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By Desi Doyen on 8/2/2016, 12:01pm PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Democrats make the case for action on climate change and clean energy jobs at the Democratic National Convention, while smacking Republicans and Donald Trump for denying science; PLUS: Another deadly extreme rainfall event, this time in Maryland... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): New York adopts renewable energy standard, subsidizing nuclear energy; California adds weedkiller atrazine to toxics list, avoids outright ban; Toxicologist: State's claim that NC water was safe 'scientifically untrue'; Federal coal ash case could impact cleanups beyond VA; Chernobyl's toxic wasteland may be converted to solar farm... PLUS: We were promised the greenest Olympics ever. We got an ecological disaster... and much, MUCH more! ...

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

  • Another historic, deadly extreme rainfall event, this time in Ellicott, Maryland:
    • Deadly Maryland flood part of clear global warming-related pattern in extreme rainfall events (Mashable):
      The localized severe storm was part of a wider outbreak of heavy downpours as a stifling heat wave came to an end across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The flash flood was also the latest in an increasing trend of damaging heavy rainfall events in parts of the U.S., particularly the Northeast. This trend has been tied back to human-caused global warming, since as the air warms it is able to carry more moisture that allows storms to produce heavier precipitation.
    • Rain that caused deadly Md. flood a '1-in-1,000' year event (USA Today):
      The storm, which killed two people, dumped 6.5 inches of rain on Ellicott City in only about 3 hours, with 5.5 inches falling in just 90 minutes, the National Weather Service said. One nearby spot recorded 8.22 inches, amounts that weather service meteorologist Greg Carbin called "off the charts."

  • Democratic National Convention: Nominee Hillary Clinton, Democrats draw sharp contrast with Republican Party on climate, environment:
    • Climate Change Divide Bursts to Forefront in Presidential Campaign (NY Times):
      During the 2012 race for president, the issue of climate change was nearly invisible. ... But this year, as Hillary Clinton thrusts climate change to the heart of her campaign, the issue is taking on a prominence it has never before had in a presidential general election.
    • VIDEO: Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton (C-SPAN):
      Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for president by saying "It is with humility, determination, and boundless confidence in America's promise that I accept your nomination for president of the United States.
    • VIDEO: Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) (C-SPAN) [emphasis added]:
      Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said the election "has never been about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or Bernie Sanders...This election is about climate change, the greatest environmental crisis facing our planet, and the need to leave this world in a way that is healthy and habitable for our kids and future generations. Hillary Clinton is listening to the scientists who tell us that - unless we act boldly and transform our energy system in the very near future - there will be more drought, more floods, more acidification of the oceans, more rising sea levels. She understands that when we do that we can create hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs. Donald Trump? Well, like most Republicans, he chooses to reject science. He believes that climate change is a "hoax," no need to address it. Hillary Clinton understands that a president's job is to worry about future generations, not the short-term profits of the fossil fuel industry.
    • VIDEO: Former Governor Martin O'Malley (MA) (C-SPAN):
      Former Governor O'Malley (D-MD) praised Hillary Clinton, calling her "as tough as they come." He also criticized the Republican candidate, saying "To hell with Trump's American nightmare, we believe in the American Dream."
    • VIDEO: Governor Jerry Brown (CA) (C-SPAN):
      Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) spoke about combating global climate change. He criticized Donald Trump for not addressing climate change in his acceptance speech, saying "Trump says global warming is a hoax. I say Trump is a fraud."
    • Gov. Jerry Brown Rails Against Trump's Views On Climate Change At The DNC (NPR CapRadio, Sacramento)
    • VIDEO: Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) (C-SPAN):
      Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) delivered the keynote address. She expressed her support for Hillary Clinton and criticized Donald Trump, saying "When we turn on each other, we can't unite to fight back against a rigged system.
    • VIDEO: Gene Karpinski - President of the League of Conservation Voters Democratic National Convention (YouTube)
    • Greens Slam 'Dangerous, Dirty, Denying' Trump At Dem Convention (The HIll)"
      The head of a top environmental group told the Democratic National Convention on Thursday his top goal is to defeat 'dirty, dangerous, denying Donald' Trump in this November's presidential election.
    • Trump would be only climate denying world leader (NRDC):
      Donald Trump would be the only world leader to deny the science and dangers of climate change if elected President, finds a groundbreaking study released today. In fact, a review of the data shows that Trump could possibly be the only world leader not calling for urgent climate action.

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

  • We Were Promised The Greenest Olympics Ever. We Got An Ecological Disaster. (Climate Progress):
    So how did an international environmental champion fail to meet the promises of a sustainable Rio in time for the city’s biggest international event in decades?
  • Nuclear power and renewables can get along fine. New York just showed how. (Vox):
    Among other things, New York’s Public Service Commission concluded that wind and solar wouldn’t be able to scale up fast enough to replace the lost reactors. So in the interim, the state would end up burning more natural gas and greenhouse gas emissions would rise. What’s more, replacing the steady baseload power from reactors with intermittent renewables could create reliability problems in upstate regions.
  • California Adds Atrazine to List of Toxic Chemicals, But No Ban (KQED):
    Atrazine has been a dirty word among environmentalists for decades. Now state and federal agencies are coming down on the weed killer, amid troubling evidence that it disrupts hormones and contributes to birth defects.
  • Toxicologist: Claim NC Well Water Was Safe Was 'Scientifically Untrue' (Winston-Salem Journal):
    Emails obtained through public-records requests by a conservation group show that State Toxicologist Ken Rudo forcefully resisted the McCrory administration last year as it moved to alter the do-not-drink letters sent to hundreds of well owners near coal-ash pits owned by Duke Energy.
  • Federal Coal Ash Case Could Impact Cleanups Beyond Virginia (Bay Journal):
    A federal judge in Virginia could soon decide a potentially landmark case determining whether power plants can be held accountable for contaminating surface waters with toxic chemicals that leached into the ground from coal ash pits.
  • GMO Wheat Found In Washington State Could Affect US Trade (AP):
    Genetically modified wheat not approved for sale or commercial production in the United States has been found growing in a field in Washington state, agriculture officials said Friday, posing a possible risk to trade with countries concerned about engineered food.
  • Chernobyl's Atomic Wasteland May Be Reborn With Solar Energy (Bloomberg):
    Thirty years after atomic fallout from the Chernobyl meltdown rendered an area the size of Luxembourg uninhabitable for centuries, Ukraine is seeking investors to develop solar power near the defunct Soviet reactors.
  • Who Is Polluting Rio's Bay? (NY Times):
    A major part of Rio's winning Olympic bid was a plan to capture and treat 80 percent of the sewage that flows into Guanabara Bay, something organizers now admit will not happen - certainly not by August, if ever.
  • June marks 14 consecutive months of record heat for the globe (NOAA):
    Persistent heat on land and in the sea this June shattered records, yet again.
  • Many young voters don't see a difference between Clinton and Trump on climate (Grist) [emphasis added]:
    One presidential candidate says scientists who work on climate change are "practically calling it a hoax" and wants to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency. The other calls climate change "an urgent threat and a defining challenge of our time." And yet about four out of 10 millennials in battleground states think there is no difference between those candidates' views on the issue.
  • 7 Things You Should Do After Watching 'How to Let Go of the World' (Eco Watch):
    'How to Let Go of the World' is unlike any other documentary you've ever seen on climate change. Traveling to 12 countries on six continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can't destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?


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: