IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Two new hurricanes breaking records in the Atlantic and Pacific; U.S. House Science Committee chair now investigating the SEC for investigating Exxon; India signs on to the Paris Agreement; PLUS: City of Angels gets on path to 100 per cent renewable electricity... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): The Paris climate agreement is entering into force. Now comes the hard part; Trudeau Unveils Carbon Price as Canada Acts on Paris Pledge; Only 1 in 5 people hear people talk about climate change at least once a month; Exxon faces a first-of-its-kind lawsuit over climate deception; Peak salt: is the desalination dream over for the Gulf states?; The planet hasn't been this hot for thousands of years; A Curious Plan to Fight Climate Change: Buy Mines, Sell Coal; Timber Company Tells California Town, Go Find Your Own Water... PLUS: Yes - Donald Trump Is a Threat to the Planet... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Two major hurricanes breaking records in the Atlantic and Pacific:
- Hurricane Matthew: Category Four storm pounds Haiti (BBC):
The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Haiti was "getting everything a major hurricane can throw at them".
- Matthew Hits Haiti: their strongest hurricane in 52 years (Dr. Jeff Masters, Weather Underground)
- Typhoon Chaba Weakening as it Passes Near South Korea, Mainland Japan (Weather Channel)
- House Science Committee chair investigating the SEC for investigating Exxon:
- Lamar Smith Extends Exxon Subpoena Campaign to Include SEC (Inside Climate News):
A vigorously non-partisan commission, the SEC finds itself on Texas Republican's list of Exxon investigators he says are 'chilling' climate research.
- SEC Involvement Sharpens #ExxonKnew Focus on What Its Accountants Knew (Inside Climate News)
- AUDIO: Carroll Muffett of CIEL on new revelations about Big Oil/Tobacco Collusion (The BRAD BLOG)
- Inside Climate News Investigative Series: Exxon - The Road Not Taken (Inside Climate News):
Exxon's Own Research Confirmed Fossil Fuels' Role in Global Warming Decades Ago
- India signs on to historic UN Paris Agreement:
- The world's fourth-largest emitter ratifies Paris climate agreement (Climate Progress):
Getting India on board is a huge…
- L.A. City Council votes to get on path to 100% renewable electricity, hires Tesla:
- Los Angeles City Council backs planning for 100 percent renewable energy (Climate Progress):
The Council directed the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to develop a plan for going 100 percent renewable, including looking at where, when, and how the city should allocate resources to achieve that goal.
- Tesla Wins Massive Contract to Help Power the California Grid (Bloomberg)
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
- The Paris climate agreement is entering into force. Now comes the hard part. (Washington Post):
although the E.U. will now join as a whole — which officially could take place later this week at the United Nations — only seven of its member countries have individually ratified the agreement thus far...There is then a 30-day period before the agreement legally enters into force.
- Trudeau Unveils Carbon Price as Canada Acts on Paris Pledge (Bloomberg)
- Trudeau’s LNG Permit Breaks the Sky’s Limit (Oil Change International):
As the Sky’s Limit report clearly shows, when you’re in a hole, stop digging.
- Yes-Donald Trump Is a Threat to the Planet (Dr. Michael Mann, EcoWatch):
History will judge us by what we chose to do at the crucial moment in time. A group of scientists, including myself, have consequently decided that we must speak out about the irreparable harm that would be done by a climate change-denying, anti-science-driven Trump presidency
- Only 1 in 5 people hear people talk about climate change at least once a month: (Climate Progress)
- Exxon faces a first-of-its-kind lawsuit over climate deception (Climate Progress):
The Conservation Law Foundation wants to take Exxon to court over water pollution in Massachusetts.
- Peak salt: is the desalination dream over for the Gulf states? (Guardian UK):
The Middle East is home to 70% of the world’s desalination plants, but the more water they process, the less economically viable they become
- The planet hasn't been this hot for thousands of years (Climate Progress):
Former NASA scientist James Hansen has another dire warning for the world...The last time the Earth was this hot was during the last inter-glacial period, known as the Eemian, when sea level was about 20 to 30 feet higher than it is today.
- A Curious Plan to Fight Climate Change: Buy Mines, Sell Coal. (NY Times:
The plan involves creating pollution credits by planting or preserving trees around the world to offset the carbon emitted from burning coal. For every ton of coal he sells, Mr. Clarke attaches some of the credits.
- Earth Just Permanently Passed Climate Threshold (EcoWatch):
Carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere stayed above 400 parts per million (ppm) during September-a time when CO2 levels typically hit the yearly low-raising fears that the planet has reached a point of no return.
- Timber Company Tells California Town, Go Find Your Own Water (NY Times):
For the past 50 years, the company charged the city $1 a year for use of water from the Beaughan Spring. As of July, it began charging $97,500 annually. A contract signed this year directs the city to look for alternative sources.
- 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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