With Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen...
By Desi Doyen on 3/14/2013, 3:29pm PT  


 

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Dept. of Interior expands solar - again; Dept. of Energy expands nuclear - again; Just what is in that pope smoke?; PLUS: Sean (& Yoko) Lennon have a (fracking) message for NY's Governor ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Metaphor for US oil addiction: Huge fire as oil barge crashes into gas pipeline; Double-duty desalination plant generates energy, clean water; Ryan budget proposal cuts clean energy research, public lands; Are methane hydrates the next big energy source?; Deadly bat fungus spreads to 22 states; Elephants get trade protection; U.S. sailors sue TEPCO over Fukushima ... PLUS: Top 10 effects of global warming on U.S. businesses ... and much, MUCH more! ...

STORIES DISCUSSED IN TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...

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

  • A metaphor for US oil addiction: Huge fire as oil barge crashes into natural gas pipeline in Louisiana (Grist):
    A tugboat captain was among those injured after an oil barge crashed into a natural-gas pipeline south of New Orleans.
  • London: A Billion For Bike Lanes (ClimateCrocks.com):
    The city of London is going big into bicycles...Here's a sampling of what you can do with £1 billion ($1.4 billion): A new 'Central London Grid' of bike routes in the City and West End, using segregation, quiet streets, and two-way cycling on one-way traffic streets...
  • Nanotubes boost potential of salinity power as a renewable energy source (Gizmag):
    In November 2009, Norwegian state owned electricity company Starkraft opened the world's first osmotic power plant prototype, which generates electricity from the difference in the salt concentration between river water and sea water. While osmotic power is a clean, renewable energy source, its commercial use has been limited due to the low generating capacities offered by current technology... Now researchers have discovered a new way to harness osmotic power.
  • Environmentalists Decry Paul Ryan Budget: (Huffington Post):
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday released his budget proposal calling for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and slashing the discretionary spending that helps protect Americans from climate-related threats.
  • Senate Bill Would Boost Funding For NOAA Weather Satellites (Climate Central):
    Key weather and climate satellites would get a boost under a new Senate spending proposal.
  • U.S. Sailors Sue Japan Nuclear Plant Owner, Say Fukushima Disaster Made Them Sick (Huffington Post):
    Within weeks of setting off a geiger counter and scrubbing three layers of skin off his hands and arms, former Navy quartermaster Maurice Enis recalled being pressured to sign away U.S. government liability for any future health problems.
  • Are Methane Hydrates the Next Big Energy Source? (Washington Post):
    Japan has successfully extracted natural gas from methane hydrates ("fire ice") 1,000 feet below the seabed.
  • Deadly Bat Fungus Now in 22 States, 5 Provinces (Scientific American Extinction Countdown blog):
    The white-nose syndrome fungus that is killing bats in their caves has now spread to 22 U.S. states and 5 Canadian provinces.
  • Climate-Minded Shareholders Ask How Coal Fares if Regulations Tighten (InsideClimate News):
    Two advocacy groups have come up with a new tactic to show how climate change-and laws to deal with it-could make investments in fossil fuel companies riskier and rock financial markets.
  • Governments Protect Rhinos, Elephants From Illegal Trade (Environment News Service):
    Governments extended greater protection to endangered rhinoceroses that are being slaughtered for their horns, which already are subject to an international trade ban. A record 668 South African rhinos were killed by poachers last year, and nearly 150 have died in 2013.
  • CA: Fracking Fluid Suppliers Defend Trade Secrets on West Coast (E & E News):
    Makers of the specialty cocktails used to crack open the Earth and set loose gobs of oil and gas are sparring once again on behalf of their corner of the energy industry.
  • Chemical and Gas Suppliers Battle Over LNG Exports (Chemical & Engineering News) [emphasis added]:
    The U.S. is in the midst of an energy transformation. Technologies that free fossil-fuel reserves, once trapped in shale, have radically shrunk natural gas imports. By 2020, the nation is expected to produce more gas than it needs. As the country approaches this milestone, it faces a question long asked in other countries with abundant energy resources: How much should we use at home and how much should we sell abroad?
  • Top Ten Effects of Global Warming on Business (Triple Pundit):
    According to Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), "one thing is clear: businesses, governments and communities across the world need to plan for a warming world - not just 2C, but 4C or even 6C." Given this cheery prologue, what are the characteristics that businesses should be preparing for as we look forward to a destabilizing climate?
  • Why carbon capture and storage will never pay off (Smart Planet)
  • The Oil Leak in the Gulf We're Not Supposed to Know About (Triple Pundit):
    Six environmental groups have served a freedom-of-information lawsuit to the US Coast Guard in an attempt to learn more about an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that has been ongoing for eight years. The spill is allegedly coming from from a number of wells belonging to Taylor Energy.
  • The New Sustainable Energy Factbook: A Strong Case for Consistent Policy (Bloomberg New Energy Finance, via ClimateProgress.org):
    The report provides a detailed account of the energy market for investors and policymakers making a strong case for the role of stable policies in leveling the playing field for clean energy technologies in the evolving energy landscape.


  • New Research: World on Track for Climate Disaster:
  • Essential Climate Science Background: