IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: Not a happy anniversary for a Tennessee town; Carping on invasive species in the Great Lakes; Oopsies for PA Childhood Lead Prevention Center ... PLUS: Have a Greener Christmas! ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': UN Climate Chief urges avoiding blame over summit; China says "development right" key in climate talks; Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced $1 billion to stop deforestation around the world; New EPA shipping rule may exempt older vessels; Delay in tax extenders could hinder investment in biofuels, energy sector; IBM forecasts the next 5 big ideas for the next 5 years; New WaPo/ABC poll shows political polarization on environmental science; NOAA Warns El Nino changes in Pacific getting stronger....
PLUS: 5 Radical Green Actions That Could Get You Arrested and 5 Alternatives That Won't: Drastic times call for drastic measures ....
Info/links on those stories and all the ones we talked about on today's episode follow below...
- One Year Ago This Week: the Great Tennessee Coal Ash Spill:
- EPA delays new rules on coal ash: The Obama administration announced Thursday it would delay the release of proposed new rules on the handling and disposal of toxic ash from coal-fired power plants. (Ken Ward, Charleston Gazette)
- Still unresolved, Tennessee coal-ash spill only one EPA hurdle (Washington Post)
- FLASHBACK: Tennessee Ash Flood Larger Than Initial Estimate: A coal ash spill in eastern Tennessee that experts were already calling the largest environmental disaster of its kind in the United States is more than three times as large as initially estimated, according to an updated survey by the Tennessee Valley Authority. (NY Times, 12/28/09)
- FLASHBACK: Months after ash spill, Tennessee town still choking (CNN.com, 7/13/09)
- EPA delays announcement on regulating coal ash (AP)
- Environmentalists want TVA prosecuted in ash spill (AP)
- Industry pressuring Obama on coal-ash rules (Coal Tattoo)
- The TVA Ash Spill One Year Later: Lessons Learned (Counterpunch)
- One State Sues Another Over Ugly Fish:
- Asian Carp: Michigan asks Supreme Court to shut 2 corridors to Great Lakes
Great Lakes' $7 billion fishing industry threatened, Michigan says (Chicago Tribune)
- Fight to keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes reaches Supreme Court: Michigan's attorney general files a lawsuit that seeks to close two shipping locks near Chicago, sealing off the fish's most direct route to the Great Lakes. (LA Times)
- Michigan Takes Invasive Carp Battle to Supreme Court: Michigan has taken its fight against invasive Asian carp to the U.S. Supreme Court, suing Illinois to force the closure of Chicago-area waterways that provide the fish a pathway to the Great Lakes. (Greenwire)
- Feds to spend $13M to fight Asian carp invasion (AP)
- After Poisoning Canal, Single Asian Carp Found in Chicago-area Fish Kill (AP)
- OOPS: High Lead Levels at Lead Prevention Office:
- High lead levels in office for lead prevention: Shabby Lawrenceville building's peeling paint is likely source (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
- High lead levels found at health offices (UPI)
- Different Location, Same Problem: Chinese abandon lead-poisoned villages (UPI)
- HAVE A GREEN CHRISTMAS!:
- Chock Full O' Ideas: How to have a 'green' Christmas (Earth Easy)
- Baby Steps: How to Have a Green Christmas (Mahalo.com)
- How to Have a Green Christmas (Time)
- 12 ways to a green Christmas: Make it yourself or buy it locally --- just make sure your gifts won't add unnecessarily to the landfill site (Edmonton Journal)
- Dreaming of a green Christmas?: Used or vintage goods, natural fabrics, homemade products or 'experiences' are some of the gift ideas for the eco-conscious (CanWest News Service)
- Aboxalypse Now: Overpackaging, killer clamshells, and other common triggers of wrap rage (Mother Jones):
Nearly 10% of a typical product's price is for packaging.
The global packaging market is worth $429 billion.
Nearly 1/3 of Americans' waste is packaging. Just 43% is recycled after use.
In 2007, Americans threw away 78.5 million tons of packaging—520 pounds per person. That's a 71% increase from 1960.
- Go green, save green, with Christmas gift wrapping alternatives : (USA Today)
- Salt dough Christmas ornaments: These festive ornaments are as beautiful to look at as they are fun to make. (Mother Nature Network)
- Ask Umbra on Christmas trees, broken lights and naughty birds (Grist)
- UN Climate Chief Urges Avoiding Blame Over Summit (NY Times)
- China says "development right" key in climate talks (Reuters UK)
- Agriculture Secretary Vilsack: $1 billion for REDD+; Will a deal to stop deforestation be the biggest success at Copenhagen? (Climate Progress)
- Air Pollution: EPA shipping rule may exempt older vessels (Greenwire)
- Delay in tax extenders could hinder investment in biofuels, energy sector (E & E News)
- IBM forecasts the next 5 big ideas for the next 5 years (Gizmag)
- Surprise!: New Poll Shows Political Polarization on Environmental Science (Washington Post)
- NOAA: El Nino changes in Pacific getting stronger (AP)
- 5 Radical Green Actions That Could Get You Arrested and 5 Alternatives That Won't: Drastic times call for drastic measures (Planet Green)
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': More green news not covered in today's audio report...