IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Deadly, historic firestorms in California's Wine Country continue to rage out of control; Risk of water-borne diseases rise in battered Puerto Rico; PLUS: Trump's EPA greases the way for massive, controversial Pebble Mine in the world's most valuable salmon fishery... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): The people of Puerto Rico have become political opponents for Trump; 10 Hurricanes in 10 Weeks: With Ophelia, a 124-year-old record is matched; Key changes needed to prevent fiery rail crashes; Most US oil executives see prices below $60 per barrel through 2018; EPA reveals sharply lower cost of climate change to justify repealing Clean Power Plan; Homebuyers not warned reservoirs would flood their homes; Trump nominates privatization advocate AccuWeather CEO to head NOAA; Texas EPA allows coal plants to pollute even more; Coal ash dam failures would impact hundreds, maps show... PLUS: Study shows North Atlantic wind farms could power the whole world.... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Deadly wildfires sweep across Northern California's Wine Country:
- Live updates: ‘Ash and bones.’ Death toll at 24 in California fires as body recovery begins (Sacramento Bee)
- California fires: 23 killed, hundreds missing as flames spread (CNN)
- Minutes to Escape: How One California Wildfire Damaged So Much So Quickly (NY Times)
- California Wildfires Burn ‘Faster Than Firefighters Can Run’ (NY Times)
- VIDEO: California Gov. Jerry Brown warns that catastrophic wildfires will keep ripping through the state as the climate warms. (AP):
The series of fires is already among the worst in California history, and high winds expected to arrive overnight could light them up even more. State fire Chief Ken Pimlott says it’s “going to continue to get worse before it gets better.”
- PG&E power lines linked to Wine Country fires (San Jose Mercury News)
- PG&E power lines explored as possible cause of Wine Country fires (SF Gate)
- California’s Wildfires: Why Have They Been So Destructive? (NY Times)
- Drought and Heat, Worsened by Humans, Help Fuel California Fires (NBC)
- As Deadly Wildfires Rage in California, a Look at How Global Warming Fuels Decades of Forest Fires (Democracy Now!)
- Update on Puerto Rico, still in crisis:
- Puerto Rico's hurricane death toll rises to 45 (CNN)
- Everything that's been reported about deaths in Puerto Rico is at odds with the official count (Vox)
- FEMA Gives $70M to Puerto Rico for Water Restoration Amid Safety Concerns (NBC News)
- Puerto Rico’s Health Care Is in Dire Condition, Three Weeks After Maria (NY Times)
- Puerto Rico investigates post-hurricane disease outbreak (ABC News)
- Debunking Donald Trump's Puerto Rico tweet, in 2 depressing charts (CNN)
- After Prompt From TV Personality, Trump Threatens to Abandon Puerto Rico (Slate)
- Jones Act: A Law Critics Say Stifles Aid To Puerto Rico Is Back In Place (Newsy)
- Parts Of Puerto Rico Struggling To Find Clean Water (CBS)
- Progress Destroyed: Rural Puerto Rico Faces Continual Trauma Of Flooding Rain (NPR)
- FEMA dodges questions about Puerto Rico’s reported food shortages (Climate Progress)
- EPA Pruitt greases way for massive Pebble Mine to move forward:
- AUDIO: Making Things Worse: Threatening North Korea, Reopening 'Pebble Mine' Battle, Preventing Gun Safety Laws ('BradCast' 10/11/2017)
- Pebble is back. We’ll defeat it again (Shannyn Moore, Alaska Dispatch News):
Someone tell Scott Pruitt in his D.C. bunker that Alaskans won't stand for an open pit mine in the headwaters of the largest sockeye salmon fishery on earth.
- VIDEO: This is the most valuable wild salmon fishery in the world. Under the Trump administration, it could become a mine. (CNN)
- VIDEO: Alaska Gold - the controversial Pebble Mine (Frontline)
- Myths and Facts About Pebble Mine And The EPA's Actions To Protect Bristol Bay (Media Matters)
- EPA head met with a mining CEO --- and then pushed forward a controversial mining project (CNN)
- Washington fishermen are on front lines in fight against proposed Alaska mine (Seattle Times)
- As Trump administration removes federal roadblocks, Pebble Mine fight shifts to state (Alaska Public Radio)
- COMMENT: EPA proposes to withdraw Clean Water Act restrictions for Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed (EPA.gov)
- How to Comment on EPA's Proposal (EPA.gov):
Please submit your comments to EPA using one of the methods below. Comments are due October 17, 2017.
'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 people of Puerto Rico have become political opponents for Trump (Washington Post)
- 10 Hurricanes in 10 Weeks: With Ophelia, a 124-Year-Old Record is Matched (NY times)
- Study shows North Atlantic wind farms could power the whole world (New Atlas)
- Report: Key changes needed to prevent fiery rail crashes (AP)
- Most US oil executives see prices below $60 per barrel through 2018 CNBC)
- EPA Document Reveals Sharply Lower Estimate Of Cost Of Climate Change (Washington Poset)
- Homebuyers Not Told Houston's Reservoirs Would Flood Their Properties (Texas Tribune)
- Trump Nominates Accuweather CEO To Lead Key Climate Agency (Politico)
- In New Rule, Trump EPA Allows Texas Coal Plants to Pollute Even More (Texas Observer)
- Coal Ash Dam Failures Would Impact Hundreds, Maps Show (WRAL)
- Judge Deals Blow to Tribes in Dakota Access Pipeline Ruling (Inside Climate News)
- Miles of Algae Covering Lake Erie (NY Times)
- Bloomberg's Charity Donates $64 Million To 'War On Coal' (Reuters)
- House Panel Approves Bill To Overhaul Presidential Monuments Power - the Antiquities Act (The Hill)
- GAO To Probe Whether Trump Is Protecting Agencies’ Scientific Integrity (Washington Post)
- 52 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump (NY Times)
- The Uninhabitable Earth: When will climate change make earth too hot for humans? (New York Magazine):
Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak - sooner than you think.
- 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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