With Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen...
By Desi Doyen on 5/2/2013, 3:48pm PT  


 

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Weather Whiplash: record May snowstorm in Minnesota, early May wildfires in California; Who paid for last year's billion-dollar record crop disaster? YOU did; Myth-busting: 40th anniversary of Newsweek's "coming ice age" blunder; PLUS: Surprise! Fox 'News' lies about the term 'climate change' ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): What would 'wartime mobilization' to fight climate change look like?; You Won't Believe What's in Your Turkey Burger; Most Americans clueless about global scientific consensus on climate change;
Billionaire Koch Bros attack renewable energy standards in the states & launch new front group; Oslo runs out of garbage, imports it from rest of the world; Climate Change: Top Investors Will Feel Heat of New Epoch ... PLUS: Unburnable Fuel: Either governments are not serious about climate change or fossil-fuel firms are overvalued ... 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)...

  • Unburnable fuel: Either governments are not serious about climate change or fossil-fuel firms are overvalued (The Economist) [emphasis added]:
    Markets can misprice risk, as investors in subprime mortgages discovered in 2008. Several recent reports suggest that markets are now overlooking the risk of "unburnable carbon". The share prices of oil, gas and coal companies depend in part on their reserves. The more fossil fuels a firm has underground, the more valuable its shares. But what if some of those reserves can never be dug up and burned? ... If governments were determined to implement their climate policies, a lot of that carbon would have to be left in the ground...
  • What would 'wartime mobilization' to fight climate change look like? (David Roberts, Grist):
    [The] scale and speed seem to demand something like wartime mobilization. That metaphor gets used a lot. I've used it many times myself. But is it apt? And what would it mean to take it seriously? There's been lots of academic attention to the technology side of rapid, large-scale mitigation, but little attention to the governance side. How could a country engineer such a transition? What powers and institutions would be necessary?
  • You Won't Believe What's in Your Turkey Burger: Yes, there's fecal bacteria in your ground turkey (Mother Jones)
  • Closing the Consensus Gap on Climate Change (John Cook, Weather Underground):
    On average, the general public think less than half of climate scientists agree that humans are causing global warming. The reality is 97%. There is a huge gap between public perception of the scientific consensus on human-caused global warming and reality.
  • Why Two Rich Men from Kansas Want to Dismantle Maine's Renewable Energy Policy...And Why
    YOU Should Care
    [PDF[ (Maine Conservation Alliance): Are We Debating Renewable Energy or the Koch Brothers' Profits?
  • Kochs Form New Dark Money Group To Hide Political Activities From Public: Koch's new "Business League" will keep political spending in the shadows. (Alternet)
  • Oslo runs out of garbage, imports it from rest of the world (Treehugger)
  • Oil drilling technology leaps, clean energy lags (AP) [emphasis added]:
    Technology created an energy revolution over the past decade - just not the one we expected.... Fossil fuels? They were going to be expensive and scarce, relics of an earlier, dirtier age. But in the race to conquer energy technology, Old Energy is winning.
  • Climate Change: Top Investors Will Feel Heat of New Epoch (Bloomberg) [emphasis added]:
    Just how great are today's great investors? We might not know, not yet, because they've become great in a great time for investing.
    ...
    "What if there is a future that demands that an investor --- a seemingly great investor --- change course or at least learn new tricks? Ah, now, that would be a test of greatness: the ability to adapt to a new epoch," [Pimco co-founder Bill] Gross wrote. The interesting thing about Gross's choice of words is that in the time he has been an investor, there has been a change of epoch --- a geological epoch --- that might itself prove to be the ultimate test for elite investors.
  • Government Study Cites Mix of Factors in Death of Honeybees (NY Times):
    officials in the United States Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency and others involved in the bee study said that there was not enough evidence to support a ban on one group of pesticides, and that the costs of such action might exceed the benefits.
  • A Key Experiment to Probe the Future of Our Acidifying Oceans (Yale 360): In a Swedish fjord, European researchers are conducting an ambitious experiment aimed at better understanding how ocean acidification will affect marine life. Ultimately, these scientists hope to determine which species might win and which might lose in a more acidic ocean.
  • General Motors urges Obama and Congress to unite on climate change (Guardian UK): Auto giant adds signature to Climate Declaration, which calls on government to pass climate laws that would help economy.
  • San Onofre nuclear power plant held together with masking tape, broomsticks (UPI) [emphasis added]:
    An inside source snapped a photo inside the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in San Diego showing plastic bags, masking tape and broom sticks used to stem a massive leaky pipe.
    ...
    Records show SONGS staff reported "hundreds of corrosion notifications" and "degraded equipment." Staff sent a letter to management saying SONGS "clearly has a serious corrosion problem" throughout the plant.
  • French Town Has Too Much Money To Spend Thanks To Wind Turbines, Mayor Says (Huffington Post Green) [emphasis added]:
    According to Couzinié, the town's budget has increased more than fivefold in the past three years --- from 400,000 euros (about $523,000) to 2.3 million euros (more than $3 million) --- as a result of the 11 wind turbines that were installed in 2009. For a town with a population of less than 200 people, the available funds are much more than Arfons needs to thrive."It's as if a rain of gold fell on the village," Couzinié told TV station France 3.
  • U.S.-born kids have more allergies, asthma (Reuters):
    Kids and teens who are born abroad and immigrate to the United States are about half as likely to have asthma and allergies as those who are born in the U.S., according to a new study.
  • How Far Can Climate Change Go?: (Scientific American) [emphasis added]:
    How far can we push the planet?


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