utility will triple rooftop solar by 2020; US coal industry in free fall; Yosemite Rim Fire trees to be logged; Ocean acidification is killing Bay Area's oyster industry ... PLUS: Erick Erickson really wants you to know he doesn't care about global warming ... 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)...

  • Unpackaged: German market revolutionizes shopping (Epoch Times):
    "We need a shopping revolution. We need to move away from wasteful single-use packaging, and instead make zero-waste and unpackaged food available for everyone.”
  • Erick Erickson Really Wants You To Know He Doesn't Care About Climate Change (Talking Points Memo) [emphasis added]:
    Since the notion of potentially-catastrophic man-made climate change is not congenial to him, he is forced to argue his way backward from his conclusion to a fantasy cause.
    ...
    In the end, Erickson’s blustery aggression against his dreamed-of malign conspiracy blustery aggression is just a paper-thin layer of toughness over a sad, scared core....At some point, though, we need to choose between disruption now and massively worse outcomes for people in the future. Erickson, forced to choose, admits he opts for the latter.
  • Hawaii’s Largest Utility Announces Plan To Triple Rooftop Solar By 2030 (Climate Progress):
    Wile the plan’s intentions may seem noble on their face, the package was actually released in response to an order from Hawaii’s energy regulator in April.
  • America’s coal heartland is in economic freefall — but only the most desperate are fleeing (Washington Post):
    What’s happening now in America’s coal heartland is not just the typical bust. Those in the industry say it’s more dire, potentially permanent, caused at once by declining reserves, a cheaper influx of competing gas and looming environmental regulations.
  • Rim fire's 'ghost' trees to be logged, U.S. Forest Service decides (LA Times):
    A decision announced Wednesday by the U.S. Forest Service calls for salvage-logging on more than 15,000 acres in the Stanislaus National Forest and the removal of an additional 17,706 acres of trees along non-public roads.Because the logging value of burned trees deteriorates quickly, the plan was formed under emergency rules and cannot be appealed. Salvaging can begin as soon as forest supervisor Susan Skalski gives her approval, which is expected Thursday.
  • What's Killing the Bay Area's Oysters? (San Francisco Magazine):
    The culprit? Ocean acidification—climate change’s caustic cousin—caused by rising carbon dioxide emissions. Over the last 10 years, it has wreaked havoc on the West Coast oyster business. And though farmers have found ways to work around it temporarily, the problem—both for oyster farming and for our coastal ecosystems—is only going to get worse. “I was once thinking I’d leave the farm to the kids, but now I don’t think there’s going to be a farm to leave,” says Friend. “Our days are numbered.” - See more at: http://modernluxury.com/...ers#sthash.e4gNORl9.dpuf
  • 4 Scenarios Show What Climate Change Will Do To The Earth, From Pretty Bad To Disaster (Fast CoExist):
    But exactly how bad is still an open question, and a lot depends not only on how we react, but how quickly. The rate at which humans cut down on greenhouse gas emissions--if we do choose to cut them--will have a large bearing on how the world turns out by 2100, the forecasts reveal.
  • An Actual Exit from Climate Hell (Andrew Sullivan, The Dish):
    [O]ne of the big changes we require is remarkably conservative in nature. It's called Cap and Dividend...
    A prominent member of Congress has proposed a comprehensive national climate-change plan. It's only 28 pages long, it's market-based, and it would put money into the pockets of most Americans....The government would rebate all of the revenue from selling permits back to anyone with a Social Security number,more than offsetting any rise in consumer prices for 80 percent of Americans.
  • Can Birds Be Protected From Huge Solar Plants? (Climate Central):
    The effects of wind turbines on birds, which research suggests kill far fewer birds per megawatt hour than do fossil fuel plants, have long been a source of consternation for many environmentalists. Their bird-killing effects have been serious enough to kill and hamper some planned projects. Now, as concentrated solar farms start to sweep the globe, solar energy developers are facing similar outcries and opposition for the harm that their clean energy facilities can cause to wildlife.
  • Divest from Fossil Fuels: This Approach to Climate Change Doesn't Involve Obama, the Senate or the UN (Bloomberg Sustainability):
    What happens when you kick out the companies that make civilization go? Not much. What Fossil Free Indexes shows is a tight correlation between the full S&P 500 and the same index stripped of the fossil fuel businesses.
  • Obama pursing climate accord in lieu of treaty (NY Times)
  • Widespread methane leakage' from ocean floor off US coast (BBC):
    Researchers say they have found more than 500 bubbling methane vents on the seafloor off the US east coast. The unexpected discovery indicates there are large volumes of the gas contained in a type of sludgy ice called methane hydrate. There are concerns that these new seeps could be making a hitherto unnoticed contribution to global warming.
  • The Climate Scientist Who Pioneered Geoengineering Fears It's About to Blow Up (Motherboard):
    "So the idea that huge swaths of the tropics might not be suitable for growing crops," he went on, "is plausible. And if you're unable to grow crops in huge swaths of the tropics, is that going to create political turmoil and migration? It could be a major disruption."
  • If you have allergies, talk to your doctor about cap and trade (CityLab)
  • PA Oil Contractor Admits To Lying About Plugging Abandoned Wells (Bloomberg):
    A Pennsylvania contractor has pleaded guilty in a federal court to falsely certifying that he had properly plugged abandoned oil wells in the vicinity of a proposed injection well as required under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the Justice Department said.
  • Politics & Global Warming, Spring 2014 (Yale Project for Climate Communication) [emphasis added]:
    [R]egistered voters are 2.5 times more likely to vote for a congressional or presidential candidate who supports action to reduce global warming. Further, registered voters are 3 times more likely to vote against a candidate who opposes action to reduce global warming.
  • Zero carbon and economic growth can go together, UN study says (Guardian UK):
    The top 15 emitter countries could make deep cuts to emissions while also tripling economic output, according to the study


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: