IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Rare and deadly November tornado outbreak in US; Record and extreme weather disasters on the rise; Dangerous cleanup operation begins at Fukushima; PLUS: UN climate treaty negotiations stall ... All those dots connected and more in today's Green News Report!
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DONATE!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Kauai Council overrides mayor's veto of anti-pesticide, GMO bill; Emissions of CO2 driving rapid oceans 'acid trip'; WA State: new problems with Hanford nuclear cleanup; Canada: First Nations denied injunction against fracking; Russia grants bail to some Greenpeace Arctic 30 activists; Investors 'starting to agree fossil fuels' days are numbered' ... PLUS: Colorado proposes historic air pollution regulations ... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Corporate Media's Global Warming FAIL:
- VIDEO: Climate deniers can’t deny new record storms (MSNBC):
Rachel Maddow observes that the storm records set in the past year and reports the latest news from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan.
- VIDEO: Frank Sesno on media’s global warming fail (CNN)
- Rare & Deadly November Tornado Outbreak in Midwest:
- A November tornado outbreak for the record books (Capitol Weather Gang, Washington Post)
- Midwest Cleans up 2013's Biggest Severe Weather Outbreak; Floods Kill 17 in Sardinia (Dr. Jeff Masters, Weather Underground)
- Illinois Tornadoes: Gov. Quinn declares 7 counties disaster areas (WLS-TV Chicago)
- Damage assessment continues at storm-damaged Paducah Nuclear Fuel Plant (Louisville Courier-Journal):
Sunday's apparent tornado damaged the shutdown Paducah nuclear fuel factory, but officials say they can find no evidence of leaks or danger to the public.
- Record, Billion-Dollar Extreme Weather Events Increasing Around the World:
- All Over the World, Hurricane Record Keep Breaking: (Climate Desk):
Super Typhoon Haiyan was a terrifyingly intense storm…and so were many others around the globe in the last decade.
- VIDEO: UN warns once in a lifetime typhoons are now happening once a year (Austrailian Broadcasting Company): Jerry Velasquez from the UN's office for disaster risk reduction says when it comes to the weather, we need to re-think what is normal.
- Global Damage From Extreme Weather And Other Disasters Set To Break $200 Billion A Year (Climate Progress)
- Typhoon Haiyan: When Do You Say "It's Time To Start Talking About Climate Change?" (Media Matters)
- READ THE REPORT: Building Resilience: Integrating Climate and Disaster Risk In Development [PDF] (The World Bank)
- 2013 is seventh hottest year, rising seas worsen typhoon (Reuters)
- UPDATE: COP 19 UN Climate Talks in Warsaw:
- WATCH Live and On Demand: United Nations Climate Change Conference COP19/CMP9 Warsaw 2013 (UNFCC)
- UN climate talks in Warsaw: what you need to know (Guardian UK)
- U.N. Climate Chief To Industry Leaders: ‘Coal Must Change Rapidly And Dramatically’ (Climate Progress)
- Australia worst carbon emitter per capita among major western nations (Guardian UK): Country has failed to consistently decrease its emissions, faring poorly in a global climate report
- 3 Countries That Are Bailing on Climate Action: Japan, Canada, Australia (Mother Jones)
- Dismay in Warsaw as Japan abandons greenhouse targets (The Daily Climate)
- US fears climate talks will focus on compensation for extreme weather (Guardian UK)
- A week into UN talks, adaptation cash becomes a 'red line' for developing world (The Daily Climate)
- "It's time to stop this madness" - Transcript of Remarks by Philippines Chief Negotiator at UN climate talks (RTCC)
- Op-ed: Who pays for climate change? (Vancouver Sun)
- Fighting over our 'emissions space.' (The Daily Climate)
- Africans seek clarity on climate finance at Warsaw talks (Business Day)
- Op-ed: Time to Pay for Climate "Loss and Damage" (All-Africa.com)
- Loss and Damage remains the bone of contention (Adopt A Negotiatior)
- US envoys told to block climate compensation plans at UN (RTCC)
- Precarious Fukushima Clean-Up Process Begins:
- Fukushima's crippled reactors: the risky plan to move fuel rods: World watching extremely delicate operation by TEPCO utility with checkered track record (CBC Canada)
- Fuel removal from Japan’s crippled nuclear plant is first step toward full cleanup (Washington Post)
- "Chernobyl Was Transparent Compared to Fukushima": Harvey Wasserman on Ongoing Crisis (Harvey Wasserman via Truth-out)
- Fukushima nuclear disaster is warning to the world, says power company boss (Guardian UK): Exclusive: UK government must learn from Japan's catastrophe as it plans a new generation of plant, UK nuclear chief claims
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
- Hanford Nuclear Cleanup Slow, Workers Frustrated: (Center for Public Integrity):
The government's multi-billion-dollar effort to clean up Hanford, the nation's largest former nuclear-weapons site, has become its own dysfunctional mess, critics say.
- Kauai Council overrides mayor's veto of anti-pesticide, GMO bill (Honolulu Star Advertiser):
- MORE: GMO seeds grow into big fight on Kauai (video) (PBS Newshour)
- Emissions of CO2 driving rapid oceans 'acid trip' (BBC)
- Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site: NRC To Resume Study Of Proposed Nevada Storage Facility (AP)
- Elsipogtog Tribe anti-fracking activists denied injunction in Canada: (Al Jazeera America):
A judge ruled here Monday against an injunction to suspend controversial shale gas exploration activities in Kent County, New Brunswick, which last month created headlines across North America when protests in the area turned violent as activists burned police cars amid dozens of arrests.
- Greenpeace Arctic 30: Russia bails nine foreigners (BBC)
- USFWS: Mysterious 'Funnel Effect' Harming Wildlife at Unnamed Solar Plant (KCET)
- Majority of red-state Americans believe climate change is real, study shows (Guardian UK)
- Fox's Perino: Philippines Needed More Fossil Fuels, Not Talk Of Climate Change (Media Matters)
- Oil's Future Draws Blood and Gore in Investment Portfolios (Bloomberg News) [emphasis added]:
[Former Vice President Al] Gore isn’t alone in having a sort of come-to-Wall-Street moment. Last month 70 investors representing $3 trillion of assets under management sent letters to oil-and-gas companies asking them to disclose plans for adapting to a world that may be edging closer to peak fossil fuels. That’s the point when humans stop increasing their annual burn – either because the environmental danger makes it too costly or because buildings and cars run more efficiently. Bloomberg New Energy Finance says peak demand could happen in 2030.
- A Push Away From Burning Coal as an Energy Source (NY Times)
- Colorado pitches new rules to cut oil and gas industry air pollution (Denver Post):
State health officials rolled out groundbreaking rules for the oil and gas industry Monday to address worsening air pollution, including a requirement that companies control emissions of the greenhouse gas methane, linked to climate change. The rules would force companies to capture 95 percent of all toxic pollutants and volatile organic compounds they emit.
- Faux Pause: Media Ignore Study Finding Globe Is Warming Twice As Fast As Thought (Media Matters)
- Thousands In Canada And Australia Protest Anti-Climate Policies (Climate Progress)
- A Carbon Tax Would Cut The Deficit By $1 Trillion (Climate Progress):
A carbon tax of $25 per ton of emissions would cut the deficit by $1 trillion over a decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
- MAP: What Our Coastline Will Look Like After We Melt All The World's Ice (Climate Progress):
The best science suggests that on our current CO2 emissions path, by 2100 we could well pass the tipping point that would make 200+ feet of sea level rise all but unstoppable - though it would certainly take a long time after 2100 for the full melt-out to actually occur.
- Look What's Slowing Down Global Warming (Mother Jones):
The recent slowdown in global temperature increases is partially the result of one of the few successful international crackdowns on greenhouse gases. Back in 1988, more than 40 countries, including the US, signed the Montreal Protocol, an agreement to phase out the use of ozone-depleting gases like chlorofluorocarbons (today the Protocol has nearly 200 signatories).
"The recent decrease in warming, presented by global warming skeptics as proof that humankind cannot affect the climate system, is shown to have a direct human origin."
- Look who's eating your plastic now: A whole unprecedented ecosystem (Grist):
We already knew that barnacles, lanternfish, and whales have been gobbling up plastic. It turns out that the problem is even bigger than we thought - because it is much, much smaller. Welcome to the "plastisphere," the tiny plastic-based ecosystem developing within the world's oceans.
- U.S. crushes ivory to save elephants from extinction (SF Gate):
The ivory crush in Denver, which was temporarily postponed by the government shutdown, is intended to "send a message to ivory traffickers and their customers that the United States will not tolerate this illegal trade."
- As Climate Warms American West, Iconic Trout In Jeopardy (NPR)
- California on course for driest year on record (SF Gate
- "Pandora's Promise"?: Myths And Facts About Nuclear Power (Media Matters) [emphasis added]:
Media coverage of nuclear power often suggests that environmentalists are illogically blocking the expansion of a relatively safe, low-carbon energy source. However, in reality, economic barriers to nuclear power --- even after decades of subsidies --- have prevented the expansion of nuclear power.
- Why we don't care about saving our grandchildren from climate change: (TIME's Eco-Centric Blog) [emphasis added]:
A new study shows that human beings are too selfish to endure present pain to avert future climate change. That's why we need win-win solutions now....The Nature Climate Change study also underscores why "win-win" climate policies - like innovation investments that can lead directly to cheap clean energy, rather than policies that make dirty energy more expensive - are likely to be the most effective ones.
- Skeptical Science: Database with FULL DEBUNKING of ALL Climate Science Denier Myths
- Warning: Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses (Grist)
FOR MORE on Climate Science and Climate Change, go to our Green News Report: Essential Background Page
- NASA Video: Warming over the last 130 years, and into the next 100 years:
- Video Proof That Global Warming is a 'Hoax'!: NASA Temperature Data 1888-2011 (The BRAD BLOG):
- NASA climate change video: This is the U.S. in 2100 (NASA).
- MAP: What Our Coastline Will Look Like After We Melt All The World's Ice (Climate Progress):