IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Extreme weather brings a hot and deadly July to most of the planet; Wildfires force evacuations in the U.S. West, while extreme storms and floods pummel the East Coast; PLUS: Trump and the GOP expand their war on the environment, public lands, and endangered species... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Earth Overshoot Day is arriving faster every year; The corporate media's failure to connect the dots on climate change; Media reaction: The 2018 summer heatwaves and climate change; US unprepared for the health challenges of climate change; Trump's farmer bailout exposes broken US food system; NYC climate liability lawsuit dismissed by judge; Russian hackers infiltrated utility control rooms, DHS says; Why would Trump and Putin collude? Keywords: oil, gas, Arctic, climate ... PLUS: Waves of garbage hit Dominican Republic ... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Extreme weather brings hot and deadly July to much of the planet: Greece fires
- Deadly wildfires erupted in Greece overnight. Here’s how it happened. (Capitol Weather Gang, Washington Post):
This year is among Greece’s hottest on record, if not the hottest overall, according to satellite analysis by NOAA. For the year to date, record warmth has been “present across portions of the global oceans as well as parts of the Mediterranean Sea and surrounding areas,” NOAA wrote in early July. The weather has been much hotter, drier and windier than normal in recent days.
- Cars turn to molten metal as Greek wildfires wipe villages off the map (CNN)
- Greece wildfires: authorities blamed for high death toll (Guardian UK)
- Greek fires: Residents 'worsened disaster' by illegal building (BBC)
- Greece fires: 'There was no evacuation order,' mayor says (CNN)
- Heat, wildfires scorch Europe and the Arctic Circle:
- Too hot to handle? Expect more heat waves due to climate change, experts warn (Reuters):
The effects of climate change mean the world can expect higher temperatures and more frequent heat waves, climate experts have warned, with poor communities likely to be worst affected.
- It's hot! Record July temperatures heating up world [but no mention of climate change] (USA Today)
- Heat is causing problems across the world (The Economist):
Hot times ahead: No consequence of global warming is as self-evident as higher temperatures.
- Why is Europe going through a heatwave? (Guardian UK):
Scientists say this ‘extreme’ weather in the northern hemisphere may soon be the norm...“The current hot and dry spell in the UK is partly due a combination of North Atlantic ocean temperatures, climate change and the weather,” said Len Shaffrey, a professor of climate science at the University of Reading.
- UK weather: Britain is hottest place in Europe as heatwave nearing all-time record of 38.5C (Telegraph UK)
- Heat records fall in the Arctic as fires erupt in Sweden and Siberia (Axios)
- VIDEO: Sweden Wildfires Most Serious in Recent Times Aggravated By Record-Smashing Heat, Ongoing Drought With No End in Sight (Weather Channel)
- Will extreme weather become even deadlier? (Deustche-Welle)
- Crop Failure And Bankruptcy Threaten Farmers As Drought Grips Europe (Huffington Post)
- Japan's heat wave drives up food prices, prison inmate dies (Reuters)
- Japan heatwave declared natural disaster as death toll mounts (BBC)
- U.S.: Extreme heat, fires in the West, Extreme rains, floods in the East:
- Flooding, Heat Waves and Deadly Wildfires This Week: Are They Linked to Climate Change? (Weather Channel) [emphasis added]:
A report published last year by the National Academies noted that "in the past, a typical climate scientist’s response to questions about climate change’s role in any given extreme weather event was, 'We cannot attribute any single event to climate change.' "The science has advanced to the point that this is no longer true as an unqualified blanket statement," the report said. "In many cases, it is now often possible to make and defend quantitative statements about the extent to which human-induced climate change ... has influenced either the magnitude or the probability of occurrence of specific types of events or event classes."
- Flooding in East, heat in West: Double whammy hits US [but no mention of climate change] (USA Today)
- Millions under flash flood watches, warnings as rain pounds East Coast (NBC News)
- Yosemite fire: Park’s air pollution now worse than Beijing’s due to heavy smoke (San Jose Mercury News)
- Yosemite National Park Evacuated Amid Threat From Fire (NY Times)
- ‘Life-threatening’ flood threat: Here’s how much rain has fallen and what comes next (Washinton Post):
A week ago, no measurable rainfall had fallen in Washington during July, a record 16-day dry spell so deep into the month. One week later, the heavens have unloaded more than eight inches of water on the city, and it is one of the wettest Julys on record.
- Trump, Republicans move to cripple endangered Species Act:
- VIDEO: Trump Takes Stand Against...Endangered Species? (The Daily Show)
- How the Trump administration wants to weaken the Endangered Species Act (Vox):
The Endangered Species Act is incredibly popular. The administration and Congressional Republicans want to limit it anyway.
- Lawmakers, Lobbyists and the Administration Join Forces to Overhaul the Endangered Species Act (NY Times)
- Trump’s Endangered Species Act Overhaul Could Have a Weird Side Effect (Earther):
“[I]it is effectively a wipe-out of take protection for threatened species,” Kalyani Robbins, an environmental law professor at Florida International University, told Earther. “This means that developers can kill threatened species that get in their way.”
- Thanks to Trump, Pesticide Companies Are Now Free to Kill All the Endangered Species They Want: “It’s like kicking them when they’re down.” (Mother Jones)
- More than 100 Dems oppose GOP efforts to change endangered species law (The Hill)
- Inside the Effort to Kill Protections for Endangered Animals (National Geographic, 5/19/2017):
I asked Dingell if he could get the ESA passed today. “I don’t think I could pass the Lord’s Prayer in that nuthouse,” he told me, referring to Congress.
- Trump Administration plans to revoke California's authority to set fuel economy standards:
- Trump to Seek Repeal of California’s Smog-Fighting Power (Bloomberg):
The proposal, expected to be released this week, amounts to a frontal assault on one of former President Barack Obama’s signature regulatory programs to curb emissions that contribute to climate change. It also sets up a high-stakes battle over California’s unique ability to combat air pollution and, if finalized, is sure to set off a protracted courtroom battle.
- Interior Dept. dismissed evidence of economic benefits to public lands:
- Trump administration officials dismissed benefits of national monuments (Washington Post):
In a quest to shrink national monuments last year, senior Interior Department officials dismissed evidence that these public sites boosted tourism and spurred archaeological discoveries, according to documents the department released this month and retracted a day later... [A]s Zinke conducted his four-month review, Interior officials rejected material that would justify keeping protections in place and sought out evidence that could buttress the case for unraveling them.
- A report on monuments showed the benefits of Utah’s Grand Staircase — but then the feds blacked out those portions (Salt Lake Tribune)
- Ryan Zinke’s War on the Interior (Rolling Stone):
From gutting the Endangered Species Act to opening off-shore drilling – inside the Trump administration’s crusade to hand America’s public lands to the fossil-fuel industry
- Trump Admin rescinds penalties for industry that harms wildlife:
- Trump to Stop Seeking Compensation for Damage to Public Land (Bloomberg):
Oil drillers, miners, land developers and others will no longer be required to pay the federal government to offset damage to wildlife and habitats on public land, the Trump administration plans to announce Tuesday.
- U.S. to stop taking payments from drillers, miners for damage to public land (Reuters)
'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
- Earth Overshoot Day: Earth's resources consumed in ever greater destructive volumes. Study says the date by which we consume a year’s worth of resources is arriving faster (Guardian UK)
- The Media’s Failure to Connect the Dots on Climate Change (Emily Atkin, The New Republic)
- Media reaction: The 2018 summer heatwaves and climate change (Carbon Brief)
- U.S. Is Unprepared for the Health Challenges of Climate Change, Experts Warn (Scientific American)
- The Carbon Tax as Publicity Stunt (Washington Monthly)
- Trump’s Farmer Bailout and America’s Broken Food System (Emily Atkin, The New Republic)
- How climate change could cause 26,000 more US suicides by 2050: Researchers emphasize the significant effects of hot climates on human health. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
- Wave After Wave of Garbage Hits the Dominican Republic (NY Times)
- New York City Climate Suit Dismissed by Federal Judge (Climate Liability News)
- Russian hackers infiltrated utility control rooms, DHS says (Utilty Dive)
- Why Would Trump and Putin Collude? Keywords: Oil, Gas, Arctic, Climate (Climate Crocks)
- The heat goes on: NASA pegs last month in a tie for third warmest June in 138 years of modern record keeping (Discover Magazine)
- How Brett Kavanaugh Could Reshape Environmental Law From the Supreme Court (NY Times)
- The great nutrient collapse: The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention. (Politico)
- 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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