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'Don't Worry, Be Nukey!' Edition
By Desi Doyen on 6/28/2011, 2:28pm PT  

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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Summer of Floods, Summer of Fires continues to continue --- now with Extra Nuclear Flavor! Today's unlucky town: Los Alamos, NM and their nuclear labs; Nebraska nuke plants remain dry, sort of, hopefully...so stop worrying!; PLUS: Another climate science denier enters the 2012 Presidential race ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): US military spends more on desert tent air conditioning than NASA's entire annual budget; The Spam factory's dirty secret; Middle East has huge climate vulnerability; Bike & pedestrian infrastructure projects create more jobs than car projects; Top 10 Greenest Airlines; DoD plans large-scale integration of electric vehicles; Antarctica ice melt accelerating; Arctic sea ice headed for another major melt this year; EPA warns GOP House bill would 'overturn' Clean Water law; Insiders doubt future of natural gas in US; Insiders warn shale gas may be a Ponzi scheme; New foe for US solar energy: railroad companies; Fox News' Wallace encourages viewers to remain misinformed on climate change; Caribou herd in Canada threatened by tar sands; College grads flocking to green jobs; Alternative nuclear reactor design seeks country willing to fund & build prototype ... PLUS: Meet The ‘Friendly Fracosaurus’: Natural Gas Industry's propaganda special coloring books for children ...


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

  • Among the Costs of War: $20B in Air Conditioning (NPR) [emphasis added]:
    The amount the U.S. military spends annually on air conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan: $20.2 billion.

    That's more than NASA's budget. It's more than BP has paid so far for damage during the Gulf oil spill. It's what the G-8 has pledged to help foster new democracies in Egypt and Tunisia.

  • The Spam Factory's Dirty Secret (Mother Jones):
    First Hormel gutted the union. Then it sped up the line. And when the pig-brain machine made workers sick, they got canned.
  • Middle East: A Region With Big Climate Vulnerability and Bigger Distractions (NY Times):
    [B]efore long, experts say, the problems caused by rising global temperatures could disfigure the land they are fighting over.

    From disappearing snow in Lebanon to rising seas threatening Bahrain to flooding in Tunisia and Egypt, climate change already is giving the Middle East and North Africa a good deal to worry about. And those who work in the region note that governments --- struggling to maintain power and in some cases engaging in all-out warfare with their citizens --- are losing valuable time needed to adapt.

  • Bike & Pedestrian Infrastructure Projects create 46% More Jobs Than Road Projects For Cars (Treehugger)
  • The Top 10 Greenest Airlines (Clean Techies)
  • Department of Defense planning large-scale integration of electric vehicles (Huffington Post Green)
  • Ocean Currents Speed Melting of Antarctic Ice, as “Seawater Appear[s] to Boil on the Surface Like a Kettle on the Stove” (Climate Progress):
    The [Pine Island Glacier Ice Shelf] is currently sliding into the sea at a clip of four kilometers (2.5 miles) a year, while its ice shelf is melting at about 80 cubic kilometers a year – 50 percent faster than it was in the early 1990s – the paper estimates.
    One day, near the southern edge of Pine Island Glacier Ice Shelf, the researchers directly observed the strength of the melting process as they watched frigid, seawater appear to boil on the surface like a kettle on the stove. To Jacobs, it suggested that deep water, buoyed by added fresh glacial melt, was rising to the surface in a process called upwelling. Jacobs had never witnessed upwelling first hand, but colleagues had described something similar in the fjords of Greenland, where summer runoff and melting glacier fronts can also drive buoyant plumes to the sea surface.
  • Arctic sea ice headed for another major melt (Washington Post) [emphasis added]:
    We’re now well into the seasonal Arctic sea ice melt season, and so far, sea ice has been tracking near or below the record low extent reached in 2007, when both the famed Northwest Passage and the Northern Sea Route were open for a time.

    The precipitous decline of Arctic sea ice during the past 30 years of the satellite record (and longer, when other data is taken into consideration) has been one of the most striking manifestations of global climate change, and it’s ushering in a new era of resource development, competition, and cooperation in the Far North.

    Evidence also indicates that as the sea ice cover shrinks; weather patterns within and beyond the immediate Arctic Circle have been changing as well...

  • EPA Warns House Bill Would 'Overturn' Clean Water Law (Greenwire):
    EPA said the Mica-Rahall bill would "significantly undermine" the agency's role of overseeing states' establishment and enforcement of water pollution limits and permits. It said the measure would hinder EPA's ability to intervene on behalf of downstream states harmed by pollution coming from a state upstream. And it said the bill would prevent EPA from protecting local communities from ill-conceived mountaintop-removal and similar projects allowed to go forward under Army Corps of Engineers-issued permits.
  • Behind Veneer, Doubt on Future of Natural Gas (NYT Green)
  • Insiders Warn that Shale Gas May Be a Ponzi Scheme (Think Progress Green)
  • New Foe for U.S. Solar Energy: The Railroads (Reuters):
    Railroad company Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp has joined an unlikely coalition of environmentalists, American Indians and politicians who are opposing a massive solar energy project planned for California's Mojave Desert.
  • Fox News' Wallace Encourages Fox Viewers To Remain Misinformed On Climate Change (Media Matters.org):
    On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace criticized a University of Maryland study which indicated that Fox News viewers are more misinformed than the consumers of other news media.
    The study actually asked, "Do you think that MOST SCIENTISTS believe that" 1) Climate change is occurring, 2) Views are evenly divided or 3) Climate change is not occurring. Noting that the correct answer is that most scientists believe that climate change is occurring, the study found that of those who said they watched Fox News "almost every day," 60 percent got it wrong --- significantly higher than the consumers of other news sources.
  • Alberta Tar Sands: Greatest Threat to Caribou Herd in Canada Isn’t From Wolves (NY Times):
    [T]he oil sands contain the second largest reserve of petroleum in the world, and so they face a heavy human presence as they are developed. And by looking at hormone levels in caribou scat, the scientists found that when humans were most active in an area, caribou nutrition was poorest and psychological stress highest. When oil crews left, the animals relaxed and nutrition improved.
  • Green Jobs Attract Graduates (NY Times):
    A growing number of recent graduates are passing on careers in traditional industries and media for work on sustainability, often in the nonprofit sector.
  • Alternative U.S. Nuclear Reactor Design Seeks Country Willing to Build Prototype: The so-called "wave reactor" needs a pilot project to evaluate whether its components could stand radioactive bombardment (Scientific American)
  • Meet The ‘Friendly Fracosaurus’: Natural Gas Industry Produces Propaganda For Children (Think Progress Green)