IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Hurricanes are moving slower thanks to global warming; EPA's weakening of clean air rules could kill 80,000 Americans over the next decade; China's retaliatory tariffs hit US energy companies and Alaska's seafood industry; McDonald's to phase out plastic straws --- in the U.K.; PLUS: Climate change is already eroding home values across the country... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Dr. James Hansen: Global warming cooks up “a different world” since 1988 Congressional testimony; Guyana faces 'resource curse' after discovery it owns enough oil to "solve all its problems"; EPA Pruitt's data restrictions may block use of major Harvard public health study; How Georgia became a Top 10 solar state in spite of state lawmakers; Enbridge offers new Line 3 concessions to MN regulators; Records show Trump Tower Chicago fails to protect downstream fish, fisherman; UN aims to eradicate inefficient incandescent light bulbs; EPA gives coal industry a victory in oklahoma... PLUS: How the billionaire Koch Brothers are killing public transit projects across the country... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Trump's tit-for-tat trade war tariffs could harm U.S. energy and seafood:
- China tariffs could halt surging US crude oil exports to a huge growth market (CNBC):
China announced plans to slap a 25-percent tariff on U.S. crude oil in retaliation for American duties on Chinese goods...The loss of the Chinese market would likely drive down prices for American oil producers and put pressure on the balance sheets of U.S. drillers.
- FACTBOX: China threatens 25% tariff on US energy, agricultural products (Platt's)
- China surprises with threat on U.S. energy exports (Reuters)
- Trump's trade war deals heavy blow to Alaska's fishing industry (Dermot Cole)
- EPA's weakening of pollution standards could kill 80,000 Americans every decade:
- A Breath of Bad Air: Cost of the Trump Environmental Agenda May Lead to 80?000 Extra Deaths per Decade (Journal of the American Medical Association)
- Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Put Thousands of Lives at Risk, Harvard Analysis Finds (Inside Climate News):
The authors used EPA’s own risk assessments to estimate the number of illnesses and early deaths prevented by clean air and water rules Trump is now trying to erase.
- Researchers Argue Proposed EPA Changes Could Cause 80,000 More Deaths a Decade (Bloomberg):
Harvard social scientists have published controversial back-of-the-envelope estimates of the possible toll from air and other pollutants.
- AUDIO: David Roberts --- Trump Admin's Own New Report Debunks the Great GOP Deregulation Con: 'BradCast' 3/8/2018 (The Brad Blog)
- Hurricanes are moving slower thanks to global warming:
- Hurricanes slow their roll around the world (Nature):
Storms' slowdown means more rain, and potentially more damage, for populated areas...if the trend continues, future hurricanes could be even more disastrous...The effect was significant over land, with cyclones affecting regions along the western North Pacific slowing by 30% and by about 20% over Australia and landmasses in or near the North Atlantic.
- A global slowdown of tropical-cyclone translation speed (James Kossin, Nature)
- AUDIO: Hurricanes Are Moving More Slowly, Which Means More Damage (NPR):
A storm slowing down even 10 percent can lead to twice as much rain as previous storms might have brought to a particular area, because warmer air and warmer water mean storms are carrying more water vapor than they used to.
- Hurricanes are moving more slowly — which makes them even more dangerous (Washington Post) [emphasis added]:
[I]t is expected that hurricanes will rain about 7 to 10 percent more per degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming, as the atmosphere retains more water vapor, Kossin explained. But here was a 10 percent slowdown in storm movement speed with only a half-degree Celsius (.9 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming globally over the period he studied. These two trends ought to work in tandem to make today’s storms much worse rainmakers. Kossin thinks the slower speed of movement — which naturally adds more rainfall to any region the storm crosses — may be a bigger deal than the simple increase in rain overall.
- Climate change risk already eroding home values across the country:
- Climate Change May Already Be Hitting the Housing Market (Bloomberg):
[T]he figures provide “some evidence real estate consumers are responding to natural disaster risk, albeit somewhat erratically.”...“It’s probably very likely that people are starting to have a greater awareness of disaster risk,” Kousky said. “The tricky part is that some of the riskiest areas are also such high amenities.”
- We just got a clear sign the trillion-dollar coastal property bubble could burst any time (Climate Progress):
Home buyers are starting to incorporate climate risk into the price of property in areas facing warming-driven extreme weather disasters, new research finds. And that’s bad news for the trillion-dollar coastal property bubble.
- Risk of sea level rise hurting South Florida home values, new research shows (Miami Herald)
- McDonald's to phase out plastic straws in the U.K., test alternatives in U.S.:
- McDonald’s Announces Rollout of Paper Straws in the UK and Ireland and New Trials in Commitment to Find Solutions for Plastic Straws Globally (press release, McDonald's Corporation)
- McDonald’s to Switch to Paper Straws in Britain as Country Turns Against Plastic (NY Times):
At one central London outlet where paper straws were already in use, lunchtime customers voiced support for the move.
- McDonald's to test alternative to plastic straws in some US restaurants (The Hill)
- Paper straw factory to open in Britain as restaurants ditch plastic (Guardian UK)
'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
- Dr. James Hansen: Global warming cooks up “a different world” over 3 decades (AP)
- The Country That Wasn’t Ready to Win the Lottery: Guyana just discovered it owns enough oil to solve all its problems — and cause even bigger ones. (Foreign Policy)
- EPA: Pruitt Science Plan May Block Use Of Major Harvard Study (E&E News)
- Hawaii Is First In U.S. To Ban Chlorpyrifos (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
- How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country (NY Times)
- How Georgia Became a Top 10 Solar State, With Lawmakers Barely Lifting a Finger (Seattle Times)
- Enbridge offers new Line 3 concessions in front of Minnesota regulators (Minnesota Public Radio)
- California lawmakers debate creating regional electric grid (AP)
- UN Aims to Eradicate Inefficient Incandescent Light Bulbs (GreenTech Media)
- Chicago Trump Tower Fails To Protect Fish in River, Records Show (Chicago Tribune)
- Coastal Real Estate More at Risk of Chronic Flooding as Sea Rises (Inside Climate News)
- EPA Gives Coal Industry A Victory In Oklahoma (AP)
- UN Experts Denounce 'Myth' That Pesticides Are Necessary To Feed The World (Guardian UK)
- Fear, Frustration Over EPA Move To Kill Chemical-Disaster Protections (NPR)
- EPA stops policy of having press aide review grants (The Hill)
- Alaska: EPA, Corps Agree To New Wetland Mitigation Guidelines (Alaska Public Media)
- Renewable energy initiative, backed by billionaire, may be headed for November ballot in Nevada (Reno Gazette Journal)
- US House Republicans push plan to penalize states blocking offshore drilling (S&P Global Platts)
- How More Carbon Dioxide Can Make Food Less Nutritious (NY Times)
- The world's bleak climate situation, in 3 charts: We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there. (Vox)
- AUDIO: An Inconvenient 'BradCast' with Al Gore (The BRAD BLOG):
Guest Host Angie Coiro's exclusive interview with the former Vice President on elections, pollution, persuasion, activism, and hope...
- The Climate Risks We Face (NY Times):
To stabilize global temperature, net carbon dioxide emissions must be reduced to zero. The window of time is rapidly closing to reduce emissions and limit warming to no more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit or 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, the goal set in the Paris climate accord. The further we push the climate system beyond historical conditions, the greater the risks of potentially unforeseen and even catastrophic changes to the climate - so every reduction in emissions helps.
- 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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