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By Desi Doyen on 7/6/2010, 1:17am PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: A solar boost from Obama; Tarballs in Texas; And a blimp to the rescue... PLUS: Record heat hits Northeast and climate scientists exonerated --- AGAIN --- but climate change deniers still report it this way [cue: crickets] ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): How does sewage treatment actually work?; Political protests over fuel costs idle much of India; Scrubbing CO2 from atmosphere would be a long-term commitment; China sentences Tibetan environmentalist to five years in prison; China fears consumer impact of growing middle-class on global warming; Judges nuke Obama's plan to dump Yucca Mtn. dump; Detergent industry does the "impossible" --- adopts voluntary ban on phosphates ...PLUS: Retrofitting suburbia: The task at hand? ...

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

  • How Does Sewage Treatment Work?: Sewage treatment turns out to be a somewhat less nasty business than you probably thought. "We're like a nation of 1-year-olds, throwing everything in the toilet."... The sewer, person after person tells me, is for sewage. (Scientific American)
  • Judges rule Obama can't close Yucca Mountain nuclear dump: "Unless Congress directs otherwise, DOE may not single-handedly derail the legislated decision-making process by withdrawing the (Yucca repository) application. DOE's motion must therefore be denied," the judges wrote, adding that the DOE had weakened its arguments by "conceding that the application is not flawed nor the (Yucca) site unsafe." (McClatchy DC)
  • Finally! Detergent Industry Puts Voluntary Ban on Phosphates in Household Dishwasher Detergents: After Years of Saying it Can't be Done: The American Cleaning Institute (ACI, formerly the Soap and Detergent Association), represents most of the soap-makers in the U.S., has announced a voluntary ban on phosphates in household dishwasher detergents. (Treehugger)
  • China Fears Consumer Impact of Growing Middle-Class on Global Warming (NY Times):
    Already, in the last three years, China has shut down more than a thousand older coal-fired power plants that used technology of the sort still common in the United States. China has also surpassed the rest of the world as the biggest investor in wind turbines and other clean energy technology. And it has dictated tough new energy standards for lighting and gas mileage for cars.

    But even as Beijing imposes the world's most rigorous national energy campaign, the effort is being overwhelmed by the billionfold demands of Chinese consumers.

    Chinese and Western energy experts worry that China's energy challenge could become the world's problem - possibly dooming any international efforts to place meaningful limits on global warming.

  • Tibetan Environmentalist Jailed for Five Years: Picking up trash and planting trees sounds about as uncontroversial as activism can get, but an internationally recognized Tibetan environmentalist who had been organizing local villagers to do just that has has been sentenced to five years in jail for "inciting to split the nation" --- a charge his supporters believe was trumped up after he accused a local police officer of poaching. (Treehugger)
  • Scrubbing CO2 from atmosphere could be a long-term commitment (The Carnegie Institution)
  • Political Protests Over Fuel Costs Idle Much of India
  • VIDEO: We'll try to get it done this weekend: Retrofitting suburbia: The task at hand?: "The big design and development project of the next 50 years is going to be retrofitting suburbia," architect Ellen Dunham-Jones says in an interesting TED talk. (Grist)