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By Desi Doyen on 1/11/2011, 1:29pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: The final report from the National Oil Spill Commission on the BP Gulf Oil Disaster; Haiti, one year later; Yet another shutdown of BP's Alaska pipeline ... PLUS: From a unique perspective above the Earth, a word about Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a clean energy champion .... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Four Loko will now fuel cars; Chamber of Commerce calls for 'unemotional' talks on energy; Underground carbon capture and storage leaking, killing animals; GOP threatens EPA; U.S. To Lower Fluoride In Drinking Water; Germany recalls eggs due to dioxin contamination; Weed killer linked to genital changes and sexual preference; The End for small glaciers; Why the CIA is spying on a changing climate; Species loss a signal of future mass extinction?: study ... PLUS: By 2045 global population is projected to reach nine billion. Can the planet take the strain? .....

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

  • Loko-Voracious: Four Loko will now fuel cars, not mayhem (Grist):
    It's pretty much the Ke$ha of beverages. But it looks like the caffeinated alcoholic energy drink, whose main 2010 achievements were inspiring mediocre hip-hop and pissing off the FDA, may be getting a clean slate in the new year.

    A Virginia facility is now turning the drinks into fuel, by distilling their alcohol and recycling it into ethanol.

  • Carbon dioxide injected underground now leaking, Saskatchewan farmer's study says (Winnigpeg Free Press) [emphasis added]:
    A Saskatchewan farm couple whose land lies over the world's largest carbon capture and storage project says greenhouse gases that were supposed to have been injected permanently underground are leaking out, killing animals and sending groundwater foaming to the surface like shaken-up soda pop.
  • Chamber's top energy official: Time for 'unemotional' talk about energy costs: U.S. Chamber of Commerce's top energy official is calling on policymakers to have a "very adult and unemotional" conversation about the nation's energy priorities in light of the country's economic troubles. (The Hill)
  • The clout and cover of Tom Donohue: Unlike a politician, Thomas Donohue --- CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce --- doesn't have to worry about the next election. He can provide cover to politicians who might get scared off by tough decisions on the economy and spending. (Christan Science Monitor)
  • Issa's Regulatory Rehash (Kate Sheppard, Mother Jones)
  • U.S. To Lower Fluoride In Drinking Water: Regulations: New data on health effects, sources of exposure prompt government action (Chemical Engineering News)
  • Germany lifts quarantine on 3,000 farms in contaminated egg scandal (CNN):
    Germany filed criminal charges against the company at the heart of the country's tainted egg scandal.

    The company, Harles and Jentzsch, apparently knew for months that fatty acid it was delivering to animal-feed makers was contaminated with dioxin, said Christian Seifert, a spokesman for the agricultural ministry in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.

  • Study: Endocrine Disruptors Linked To Genital Changes and Sexual Preference (NPR's Living On Earth) [emphasis added]:
    Scientists are continuing to sound the alarm about some common chemicals, including the herbicide atrazine, and link them to changes in reproductive health and development. Endocrine disrupting toxic chemicals have been found to feminize male frogs and cause homosexual behavior. Ashley Ahearn reports on how these substances may be affecting human development and behavior.
  • The end for small glaciers: IPCC estimates of sea level rise corroborated, but large ice sheets might endure. (Nature)
  • Why the CIA is spying on a changing climate (McClatchy Newspapers)
  • Study: Species loss tied to ecosystem collapse and recovery (Brown University):
    Geologists at Brown University and the University of Washington have a cautionary tale: Lose enough species in the oceans, and the entire ecosystem could collapse. Looking at two of the greatest mass extinctions in Earth’s history, the scientists attribute the ecosystems’ collapse to a loss in the variety of species sharing the same space. It took up to 10 million years after the mass extinctions for the ecosystem to stabilize.
  • Global Population: 7 Billion and Counting: By 2045 global population is projected to reach nine billion. Can the planet take the strain? (National Geographic Multi-Media Presentation)