IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Trump's EPA is bringing asbestos back; California pushes back against Trump rollback of mileage and emission standards, as state shatters record for hottest month and hottest rainfall ever recorded; PLUS: Bad news and good in scary new "Hothouse Earth" global warming study... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Trump's minions are using California wildfires as excuse to attack endangered species protections; Air Pollution Denial Could Become EPA Policy; Puerto Rican Government Acknowledges Hurricane Death Toll of 1,427; California Groundwater Law Means Big Changes Above Ground, Too; Trump can keep legal reasons for shrinking monuments secret; Oil pipeline inspection industry ‘going wrong’ as surveys fail to prevent spills; Official: Pennsylvania ‘clearly behind’ in pollution goals; Flood Risk in U.S. West Could Triple if Climate Change Left Unchecked; Official: Pennsylvania ‘clearly behind’ in pollution goals... PLUS: Florida gutted water quality monitoring – as killer algae increased... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- California shatters records for hottest month and hottest rainfall ever recorded:
- World's Hottest Rain Fell in California, Setting New Record (Newsweek)
- 'New World Record': Imperial, California Felt Rain at 119°F (EcoWatch)
- Death Valley posts hottest month ever recorded on Earth, for the second July in a row (Washington Post)
- Thanks, Obama: Gas price spike mitigated by higher fuel economy standards:
- US sanctions on Iran are set to keep oil prices elevated, analysts say (CNBC)
- Oil's well after sanctions? (Politico)
- Surging gas prices could fuel backlash against Trump (Politico)
- California launches opening salvo against Trump rollback of mileage and emissions standards:
- California moves to ensure vehicles meet existing state greenhouse gas emissions standards (California Air Resources Board)
- California Strikes Back Against the Trump Administration’s Auto Pollution Rollback (NY Times)
- California defies Trump, plans tighter rules on vehicle emissions (Reuters)
- California responds to Trump on auto emissions by saying: Game on! (LA Times)
- Can the EPA Roll Back California’s Clean Air Standards? (Capital & Main)
- California vows to fight Trump EPA's move to freeze fuel economy rules (LA Times)
- Trump's mileage rollback plan could leave automakers in costly limbo (NBC News)
- EPA proposes to Make Asbestos Great Again:
- EPA is now allowing asbestos back into manufacturing (The Architect's Newspaper)
- VIDEO: Critics outraged over EPA's proposal on asbestos (CBS News)
- EPA says it's strengthening asbestos regulation, not gutting it (CNN)
- How Trump’s EPA is Keeping Asbestos Legal (Environmental Working Group)
- Op-Ed: EPA Opens the Door to a Silent Killer — Asbestos (Asbestos.com)
- Hothouse Earth: bad news and good news:
- Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene (PNAS)
- Earth at risk of becoming 'hothouse' if tipping point reached, report warns (CNN)
- Terrified by ‘hothouse Earth’? Don’t despair — do something. (Grist)
- Hothouse Earth: here’s what the science actually does – and doesn’t – say (The Conversation)
- Even If Emission Reduction Targets Are Met, Earth Still Heading Towards 'Hothouse' State (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
- Air Pollution Denial Could Become EPA Policy (New Republic)
- Puerto Rican Government Acknowledges Hurricane Death Toll of 1,427 (NY Times)
- California Groundwater Law Means Big Changes Above Ground, Too (Water Deeply)
- Trump can keep legal reasons for shrinking monuments secret (AP)
- Trump's minions are using California wildfires as excuse to attack endangered species protections (LA Times)
- Trump Team Blames Wildfires on Environmentalists, Sparking a Backlash (Bloomberg)
- Oil pipeline inspection industry ‘going wrong’ as surveys fail to prevent spills (Climate Change News)
- Florida gutted water quality monitoring – as killer algae increased (Tampa Bay Times)
- Official: Pennsylvania ‘clearly behind’ in pollution goals (AP)
- Flood Risk in U.S. West Could Triple if Climate Change Left Unchecked (Inside Climate News)
- CA Company Reaches $119.5 Million Settlement Over Massive Gas Leak (NPR)
- Geo-engineering: Dimming Sunlight To Slow Global Warming May Harm Crop Yields: Study (Reuters)
- Trump tariffs could nix savings that car buyers might see from environmental rollbacks (McClatchy DC)
- Climate Change Denialists Never Had It So Good. So Why the Angst? (Inside Climate news)
- Trump admin sees grim climate outcome in car rule (E&E News)
- An Optimist's Guide to Solving Climate Change and Saving the World (Vice)
- 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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