IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Climate change shows up at the 2nd Presidential Debate --- but not for long; PLUS: Global warming-fueled Hurricane Matthew leaves death and destruction in its wake... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): VIDEO: Environmental Disaster Feared From NC Floods; Coke and Pepsi Give Millions to Public Health, Then Lobby Against It; World needs $90tn infrastructure overhaul to avoid climate disaster, study finds; World moves to offset airplane emissions in landmark deal; Climate Change Blamed for Half of Increased Forest Fire Danger; Federal Court Denies Tribe's Request to Halt Dakota Access Pipeline; SF Bay Ecosystem Collapsing As Rivers Diverted, Scientists Report... PLUS: Convicted coal baron: ‘I am an American political prisoner’... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Deadly Hurricane Matthew leaves path of destruction in its wake:
- Hurricane Matthew Kills at Least 26 in U.S.; Dangerous Flooding Situation Unfolding in North Carolina (Weather Channel)
- Being 'prepared for surprises' - climate change increases hurricane impact in unexpected ways (Duetsche Welle)
- Frequently Asked Questions about Hurricane Matthew and Climate Change (Union of Concerned Scientists)
- Hurricane Matthew’s Toll Rises; Flooding Continues (NY Times)
- Hurricane Matthew: '1.4 million need help in Haiti' (Al Jazeera)
- VIDEO: Amid Media Blackout over Climate Change Links to Hurricane Matthew, Top Scientist Speaks Out (Democracy Now!)
- Following Hurricane Matthew (CNN)
- Hurricane Matthew looks a lot like the future of climate change (CNN)
- Climate and Energy - sort of - at the 2nd Presidential Debate:
- VIDEO: 2nd Presidential Debate, Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO (C-SPAN)
- Transcript: Everything that was said at the second Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton debate, highlighted (Washington Post)
- We Fact-Checked What Trump & Clinton Said About Energy At The Debate (Grist):
Donald Trump told a few lies about energy during the debate Sunday night, while Hillary Clinton reiterated her warm feelings for natural gas.
- Climate Change Treated as Afterthought in Second Presidential Debate (Inside Climate News) [emphasis added]:
Climate change was treated as an afterthought, despite a campaign by environmental activists urging moderators to press the candidates on the issue—especially on a weekend that saw the southeast U.S. coast battered, and Haiti devastated, by the extreme weather conditions from Hurricane Matthew.
- Mississippi Power Adds Month, $62 Million at Kemper Plant (Jackson Free Press) [emphasis added]:
Because every month's delay prompts more construction and interest costs, the total price of the plant is now nearly $6.9 billion...The plant and associated coal mine were originally supposed to cost $2.9 billion at most, and earliest estimates were lower. Stockholders have absorbed $2.6 billion in losses.
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
- VIDEO: Environmental Disaster Feared From NC Floods (MSNBC)
- What's at Stake for the Climate in the 2016 Election? Everything (Inside Climate News) [emphasis added]:
The election shapes up as the most significant possible choice when it comes to climate policy. Clinton, though not committed to a swift transition away from fossil fuels, vows to build on the climate policies of the Obama administration and live up to U.S. commitments to the Paris accord. Trump, in contrast, pledges to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency and "cancel" the Paris agreement. More fundamentally, the election is a choice between one candidate who accepts the global scientific and political consensus on the causes and cures for climate change, and one who rejects both.
- Coke and Pepsi Give Millions to Public Health, Then Lobby Against It (NY Times):
The beverage giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have given millions of dollars to nearly 100 prominent health groups in recent years, while simultaneously spending millions to defeat public health legislation that would reduce Americans’ soda intake, according to public health researchers.
- World needs $90tn infrastructure overhaul to avoid climate disaster, study finds (Guardian):
Report by Global Commission on the Economy and Climate says world needs ‘urgent’ shift away from carbon-heavy infrastructure over the next 15 years
- World moves to offset airplane emissions in landmark deal (Climate Progress):
The industry will offset its pollution through carbon credits or funding green projects.
- Convicted coal baron: ‘I am an American political prisoner’ (Climate Progress):
Former Massey CEO Don Blankenship releases a 67-page booklet from federal prison.
- Climate Change Blamed for Half of Increased Forest Fire Danger (NY Times):
Forest fires are burning longer and stronger across the western United States, lighting up the landscape with alarming frequency. Residents are forced to flee, homes are incinerated, wildlife habitats are destroyed, lives are lost. Last year, the Forest Service spent more than half its annual budget fighting fires.
- Federal Court Denies Tribe's Request to Halt Dakota Access Pipeline (NBC News):
A federal court on Sunday rejected the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's request to halt construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, which the tribe says would destroy some of its sacred sites.
- SF Bay Ecosystem Collapsing As Rivers Diverted, Scientists Report (SF Gate):
Evidence of what scientists are calling the planet’s Sixth Mass Extinction is appearing in San Francisco Bay and its estuary, the largest on the Pacific Coast of North and South America, according to a major new study.
- 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.
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