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The Green Jobs Source for Thursday, March 29

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This is The Source for March 29, green jobs news every day from the BlueGreen Alliance. Don’t forget to “tell your friends” about this great resource. You can sign up here.

THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR MARCH 29

Global warming link to deadly, costly weather grows. An international panel of climate scientists has a new report showing global warming is causing severe storms, droughts, and heat waves and that the world should prepare for more deadly and costly weather disasters.

House plans 90-day extension of transportation billThe House GOP leadership is planning to pass an extension to the surface transportation bill before they adjourn for recess. The bill has been expired since 2009 and a number of short-term extensions have previously passed. Recently, the Senate passed a two-year transportation bill, but House GOP leaders have not moved the bill.

Families of victims win landmark asbestos lawsuit in U.K. Families of thousands of workers who died or suffer from asbestos-related cancers won a landmark fight in the U.K.'s Supreme Court. Lawyers for the victims say that employers must now compensate the families for policies dating from the 1940's to the 90's.

National and International Blue-Green

The Wall Street Journal reports that jobless claims dropped to a four-year low this week.

The Chicago Tribune says Ford Motor Company decided to devote more resources to the development of electric vehicles.

CNNMoney says the Bureau of Labor Statistics announcement that there are 3.1 million green jobs in America “casts a wide net.”

New York Times editorial says the Environmental Protection’s Agency proposed rules to limit carbon pollution from new power plants is part of an “encouraging trend” to switch our economy to cleaner fuels.

China’s PetroChina has surpassed Exxon Mobile as the largest publicly traded produce of oil. The Associated Press has more.

The world’s most efficient solar cells are now in commercial production, CleanTechnica reports.

The Washington Times looks at how churches are becoming more active in environmental movements.

According to the Guardian, greenhouse gas emissions fell 7 percent in the United Kingdom in 2011.

To the States

MPR says Minnesota is considering limits on emerging chemicals in drinking water.

The New York Times details Chicago’s $7 billion infrastructure improvement plan.

The Cleveland Indians installed a wind turbine at Progressive Field Wednesday, the Washington Post reports.

E&E News looks at how Austin, Texas “bet on cleaner energy.”

Blue-Green Links

Bloomberg: Orders for Durable Goods in U.S. Show Sustained Demand: Economy

Bloomberg: China Shows U.S. How to Push for Carbon Capture

Chicago Tribune: Scientists pin down historic sea level rise

Christian Science Monitor: Mining boom in Michigan: economic boost or environmental nuisance?

E&E News: Interior proposes opening Atlantic for oil and gas surveys

E&E News: Interior approves Shell spill-response plan for Beaufort

Energy Live News: Small businesses have ‘most green employees’

Forbes: California Poised To Launch Program Eliminating The Upfront Cost Of Energy Efficiency And Solar Upgrades

Global Tax News: US Senate Examines Renewable Energy Tax Incentives

Huffington Post: American Manufacturing Has Declined More Than Most Experts Have Thought

iWatch News: IMPACT: After years of complaints, EPA steps in at Iowa plant

Reuters: EPA rules may push coal companies to boost exports

Wall Street Journal: Offshore Drilling Receives Twin Boost

Washington Post: Activists worried over possible oil spill following gas leak at North Sea platform

Boston Globe (MA): Mass. lawmakers to weigh bill on energy costs

Daily Nebraskan (NE): Warm weather boosts belief in climate change, study says

Dayton Business Journal (OH): Buckeye Institute, Policy Matters Ohio square off over right-to-work research

Denver Post (CO): Effort advances to recast Colorado's "New Energy Economy" office

San Francisco Chronicle (CA): Climate change to inflict major crises, panel says

St. Louis American (MO): Green movement engages black businesses