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By Desi Doyen on 8/26/2010, 1:04pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Aid slowly reaches Pakistan as historic flooding continues; Plastic Bag Wars in California; Another BP employee pleads the 5th; Those hungry, hungry microbes ... PLUS: The 5th Anniversary of the Drowning of New Orleans ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Fossil fuel industry outspends enviro groups 7-to-1; Obama Admin sides with nuisance polluters; Billionaire Koch brothers waging a war against Obama & the environment; Teens carry 30 per cent more BPA than rest of population; Egg recall exposes flaws in nation's food safety system; Why eggs became a hazard; U.S. rejected hen vaccine despite success in UK; China traffic jam could last weeks; German scientist hands Putin frosty climate rebuke; Hot river forces costly nuke plant shutdown in TN ...PLUS: Peak Helium? Get ready for the $100 party balloon ...

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

  • PAKISTAN'S HISTORIC FLOOD: Millions in Need During Epic Flood
  • Plastic Bag Wars in California:
  • Update: BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf:
  • Hurricane Katrina: 5th Anniversary of the Drowing of New Orleans

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

    • Pro-Environment Groups Outmatched, Outspent 7-to-1 in Battle Over Climate Change Legislation (Open Secrets.org):
      ExxonMobil, the industry leader in 2009, spent $27.4 million in lobbying expenditures that year --- more than the entire pro-environment lobby.

      And in July, congressional debate on global warming stopped cold.

      In other words, Goliath whipped David.

    • "Stabbed in the Back": Obama sides with nuisance polluters (Daily Kos)
    • Teens carry 30 per cent more BPA than rest of population: Teenagers may carry the highest levels of bisphenol A - about 30 per cent more than the rest of the population, according to the first national survey about the compound conducted by Statistics Canada, but exposure to the estrogen-mimicking chemical is widespread, with detectible levels in 91 per cent of Canadians. (Globe & Mail UK)
    • Analysis: Egg Recall Exposes Flaws in Nation's Food Safety System: But the way the responsibilities and resources are divided up can seem so illogical that some of the bureaucrats themselves have called for change. There are few places where that is more evident than in the regulation of eggs.(NY Times)
    • Why Eggs Became a Hazard: Food Safety Experts and Industry Reps Debate Causes, Solutions to Egg Recall (NY Times):
      Food safety experts, and critics of the intensive American farming methods that have produced cheap eggs and meat, have pointed out that Europe has made progress in recent years through the use of vaccines in eradicating salmonella infection. But in the U.S., where the number of outbreaks increased in the 1970s and 80s and has only recently leveled off, the food safety system has failed to eliminate the threat of salmonella. Why is that?
    • China Traffic Jam Could Last Weeks: Officials say 60-mile long traffic jam could last into September (Wall St. Journal)
    • German scientist hands Putin frosty climate rebuke (AFP):
      In 2003 Putin amazed scientists when he speculated that a global warming by "two or three degrees" could be a good thing for Russia as its people would no longer need fur coats and its agricultural production could rise.

      A German female scientist working at the station however showed no fear in making her opinion clear to the Russian strongman.

      "The burning of various kinds of fuel has a far greater effect on climate than these methane emissions," said Inken Preuss quoted by Russian news agencies.

      "Climate change has never happened like now and mankind is making a large impact," she added.

    • Explosive Expose: Covert Operations: The billionaire Koch brothers who are waging a war against Obama. (Jane Mayer, New Yorker Magazine):
      David H. Koch his brother Charles are lifelong libertarians and have quietly given more than a hundred million dollars to right-wing causes, all under the radar.
    • Hot river forces costly cutback for TVA: The Tennessee Valley Authority has lost nearly $50 million in power generation from its biggest nuclear plant because the Tennessee River in Alabama is too hot. (Chattanooga Times Free-Press)
    • Peak Helium: Get Ready For The $100 Party Balloon (Live Science)"
      Rather than sell off the entire helium reserve, the federal government might consider keeping a strategic supply for a future world where helium looks increasingly scarce, the report said.

      "If this path continues to be followed, within the next ten to fifteen years the United States will become a net importer of helium whose principal foreign sources of helium will be in the Middle East and Russia."