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By Desi Doyen on 9/14/2017, 11:06am PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Desperate conditions in the Caribbean and US Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Irma; Eight dead in sweltering Florida nursing home as power remains out for millions; New major gasoline spill and new lawsuits in the wake of Hurricane Harvey; PLUS: Understanding the impact of a warming world on extreme weather events... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Damage from hurricanes adds to growing cost of climate change; Economist's view: Learning from Harvey; Harvey wrecks up to a million cars; The looming Superfund nightmare; Too much CO2 behind nutrient collapse in most plants; Why getting the power back on in Florida could take weeks; US House votes to block climate rules; CA sues Trump Administration over fuel economy standards; Trump Administration delays limits on toxic metal releases from coal plants... PLUS: Irma Won’t “Wake Up” Climate Change-Denying Republicans. Their Whole Ideology Is on the Line... and much, MUCH more! ...

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  • Irma Won’t “Wake Up” Climate Change-Denying Republicans. Their Whole Ideology Is on the Line. (Naomi Klein, The Intercept):
    Some have speculated that seeing the reality of climate change hit so close to home this summer — Houston underwater, Los Angeles licked by flames, and now southern states getting battered by Irma — might be some kind of wake-up call for climate change-denying Republicans. As Trump’s address to his cabinet makes clear, however, Irma only makes him want to double down on his reckless economic agenda.
  • Damage from Hurricane Irma, Harvey Add to Growing U.S. Costs of Climate Change (Inside Climate News):
    Government watchdogs have been warning about the financial risks of climate change, from extreme storms to wildfires, and their impact on the U.S. budget.
  • Learning from Harvey: After the Hurricanes (Joe Stiglitz, Post/Syndicate):
    Hurricane Harvey, followed quickly by Irma, left in its wake upended lives and enormous property damage, estimated by some at $150-180 billion. But the pummeling that America received also raise deep questions about its economic system and politics...There is an obvious lesson to be learned from such episodes: markets on their own are incapable of providing the protection that societies need. When markets fail, as they often do, collective action becomes imperative.
  • Harvey Wrecks Up to a Million Cars in Car-Dependent Houston (Wired):
    [S]ome ruined cars won’t be replaced at all—and that’s where Harvey’s impact may prove most devastating. Roughly 15 percent of Texas vehicle owners don’t have any kind of car insurance.
  • The Looming Superfund Nightmare (The Atlantic):
    As unprecedented hurricanes assault coastal U.S. communities, residents and experts fear the storms could unleash contamination the EPA has tried to keep at bay.
  • Too much CO2: The great nutrient collapse (Politico):
    The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention...To say that it’s little known that key crops are getting less nutritious due to rising CO2 is an understatement. It is simply not discussed in the agriculture, public health or nutrition communities. At all.
  • Why Getting the Power Back On in Florida Could Take Weeks (NY Times):
    Why does it take so long? Repairing the grid after a major hurricane is a complex task, experts said. Utilities first have to send crews out to inspect the damage before they can figure out how best to restore service. That assessment can take days, and heavy flooding and debris from the storm can delay workers trying to reach key areas.
  • Emails Show How the Food Industry Uses ‘Science’ to Push Soda" (Bloomberg):
    A conversation between two former Coke executives reveals some of the tricks of the trade.
  • U.S. House Votes to Block Climate Rules, Using Critical Budget Bill (Inside Climate News):
    The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to cut funding from key climate protection rules and rejected an attempt to save regional offices of the Environmental Protection Agency from being closed. But lawmakers voted against an amendment to cut $1.9 billion from the EPA's budget, which would have dealt a devastating blow to the beleaguered agency.
  • California Sues The Trump Administration Over Fuel Ecomony Standards (Sacramento Bee):
    California sued the federal government Monday over the Trump administration’s decision to postpone indefinitely a decision by former President Barack Obama to dramatically increase the penalties for violating federal fuel economy standards.
  • U.S. Delays Limits On Toxic Metals From Coal-Fired Power Plants (Reuters):
    U.S. regulators on Wednesday postponed until 2020 new limits on toxic metals and other pollutants in the wastewater of coal-fired power plants, a delay welcomed by industry groups that had sought it but decried by environmental groups.
  • The Uninhabitable Earth: When will climate change make earth too hot for humans? (New York Magazine):
    Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak - sooner than you think.
  • A beginner's guide to the debate over 100% renewable energy (Vox):
    Clean-energy enthusiasts frequently claim that we can go bigger, that it's possible for the whole world to run on renewables - we merely lack the "political will." So, is it true? Do we know how get to an all-renewables system? Not yet. Not really.
  • No country on Earth is taking the 2 degree climate target seriously (Vox):
    If we mean what we say, no more new fossil fuels, anywhere.


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  • NASA Video: If we don't act, here's what to expect in the next 100 years: