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By Desi Doyen on 10/21/2010, 1:35pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Is Beck the missing link?; Anti-science candidates poised to take over U.S. Congress, governorships; U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants to teach your kids about energy regulations; the BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf, six months on ... PLUS: Save the birds --- paint your wind turbines purple ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Japan recycles minerals from used electronics; Recovery Act Saved 40,000 American Wind Industry Jobs; Turning old industrial plants into clean energy economic zones; Crumbling America has a $2.2 trillion repair bill; Hemp is the far bigger issue behind legal marijuana; Geoengineering: The Inescapable Truth of Getting to 350; Kokomo, Indiana, a town saved by stimulus; India to be first country to publish 'natural wealth' accounts; Monsanto’s losing bet on GM sugar beets ...PLUS: Lolcats punk Teh Yes Menz punking Chevron ...

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

  • Japan Recycles Minerals From Used Electronics (NY Times):
    This town's hopes for a mining comeback lie not underground, but
    in what Japan refers to as urban mining - recycling the valuable metals and minerals from the country's huge stockpiles of used electronics like cellphones and computers.

    "We've literally discovered gold in cellphones," said Tetsuzo Fuyushiba, a former land minister and now opposition party member, who visited here recently to survey Kosaka's recycling plant.

  • Recovery Act Saved 40,000 American Wind Industry Jobs (Think Progress):
    At a time when the recession threatened at least 40,000 American wind construction, manufacturing and other jobs, the 1603 tax credit program restarted stalled projects and saved all 40,000 jobs at risk.
  • Old is new again: Turning old industrial plants into clean energy economic zones in Shanghai, China (Grist)L
    The site is one of 12 old industrial sites that China is planning to turn into clean energy development zones. NRDC's China Program will be working with this project to make it as energy-efficient as possible. This project is another powerful reminder of how focused China is on tapping into the clean energy economic opportunities that will come as China and the world move towards a low carbon economy. They are literally turning old industry into new industry.
  • Rupert Cornwell: Crumbling America has a $2.2 trillion repair bill: Out of America: The US needs to update its roads, railways and airports – but recession and a shift to the right have put big infrastructure projects in jeopardy. (UK Independent)
  • Hemp Is the Far Bigger Economic Issue Hiding Behind Legal Marijuana: Prop 19 will open up California to hemp, a multi-billion-dollar crop that has been a staple of human agriculture for thousands of years. (Alternet)
  • Kokomo, IN: A town saved by stimulus (CNN.com):
    Economists disagree over the real nationwide impact of the massive stimulus jolt orchestrated by President Obama. But here in Kokomo, the Recovery Act and Obama's auto bailout have jolted Kokomo back to life --- keeping big industry from fleeing and attracting newcomers as well.

    "We wouldn't be standing here," said Brian Harlow, a 32-year Chrysler veteran who grew up in Kokomo and now is based at the company's headquarters outside Detroit. "It would have been a ghost town."

  • Geoengineering: The Inescapable Truth of Getting to 350 (Solutions Journal):
    To avert dangerous and poten-tially catastrophic climate change, it has been argued that society must set a goal of stabilizing the atmospheric CO2 concentration at 350 ppm by the end of the twenty-first century. The time window is relatively narrow for society to find workable solutions for achieving this ambitious goal.
  • India set to be first country to publish 'natural wealth' accounts: Accounts of the nation's 'natural capital' meets key demand of the UN study of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) (Guardian UK)
  • Monsanto’s losing bet on GM sugar beets has bitter repercussions (Grist):
    This story isn't about a shortage of sweetener in the United States. Even if U.S. sugar production falls 20 percent next year, food processors will still have plenty of cheap sweetener available with which to churn out junk food.

    The issue is a shortage of real diversity in the seed supply. As Phil Howard of Michigan State University has documented extensively --- illustrated by his chart below --- the last decade has seen massive consolidation in the seed industry.

  • I can haz Chevronburger?: Lolcats punk Teh Yes Menz punking Chevron (Grist)