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Slow Jammin' the Climate Change
By Desi Doyen on 4/26/2012, 3:00pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Just a flesh wound? UK smacked by extreme weather whiplash; Sec. Chu talks sexy, sexy energy efficiency; 'Agent Orange Corn'? Dow Chemical says 'Yes, please!'; PLUS: Slow-jamming the news? How about slow-walking climate change? .... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): ExxonMobil profits: $109M a day on America's pocketbook; Wind Tax Credit Stalls in Congress despite bipartisan support; U.S. mad cow find: lucky break or triumph of science?; Cheap, stable, printable liquid solar cells developed; Warm Spring May Mean Drought, Wildfires in West; Warm Ocean Currents Eroding Antarctic Ice Shelves; Coal's Future Is Rocky at Best; On Chernobyl's anniversary, Ukraine warns against nuclear power... PLUS: Donald Trump on 'Monstrous Wind' ... and much, MUCH more! ...

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

  • Exxon Makes $104 Million In Profit Per Day So Far In 2012, While Americans Are Stuck With A Higher Gas Bill (Think Progress)
  • Wind Tax Credit Stalls in Congress Despite Bipartisan support. So what’s the Disconnect here? (Climate Crock of the Week):
    Bottom line, if congress is serious about defunding all energy subsidies and making a truly level playing field, well and good, then start with the oil companies, and by the way, tell them they have to keep the Strait of Hormuz open on their own dime.
  • Analysis: U.S. mad cow find: lucky break or triumph of science? (Reuters):
    The discovery this week of the fourth U.S. case of mad cow disease was one of two things for food safety experts: a validation of a decade-long focused surveillance regime or a lucky break that highlights the need to revisit previously scrapped efforts for more comprehensive surveillance.
    ...
    Funding for cattle health programs in the proposed 2013 budget is set to fall by 20 percent compared to two years earlier.
  • Cheap, stable, printable liquid solar cells developed (GizMag):
    Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) have developed technology to cheaply produce stable liquid solar cells that can be painted or printed onto clear surfaces.
  • Warm Spring May Mean Drought, Widlfires in West: (National Geographic):
    The early spring of 2012 raised both temperatures and eyebrows, including President Obama's. ... On April 10th, 61 percent of the lower 48 states were listed by the U.S. Drought Monitor to be in abnormally dry or drought conditions. And the Southwest, which largely relies on ice melt into the Colorado River Basin from the Rocky Mountains and previous years' melt stored in the Lake Powell and Lake Mead reservoirs for its water supply, is poised for a dry, hot summer, because those areas received less than 70 percent of the average snowfall according to the USDA National Water & Climate Center.
  • Warm Ocean Currents Eroding Antarctic Ice Shelves (Environment News Service):
    Warm ocean currents flowing beneath ice shelves are the main cause of recent ice loss from Antarctica, concludes a study by an international research team published today. The finding brings scientists closer to providing reliable projections of future sea level rise. Using measurements from NASA's Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite, ICESat, in combination with computer models, the researchers were able to distinguish between warm ocean currents thawing the ice sheets from below and warm air melting them from above.
  • Gulf Spill Photos: New Studies Show Impact on Coast: (National Geographic):
    In the depths of the ocean and on shore, science is only beginning to measure the long-term impact of the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
    On the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion, a slew of new studies paint a complex picture of how the Gulf of Mexico's ecosystems absorbed the insult of 4.9 million barrels of crude oil.
  • Activists Urge Discovery Channel to Acknowledge Climate Change Science: (LA Times):
    Forecast the Facts, the activist group that first confronted GM about its support of climate change doubters the Heartland Institute, now plans to muster a public campaign targeting the Discovery Channel. The purpose: to get Discovery to acknowledge the scientific consensus on man-made climate change in its programming.
  • Four-Time Chapter 11 Champ Donald Trump: ‘Monstrous’ Wind Turbines Will Make Scotland ‘Go Broke’ (Climate Progress):
    “Scotland, if you pursue this policy of these monstrous turbines, Scotland will go broke,” Trump told the group. “They are ugly, they are noisy and they are dangerous. If Scotland does this, Scotland will be in serious trouble and will lose tourism to places like Ireland, and they are laughing at us.”
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    “When challenged to produce hard evidence about his claims on the negative impact of turbines, Trump said: “I am the evidence, I am a world class expert in tourism.”
  • Ukraine: Yanukovych warns on nuclear power on Chernobyl anniversary (EuroNews)
  • 'Fracking' advocates, critics gearing up in Mich. (BusinessWeek)
  • Coal's Future Is Rocky at Best (BusinessWeek)
  • FARM BILL 2012: Senate Panel Unveils 2012 Farm Bill Overhaul (Gannett/Des Moines Register)
  • Fees and Anger Rise in CA Water War: (NY Times):
    There are accusations of conspiracies, illegal secret meetings and double-dealing. Embarrassing documents and e-mails have been posted on an official Web site emblazoned with the words 'Fact vs. Fiction.' Animosities have grown so deep that the players have resorted to exchanging lengthy, caustic letters, packed with charges of lying and distortion. And it is all about water.
  • A Ban on Some Seafood Has Fishermen Fuming (NYork Times)
  • Insurance Comapnies Face Increased Risks from Warming: (Yale Environment 360):
    Given that insurers are likely to be among the first companies affected by climate change, you might expect the industry to be better prepared than most. "But that is not how it appears to many analysts, regulators, and industry representatives, who say insurers are showing a lack of urgency on the twin threats of massive future damage claims from weather-related events, and the prospect of growing climate change-related litigation.
  • Damage to oceans could cost $2tr by 2100 (Business Green)
    Damage to natural services provided by oceans could cost the world $2tr a year by the end of the century if steps to curtail climate change are not taken, a study by the respected Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) said today.
  • VIDEO: James Hansen: Why I must speak out about climate change (TED Talks):
    Top climate scientist James Hansen tells the story of his involvement in the science of and debate over global climate change. In doing so he outlines the overwhelming evidence that change is happening and why that makes him deeply worried about the future.
  • Essential Climate Science Findings: