IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Green News Report Special Coverage: President Obama speaks to the election of Donald Trump to the office of President, and what it means for the environment, his legacy, and the world... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Corps Says Pipeline Construction Can't Continue Without Tribe Input; Global Climate Change Action 'Unstoppable' Despite Trump: U.N.'s Ban; Sweltering 2016 To Set Heat Record, Stoked By Man-Made Warming: WMO; In Trump's World, Environmental Movement Wrestles With Its Future; Good News For Planet: Carbon Emissions Were Flat For 3rd Straight Year; Mirroring A Drop In Emissions, Mercury In Tuna Also Declines... PLUS: Judge: Youth Climate Change Lawsuit Against Feds Can Proceed... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- President Obama's extended remarks on his environmental legacy in the Age of Trump:
- VIDEO: President Obama Holds a Press Conference Ahead of His Trip Overseas (White House.gov)
- Obama Warns Against Quitting Paris Pact, Weakening Environmental Rules (Washington Post):
Faced with the prospect of his successor unraveling a slew of environmental regulations and withdrawing the country from a historic climate pact, President Obama on Monday made the case that his push to move the United States toward cleaner energy sources had helped boost the economy.
- Trump's election marks the end of any serious hope of limiting climate change to 2 degrees (David Roberts, Vox):
Widespread suffering and misery from climate change are now effectively inevitable.
- The Global Dangers of Trump's Climate Denial (National Geographic)
- Can Donald Trump Dismantle the EPA? It’s Been Tried Before. Undark):
In Trump’s potential cabinet picks, echoes of a Reagan-era wave of environmental deregulation.
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
- Corps Says Pipeline Construction Can't Continue Without Tribe Input (NBC News):
The Army Corps of Engineers dealt a blow to the progress of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline on Monday, saying in a letter that more analysis and discussion with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe is needed before construction can take place under the Missouri River.
- Global Climate Change Action 'Unstoppable' Despite Trump: U.N.'s Ban (Reuters):
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday action on climate change has become 'unstoppable', and he expressed hopes that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump would drop plans to quit a global accord aimed at weaning the world off fossil fuels.
- Sweltering 2016 To Set Heat Record, Stoked By Man-Made Warming: WMO (Reuters):
The world is set to notch up a new heat record in 2016 after a sizzling 2015 as global warming stokes more floods and rising sea levels, the U.N. weather agency said on Monday at climate change talks overshadowed by Donald Trump's election win.
- In Trump's World, Environmental Movement Wrestles With Its Future (Inside Climate News):
Environmental groups, fresh off rejuvenating victories on the climate front, now face a political world aligned against them.
- Good News For Planet: Carbon Emissions Were Flat For 3rd Straight Year (Washington Post):
A world greatly concerned about how the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president could stall global climate policy received a major dose of welcome news Sunday, when scientists published a projection suggesting that for the third straight year, global carbon dioxide emissions did not increase much in 2016.
- Mirroring A Drop In Emissions, Mercury In Tuna Also Declines (Science Daily):
For years, public health experts have warned against eating certain kinds of fish, including tuna, that tend to accumulate mercury. Still, tuna consumption provides more mercury to U.S. consumers than any other source. But recently, as industry cuts down on its mercury emissions, research has found mercury concentrations in some fish are dropping.
- D.C. Circuit May Be Bulwark Against Enviro Rule Changes (E&E News):
A panel of judges in Washington, D.C., that leans liberal could give environmental advocates one bright spot in the next four years under a Trump administration that has pledged to undo a host of Obama administration regulations.
- Giant Shield Begins Sliding Over Chernobyl Reactor (CS Monitor):
A huge shelter has begun making its way to Chernobyl nuclear reactor No. 4.
- Lead Tainting Lake Geneva's Soil Kept Hidden For 30 Years (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle):
GENEVA, N.Y. - Thirty years ago, New York state officials first uncovered evidence that toxic metals from an old foundry in this historic Finger Lakes city had contaminated an adjoining neighborhood.
- Judge: Youth Climate Change Lawsuit Against Feds Can Proceed (AP):
A lawsuit filed by young climate activists who contend the U.S. government is failing to protect them from the harmful effects of greenhouse gas emissions can move forward, a federal judge in Oregon ruled Thursday.
- Donald Trump and the Evil of Banality (The New Republic):
The scariest thing about his coming presidency is how unqualified he is to handle the most mundane aspects of the job.
- 12,000 U.S. Schools Are Within A Mile Of A Hazardous Chemical Facility (Ensia):
On April 17, 2013, an explosion and fire at the West Fertilizer Company plant in West, Texas, killed 15 people and injured hundreds. It also destroyed more than 150 buildings around the plant. Among these were the West Intermediate School for 4th and 5th graders, located about 550 feet (170 meters) away from the fertilizer plant, and West High School, about 1,150 feet (350 meters) away.
- Federal Judge: Deliver Bottled Water To Flint Residents (Detroit News):
A federal judge ruled Thursday the state of Michigan and Flint have to provide home-delivered bottled water to residents if they can’t prove faucet filters are working to remove harmful lead from the drinking water.
- 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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