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By Desi Doyen on 7/22/2010, 12:00pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: China, drowning in oil --- literally; Bobby's berms a bust?; Gulf waters now safe for fishing?!? (except when it's exploding) ... PLUS: Waytago, oil companies! (Did we just say that?!) ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Kansas heat wave kills 2000 cattle; Hundreds of dead penguins wash up on Brazilian coast; Does Egypt own the Nile? water battle brewing; Poo Power: generating electricity from sewage?; 3 of every 4 oil and gas lobbyists worked for federal government; Bee massacre at SF farm; Cool roofs save money, energy, and directly reduce warming; Judge halts oil development on Alaska's Chukchi Sea ...PLUS: Busted: Five air-conditioning myths ...

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

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

  • Kansas Heat Wave Kills 2000 Cattle: "It is all cattle in feedlots. It is more the humidity than the heat," Ken Powell, environmental scientist with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said of the more than 2,000 cattle deaths. (Retuers)
  • Hundreds of penguins wash up on Brazilian coast: Necropsies performed on many of the penguins show that they had no food in their stomachs and probably starved to death, Nascimento said, adding that cold weather probably contributed to their deaths. (CNN))
  • Does Egypt Own The Nile? A Battle Over Precious Water: A dispute between Egypt and upstream African nations has brought to the fore a long-standing controversy over who has rights to the waters of the Nile. The outcome could have profound consequences for the ecological health of the river and for one of the world’s largest tropical wetlands. (Yale 360)
  • 3 Of Every 4 Oil And Gas Lobbyists Worked For Federal Government: Three out of every four lobbyists who represent oil and gas companies previously worked in the federal government, a proportion that far exceeds the usual revolving-door standards on Capitol Hill. (Washington Post)
  • Nanotech coatings offer possibility of brown electricity from sewage: While much of the focus on renewable electricity production focuses on green alternatives, a team of engineers at Oregon State University is looking at ways to improve electricity production from a 'brown' source --- namely sewage. The engineers found that using new coatings on the anodes of microbial electrochemical cells they were able to increase the electricity production from sewage about 20 times. (Gizmag)
  • Bee Massacre at San Francisco's Hayes Valley Farm: At some point between July 20 and 21, a pesticide was intentionally sprayed into into the entrances and ventilation holes of the hives, according to the Hayes Valley Farm blog. In each of the two destroyed hives, up to 100,000 individuals bees perished. The third hive lost more than half of its population. (Triple Pundit)
  • Judge Halts Oil, Gas Development on Alaska's Chukchi Sea: A federal judge on Wednesday stopped companies from developing oil and gas wells on billions of dollars in leases off Alaska's northwest coast, saying the federal government failed to follow environmental law before it sold the rights. (AP)
  • Cool roofs save money, save energy, cut pollution and directly reduce warming!:
    What wildly underfunded climate solution can achieve all of these goals simultaneously:

    * Slow global warming by increasing the reflectivity of the Earth (geo-engineering)
    * Reduce local temperatures in the hottest cities (adaptation)
    * Reduce fossil CO2 emissions (mitigation)
    * Save U.S. consumers and businesses billions of dollars in energy costs
    * Reduce urban smog and hence cardio-pulmonary disease
    * Create more than 100,000 jobs in two years?

  • Five air-conditioning myths busted (Conscious Consumer):
    Myth: Cranking your air conditioner up high (by setting your unit's thermostat significantly below the temperature you want to achieve) will cool your house faster.

    Fact: Your air conditioner will deliver cool air at the same rate no matter how low you go on the thermostat setting. If you turn the thermostat to 50 degrees when you want it to get to 72 degrees, your room won't get cooler any faster ... If you are driving from New York to Philadelphia and you set your GPS to Washington D.C. you aren't going to get to Philadelphia any faster.