IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Interior Sec. Zinke recommends redrawing Bears Ears National Monument --- even as 99% of Americans want their national monuments unchanged; Climate change has made heat waves more deadly in India; U.S. coastal cities to see more 100-year floods more frequently; PLUS: French President puts his money where his mouth is, enticing U.S. scientists to come work in France... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): U.S. left as a footnote to G7 climate talks; Who are the Republican lawmakers whose bills attack public lands?; There's a new way U.S. is committing to Paris Climate Agreement; West Coast waters rapidly acidifying, threatening fishing industry; Pros and cons of fracking; Human activities taking a toll on the deep ocean; Interior Secretary floats privatizing campgrounds; 'No pattern of deception' in Gold King Mine Spill; On nuclear waste, Finland shows U.S. how it can be done; EPA delays chemical safety rule until 2019... PLUS: The dying Salton Sea... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- VIDEO: John Oliver breaks down everything wrong with Trump's decision to leave Paris agreement (Salon):
The only real penalty for not complying with the agreed upon terms is shame, which Oliver said the president is "completely immune to the very concept of that."
- Americans overwhelmingly want their national monuments untouched:
- Unprecedented outpouring of support for Bears Ears shown during official comment period (The Wilderness Society):
More than 685,000 support Bears Ears National Monument during the short comment period.
- Here are some of the best public comments on Trump’s national monument executive order. (Grist)
- Trump doesn’t really give a crap what you think about national monuments (Grist)
- The Interior Department has received thousands of comments on its national monument review. Here’s what a few of them said. (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)
- Zinke recommends shrinking Bears Ears National Monument:
- Despite tribal opposition, Trump’s Interior Secretary wants to shrink Bears Ears National Monument (Climate Progress):
Utah residents support the monument by a 9 to 1 margin...Tribes and conservation groups argue that this is a potentially illegal act and that Trump does not have the authority to eliminate sections of a national monument.
- Tribes lash out at Trump administration for lapses in consultation (IndianZ)
- Trump urged to cut Bears Ears monument to 'smallest area' possible (Guardian UK):
Interior secretary Ryan Zinke urges president to shrink 1.3m-acre national monument as administration continues push against federal public lands?,d/vi>
- RESPONSE to Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to shrink Bears Ears (Center for Western Priorities)
- Bears Ears Cultural Area: The Most Vulnerable U.S. Site for Looting, Vandalism, and Grave Robbing (Center for American Progress)
- Utah claims Bears Ears monument will kill uranium industry (Salt Lake Tribune)
- Make your voice heard: Speak up for your national monuments at Regulations.gov
- Review of Certain National Monuments Established Since 1996; Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment (U.S. Government)
- President Trump has declared war on Utah’s national monuments. Now is the time to act. (Southwest Utah Wilderness Alliance) [emphasis added]:
President Trump’s April 26th Executive Order requires a “review” of national monuments dating back to 1996. This bureaucratic speak hides the administration’s real intention: dismantling the protections put in place for our nation’s most treasured public lands.
- Record heat wave across Middle East, Asia, and Europe:
- Historic Heat Wave Sweeps Asia, the Middle East and Europe (Weather Underground):
The last week of May 2017 and first week of June brought one the most extraordinary heatwaves in world history to Asia, the Middle East and Europe. The mercury shot up to an astonishing 53.5°C (128.3°F) at Turbat, Pakistan on May 28, making it Earth's hottest temperature ever recorded in the month of May-and one of Earth's top-five hottest reliably-measured temperatures on record, for any month.
- Heat waves will get more deadly in India:
- India Faces Fatal Rise in Heat Waves (E&E News):
Already, a relatively minor temperature increase has had disastrous health consequences in the country
- India’s Punishing Heat Waves More Deadly With Warming (Climate Central)
- U.S. cities should brace for more frequent 100-year floods:
- Rare US floods to become the norm if emissions aren't cut, study warns (Guardian UK):
Princeton-Rutgers study finds sharp increase in risk of frequent deluges; ‘Many cities are behind the eight-ball in terms of preparing for flooding’
- US Coastal Cities Will Flood More Often and More Severely, Study Warns (Inside Climate News):
Cities lining the U.S. coasts should brace for a lot more flooding - from 'nuisance' floods that shut down streets during high tides to deluges that take lives and wipe out infrastructure.
- French President puts his research money where his mouth is:
- French President Macron said US climate researchers should come to France. He wasn’t joking. Macron wants to poach top science talent from America. (Vox)
- Macron on Twitter: Delivering on our promise. http://www.makeourplanetgreatagain.fr (Twitter)
- Curiosity and irritation meet Macron’s effort to lure foreign scientists to France (Science Magazine):
The French government followed up on 8 June by unveiling a website aimed at attracting foreign scientists with 4-year grants worth up to 1.5 million Euros each. some French researchers are disappointed that the new Macron government offered grants to foreign researchers before answering their own recent call to shore up funding for struggling research institutes.
- Today's song: I Love Paris, by Avalon Jazz Band (Avalon Jazz Band, YouTube)
'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
- U.S. Left As 'Footnote' In G7 Climate Talks (Reuters):
Rifts between the United States and its leading industrial allies over climate change deepened on Monday when Washington refused to subscribe fully to a Group of Seven statement on the environment.
- Eight Republican lawmakers whose bills attack public lands (High Country News):
Who are the Westerners behind bills meant to weaken federal protections of land?
- There’s a New Way the U.S. Is Committing to Paris (Climate Central):
It’s been a week since President Trump announced he was pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement. In that time, a remarkable transformation has taken place. As the federal government abdicates its responsibility to address climate change, a groundswell of support has sprung up at the state, city and corporate levels. Those sub-national actors are making the case on the international stage that the U.S. will meet its Paris Agreement commitment.
- West Coast Waters on Acid Trip; Fishing Industry in Peril (Climate Central):
A new study of a 600-mile span of coastline found some of the lowest pH levels ever measured on the ocean surface, showing that significant acidification can be found in waters right along the shore. “Ocean acidification has made landfall” across the entire area, co-author Francis Chan, an Oregon State University marine ecologist, said
- Pros and Cons of Fracking: 5 Key Issues (Climate Crocks):
Have you been asked if you support or oppose fracking? A brief guide to sorting out the plusses and minuses of key fracking issues.
- Human Activities Are Taking Their Toll in the Deep Ocean (Climate Central):
There is no industry standard for sweeping up nodules so far below the surface — about 4,000 to 6,000 meters (13,000 to 20,000 feet) — though companies have proposed ideas as varied as deepwater vacuum cleaners and massive trawlers dragging across the seafloor.
- Interior Secretary's Idea To Privatize Campsites Has Enviros Worried Prices Could Skyrocket (Santa Fe New Mexican):
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says government shouldn’t be in the business of running campgrounds, so he wants to turn national park campsites over to private businesses.
- EPA Delays Chemical Safety Rule Until 2019 (The Hill):
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will delay implementation of an Obama-era chemical safety rule for nearly two years while it reassesses the necessity of the regulation.
- Water Pollution: No EPA 'Pattern Of Deception' In Mine Spill — IG (E&E News):
U.S. EPA's inspector general found no evidence of the 'pattern of deception' that Republican lawmakers saw in the agency's response to the Gold King mine spill.
- On Nuclear Waste, Finland Shows U.S. How It Can Be Done (NY Times):
Beneath a forested patch of land on the Gulf of Bothnia, at the bottom of a steep tunnel that winds for three miles through granite bedrock, Finland is getting ready to entomb its nuclear waste.
- The Dying Salton Sea (Desert Sun):
California’s largest lake is drying up. The Salton Sea has been shrinking for years, and fish and birds have been dying. The dry lakebed already spews toxic dust into the air, threatening a region with hundreds of thousands of people. And the crisis is about to get much worse.
- Federal Judge Denies Trump Admin Appeal In Youth Climate Lawsuit (Climate Progress):
A federal judge has denied the Trump administration's appeal in a climate change lawsuit, paving the way for the unprecedented suit to go to trial.
- EPA chief exaggerates growth of coal jobs by tens of thousands (Climate Progress):
Coal mining jobs increased by only a few hundred during first three months of 2017.
- 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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- NASA Video: If we don't act, here's what to expect in the next 100 years: