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By Desi Doyen on 6/22/2010, 1:02pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Breaking: Moratorium struck down by judge, White House to appeal; Now it's 100,000 barrels of oil per day; More whaling?; Wildfires, floods and mudslides, oh my;...PLUS: Praying the Spill away ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): U.S. Chamber of Commerce should support climate bill, based on its own methodology; Twilight of the Coal Era?; USDA proposes antitrust rule on meat industry; Report: Food prices to rise by up to 40% over next decade; Malaria in Brazil linked to forest clearing; FERC to issue new rules upgrading nation's electicity transmission grid ...PLUS: Experts Warn Climate Change Is Beginning to Disrupt Agriculture ...

STORIES DISCUSSED IN TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...

'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...

  • Twilight of the Coal Era?:
  • NEW Rules from FERC: Because Knowing is Half the Battle (Balloon Juice):
    Remember FERC? This week they started a regulatory actions to address the issue, largely because it’s becoming obvious that there won’t be any action addressing this issue (either) in the Energy Bill.

    Yesterday FERC announced a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” on transmission. The rulemaking will cover three vital issues: making state and regional transmission planning acknowledge policy goals (that means renewable resource targets), improving inter-regional coordination (making everyone work together to develop an integrated system), and requiring everyone to come up with cost allocation methods (meaning figuring out how to spread the costs of transmission enough that this can take off). This is going to be contentious among utilities and states, as well as between the states and FERC (no love lost there).

  • Malaria in Brazil linked to forest clearing (Environmental News Network)
  • Food prices to rise by up to 40% over next decade, UN report warns: Growing demand from emerging markets and for biofuel production will send prices soaring, according to the OECD and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (Guardian UK)
  • Awesome New USDA Antitrust Rule on Meat Industry: The USDA has come out with a new proposed rule and - based on the reaction it has gotten thus far - it's a big fucking deal. In a good way. The rules would place the sharpest limits on meat companies since the Great Depression, drastically lowering the bar that farmers and ranchers must meet to sue companies whom they accuse of demanding unfairly low prices. (La Vida Locavore)
  • Will the New Climate Bill Damage U.S. Energy Security? (Slate):
    Slate runs the numbers on one of the skeptics' favorite arguments [Yes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, we're looking at you]: "[I]f the chamber believes in its own system, it should stop warning of the dangers of cap-and-trade and start touting the security benefits that Kerry-Lieberman would bring to America.
  • Experts Warn Climate Change Is Beginning to Disrupt Agriculture:
    With the added environmental stresses of climate change, prices of staple crops could double (Scientific American):

    Climate variability has already affected rains, droughts and temperatures in several parts of the United States, said Cynthia Rosenzweig, a senior research scientist with NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. "We are already seeing climate change."

    "We are seeing the expansion of drying," said Rosenzweig, as she brought up a slide showing precipitation measurements across the United States. The measurements, comparing values from 1958 through 2008, showed significant reductions in rainfall across large portions of the Northwest and Southeast. Idaho, Washington, Montana, Georgia and Florida had some of the most drastic changes in rainfall on the map.
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    Heat waves, at odd times of the year, affect the proper development of proteins within corn kernels, she said. "It is like scrambling eggs."