IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: 'GNR' Special Coverage: President Trump announces he will withdraw the U.S. from the landmark United Nations Paris Agreement, sending shockwaves around the world... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Larsen C ice shelf on verge of breaking off; Wind power rising but falling under political cloud; Commercial plant starts removing CO2 from the air; California Senate sends package of climate bills to offset Trump; Trump would face legal battle to withdraw from 1992 treaty; Extreme warmth has dominated U.S. weather records since 2010; EPA reportedly helped Paris agreement opponents place op-eds in newspapers; Financial firms lead shareholder rebellion against ExxonMobil climate change policies... PLUS: Judge blocks Montana mine, in victory for grassroots groups... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Trump announces withdrawal from Paris Agreement:
- Transcript: President Trump’s remarks on leaving the Paris climate deal, annotated (Washington Post)
- Trump Has No Idea What He Just Did or the Backlash That Awaits (Mother Jones):
If he's capable of regret, he'll regret leaving the Paris deal.
- Trump Will Withdraw U.S. From Paris Climate Agreement (NY Times)
- Live updates: Paris climate agreement: world reacts as Trump pulls out of global accord (Guardian UK)
- Trump’s reported exit from Paris climate deal signals end of the American Century (Climate Progress):
America’s time as leader of the free world is over. Now we’re the villain, thwarting the global effort to save humanity.
- What's at stake in Trump's looming decision on the Paris climate agreement (Vox):
Trump will decide this climate treaty’s fate Thursday.
- Here's what happens if Trump leaves the Paris climate agreement (CNBC)
- Trump is about to do something terrible and destructive. The GOP must own the consequences. (Washington Post)
- France, Germany, Italy say Paris climate accord can’t be renegotiated (AP)
- E.U., China to make major climate announcement (E&E News)
- The world doesn't need the US to lead climate change action – China will do it instead (Telegraph UK)
- Inhofe: Pulling out of Paris climate talks protects U.S. but maintains 'place at the table' (Tulsa World)
- Republican senators' new legal arguments for withdrawal from Paris Agreement wrong (Climate Law Blog)
- Q. & A.: The Paris Climate Accord (NY Times)
- Donald Trump vs. the world: Virtually no one agrees with the president on Paris (Climate Progress)
- How Bannon and Pruitt boxed in Trump on climate pact (Politico):
One former U.S. official agreed: “Will global leaders trust the U.S. to negotiate a climate treaty ever again? After Kyoto and Paris, who will trust us to keep our word as a nation? Our credibility is gone."
- After Trump quit the Paris climate agreement, Elon Musk is quitting Trump’s advisory groups (Vox)
- CA Gov. Jerry Brown statement on White House Paris Climate Agreement announcement (Office of Governor Jerry Brown)
- Fact Check: Chamber Inflates Costs, Ignores Benefits of Climate Action in Paris Agreement (NRDC)
- Trump's Paris Agreement exit will increase warming of the planet::
- Scientists explain what will happen if Donald Trump pulls out of Paris climate change agreement (AP):
The Earth will get dangerously warm even sooner if the U.S pulls out of pledge to cut carbon dioxide pollution.
- Fact-checking Trump's dubious claims:
- Fact-checking President Trump’s claims on the Paris climate change deal (Washington Post):
A roundup of various statements made by the president during his Rose Garden address...
- Trump Keeps Citing A Paris Agreement Study That Seriously Misses The Point (Huffington Post):
He also cites it wrong because that’s our president.
- Update: Barack Obama on U.S. exit from Paris Climate Agreement: It's on us now (Mashable):
"I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack," Obama said in a written statement. "But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations to reject the future; I'm confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we've got."
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
For a comprehensive roundup of daily environmental news you can trust, see the Society of Environmental Journalists' Daily Headlines page
- The Larsen C Iceberg Is on the Brink of Breaking Off (Climate Central):
The saga of the Larsen C crack is about reach its stunning conclusion. Scientists have watched a rift grow along one of Antarctica’s ice shelves for years. Now it’s in the final days of cutting off a piece of ice that will be one of the largest icebergs ever recorded.
- Even as Wind Power Rises, It Falls Under a Political Cloud (NY Times):
As utility operations increasingly avail themselves of wind, the administration looks at whether conventional sources have been placed at a disadvantage.
- Judge Blocks Montana Mine Over Environmental Concerns (Reuters):
A federal judge in Montana has blocked the development of a contested mine next to a wilderness area in the northwestern part of the state, handing a victory to environmental activists who had argued the project could endanger grizzly bears and bull trout.
- Three Mile Island, Site Of 1979 Nuclear Accident, To Close In 2019 (Reuters):
Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island power plant will close in 2019, forty years after it was the site of the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history, as low natural gas prices make the costs of atomic energy uncompetitive, its owner said on Tuesday.
- Climate: Commercial Plant Starts Capturing CO2 From Open Air (E&E News):
The world's first commercial plant for capturing carbon dioxide directly from the air opens today, refueling a debate about whether the technology can truly play a significant role in removing greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere.
- California: Senate Passes Package To Offset Trump On Environment (E&E News):
California's Senate yesterday stepped up promised efforts to push back against the Trump administration, passing a package of bills to protect federal standards in the Golden State, even if rules are repealed or softened nationally.
- Trump would face legal battle for dumping treaty — CRS (E&E News):
A complicated legal battle awaits the Trump administration if it tries to withdraw from the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, said the Congressional Research Service in a new report.
- Extreme warmth has dominated U.S. weather records since 2010. This is climate change. (Washington Post):
Record-warm weather has occurred five times as frequently as record cold in U.S. cities since 2010, according to a new analysis. The imbalance represents a striking example of climate change affecting the nation’s extreme weather in a clear and tangible way.
- EPA reportedly helped Paris agreement opponents place op-eds in newspapers (Media Matters):
The news site also reported that the Scott Pruitt-led Environmental Protection Agency has been “quietly working” with opponents of the agreement to help them place op-eds in newspapers. Media Matters identified a number of anti-Paris agreement op-eds that have been published in papers around the U.S. in recent weeks, spreading misinformation about the expected economic impacts of the agreement, the commitment of developing countries to cutting emissions, and climate science in general.
- Financial firms lead shareholder rebellion against ExxonMobil climate change policies (Washington Post):
ExxonMobil management was defeated Wednesday by a shareholder rebellion over climate change, as investors with 62.3 percent of shares voted to instruct the oil giant to report on the impact of global measures designed to keep climate change to 2 degrees centigrade.
- EPA halts Obama-era methane emissions rule for oil and gas industry (Climate Progress):
Delay will increase health risks for residents who live near industry facilities, groups say.
- Presidents can't undo national monuments, new study says (Salt Lake Tribune):
As Utah political leaders continue predicting President Donald Trump will shrink or even erase the new Bears Ears National Monument, a soon-to-be published legal analysis concludes that presidents have no authority to mess with monuments established by a predecessor.
- Industry Meltdown: Is the Era of Nuclear Power Coming to an End? (Yale e360):
From Europe to Japan to the U.S., nuclear power is in retreat, as plants are being shuttered, governments move toward renewables, and key companies face financial troubles. Even some of the industry's biggest boosters believe nuclear is on the way out.
- A beginner's guide to the debate over 100% renewable energy (Vox):
Clean-energy enthusiasts frequently claim that we can go bigger, that it's possible for the whole world to run on renewables - we merely lack the "political will." So, is it true? Do we know how get to an all-renewables system? Not yet. Not really.
- 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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