IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: British Columbia declares state of emergency over wildfires; Monsanto's parent company grapples with massive judgment against Roundup weed killer; 11 months later, the largest blackout in U.S. history is finally over --- mostly; In Appalachia, some victories against new pipelines; PLUS: Surprise! Despite prior denials, Interior Department readies plan to sell off public lands... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): California's largest fire ever keeps growing; Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke's latest wildfire interview is a doozy; Fracking water use skyrockets, creating 1,440 percent more toxic wastewater; Can offshore wind turbines succeed in the Great Lakes?; Fewer than 1 Percent of offshore tracts auctioned by Trump draw bids; Report finds traces of Glyphosate herbicide in Cheerios and Quaker Oats; Big NYC landlords join plan to cut energy use 20 percent by 2030; Not just land heat waves: Oceans are in hot water, too... PLUS: Science, health leaders lay out evidence vs. EPA 'secret science' rule... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- British Columbia issues state of emergency over hundreds of wildfires:
- B.C. declares state of emergency as hundreds of wildfires burn across province (CBC)
- British Columbia burns: With 566 fires, province declares state of emergency (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
- Canadian troops come to fight B.C. fires as some ask what took so long (CBC)
- Afternoon skies look 'like midnight' in B.C. as wildfires rage, says evacuee (CBC)
- Puerto Rico: Largest blackout in U.S. history is finally over --- mostly:
- It took 11 months to restore power to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. A similar crisis could happen again. (Vox)
- Puerto Rico says power restoration after Hurricane Maria is complete, but that's not quite right (CNN)
- Bringing The Light Back To Puerto Rico After Last Year's Horrific Hurricane Season (Huffington Post)
- Containers of Hurricane Donations Found Rotting in Puerto Rico Parking Lot (NY Times)
- Puerto Rican Government Acknowledges Hurricane Death Toll of 1,427 (NY Times)
- New Puerto Rico death toll amplifies Trump disconnect on relief efforts (CNN)
- After FEMA's soul searching on Puerto Rico, no more excuses (Editorial Board, USA Today)
- Interior Dept. readies plans to sell of public lands in Utah:
- VIDEO: Secretary Zinke Greets Interior Employees on the Agency's Birthday (U.S. Dept. of the Interior)
- Trump Administration May Sell Or Transfer Land Cut From Utah Monument (Huffington Post):
The Bureau of Land Management is considering the "disposal" of more than 1,600 acres that Trump stripped from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
- Critics rip plans for parks in Utah (Grand Junction Sentinel)
- Rep. Mike Noel's company owned land inside Grand Staircase-Escalante while he fought against the monument (Salt Lake Tribune, 2/23/18)
- The Trump Administration Is Moving Forward With Plans for Scaled-Down Utah Monuments (Pacific Standard)
- US poised to allow more mining on land Trump removed from monuments (Guardian UK)
- White House favored logging, drilling over protected lands in survey, retracted documents show (Chicago Tribune)
- Bayer stock price plunges over Monsanto Roundup verdict:
- Bayer stock plunges after jury awards man $289 million in Roundup cancer trial (Washington Post)
- Roundup Cancer Verdict Sends Bayer Shares Sliding (Reuters)
- AUDIO: Bayer Facing Possible Growing Legal Costs, Consumer Backlash After Roundup Jury Award (Marketplace)
- VIDEO: Historic Ruling Against Monsanto Finds Company Acted with "Malice" Against Groundskeeper with Cancer (Democracy Now!):
Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos read the jury's verdict..."Would a reasonable manufacturer, distributor or seller under the same or similar circumstances have warned of the danger or instructed on the safe use of Roundup Pro or Ranger Pro? Answer, yes."
- Monsanto ordered to pay $289m as jury rules weedkiller caused man's cancer (Guardian UK)
- Germany Aims To End Use Of Glyphosate For 3 Years: Spokesman (Reuters)
- Homebase to review sale of Monsanto weedkiller after US cancer verdict (Guardian UK)
- U.S. offshore wind project to save customers $1.5 billion over 20 years:
- First Big U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Offers $1.4 Billion to Customers (Bloomberg)
- Vineyard Wind has a big selling point for its power: cheaper prices (Boston Globe)
- First Large US Offshore Wind Project Sets Record-Low Price Starting at $74 per MWh (Green Tech Media)
- Offshore wind finally gets blowing in the US (Vox, 6/14/18)
- Some victories for anti-pipeline activists in Appalachia:
- Activists get big victories in fight against Appalachia pipelines (Climate Progress)
- When a Pipeline Runs Afoul of Government Rules, Officials Change Rules (Charleston Gazette-Pro Publica)
- Unpacking the Recent Federal Court Rulings Turning Pipeline Development on its Head (West Virginia Public Radio):
Federal regulators have halted construction of two major natural gas pipelines that cross through Appalachia this month, following several federal court decisions.
- Federal regulators have halted construction of two major natural gas pipelines that cross through Appalachia this month, following several federal court decisions. (Earther)
'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
- California's largest fire ever keeps growing (LA Times)
- VIDEO: Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke's latest wildfire interview is a doozy: Trump cabinet member who pretended to be a geologist for years is [spreading misinformation] about climate science on television (The New Republic)
- Fracking Water Use Skyrockets, Creating 1,440 Percent More Toxic Wastewater (Huffington Post)
- Can Offshore Wind Turbines Succeed in the Great Lakes?: Ice jams and bird and bat deaths will determine the answer (Scientific American)
- Fewer Than 1 Percent Of Offshore Tracts Auctioned By Trump Draw Bids (The Hill)
- Science, Health Leaders Lay Out Evidence vs. EPA 'Secret Science' Rule (Inside Climate News)
- Report Finds Traces of Glyphosate Herbicide in Cheerios and Quaker Oatsf (NY Times)
- Big NYC Landlords Join Plan to Cut Energy Use 20 Percent by 2030 (Bloomberg)
- Not just land heat waves: Oceans are in hot water, too (AP)
- Glick 'at a loss' over FERC role in Trump coal and nuclear bailout (Utility Dive)
- Rick Perry tells the truth about energy subsidies, contradicting his boss (Vox)
- Stumping in New York, Trump blames lack of fracking for high taxes (Climate Progress)
- The San Onofre nuclear plant is a 'Fukushima waiting to happen' (op-ed, LA Times)
- 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.
FOR MORE on Climate Science and Climate Change, go to our Green News Report: Essential Background Page
- NASA Video: If we don't act, here's what to expect in the next 100 years: