IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Hawaii braces for rare impact from powerful hurricane; EPA admits Trump's replacement for the Clean Power Plan will kill thousands of Americans; PLUS: Some good news --- the Trump Administration keeps losing environmental court cases... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Air pollution is shortening your life. Here’s how much; Big oil asks government to protect it from climate change; The cruelty behind Trump’s absurd lies about coal to West Virginians; Wisconsin utilities are moving away from coal, regardless of Trump's policies; What Trump’s coal and car plans could mean for climate change; Saudi Arabia denies reports that it's scrapping Aramco IPO; Energy companies and allies are turning the law against protesters; Crop damage mounts for EU farmers after torrid summer; How wildfires can affect climate change (and vice versa); The G.O.P.’s climate of paranoia... PLUS: What happened at Camp Lejeune... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Hawaii braces for rare impact from powerful Hurricane Lane:
- Hurricane Lane edges closer to Hawaii, unleashing ‘potential flooding disaster’ (Washington Post):
Dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Lane is pushing ever closer to the Hawaiian Islands and has already begun unloading excessive amounts of rainfall on the Big Island. Water from both torrential rainfall, exceeding 30 inches in some places, and battering waves, up to 25 feet on the south side of the islands, are likely to pose the biggest threat.
- As massive Hurricane Lane nears, Hawaiians have nowhere to go (CBS News)
- Hurricane Lane soaks Hawaii’s Big Island as storm approaches (USA Today)
- EPA admits Trump's replacement for the Clean Power Plan will kill thousands of Americans:
- Cost of New E.P.A. Coal Rules: Up to 1,400 More Deaths a Year (NY Times):
The administration’s own analysis, however, revealed on Tuesday that the new rules could also lead to as many as 1,400 premature deaths annually by 2030 from an increase in the extremely fine particulate matter that is linked to heart and lung disease, up to 15,000 new cases of upper respiratory problems, a rise in bronchitis, and tens of thousands of missed school days.
- EPA analysis of its own new climate proposal: thousands of people will die (Vox)
- Separating Fact from Fiction in EPA’s CPP Talking Points (NRDC)
- EPA’s new power plant rule shows Trump is fine with ‘runaway climate change,’ green groups say (Climate Progress)
- Trump Admin. knew weaker vehicle mileage standards will kill more Americans:
- EPA challenged safety of administration mileage freeze (AP):
In announcing the mileage proposal earlier this month, officials with the EPA and Department of Transportation contended the mileage freeze would save about 1,000 lives a year. But in a June email, senior EPA staffers told the Office of Management and Budget — the White House office charged with evaluating regulatory changes — that it would slightly increase highway deaths, by 17 annually.
- Federal courts deliver scathing rebukes to Trump's assault on environmental protections:
- The Trump administration keeps losing environmental court cases (Washington Post)
- U.S. judge orders review of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline route (Reuters)
- Clean Water Rule: Judge Revives WOTUS in 26 States (E&E News)
- Charleston judge halts Trump rule that suspended clean water protections (Lexington Post and Courier):
The ruling is likely to be appealed, and it does not apply in 24 other states where legal actions are still pending. But the groups called it a significant victory.
- Chemicals: Court Torpedoes Trump EPA Bid To Delay Safety Standards (E&E News)
- Court throws out Trump administration delay of chemical disaster rules (Houston Chronicle)
- Court ruling a setback for EPA efforts to undermine coal ash rule (Utility Dive)
'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 Is Shortening Your Life. Here’s How Much. (NY Times)
- The cruelty behind Trump’s absurd lies about coal to West Virginians (Climate Progress)
- Trump EPA plan would prolong power plants, but Wisconsin utilities are moving away from coal (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
- What Trump’s Coal and Car Plans Could Mean for Climate Change (NY Times)
- Where is Trump's 'military plan' for coal? (E&E News)
- Saudi Arabia denies reports that it's scrapping Aramco IPO (CNBC)
- Colorado Bid to Block Oil Drilling Muddies Political Lines (Bloomberg)
- Big oil asks government to protect it from climate change (AP)
- Ford recalls 50,000 hybrid and electric car power cables due to fire risk (AP)
- How Energy Companies and Allies Are Turning the Law Against Protesters (Inside Climate News)
- Michigan's Top Health Official To Face Trial Over Flint Water Deaths (AP)
- EPA Cancels Three Hearings On New Vehicle Emissions Rule (The Hill)
- California v Nutria: State Seeks To Eradicate Scourge Of Giant Rodents (Guardian )
- What Happened at Camp Lejeune (Pacific Standard)
- Crop damage mounts for EU farmers after torrid summer (Reuters)
- How Wildfires Can Affect Climate Change (and Vice Versa) (Inside Climate news)
- The G.O.P.’s Climate of Paranoia (op-ed, NY Times)
- VIDEO: Can Climate Coverage Improve? It Can Hardly Get Worse... (Climate Crocks)
- 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)
- 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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