Green News For The Weekend Volume 314

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This past week’s This American Life talked about climate change and Republican’s insistence that it isn’t happening. Episode 495: Hot In My Backyard had Ira Glass talking with former Congressional Representative from South Carolina, Bob Inglis. Inglis is a Conservative who once believed climate change wasn’t happening… but even he has changed his mind – and that’s good news.

July 2012 saw around 98 percent of the Greenland Ice Sheet’s surface melt. Normally, it’s around 50 percent. The climate is changing, whether we choose to believe it or not.

Everyone’s favorite big-box store just pleaded guilty to six counts of violating the Clean Water Act because of their illegal dumping of hazardous materials at some of their stores. While some environmentalists are all too eager to give them kudos for installing solar panels, the fact is that this company is destroying the planet and they shouldn’t be congratulated for anything.

A new bill meant to revise and update the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act actually does the opposite. In fact, it does so little that chemical companies are cheering the bill. Every day we get a reminder that our politicians work for companies, not us. In this case, it’s Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and David Vitter (R-La.).

This year’s drought pattern may end up being the most expensive U.S. natural disaster of 2012 and 2013. Research is showing that the middle of the country could be in for record-breaking drought, which will affect food prices. Be ready.

Ocean currents are strong and never stop moving; so why aren’t we harnessing them for our power needs? One company aims to do just that, and they are building a new $5 million generator that harnesses that power and delivers energy to shore.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone.

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