IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Media criticized for their slow response to Louisiana flood disaster; Louisiana flooding could accelerate spread of the Zika virus; PLUS: A tale of two Arctics --- Native American tribe forced to move, while luxury cruises are just getting started... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): 'Climate change is water change' - why the Colorado River system is headed for major trouble; A Deal With The Devil? Russia Kicks Up Arctic Oil Drilling; High-Price Ethanol Credits Add to Refiners' Woes; China's drive to clean up its coal power, one plant at a time; Widening 80 Mile Crack Threatens One Of Antarctica’s Biggest Ice Shelves; Ohio Residents Clash With State and County Government in Fight to Ban Fracking via the Ballot... PLUS: Most Cities Too Hot to Host Summer Olympics by 2085... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Obama tours wreckage of Louisiana flood disaster:
- President Obama visits Louisiana flood zone as officials talk federal aid (NOLA)
- White House Says Feds Doing Their Part In Flood Response (AP)
- John Bel Edwards: Now is not the best time for president to visit (NOLA)
- Flooding Compounds Pain of Tragic Summer in Baton Rouge (NY Times):
It had already been a long, painful summer in Baton Rouge. What was once a sleepy college and government town was hit in July with successive crises that seemed, at the time, to be the crises of a decade: citywide protests over the police shooting of Mr. Sterling and the gunning down of three officers 12 days later. What followed were weeks of talk about coming together as a community after a crisis. Then came the worst flooding in memory...."Even the dead can't rest," he said.
- Media criticized for slow response to Louisiana flood disaster:
- VIDEO: CNN's Stelter Faults Media On Louisiana Flooding: "It's Got To Be Connected To Climate Change" (Media Matters_:
Slate's Eric Holthaus: Media "Missed" The "Underlying Story" That "We're Going To Start Seeing More" Of These Disasters
- Ex-FEMA Director Criticizes Obama for Golfing as Louisiana Flooded (ABC News)
- Flooding In Louisiana Raises Questions About Timing, Urgency Of Warnings (NPR)
- Flooding in the South Looks a Lot Like Climate Change (NY Times):
Climate change is never going to announce itself by name. But this is what we should expect it to look like. That's what many scientists, analysts and activists are saying after heavy rains in southern Louisiana have killed at least 11 people and forced tens of thousands of residents from their homes, in the latest in a series of extreme floods that have occurred in the United States over the last two years.
- NIH: Louisiana floods could accelerate spread of Zika-carrying mosquitoes:
- VIDEO: Gulf States Next at Risk for Zika Outbreak, NIH Official Says (ABC This Week)
- U.S. warning: Zika could spread to Gulf States, persist for one to two years (Washington Post)
- More Mosquito Days Increasing Zika Risk in U.S. (Climate Central)
- Arctic Native American tribe votes to relocate due to climate change impacts:
- Shishmaref votes to relocate from eroding barrier island to mainland (Alaska Dispatch News)
- Climate Change Is Spoiling the Crops on Right-Wing Content Farms (Esquire):
In which Alaskan hunters and gatherers are called government dependents by The Daily Caller.
- Alaskan Village Votes to Relocate Due to Climate Change (Climate Central):
A Native American village in Alaska has voted to relocate its entire population of some 600 people due to the threat of rising seas, officials said on Thursday. Shishmaref, located on a tiny island north of the Bering Strait that separates the United States and Russia, is losing up to 10 feet of shoreline each year, according to research by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Alabama-based Auburn University.
- Reeling From Effects of Climate Change, Alaskan Village Votes to Relocate (NY Times):
The plan would move the village, which is 120 miles north of Nome, to one of two sites on the mainland about five miles away, officials said. But the village needs an estimated $180 million from a patchwork of sources to complete the move, according to a 2004 estimate.
- Mega-luxury cruise liner sets sail, first through the Arctic:
- This Luxury Cruise Liner Is On The Front Lines Of Climate Change (Climate Progress) [emphasis added]:
The trip is possible only because the Arctic's ice is receding, and it is a powerful reminder of how far we have come in a century and a half of industrialization....the ecosystem around the Aleutian Islands (which stretch into the Bering Sea from the southwest corner of Alaska) had completely shifted. A small rise in water temperatures had triggered the collapse of plankton and krill populations, resulting in a domino effect up the food chain...The operators of the Crystal Serenity have gone out of their way to assure communities (and passengers) that everything will go well.
- A luxury cruise ship sets sail for the Arctic, thanks to climate change (Washington Post)
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
- Most Cities Too Hot to Host Summer Olympics by 2085 (Climate Central):
In 70 years, most cities in the Northern Hemisphere will be unfit to host the summer Olympics due to rising temperatures associated with climate change, according to a medical journal's findings.
- A Deal With The Devil? Russia Kicks Up Arctic Oil Drilling (Forbes):
Russia’s Arctic development comes as its oil production increases despite a more than two-year long supply glut and plunge in prices. But it also comes as the country’s oil fields mature...“If you are the Russian government today and if you want to keep having your oil and gas, you need to start developing offshore Arctic oil and gas fast,” he said.
- High-Price Ethanol Credits Add to Refiners' Woes (NY Times):
Fuel credits known as RINs have been in place for the last decade as part of a federal program to encourage the blending of ethanol or other renewable additives into gasoline and diesel fuels. Refiners that do not fulfill the federal blending mandate are required to buy RINs instead — which they say impose financial burdens when market speculation or other factors cause RIN prices to rise.
- China's drive to clean up its coal power, one plant at a time (New Scientist):
Now, a Chinese engineer has re-engineered a Shanghai coal plant to make it one of the world’s most efficient – and a potential model for the country’s coal-burning future.
- Widening 80 Mile Crack Threatens One Of Antarctica’s Biggest Ice Shelves (Washington Post):
For some time, scientists who focus on Antarctica have been watching the progression of a large crack in one of the world’s great ice shelves — Larsen C, the most northern major ice shelf of the Antarctic peninsula and the fourth largest Antarctic ice shelf overall.
- Ohio Residents Clash With State and County Government in Fight to Ban Fracking via the Ballot (DeSmog Blog):
In July, the county boards of elections in Meigs, Portage, and Athens all voted 4-0 to pull their measures from the ballot. The boards of elections say the measures are invalid because they do not delineate every single duty of all county officers. In Medina - where a local judge and prosecutor have cautiously resisted the NEXUS natural gas pipeline and a gas compressor station - the board split 2-2. The decision was then put to Husted, who broke the tie in favor of the fossil fuel industry. Petitioners in all four counties are filing appeals.
- 'Climate change is water change' - why the Colorado River system is headed for major trouble (Washington Post):
The report predicts that Lake Mead - the river system's largest reservoir, supplying water to millions of people in Nevada, Arizona, California and Mexico - will narrowly escape a shortage declaration next year. But a shortage is looking imminent in 2018, and water experts are growing ever more worried about the river system's future.
- Coal Burning Causes the Most Air Pollution Deaths in China, Study Finds (NY Times):
Burning coal has the worst health impact of any source of air pollution in China and caused 366,000 premature deaths in 2013, Chinese and American researchers said on Thursday. Coal is responsible for about 40 percent of the deadly fine particulate matter known as PM 2.5 in China's atmosphere, according to a study the researchers released in Beijing.
- Secret 'Chemtrail' Spraying Not Real, Scientists Agree (ENS):
Long-lasting white trails left behind by aircraft are caused by well-understood physical and chemical processes, not a secret, large-scale atmospheric spraying program, concludes new research from Carnegie Science, University of California-Irvine, and the nonprofit Near Zero.
- Environmental records shattered as climate change 'plays out before us' (Guardian UK):
Temperatures, sea levels and carbon dioxide all hit milestones amid extreme weather in 2015, major international 'state of the climate' report finds.
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