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By Desi Doyen on 5/12/2009, 12:21pm PT  

IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: Obama abandons polar bears, but exposes hidden Bush EPA study detailing cancer risks from coal ash; The highest ski run in the world, melted; PLUS: The awesome new 'Clean Coal' ringtones you've been waiting for! .... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (links below): San Francisco bets on solar; 'Ghost Nets' threaten the world's oceans; Cheap, innovative solar-powered lantern could light poor villages; Chocolate-powered biodegradable race car; Hard times for climate plans in Canada and Australia; Plus: Who could've foreseen a Boom-and-Bust cycle in the Natural Gas Industry?!?...See below for more!

Info/links on stuff we talked about on today's episode, plus MORE green news, all follows below...

'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': More green news not covered in today's audio report... See below!

  • San Francisco Approves Major Solar Project
  • Ghosts in the Ocean Machine:
    Today, bottom set gill nets are more often cited as a problem. The bottom edge of these nets is anchored to the sea floor and floats are attached to their top, so that they form a vertical undersea wall of netting that can run anywhere from 600 to 10,000 meters in length. If a gillnet is abandoned or lost, it can continue to fish on its own for months - and sometimes years - indiscriminately killing fish and other animals.
  • D.light Design: You Are the Light of the World [emphasis added]:
    In a nutshell, D.Light's founders have built a low-cost light with a battery and a small solar panel that can help families in the developing world save more money each month.
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    The company has paired with One World Children’s Fund to accept donations and send one of their lamps to a poor village in the developing world. A mere $25 will provide light — and a better life — for a family. And a gift of $750 will bring light to an entire village.
  • Formula 3 racing car powered by chocolate and steered by carrots - seriously
  • Hard time for climate plans in Canada and Australia:
    [Australia, Prime Minister Kevin] Rudd, who had called any delay in cap-and-trade “reckless and irresponsible”, now says "I believe (this) is the most sensible, rational, balanced response to a fundamental change in economic circumstances."

    Halfway around the world, British Columbia may also be about to take a U-turn on a climate policy milestone. Nicola Jones reports in Nature today that the province has been uneasily bearing the burden of North America’s first carbon tax. The BC Liberal Party started the tax in July, but their challengers in an upcoming election on 12 May are against it.

  • Natural Gas Industry Slow to Apply Brakes:
    The chairman of the company, Bob Simpson, said on the same call: “Who wants to grow gas and production in a $3 price environment? We don’t.”