IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: GNR Special Coverage: Climate Week 2014 --- the People's Climate March (largest in history), the protests on Wall Street (can ya hear us now?), and the special United Nations Climate Summit (every country on board)... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): In a warmer world, Anchorage may be the place to be; Watchdog warns nuke weapon sites at risk from natural disasters; U.S. energy infrastructure revamp may unlock $6 trillion market; Google chairman: ALEC is lying about climate change; Food from Fukushima disaster harms animals; Peanut mogul found guilty for knowingly selling tainted food... PLUS: Why the (awesome) climate march won’t change American politics ... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- The People's Climate March - Largest In World History:
- VIDEO: Democracy Now! Special 3-Hour Broadcast of the People's Climate March (Democracy Now!)
- One big march, lots of little messages (Grist)
- The People’s Climate March Wasn’t Just A Protest. It Is A Sign Of Things To Come. (The Plaid Zebra)
- Climate change summit: Global rallies demand action (BBC)
- Sunday News Shows Ignore Historic Climate March (Media Matters):
No Mention Of The People's Climate March On Meet The Press, Face The Nation, State Of The Union, Or Fox News Sunday
- Arrests at "Flood Wall Street" Protest:
- About 100 climate protesters arrested in march on Wall Street (Reuters):
The demonstration, called Flood Wall Street, drew hundreds of protesters, and came a day after a bigger action that brought 310,000 people to the streets of New York in what activists described as the largest protest ever against climate change.
- Flood Wall Street Protesters Cast Blame For Climate Change As Police Arrest 104 (Huffington Post Green)
- VIDEO: Flood Wall Street: Voicing of Protest Targeting Financial Giants’ Role in Global Warming (Free Speech TV)
- Photos: Over 100 Arrested After Flood Wall Street Shuts Down Broadway (The Gothamist)
- Scenes From Flood Wall Street, Occupy’s ‘Family Reunion’ (NY Magazine)
- Climate Week 2014 Launches With New Initiatives:
- Taking climate change to the streets - and into boardrooms (The Daily Climate)
- World Bank Backs Carbon Pricing, Convenes Leadership Coalition (Environment News Service)
- Countries, companies mobilize around carbon pricing ahead of UN summit (Reuters)
- Climate Week NYC kicks off with Secretary John Kerry, Ban Ki-moon and Apple CEO Tim Cook, ahead of UN Climate Summit (The Climate Group)
- 'Alarm Bells Keep Ringing': Live Coverage of Climate Week 2014 (Bloomberg)
- VIDEO: John Kerry opens NYC Climate Week (Guardian UK):
Kerry used the speech to announce a US plan to fund a new World Bank program to decrease methane. NYC Climate Week aims to raise awareness over carbon emissions and their link to global warming ahead of a United Nations Climate Summit on Tuesday/
- Apple CEO Tim Cook: Tech Companies Must Get Serious on Climate Change (NBC News)
- World Bank Launches Carbon Pricing Coalition (NPR Here and Now)
- The United Nations Special Climate Summit:
- VIDEO: Obama's 2014 UN Climate Summit Speech (The Daily Conversation):
- Obama to UN: "The Alarm Bells Keep Ringing, Our Citizens Keep Marching" (Bloomberg)
- Climate2014: Who's pledged what so far (Mashable)
- Climate Summit: ‘All hands on deck’ declares Ban, calling for leadership, concrete action (UN News Centre)
- Obama urges world to follow US lead on climate (Washington Post)
- President Obama announces climate action at United Nations summit (MSNBC):
The most significant of the Obama administration’s new environmental policies is an executive order requiring that federal agencies factor in environmental sustainability when they design new international development programs.
- Obama says he’s ready to lead on climate (Grist) [emphasis added]:
[T]he event was a testament to the incredible urgency of climate change. A majority of the world’s heads of state took the time to address the conference even though no treaties or agreements were being negotiated there. The individual speeches may have been dull or meandering, but the collective message of the summit was sharp and clear: Climate change is already affecting countries all over the world, and developing countries are especially vulnerable.
“I have always been infuriated by the shrinking ice caps on the peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro,” said Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. “By 1906, 16 [peaks] had ice caps on top. Today only three have ice caps … [It is] an assault on the cultural heritage of the people of tropical Africa, and an assault also on the handiwork of God.”
- VIDEO: Marshall Islands poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner speaking at the UN Climate Leaders Summit in 2014 (Tck Tck Tck)
- High-Stakes Climate Summit Aims to Be Turning Point for Global Action (InsideClimate News):
A United Nations chief dismayed at the lack of resolve toward the climate crisis; a daunting deadline for negotiating a new treaty; 125 or so heads of state; a sprawling agenda of fossil fuels, food, forestry and finance; a train of think tanks hauling gigabytes of green data; countless teach-ins, press conferences, art shows—plus tens or even hundreds of thousands of activists marching through midtown Manhattan, demanding action now.
- VIDEO: Leonardo DiCaprio's 2014 UN Climate Summit Speech (The Daily Conversation)
- Rockefellers, Heirs to an Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity of Fossil Fuels (NY Times):
John D. Rockefeller built a vast fortune on oil. Now his heirs are abandoning fossil fuels. The family whose legendary wealth flowed from Standard Oil is planning to announce on Monday that its $860 million philanthropic organization, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, is joining the divestment movement that began a couple years ago on college campuses.
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
- Why the (awesome) climate march won’t change American politics (Grist):
or those and many other reasons, the march was awesome, a real triumph for the movement, despite what all the ankle-biters have said. Having gotten that out of the way, I’ll now resume saying depressing sh*t.
The march slogan was, “to change everything, we need everyone,” which is telling, because it won’t change everything, because it didn’t include everyone. Specifically, it won’t change American politics because it didn’t include conservatives.
- In a warmer world, Portland will still be cool, but Anchorage may be the place to be (NY Times)
- Watchdog warns nuke weapon sites at risk from natural disasters (The Hill's e2 Wire)
- U.S. energy infrastructure revamp may unlock $6 trillion market: Kerry (Reuters)
- Google Chairman: ALEC Is Lying About Climate Change And Funding Them Was A Mistake (Climate Progress)
- Food affected by Fukushima disaster harms animals, even at low-levels of radiation, study shows (Science Daily)
- Peanut Mogul Found Guilty Of Selling Salmonella-Tainted Food (AP):
Food safety advocates say a guilty verdict in a rare federal food-poisoning trial should send a stern warning to anyone who may be tempted to place profits over people's welfare.
- Flame retardant in furniture poses danger, Duke study shows (Charlotte Observer)
- Mexico issues alert over mine contaminants spilled into river that flows north into Arizona (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
- Ford dump site in St. Paul draws attention from state, river advocates (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
- Oceans Smash All-Time Temperature Records Set Two Months Ago Ahead of UN Climate Summit (Mashable) [emphasis added]:
Both of these records, NOAA says, were driven in large part by unusually warm ocean temperatures around the world. In fact, global average ocean temperatures were so high in August - 1.17 degrees Fahrenheit above average, to be exact - that they broke the all-time record set just two months ago....The fact that the planet is so warm without an El Niño around to boost temperatures is a sign that global warming has become so noticeable that an El Niño event is no longer needed to set all-time records like this.
- August was hottest on record worldwide, says NASA (Guardian UK):
2014 is shaping up to be an exceptionally warm year with May and June also the hottest ever/
- 4 Scenarios Show What Climate Change Will Do To The Earth, From Pretty Bad To Disaster (Fast CoExist):
But exactly how bad is still an open question, and a lot depends not only on how we react, but how quickly. The rate at which humans cut down on greenhouse gas emissions--if we do choose to cut them--will have a large bearing on how the world turns out by 2100, the forecasts reveal.
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- 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).