With Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen...
The Hair Episode!
By Desi Doyen on 4/9/2013, 3:38pm PT  


 

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Ernie Moniz, Obama's nominee for Energy Secretary, heads to easy confirmation in Senate; Former NRC chair says US nukes should be replaced; Fukushima is drowning in a sea of radioactive water; Exxon gets a medal for safety?!? PLUS: Conservative icon Margaret Thatcher believed in SCIENCE, and ACTION on climate change... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Frackers Losing $1.5b Yearly to Leaks; Australia's Coal Industry Headed For Failure; Judge denies BP's attempt to reduce oil spill payouts; Worst wildlife disease in N. America just got worse; Toxic chemicals in Great Lakes plastic pollution; Cost of air pollution scourge underestimated; Billionaire Koch Brother's bizarre self-delusion on climate science; When You Account For The Oceans, Global Warming Continues Apace... PLUS: How Far Can Climate Change Go? ... 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)...

  • How Far Can Climate Change Go?: (Scientific American) [emphasis added]:
    How far can we push the planet?
    ...
    What are the ultimate limits of the change that we are causing? The best historical example comes from the 100-million-year-old climate of the Cretaceous period, when moist, hot air enveloped dinosaurs' leathery skin, crocodilelike creatures swam in the Arctic and teeming plant life flourished in the CO2-rich air. The greenhouse that is forming now will have consequences that last for hundreds of thousands of years or more. But first, it will profoundly affect much of life on the planet—especially us.
  • Look who's talking: Cape Wind proponent and William Koch, the project's biggest opponent, have been negotiating privately for more than a decade (Commonwealth Magazine):
    But what about Cape Wind’s potential to slow the march of global warming? Where does the coal billionaire stand on what many consider the environmental issue of our time? Koch pauses for awhile, and then launches into a long analysis that essentially acknowledges climate change is rapidly occurring but rejects offshore wind turbines as the answer.
  • Frackers Losing $1.5b Yearly to Leaks: (Climate Desk): Leaky pipes are the 'super low-hanging fruit' of climate change.
  • Australia's Coal Industry Headed For Failure: (RenewEconomy.com):
    Australian based analysts at Citigroup says fossil fuel reserves in Australia face significant value destruction in a carbon constrained world, with the value of thermal coal reserves likely to be slashed dramatically if governments get serious about climate action. It says fossil fuel asset owners could be best advised to dig the resource up as quickly as they can.
  • Judge: BP Payouts Are Upheld; An Appeal Is Likely (Reuters)
  • The Worst Wildlife Disease Outbreak Ever in North America Just Got Way Worse (Mother Jones): A fungus tied to a disease devastating hibernating bats in the United States has been found in an Alabama cave system critical to the survival of endangered gray bats.
  • High-Altitude Ice Reveals A Climate on the Rocks: (Daily Climate):
    Ohio State scientist Lonnie Thompson tests the limits of science --- and his health --- to unlock climate secrets frozen at the top of the world's highest mountain ranges.
  • Toxic Chemicals Turn Up In Great Lakes Plastic Pollution: (Great Lakes Echo):
    Toxic chemicals clinging to plastics could cause health problems for fish and other organisms in the Great Lakes.
  • Air Pollution Scourge Underestimated, Green Energy Can Help (Scientific American): Air pollution is an underestimated scourge that kills far more people than AIDS and malaria and a shift to cleaner energy could easily halve the toll by 2030, U.N.
  • Study: When You Account For The Oceans, Global Warming Continues Apace (Climate Progress) [emphasis added]:
    "Most of this excess energy was absorbed in the top 700 meters (2,300 ft) of the ocean at the onset of the warming pause, 65 percent of it in the tropical Pacific and Atlantic oceans," they wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change.
  • Getting Serious About a Texas-Size Drought (Op-ed, NY Times):
    "Texas does not and will not have enough water" in a bad drought, the state's water plan warned last year. More than two dozen communities could run out of water in 180 days, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Looking ahead, the already-dry western half of the state is expected to be hit particularly hard by climate change. State leaders generally accept such projections, even as they question the scientific consensus that humans are a major cause of climate change.
  • Yum! Brands announces 'greener' paper policy (MongaBay.com):
    After a prolonged campaign by environmental activists, the world's largest fast food company has announced a new sourcing policy that will shift it toward greener packaging materials.
  • Third major oil spill in a week: Shell pipeline breaks in Texas (Russia Today):
    By Monday, Shell spokespeople said inspectors found “no evidence” of an oil leak, but days later it was revealed that a breach did occur. Representatives with the US Coast Guard confirmed to Dow Jones on Thursday that roughly 50 barrels of oil spilled from a pipe near Houston, Texas and entered a waterway that connects to the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 'Tsunami fish' story: Flooded boat. A 4,500 mile trip.: 5 live Japanese beakfish wash up in Washington State after a cross-Pacific ride from Japan in a tsunami-wrecked boat. The Japanese beakfish survived in a flooded bait box. [Then they killed them.]
  • For Scientists, An Exploding World of Pseudo-Academia: (NY Times):
    Those scientists had stumbled into a parallel world of pseudo-academia, complete with prestigiously titled conferences and journals that sponsor them. Many of the journals and meetings have names that are nearly identical to those of established, well-known publications and events.
  • Land Surface Warming Confirmed Independently Without Land Station Data (Skeptical Science):
    [A new paper published in Geophysical Research Letters, Independent confirmation of global land warming without the use of station temperatures by Compo et al. (2013)] seeks to bypass all criticisms of the thermometers themselves by creating a surface temperature record that does not include land thermometer station data.
  • First California Fracking Challenge Is Defeat for U.S (Bloomberg):
    U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal in San Jose, California, said the BLM violated the National Environmental Policy Act by relying on outdated reviews, conducted before the extraction process known as fracking spurred massive development of energy deposits, when the U.S. sold four leases in 2011 for 2,700 acres of federal land in Monterey and Fresno counties.
  • VIDEO: Nanowires have the power to revolutionize solar energy (PhysOrg):
    Imagine a solar panel more efficient than today's best solar panels, but using 10 000 times less material. This is what EPFL researchers expect given recent findings on these tiny filaments called nanowires.
  • National Review heralds the 'wonderland' of tar sands with a photo of a blighted hellscape (Grist)
  • You Can Have More Fossil Fuel. Or You Can Have Water. Your Choice. (Climate Crocks):


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