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By Desi Doyen on 3/19/2015, 3:11pm PT  


 

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: No more Mr. Nice Guy: Obama calls out 'shills', takes more new action on climate change; New rules for fossil fuels on public lands; It's official: Winter 2015 the warmest winter on record; PLUS: Solar-powered Germany says its ready for a major solar eclipse....All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): California: $1B drought relief package just the beginning; US has grown a pipeline network by almost a quarter; Chemical lobbyist exposed as author of new bill to regulate industry; US and Chinese companies dominate list of most-polluting coal plants; Rate of climate change to soar by 2020... PLUS: A Texas city pulls plug on fossil fuels with shift to renewables... and much, MUCH more! ...

STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...

  • It's Official: Winter 2015 Warmest on Record:
    • Global Summary Information - February 2015 (NOAA):
      The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for February 2015 was the second highest since record keeping began in 1880. Both the year-to-date (January–February) and seasonal (December–February) globally averaged temperatures were record high.
    • The Only Place It Was Cold This Winter Was The East Coast Of The United States (Climate Progress):
      If you live on the East Coast of the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just released some statistics that may surprise you:

      +Globally, this has been the hottest winter on record, topping the previous record (2007) by 0.05°F.
      +This was “the 19th warmest winter for the contiguous US.”
      + Globally it’s easily been the hottest start to any year (January-February), beating the previous records (2002, 2007) by 0.07°F.
      + This was the second warmest February globally, and “slightly below” the 20th-century average in the contiguous U.S.
      ...In particular, many Western states saw their hottest winter on record — which is not a surprise if you live in drought-stricken California or its neighbor.

    • Earth Has Its 2nd Warmest February and Warmest Northern Hemisphere Winter (Weather Underground)

  • Obama Calls Out Climate-Change-Denying Politicians:
    • Obama gets real about climate deniers with Vice (Grist):
      Obama said he couldn’t fault people who were concerned about gas prices and that climate change was a difficult political issue address because it had no immediate payoff. ...“In some cases, though, you have elected officials who are shills for the oil companies or the fossil fuel industry and there’s a lot of money involved,” he said.


  • New Rules: Federal Government Must Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions:
  • New Rules for Energy Development on Public Lands:
  • New Rules: FEMA Wants States to Account for Climate Impacts:
    • FEMA to States: No Climate Planning, No Money (InsideClimate News) [emphasis added]:
      The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man-made climate change. Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard mitigation plans that address climate change.
      ...
      The policy doesn't affect federal money for relief after a hurricane, flood or other disaster. Specifically, beginning in March 2016, states seeking preparedness money will have to assess how climate change threatens their communities.
    • Include Climate Change in Disaster Planning, FEMA Says (Climate Central)

  • Germany: Solar Eclipse a 'Glimpse' Into Solar-Powered Future:
    • The solar eclipse in Europe will be a big test for solar power (Vox.com) [emphasis added]:
      That's because Germany now gets roughly 7 percent of its electricity from solar power. And, for about 75 minutes, the moon will block much of the sun, decreasing sunlight by as much as three-quarters. All those solar panels will suddenly see a sharp decline in generation. Then, just as quickly, the eclipse will end, and those panels will produce a massive surge of electricity....As it turns out, German researchers have been giving this a fair amount of thought — eclipses, after all, are very predictable.
    • What Happens When an Eclipse Hits the World's Most Solar-Powered Country? (Mother Jones):
      Germany is gearing up for an unusual challenge to its clean-energy revolution...."Some of the hype ahead of the eclipse served to focus minds," said R. Andreas Kraemer, a senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam. Power companies "relish the upcoming opportunity to show how they can handle that challenge professionally."
    • Solar eclipse provides a snapshot of challenges facing the power grid of the future (Agora Energiewende):
      Calculations done by the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (Fraunhofer IWES) on behalf of Agora Energiewende show that the supply of electricity from renewable energies in a 2030-power system to fluctuate in the same order of magnitude than during the solar eclipse.

'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...


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

  • Skeptical Science: Database with FULL DEBUNKING of ALL Climate Science Denier Myths
  • 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.
  • How to Solve Global Warming: It's the Energy Supply (Scientific American):
    Restraining global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius will require changing how the world produces and uses energy to power its cities and factories, heats and cools buildings, as well as moves people and goods in airplanes, trains, cars, ships and trucks, according to the IPCC. Changes are required not just in technology, but also in people's behavior.
  • Warning: Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses (Grist)
  • NASA Video: Warming over the last 130 years, and into the next 100 years: