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By Desi Doyen on 10/28/2010, 1:21pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Congrats ExxonMobil, ya did it again!; Have a greener Halloween; The Governator slams "wimps" in D.C., and his director James Cameron jumps in; PLUS: It's Crazy Time in the final stretch before Tuesday's pivotal elections, and the fists, dollars and puns are flying ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): CA Student Delivers Prop. 23 Debate Challenge to Koch; Strongest storm ever recorded in the Midwest smashes all-time records; "Security zone" set around BP oil spill site; Seattle Fuel Spill Spreads Slick Across Salmon Bay; South Africa unveils plans for 'world's biggest' solar power plant; Companies Fight to Keep Global Warming Data Secret; air emissions of benzene may cause birth defects; Global warming threatens CA state's parks ...PLUS: Justice Dept. Inspector: Prison E-Waste Recycling Endangered Inmates...

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

  • : Masters: "Strongest storm ever recorded in the Midwest smashes all-time pressure records": 'Weather bomb' hits Midwest with power of major hurricane (Climate Progress):
    My dad was the biggest Republican that ever walked the earth. He always said: "Actions have consequences." To pretend that a 38% increase in greenhouse gases isn't going to have any impact, that we can have our cake and eat it too, and smear it all over our face, and maybe have our grandchildren deal with the hangover, I think it is immoral.
  • Hurricane-Force Storm Slams The Midwest (NPR)
  • U.S. Sets Up Security Zone Around BP Oil Spill Site A security zone has been set up around the site of the BP oil spill in the Gulf to safeguard any evidence of the environmental disaster earlier this year, the Justice Department said. (AFP)
  • Seattle Fuel Spill Spreads Slick Across Salmon Bay: A Washington state ecology official says a fuel spill at Seattle's Fishermen's Terminal has spread a slick across nearby Salmon Bay. (AP)
  • South Africa unveils plans for 'world's biggest' solar power plant: Giant mirrors and solar panels in Northern Cape would reduce carbon emissions and generate one-tenth of the country's energy needs (Guardian UK)
  • Companies Fight to Keep Global Warming Data Secret (AP)
    Some of the country's largest carbon emitters, including businesses that publicly support efforts to curb global warming, don't want the public knowing exactly how much they pollute.

  • CA Student Delivers Prop. 23 Debate Challenge to Koch HQ in Wichita: Student and Marine vet asks CEO Charles Koch to publicly explain why he's trying to "wreck" California's green sector (Solve Climate):
    Francis, a 31-year-old senior and former student president at California State University-Los Angeles, challenges Charles Koch to a debate: "I say, if you are going to try to hurt the economy in a state that you don't even live in, that you ought to have the courage to explain yourself in person."

    At issue is the $1 million a Koch subsidiary contributed to back Prop. 23, the California ballot initiative that would halt AB 32, California's landmark climate law, until unemployment levels drop to 5.5 percent for four successive quarters.

  • Breathe carefully: air emissions of benzene may cause birth defects. (Environmental Health News):
    Pregnant women living in Texas neighborhoods with higher air levels of benzene - a pollutant often released from oil refineries and traffic exhaust - are more likely to have babies with neural tube defects. Women living in the areas with the highest benzene levels had a two times greater risk for their children to be born with spina bifida. This study is the first to examine the link between environmental levels of benzene and neural tube defects in newborns and adds to the growing body of evidence linking prenatal air pollution exposures to harmful effects on the developing fetus.
  • Global warming threatens CA state's parks (SF Gate):
    Stunted redwoods, flooded campgrounds and a mighty Yosemite waterfall reduced to a trickle.

    Those are a few of the dire consequences facing 10 California parks over the next century because of rapidly changing climate patterns, according to a new study by an environmental think tank.

  • Justice Dept. Inspector: Prison E-Waste Recycling Endangered Inmates, Staff (Environment News Service):
    The U.S. federal prison industry that recycled computers and other electronics violated health, safety and environmental laws, according to a scathing report by the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General released Thursday.

    The multi-year investigation into the health, safety, and environmental compliance practices of e-waste recycling conducted by Federal Prison Industries, known by its trade name UNICOR, found "numerous instances of staff misconduct and performance failures..."endangering staff and inmates, dishonesty, theft and dereliction of duty".