IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Lights Out this Saturday for Earth Hour; Hottest summer Down Under; It's official, liquid corn is bad for you; Ford saves money by saving energy... PLUS: Fun with sausage-making: Climate change legislation in the wake of health care reform ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': Disputed island 'vanishes,' say scientists; Oilfield co. failed to report fracking violations; The 12 Most Pesticide-Laden Fruits and Veggies; Downsizing Detroit; NASA: Global cooling is bunk; It's official: China takes lead over U.S. in clean-power investment... PLUS: The Economist on the science of climate change ...
Info/links on those stories and all the ones we talked about on today's episode follow below...
- Lights Out: EARTH HOUR this Saturday, March 27th, 8:30pm:
- EARTH HOUR: March 27th, 2010 at 8:30pm: Cities, Landmarks Across California to Turn Out Lights For WWF's EARTH HOUR This Saturday (WWF)
- SLIDESHOW: EARTH HOUR 2009: Before and After Pix (Earth Hour blog)
- 2010: Hottest & Driest Summer Down Under
- Dead heat: Melbourne endures record-equalling overnight temperatures (ABC)
- It's summer in Australia... and it's snowing! (Signs of the Times)
- Some Crazy Weather, Australian Style — A Trend, or Just Unusual Weather? (ScienceClimateAndEnergy.com)
- Massive moisture-driven extreme precipitation during warmest winter in the satellite record: And the deniers say it disproves (!) climate science; Plus Dr. Jeff Masters on "Heavy snowfall in a warming world" (Climate Progress)
- West Australia has hottest and driest summer on record (Mongabay.com)
- Climate change puts Australian reef on 'knife edge' (AFP)
- Children of the Liquid Corn: High Fructose Corn Syrup Makes You Fatter Than Sugar
- A sweet problem: Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain (Princeton Univ.) [emphasis added]:
A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.
"Some people have claimed that high-fructose corn syrup is no different than other sweeteners when it comes to weight gain and obesity, but our results make it clear that this just isn't true, at least under the conditions of our tests," said psychology professor Bart Hoebel, who specializes in the neuroscience of appetite, weight and sugar addiction.
The critical differences in appetite, metabolism and gene expression that underlie this phenomenon are yet to be discovered, but may relate to the fact that excess fructose is being metabolized to produce fat, while glucose is largely being processed for energy or stored as a carbohydrate, called glycogen, in the liver and muscles.
- Study Shows You Get Fatter From HFCS Than From Sugar (Treehugger)
- Pepsi Throwback Uses Real Sugar, But Is It Better For You? (Treehugger)
- Neuroblogging: Got Type 2 Diabetes on the Brain (ScienceBlogs, 10/26/2009)
- High-Fructose Corn Syrup Prompts Considerably More Weight Gain, Researchers Find: A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain: (Science Daily)
- Sweetness and blight: Researchers say HFCS is much worse than table sugar (Grist)
- Your liver, HFCS, and YOU: New research shows Fructose increases risk of diabetes, heart disease (Grist)
- Ford Motor Co. Save Money By Saving Energy:
- Shutting Down Computers at Night Save FORD More Than One Million Dollars (Ford Motor Co.)
- Ford to save over a million dollars by turning off computers (Gizmag)
- Ford Saves $1.2 Million and Reduces CO2 Emissions by Around 20,000 Tons by Turning Computers Off (Treehugger)
- Fun With Sausage-Making: Climate & Clean Energy Legislation in the Wake of Health Care Reform:
- ANALYSIS: Is The Senate Climate Proposal All That Different From The House Bill? (The New Republic)
- Carbon down, energy up: An Open letter to Sens. Kerry, Graham, and Lieberman: a bipartisan path forward on energy and climate (Grist)
- Obama Aides Meet With Senate Dems to Map April Strategy for Climate Bill (ClimateWire)
- Offshore Drilling Revenue Sharing Takes Hold in Senate Climate Bill (ClimateWire)
- Onward Christian climate activists: Christian Coalition backs Sen. Graham on climate legislation (Grist)
- Does Health Care Affect The Climate Debate At All? (The New Republic)
- Sen. Graham Peeved on Health Care but Will Stick With Climate Bill (ClimateWire)
- Democratic Senators Push for Climate Bill This Year (Business Week)
- Farm, timber, and enviro groups demand forests and farms be part of climate bill, reject “energy-only” bill (Climate Progress)
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': More green news not covered in today's audio report...
- Disputed Bay of Bengal island 'vanishes' say scientists: A tiny island claimed for years by India and Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal has disappeared beneath the rising seas, scientists in India say. (BBC)
- Oilfield Company Failed to Report Fracking Violations (Greenwire)
- Econundrum: 12 Most Pesticide-Laden Fruits and Veggies (Mother Jones)
- Motown going rural?: Detroit Wants To Save Itself - By Shrinking (Huffington Post Green):
Detroit, the very symbol of American industrial might for most of the 20th century, is drawing up a radical renewal plan that calls for turning large swaths of this now-blighted, rusted-out city back into the fields and farmland that existed before the automobile.
- Global cooling is bunk, draft NASA study finds (The Daily Climate)
- Innovation: Solar panels made three times cheaper and four times more efficient (Gizmag)
- China takes lead in clean-power investment: U.S. falls to No. 2 in funding for such alternative sources as wind and solar. (LA Times)
- The clouds of unknowing: There are lots of uncertainties in climate science. But that does not mean it is fundamentally wrong (The Economist)