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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: The Arctic is venting; Food poisoning is expensive; Texas is breaking wind (records, that is); Limbaugh and cow farts ... PLUS: The 'greenest' Oscars yet ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': Shocker: Oil co. exec says U.S. should move slowly on renewables; Air pollution costs California hundreds of millions in health care; Coal-ash sites polluting water; Asia-produced ozone making its way to U.S; Scientists discover why sunshine & Vitamin D is crucial; Challenging conventional wisdom on renewable energy’s limits; Using behavioral science to craft smarter energy policy... PLUS: New research: synthetic nitrogen destroys soil carbon, undermines soil health ...
Info/links on those stories and all the ones we talked about on today's episode follow below...
- Today's Featured Song: "Now We Can Blame the Cows," by Victrola & the Duhstbunnies (Duhmocracy)
- Massive Methane Melt in Arctic's Siberian Seabed
- Study: Arctic seabed methane stores destabilizing, venting (PhysOrg.com):
The research results, published in the March 5 edition of the journal Science, show that the permafrost under the East Siberian Arctic Shelf, long thought to be an impermeable barrier sealing in methane, is perforated and is leaking large amounts of methane into the atmosphere. Release of even a fraction of the methane stored in the shelf could trigger abrupt climate warming.
- Methane bubbles in Arctic seas stir warming fears (Reuters)
- Undersea Methane Is Leaking--Should We Panic? (The New Republic)
- Massive Methane Melt off Siberia (Mother Jones)
- Study Says Undersea Release of Methane Is Under Way (NY Times):
Natalia Shakhova, a scientist at the university and a leader of the study, said it was too soon to say whether the findings suggest that a dangerous release of methane looms. In a telephone news conference, she said researchers were only beginning to track the movement of this methane into the atmosphere as the undersea permafrost that traps it degrades.
But climate experts familiar with the new research reported in Friday’s issue of the journal Science that even though it does not suggest imminent climate catastrophe, it is important because of methane’s role as a greenhouse gas. Although carbon dioxide is far more abundant and persistent in the atmosphere, ton for ton atmospheric methane traps at least 25 times as much heat.
- WATCH: The Siberian Methane Feedback Loop (Matt Yglesias, Think Progress):
- READ IT: Extensive Methane Venting to the Atmosphere from Sediments of the East Siberian Arctic Shelf (Science Magazine, sub. req.'d)
- Arctic Methane on the Move? (Real Climate.org):
For methane to be a game-changer in the future of Earth’s climate, it would have to degas to the atmosphere catastrophically, on a time scale that is faster than the decadal lifetime of methane in the air. So far no one has seen or proposed a mechanism to make that happen.
- Food-Borne Illnesses Cost U.S. $152 Billion A Year:
- Texas Breaks Wind (Records, that is):
- Texas breaks US wind energy record: Lone Star State generates nearly a fifth of electricity from wind power (BusinessGreen)
- Greenest Oscars Yet:
- 'Avatar' and other eco-minded films compete for Oscars (USA Today)
- Oscar's Nearly Green Year (GreenDaily)
- Avatar Real-Life Parallel Found In Alberta Oilsands (Huffington Post Green)
- Sarah Palin Lauds Canada's Environmental Policies, Ignores Their Huge Emissions (Treehugger)
- Cove Wins an Oscar, Makes an Activist Statement, Gets Cut Off (Treehugger)
- 'The Cove' wins Oscar for Best Documentary, Angers Fishermen (Japan Today)
- Green Gowns On Oscar's Red Carpet (Treehugger)
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': More green news not covered in today's audio report...
- Shocker: Marathon Oil CEO says conversion to renewable fuel sources will be gradual: (NOLA.com)
- Study of hospitals puts price tag on California's dirty air (Sacramento Bee)
- Coal-ash sites polluting water, report says (West Virginia Gazette)
- Asia-produced Ozone Making Its Way to U.S., Study Finds (McClatchy DC)
- Challenging conventional wisdom on renewable energy’s limits (Grist)
- Scientists Find Why Sunshine & Vitamin D Is Crucial (Reuters)
- Using behavioral science to make smarter energy policy (Grist)
- New research: synthetic nitrogen destroys soil carbon, undermines soil health (Grist)