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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Earthquake for Chile, storms for Haiti; Winter Olympics over for Vancouver?; Climate change hits coffee ... PLUS: Van Jones is back with a special message for Glenn Beck ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': Rising threat of even more strains of antibiotic-resistant superbacteria; Massive new iceberg could change ocean circulation, weather; Climate scientists quizzed by British lawmakers; Scientists: World warming unhindered by cold spells; Three Myths about Water; Human testing at heart of debate over U.S. toxics law... PLUS: How the G.O.P. Goes Green ...
Info/links on those stories and all the ones we talked about on today's episode follow below...
- Earthquake in Chile:
- Why did fewer die in Chile's earthquake than in Haiti's? (BBC)
- Chile's President Bachelet urges Chile earthquake survivors to stay calm (BBC)
- Chile earthquake: Aftermath (Washington Post)
- Tsunami swept away fleeing bus full of retirees (AP)
- The Power of Building Codes: Chile Death Toll Less Than 1% That of Haiti (The Infrastucturist)
- WSJ Columnist Attributes Low Death Toll In Chile Quake To Friedman, Pinochet (Huffington Post) [emphasis added]:
In the aftermath of the Chilean earthquake, it was inevitable that somebody would pen a piece crediting the comparatively low casualty rate (next to the Haitian earthquake) to Milton Friedman and Augusto Pinochet.
Naomi Klein, whom Stephens calls out in his piece, emails the Huffington Post with an inconvenient fact: the seismic building codes that were adopted in Chile to preserve its infrastructure against earthquakes were put in place in 1972. Credit to Allende: the Pinochet coup took place in 1973.
- Storms in Devastated Haiti
- Upcoming Rainy Season Could Add to Haiti's Woes (Accuweather.com)
- Only plastic between Haiti homeless and storms: Seasonal rains and hurricanes spell trouble for Haiti in the best of times, but with hundreds of thousands of people living in flimsy makeshift shelters after last month's earthquake, this year the dangers are much greater. (Reuters)
- Haiti’s Futile Race Against the Rain: Haiti's government faced with horrible choices to avert tragedy, save lives as rain season begins. (NY Times)
- 'What the Earthquake Did Not Bring Down, the Rains Will' : Aid workers must figure out how to quickly move more than 240,000 families out of flimsy shelters and into storm-resistant quarters (Greenwire)
- Winter Storms in Europe Kill 61:
- European storms kill at least 61 people (AFP)
- Death toll hits 53 as storms lash Europe (AFP)
- French rescuers search for more bodies after deadly storm (AFP)
- World warming unhindered by cold spells: scientists (Reuters)
- Winter Storms in U.S. and Great Recession Lead to Jump in Home Heating Assistance:
- Heavy winter storms wreak havoc in U.S. Northeast (Reuters)
- More people apply for energy assistance to help with heating (USA Today)
- Cold raises demand for heating fuel (USA Today)
- Heating Oil and Propane Prices: Updated Feb. 22, 2010 (U.S. Energy Information Administration)
- End of Winter Olympics in Vancouver Forever?:
- Global warming a threat for the Olympics? (Orange County Register):
Global warming has placed the future of the Winter Olympics and winter sports from the Sierras to the Alps in peril, according to interviews with environmental scientists, Olympic officials, historians and athletes in recent weeks.
- Winter Olympics: Heat is on rebuilding Sochi for '14 (Boston Globe)
- Climate, energy and the Olympics’ future (Climate Progress)
- Coffee Growers Hit By Climate Change:
- Coffee hit by global warming, growers say (AFP)
- Climate change brews up trouble for coffee growers (Guardian UK)
- Van Jones is Back --- With Choice Words for Glenn Beck:
- WATCH: Van Jones to Glenn Beck: ‘I see you, and I love you, brother.’ (Think Progress)
- Van Jones to Glenn Beck: ‘I Love You, Brother’ (NY Times):
“I have had 1,000 defeats in this past year, but I had one victory, and it’s the most important victory to me,” he said. “I don’t hate anybody. I’m not mad at anybody, and I still believe in the politics of hope.”
- UPDATE: Glenn Beck tweets back: "I love you too,Glad to all live in one country.Will it be the founders country or the one you pushed when with storm?"
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': More green news not covered in today's audio report...
- Rising Threat of Infections Unfazed by Antibiotics (NY Times)
- Another massive iceberg is calved in Antarctica, with implications for local ocean circulation and wildlife (Climate Progress)
- Climate scientists quizzed by British lawmakers (AP)
- Three Myths about Water (Environmental Science & Technology)
- Human testing at heart of debate over U.S. toxics law (Greenwire)
- OP-ED: How the G.O.P. Goes Green (NY Times) [emphasis added ]:
[Republican Senator from South Carolina Lindsey] Graham explains:
“I have been to enough college campuses to know if you are 30 or younger this climate issue is not a debate. It’s a value. These young people grew up with recycling and a sensitivity to the environment — and the world will be better off for it. They are not brainwashed. ... From a Republican point of view, we should buy into it and embrace it and not belittle them. You can have a genuine debate about the science of climate change, but when you say that those who believe it are buying a hoax and are wacky people you are putting at risk your party’s future with younger people.