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By Desi Doyen on 9/19/2017, 11:15am PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Caribbean islands brace for impact --- again --- this time from Hurricane Maria, with more storms in the wings; Trump still in denial about the climate link to extreme weather; Interior Secretary Zinke recommends ten national monuments for modification; PLUS: As the United Nations gathers in New York City, it's the 30th anniversary of the first global climate treaty... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): The great nutrient collapse: The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat; Study: ‘Unprecedented’ rain, warmth for Alaska by end of century; Florida's poop nightmare comes true; America is on the verge of a 'ratpocalypse'; 3rd hottest August on record; Trump administration working toward renewed drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; UK press watchdog says climate change denying article was faulty... PLUS: Evidence of spills at toxic site during Harvey floods.... and much, MUCH more! ...

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  • The great nutrient collapse: The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat (Politico):
    Could carbon dioxide have an effect on human health we haven’t accounted for yet? The answer appears to be yes...
  • Study: ‘Unprecedented’ rain, warmth for Alaska by end of century (Alaksa Dispatch News):
    If current carbon emissions and climate trends hold, the Far North can join the hurricane-soaked South as a place of wet-weather extremes, new research shows...By the end of the century, one-day maximum rainfalls will be 53 percent heavier than what is now considered the norm — the weather recorded from 1981 to 2010 — and maximum five-day rainfalls will be 50 percent heavier, according to the study.
  • AP Exclusive: Evidence of spills at toxic site during Harvey floods (AP):
    The reported spills, which have been not publicly detailed, occurred at U.S. Oil Recovery, a former petroleum industry waste processing plant contaminated with a dangerous brew of cancer-causing chemicals. On Aug. 29, the day Harvey’s remnants cleared out, a county pollution control team sent photos to the Environmental Protection Agency of three large concrete tanks flooded with water. That led PRP Group, the company overseeing the ongoing cleanup, to call a federal emergency hotline to report a spill affecting nearby Vince Bayou.
  • Florida’s Poop Nightmare Has Come True (The New Republic):
    Hurricane Irma caused massive sewage overflows, highlighting the twin dangers of an aging infrastructure and climate change.
  • America Is on the Verge of Ratpocalypse (The New Republic):
    Warmer weather is fueling a rodent surge, straining public health systems and the economy. It's time for the federal government to step in...“The reason the rats are so bad now, we believe, is because of the warm winters,” said Gerard Brown, program manager of the Rodent and Vector Control Division of the D.C. Department of Health, at a 2016 rat summit.
  • NOAA: Earth sweltered to 3rd hottest August, summer on record (AP):
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday the globe last month averaged 61.5 degrees (16.43 Celsius), which was a degree-and-a-half higher than the 20th century average, but behind 2016 and 2015.
  • Trump administration working toward renewed drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Washington Post):
    The Trump administration is quietly moving to allow energy exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for the first time in more than 30 years, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post, with a draft rule that would lay the groundwork for drilling.
  • British Press Watchdog Says Climate Change Article Was Faulty (NY Times):
    A self-policing group within the British news industry has forced the tabloid The Mail on Sunday to acknowledge that an article it published asserting that climate researchers in the United States had manipulated data was inaccurate and misleading.
  • Clinton urges government workers not to quit their posts (Politico):
    “I don’t want us to lose the decades — really, if you added it all up, the thousands of years — of experience in the EPA, in the State Department, in the Labor Department, in a lot of the places being targeted by the administration,” Clinton said. “At some point they’re going to need you, and the country is going to need you. And I hope you’re still there.”
  • 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.


FOR MORE on Climate Science and Climate Change, go to our Green News Report: Essential Background Page

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