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By Desi Doyen on 10/6/2016, 11:45am PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Hurricane Matthew churns towards U.S.; Climate change shut out - again! - at the Vice Presidential debate; Canada to establish a national carbon tax; New study warns the world is rapidly using up its 'carbon budget'; PLUS: Global Paris Agreement surges over the finish line before the U.S. Presidential election... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): No country on Earth is taking the 2 degree climate target seriously; How the Earth will pay us back for our carbon emissions with … more carbon emissions; Hurricane Matthew is super strong — because of climate change; Activists Warn That Toxic PCBs Contaminate Thousands Of U.S. Schools; Dakota Access: Judges Appear Skeptical Of Freezing Pipeline; Invasive Insects Cause Tens Of Billions In Damage: Study... PLUS: China's $450 billion farm plan could determine our fate... and much, MUCH more! ...

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

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

  • No country on Earth is taking the 2 degree climate target seriously (Vox):
    If we mean what we say, no more new fossil fuels, anywhere.
  • How the Earth will pay us back for our carbon emissions with … more carbon emissions (Washington Post):
    The really scary thing is that at some point, the Earth will take over and start adding even more emissions on its own. A new study underscores this risk by looking closely at Indonesia, which has a unique quality — some 70 billion of tons of carbon that have built up in peatlands over millennia. In this, Indonesia is much like the Arctic, where even larger quantities of ancient carbon are stored in permafrost, and are also vulnerable.
  • Hurricane Matthew is super strong — because of climate change (Climate Progress):
    “Category 4 and 5 hurricanes could double or triple in the coming decades,” expert warns...Scientists are confident that as we continue to heat up the oceans, we’re going to see more of these high-end perfect storms.”
  • Activists Warn That Toxic PCBs Contaminate Thousands Of U.S. Schools (Washington Post):
    Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, are industrial chemicals so toxic that Congress banned them 40 years ago. Research has shown that they can cause a range of health concerns, including cancer and neurological problems such as decreased IQ. And yet, because they were commonly used in building materials for decades, they continue to contaminate classrooms in between 13,000 and 26,000 schools nationwide, according to Harvard researchers.
  • China's $450 billion farm plan could determine our fate (Grist):
    China's choices, not to put too fine a point on it, will determine the fate of the world. If China were to follow the same path as the United States and Europe, by using inefficient fossil fuels to lift its 1.3 billion people to a comfortable standard of living, it could be pumping 30 gigatons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by 2030 - that's three times as much as the whole world emits now. As the country feeding the largest population in the world, China's policies on fertilizer use, genetically modified seed research, and agricultural regulations will matter to us all. So where will all that money go?
  • Dakota Access: Judges Appear Skeptical Of Freezing Pipeline (E&E News):
    In the latest legal showdown over the Dakota Access pipeline, federal judges seemed skeptical today of American Indian tribes' arguments for extending a work freeze on a contentious stretch of land in North Dakota.
  • Invasive Insects Cause Tens Of Billions In Damage: Study (Bangkok POst):
    Invasive insects cause at least $77 billion (69 billion euros) in damage every year, according to a study released Tuesday that says this figure is 'grossly underestimated' because it covers only a fraction of the globe.
  • To avoid the worst climate impacts, Obama tells Leo DiCaprio, ‘We’re really in a race against time’ (Washington Post):
    Capping a day-long futurist fair and alternative music fest on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday, President Obama told actor Leonardo DiCaprio and atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe “we’re really in a race against time” to curb the worst affects of climate change.
  • 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.


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: