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Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

'Green News Report' - March 29, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted May 29, 2012

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The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!.

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Another big win for Big Oil in the U.S. Senate; Another offshore drilling leak threatens to become another major offshore disaster;...

James Burgess

Resource Depletion Is a Bigger Threat Than Climate Change: An Interview With Tom Murphy

James Burgess | Posted May 29, 2012

Rising geopolitical tensions and high oil prices are continuing to help renewable energy find favor amongst investors and politicians. Yet how much faith should we place in renewables to make up the shortfall in fossil fuels? Can science really solve our energy problems, and which sectors offers the best hope...

Al Quinlan

Voters Support New EPA Rules on Carbon Emissions

Al Quinlan | Posted May 29, 2012

This week's White House announcement of rules that will, for the first time, limit the carbon dioxide emission from new power plants is a big victory for Americans who want to see the U.S. move away from outdated and dirty energy sources like coal and toward clean sources like...

Heather Pilatic

Widely-Used Pesticides Killing Bees

Heather Pilatic | Posted May 29, 2012

Bees are still dying and EPA is still sitting on its hands. Luckily for those of us who like to eat, scientists have been hard at work cracking the "mystery" of colony collapse disorder (CCD). Today two new studies were published in Science, strengthening the case that neonicotinoid...

Hani Almadhoun

Cats in Gaza and Cats in Islam

Hani Almadhoun | Posted May 29, 2012

In 2005, the municipalities of Gaza had a cat shortage. Cats are important to Gaza as they serve a great purpose, munching on rodents that gather by the local landfills. Apparently, the local governments used a strong kind of poison; so strong that it killed both the rodents and the...

Jan Mazurek

The Climate Post: EPA Makes Historic Announcement, First Greenhouse Gas Rule for New Power Plants

Jan Mazurek | Posted May 29, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released long-awaited greenhouse gas rules for new power plants this week. Using the Clean Air Act, the agency standard would set the first national limits on the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions new power plants can emit. The EPA...

Bob Elton

How Can Canada Develop Its Energy Riches to Build a Great Future?

Bob Elton | Posted May 29, 2012

Making the most of Canada's energy riches has been tough work of late: The U.S. recently denied permits for the Keystone Pipeline which is planned to bring oil from Alberta to the United States; there are multiple permitting processes in place to decide on pipelines that would bring oil from...

Mattias Wallander

Survey Says... Convenience Is the Name of the Recycling Game

Mattias Wallander | Posted May 29, 2012

As the CEO of a textile recycling company, I've been talking about the importance of textile reuse and recycling for the last 12 years. Every day my team and I work to spread the word about why it's important to keep clothing in the use stream.

While...

Steve Hamm

How to Transform a City: Lessons from the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge

Steve Hamm | Posted May 29, 2012

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." Mark Twain

Today, IBM announced the 33 cities that will participate this year in its Smarter Cities Challenge grant program. This marks the second year in a three-year, $50 million, 100-city initiative. IBM sends five- or six-person teams of experts in a...

Charles Fishman

In Honor of World Water Day, Meet a Guy Who Uses Enough Water for a City of 40,000 People

Charles Fishman | Posted May 29, 2012

Laurie Arthur is a farmer in the heart of Australia's bread basket, the basin of the Murray River, who was kind enough, when I was trying to understand water, to explain how water works for farmers.

Arthur lives out in the wide open country east of Adelaide and north of...

Sarah Chasis

Drilling Our Atlantic Coast

Sarah Chasis | Posted May 29, 2012

Some of the most mysterious and enthralling places on Earth may be next in line for oil and gas drilling.

Today the Obama administration released its draft Environmental Impact Statement on its proposed plan to allow areas offshore the Mid and South Atlantic to be surveyed for their energy development potential....

Jan Eliasson

Water and Sanitation for the World: Not a Pipe Dream

Jan Eliasson | Posted May 29, 2012

Imagine if we lived in a world where everyone has access to clean, safe drinking water. It would go down as one of humanity's great achievements, as inspiring as the elimination of smallpox. It would be a significant advance in the fight against global poverty and would help the international...

Leona Palmer

Farming 101: Growing Pains

Leona Palmer | Posted May 29, 2012

First of all, let me just say that farming hurts. I was sore everywhere for most of the last two weeks. My inner thighs and hamstrings took a particular beating, the former from a mere half-hour of squatting to harvest winter kale, and the latter from the everyday up and...

Mindy S. Lubber

Shale Oil "Flaring" Is Dirty Secret of U.S. Oil Boom

Mindy S. Lubber | Posted May 29, 2012

Given the economic, energy and climate change challenges we face, you'd think it wouldn't be necessary to write a column illustrating how it makes no sense to "flare" -- literally burn up -- $110 million worth of perfectly good natural gas each year without even using it to...

Rocky Kistner

Mississippi Residents Find Death Along Oily Gulf Shores

Rocky Kistner | Posted May 29, 2012

Since BP’s catastrophic oil blowout nearly two years ago, Laurel Lockamy has gotten pretty good at photographing the dead. She’s snapped images of dozens of lifeless turtles and dolphins, countless dead fish, birds, armadillos and nutria and pretty much anything that crawls, swims or flies near the white sandy Mississippi beaches of her...

Paul Douglas

A Message From a Republican Meteorologist on Climate Change

Paul Douglas | Posted May 29, 2012

2012-03-29-Screenshot20120329at9.58.25AM.pngApollo 17 image courtesy of NASA

"My climate epiphany wasn't overnight, and it had nothing to do with Al Gore."

I'm going to tell you something that my Republican friends are loath to admit out loud: climate change is...

Wendy Gordon

Weird Weather Gardening

Wendy Gordon | Posted May 29, 2012

My husband and I tend a garden in the western Catskills. The late springs and early falls common to our mountain valley have meant typically short but productive growing seasons, but the new norm seems to be longer by a good month or more. These changes to the growing season...

Daniel Dicker

Oil Market Itself Proves Gas Prices Are All Speculation-Driven

Daniel Dicker | Posted May 29, 2012

Why are crude oil futures traded on the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) $30 cheaper, or almost $1 a gallon less, three years from now?

That just doesn't seem possible -- unless the oil trade is totally overrun with speculators and Fed-inspired, cheap-money risk investors.

On CNBC on Friday, I got into...

Maria Rodale

8 Ways to Avoid Harmful Chemicals

Maria Rodale | Posted May 29, 2012

by guest blogger Robin Dodson, ScD, research scientist at the Silent Spring Institute

It's difficult to avoid all of the potentially harmful chemicals in everyday products, but there are steps you can take to choose safer products and reduce your exposure. At the Silent Spring Institute,...

Adrianna Quintero

EPA Takes a Key Step towards a Cleaner, Healthier Future

Adrianna Quintero | Posted May 29, 2012

The Obama Administration and EPA announcement that it will establish the first national limits on carbon pollution from new power plants is great news for anyone that cares about clean air. No longer will new power plants be able to endanger our health with unchecked carbon pollution and...

Jennifer Grayson

Eco Etiquette: What Would Health Care Repeal Mean For The Environment?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted May 28, 2012

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at eco.etiquette@gmail.com. Questions may be edited for length and clarity.

What's the Green stance on the president's health care law? Has anyone looked into the effect that repeal would have on the environment?

--Dan

Healthy people, healthy world: It's a phrase we...