IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: New report finds pollution kills more people every year than war, disaster or hunger; US Senate to vote on disaster relief for hurricane victims; EPA censoring climate science and government scientists; PLUS: It's the hottest World Series in professional baseball history --- literally... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Puerto Rico considers privatization for island's generation; Whitefish: Small Montana firm lands Puerto Rico’s biggest contract to get the power back on; EPA to repeal emissions standards for large trucks; Video: War on the EPA; EPA shifts on toxic chemicals after installation of chemical industry executive; Ex-FERC commissioners slam DOE Perry's bid to subsidize coal; NH senators question EPA over findings on toxic NH landfill; Congress moves to gut Antiquities Act protecting America's treasures; Oil terminal backers pour money into Washington State race; What you should know about GOP move to drill in ANWR; Flying insects vanish from nature preserves... PLUS: As dams burst, Trump seeks to gut new, key safety rules... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- World Series 2017 Games 1 and 2 set to be hottest on record:
- World Series opener could be the hottest ever as a heat wave heads for SoCal (Southern California Public Radio):
The first two games of the World Series, happening Tuesday and Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, could be the hottest ever as a brutal heat wave approaches Southern California.
- World Series 2017: Triple-digit heat in LA (CNN):
The Los Angeles office of the National Weather Service is forecasting 99 degrees as Kershaw stares down the sign from catcher Austin Barnes shortly after 5 p.m. local time. At least it's an evening game; the afternoon high is expected to be a record 102.
Still, this temperature will shatter the old World Series first-pitch temperature record of 94 set in Phoenix during Game 1 of the 2001 World Series.
- Update on Puerto Rico, still in crisis:
- AUDIO: 'Worse by the Day': Puerto Rico's Struggle ('BradCast' 10/23/2017, The BRAD BLOG)
- Puerto Ricans must be wary of offers to help solve energy crisis (Ramon Cruz, op-ed, The Hill)
- Darkness: life in Puerto Rico without electricity (Vox)
- ‘Like Going Back in Time’: Puerto Ricans Put Survival Skills to Use (NY Times)
- Storm whipped Puerto Rico power restoration plagued by problems (USA Today)
- Senate advances $36.5 billion disaster relief package (AP)
- GOP senators hold up disaster aid over Puerto Rico, Jones Act concerns (Politico):
Cornyn extracted personal assurances last week from the Trump administration that another emergency funding measure will include more money for Texas, which is dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in late August...a spokesman said Monday afternoon that the Texas senator released the hold "following conversations with the administration regarding additional supplemental appropriations to provide storm relief to Texans, Floridians, and Puerto Ricans in need."
- Schumer wants ‘CEO of Response and Recovery’ for Puerto Rico (The Hill):
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday called for a "CEO of Response & Recovery" to handle the devastation in Puerto Rico. "The response on Puerto Rico is unconscionable & demands new action," Schumer tweeted Sunday. "We're calling for a clear point person, a CEO of Response & Recovery...It is clear, FEMA alone cannot get the job done."
- Relief groups hit major hurdles getting aid to Puerto Rico (CNN):
[L]ocal politicians like San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz helped make sure transportation was available at the airport and paperwork didn't hold anything up. "As long as our shipments are directed to municipal leaders like her, we do cut through the red tape," said Torres-Kortright. "The mayor of San Juan goes directly to the airport with her trucks, says 'That's my plane, it's my stuff,' and distributes it." The groups that have mobilized in the wake of Maria know their efforts won't be enough — so they're pushing for policy measures, like forgiveness of the island's enormous debt, and an exemption from the Jones Act, which only permits shipping to the island from other U.S. ports to be carried out by U.S. vessels.
- Pollution kills 9 million people prematurely every year:
- VIDEO: Pollution kills more people than wars and disasters: study (Al Jazeera)
- Study: Pollution kills more people than war, disaster, hunger (Daily Beast):
"What people don't realize is that pollution does damage to economies. People who are sick or dead cannot contribute to the economy. They need to be looked after," said Richard Fuller, head of the global toxic watchdog Pure Earth and one of the 47 scientists who contributed to the 51-page report.
- EPA's Pruitt censoring climate science and government scientists:
- E.P.A. Cancels Talk on Climate Change by Agency Scientists (NY Times)
- EPA yanks scientists' conference presentations, including on climate change (Washington Post):
The Environmental Protection Agency has instructed two of its scientists and one contractor not to speak as planned at a scientific conference Monday in Providence, R.I., sparking criticism from some academics and congressional Democrats.
- Furor erupts over EPA decision to pull climate scientists from panel discussion (USA Today)
- E.P.A. Scrubs a Climate Website of 'Climate Change' (NY Times):
Among the now-missing pages are those detailing the risks of climate change and the different approaches states are taking to curb emissions. Also edited out were examples of statewide plans to adapt to weather extremes.
- Pruitt Hints He Will Keep Scientists With EPA Grants From Advising Agency (Washington Post)
- 17 cities step up to host EPA's deleted federal climate science data:
- Chicago Mayor Emanuel Announces 17 Cities Now Host EPA Climate Change Information (City of Chicago)
- Rahm Emanuel recoups climate change info deleted from EPA website (Chicago Sun-Times)
'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
- Puerto Rico considers privatization for island's generation (Utility Dive)
- Whitefish: Small Montana firm lands Puerto Rico’s biggest contract to get the power back on (Washington Post)
- EPA Plans To Repeal Emission Standards For Truck Components (Washington Post)
- As dams burst, Trump seeks to gut key safety regime (E&E News)
- VIDEO: War on the EPA (PBS Frontline)
- Why Has the E.P.A. Shifted on Toxic Chemicals? An Industry Insider Helps Call the Shots (NY Times)
- Bipartisan Group Of Ex-FERC Commissioners Slam Perry Bid To Help Coal (Washington Post)
- New Hampshire Senators Hassan, Shaheen Question EPA Over Findings on Toxic Landfill (AP)
- Everything You Need To Know About The Coming Trump Arctic Drilling Bid (The Hill)
- Is Congress About To Wreck America's Natural Treasures? (Guardian UK)
- Backers of Oil Terminal Pour Money Into Washington Port Race (Sacramento Bee)
- 'This Is Very Alarming!’: Flying Insects Vanish From Nature Preserves (Washington Post)
- Forest Fires Stoke Record Loss In World Tree Cover: Monitor (Reuters)
- 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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