IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: More than 300 dead, 6 million displaced by flooding in India; President Obama pledges Louisiana flood victims will not be forgotten; Very bad news for wolves in Washington state; PLUS: Celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Park Service... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Standing Rock Sioux Chairman: Dakota Access Pipeline "Is Threatening the Lives of My Tribe"; Texas Vowed 34 Years Ago to Track Oilfield Waste in Aquifers. It Didn't; EPA: North Texas Earthquakes Likely Linked to Oil and Gas Drilling; Ex-FERC Commissioner’s Rulings Favored Companies His Wife Lobbied For... PLUS: Most Cities Too Hot to Host Summer Olympics by 2085... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Obama pledges Louisiana flood victims will not be forgotten:
- VIDEO: President Obama visits Baton Rouge, LA (C-SPAN)
- President Obama Tours Flood Destruction In Louisiana (NPR)
- VIDEO: Louisiana floods: Obama 'heartbroken' after tour (BBC)
- Arrests in protest to stop Gulf of Mexico oil lease auction:>
- Four Arrested In Protest, But Feds Continue With Plan To Sell The Gulf To Oil Interests (Climate Progress):
Four people were arrested for trespassing at the New Orleans office of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on Tuesday, after they delivered a petition with nearly 200,000 signatures calling for President Obama to cancel plans to lease off parts of the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas development...BOEM auctioned more than 138,000 acres of the Gulf to oil developers Wednesday. In total, in this one auction, the federal government put 23 million acres of the Gulf up for sale.
- Protesters arrested ahead of New Orleans oil lease sale (NOLA)
- Low Interest In Offshore Drilling Rights At Auction (The Hill)
- India: Floods kill at least 300, displace 6 million:
- India floods: Over 300 dead, millions affected as monsoon floods force villagers into relief camps: (ABC Australia):
"Nowadays, floods are seen as a chronic problem and are viewed quite differently from other emergencies - so they often no longer attract adequate attention from either the media or donors," said Thomas Chandy, CEO of Save the Children in India. "In such a scenario, therefore, it is critical that we develop better, more effective, long-term solutions to cater to the plight of people and children in preparedness for floods."
- Climate change is a 'threat multiplier' in armed conflicts:
- Disasters linked to climate can increase risk of armed conflict (Guardian UK):
Research found that 23% of violent clashes in ethnically divided places were connected to climate disasters
- Climate Change Can Cause Conflict (Price of Oil)
- Montana: Yellowstone River shut down after fish kill:
- A Tiny Jellyfish Relative Just Shut Down Yellowstone River (The Atlantic):
The parasite has devastated the whitefish population and is now threatening the trout.
- Yellowstone River Closed In Response To Ongoing Fish Kill (US Fish and Wildlife Service)
- Massive Yellowstone Fish Kill Leads to Unprecedented River Closure (Outdoor Life):
Holy crap. This is an unprecedented closure to combat a particularly dire threat. Last week, dead mountain whitefish started appearing in the river, first by the dozens, then by the hundreds, then by the thousands...Owners and employees from a couple area fly fishing shops attended the meeting and said that although they are shocked by the news, they support the actions taken by FWP.
- Washington State: Very bad news for wolves:
- Entire Washington wolf pack to be killed after attacks on cattle (Oregon Live):
Two members of the pack were killed earlier this month after a spate of attacks, but officials said they would be happy to leave the remaining wolves alone, provided there were no more attacks. With the discovery of several more dead, calves, however, the department said it needed to take action...Roger Dobson, a Cowlitz tribal elder with Protect The Wolves, a group that advocates for the animals, sent a cease and desist letter to Mortarello demanding the wolves be spared. In the letter, Dobson alleged that the owner of the livestock had been careless with his animals.
- Washington State to kill pack of endangered gray wolves: (ABC News)
- Celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Park Service:
- The National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary (USA Today)
- Proposed national park is a multimillion-dollar gift wrapped up in distrust (Washington Post)
- Pepsi Presents Old Faithful? Not So Fast, Says Park Service. (National Geographic):
The NPS says a proposed policy change has been blown out of proportion, but questions remain about how the parks should raise money.
- No, The National Park Service Isn't Going To Give Away Park Naming Rights To Corporate Sponsors (Consumerist)
- Yosemite, sponsored by Starbucks? National Parks to start selling some naming rights. (Washington Post):
Critics worry that corporations will now see openings to demand privileges or influence park policy the way Coca-Cola, already a major donor, did in 2011. After Jarvis started encouraging parks in 2011 to ban the sale of bottled water to save on recycling expenses, Coca-Cola, which owns Dasani Water, balked - and Jarvis stalled the ban at the Grand Canyon. It eventually went into effect.
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
- VIDEO: Standing Rock Sioux Chairman: Dakota Access Pipeline "Is Threatening the Lives of My Tribe" (Democracy Now!):
"[I]t is a pipeline that is threatening the lives of people, lives of my tribe, as well as millions down the river. It threatens the ancestral sites that are significant to our tribe. And we never had an opportunity to express our concerns. This is a corporation that is coming forward and just bulldozing through without any concern for tribes."
- Texas Vowed 34 Years Ago to Track Oilfield Waste in Aquifers. It Didn't (Texas Tribune):
Have oil and gas companies injected toxic materials into Texas groundwater sources? State regulators don't know, even though they agreed in 1982 to track injections into zones that could hold underground sources of drinking water, according to records obtained by The Texas Tribune.
- EPA: North Texas Earthquakes Likely Linked to Oil and Gas Drilling (Texas Tribune):
Federal regulators believe “there is a significant possibility” that recent earthquakes in North Texas are linked to oil and gas activity, even if state regulators won’t say so.
- Ex-FERC Commissioner’s Rulings Favored Companies His Wife Lobbied For (DeSmog Blog):
Numerous rulings by a former Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) favored energy companies his lobbyist wife worked for at the time, a DeSmog investigation can reveal.
- 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.
- Man-Made Warming Dates Back Almost 200 Years: Study (Reuters):
Man-made greenhouse gases began to nudge up the Earth's temperatures almost 200 years ago as the Industrial Revolution gathered pace, far earlier than previously thought, scientists said on Wednesday.
- 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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