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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: The glacial pace of international climate negotiations; 'The Cove' goes undercover in L.A.; Venezuela's dam electricity shortage ... PLUS: Industrial food production & another new food recall (with video!)... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': Restaurants get a little greener; Farm lobby’s lawyer appointed as Ag Committee’s counsel; SoCal utility to install solar on warehouse roofs; Natural gas as a near-term CO2 mitigation strategy; Green Biz Wiz: folks to follow on Twitter; Fish oil supplements may contain PCBs ... PLUS: Who says you can't bottle the wind? ...
Info/links on those stories and all the ones we talked about on today's episode follow below...
- International Climate Negotiations Move at Glacial Pace:
- Climate Goal Is Supported by China and India (NY Times)
- China, India join Copenhagen treaty (Global Times)
- India endorses Copenhagen climate accord, with conditions (CNN India)
- China unsure on warming cause, to stick with CO2 cuts : China's top climate negotiator said on Wednesday that the cause of global warming was still not clear but the problems it was creating were so serious that the world must anyway act to cut greenhouse gas emissions. (Times of India):
"As far as governments around the world are concerned, as the existence and long term development of climate change will cause great damage to mankind, it is better to believe that it is happening than that it isn't," said Xie, adding that China was already experiencing rising temperatures.
"We should take scientific measures to avoid these problems happening," Xie said. He agreed with another official who said questions about the human contribution to warming should be left to scientists, while governments pushed ahead with investments in green technology.
- China Climate Chief Criticizes U.S. (Wall St. Journal)
- Venezuela's Dam Electricity Shortages:
- Drought Has Venezuela Looking at Alternatives to Hydropower (Green Inc.)
- Venezuelans sweating over order to cut power use (Reuters)
- 'The Cove' Team Goes Undercover, Catches Illegal Sale of Whale Meat:
- Feds charge trendy sushi restaurant for serving whale meat (CNN)
- Santa Monica sushi restaurant charged with illegally selling whale meat: The eatery admits the wrongdoing, its attorney says. Federal agents and animal activists cooperated in a video sting orchestrated by a producer of the Oscar-winning documentary 'The Cove.' (LA Times)
- Oscar Winners Try to Keep Whale Off Sushi Plates (NY Times)
- Sushi Spot Is Charged With Serving Whale Meat (NY Times)
- FDA's Largest Food Recall Evah!:
- Colbert Report Consumer Alert: Pringles Recall! (Colbert Nation):
- FDA says Basic Food Flavors knew plant was contaminated with salmonella (Washington Post)
- Salmonella fears spur growing food flavoring recall (USA Today)
- FDA Recall: Products Containing Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA.gov)
- Health Buzz: Recall of Salmonella-Tainted Products Expands (US News & World report)
- Food Recalls From Salmonella May Increase to 10,000 Products (Business Week)
- Restaurants get a little greener: Some are growing produce on site, buying from eco-conscious farmers, installing water filtration systems, recycling grease and more. (LA Times)
- Farm lobby’s lawyer appointed as Ag Committee’s counsel (Grist)
- California utility to install solar on warehouse roofs (Business Week)
- Natural gas as a near-term CO2 mitigation strategy: How baseload power can work with the transition to renewable energy (Grist)
- The 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business (Earth & Industry News)
- Fish oil supplements may bring PCB compounds: Study (CanWest News Service):
People who take certain brands of fish oil supplements, seeking benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids are also exposing themselves to unnecessarily high levels of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) compounds, newly released test results show.
Brands were tested in private laboratories by environmental lawyers as part of a labelling lawsuit in California. The results show a major discrepancy in the level of PCB contamination.
[T]he results [are] posted at FishOilSafety.com...
- Bottled Wind Could Be as Constant as Coal (Wired Science):
[T]he future of wind power may be underground.
In the abandoned mines and sandstones of the Midwest, compressed-air storage ventures are trying to convert the intermittent motions of the air into the kind of steady power that could displace coal.
Compressed-air energy storage plants use compressors to store electricity generated when it’s not needed. The air, pumped into large underground formations, is like a spring that’s been squeezed and when it’s needed, it can deliver a large percentage of the energy that it received.
The first and only such plant in the United States went online in 1991, and though the technology didn’t take off, it did prove that it worked. And now, combining cheap wind energy and compressed-air storage could create a potent new force in the electricity markets.
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