IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Powerful Hurricane Florence takes aim at the U.S. East Coast; Hawaii braces for its second major storm in two weeks; Brand new pipeline explodes in Pennsylvania; PLUS: California blazes new path of action to fight climate change... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Nearly 10K people have gotten cancer from toxic 9/11 dust; U.N. chief warns of a dangerous tipping point on climate change; Trump Administration wants to make it easier to release methane into the air; Brett Kavanaugh could be worse than you think - here's how he’ll gut environmental protection; Pipeline dumps 8,000 gallons of jet fuel into Indiana river; California fire agency requests more money; California passes 100 percent clean energy bill, but punts on several plans for getting there... PLUS: Superfund: Acting EPA chief Wheeler will shape massive cleanup efforts linked to his former clients... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Unsually warm oceans fueling unusually active tropical storm season:
- Florence isn't alone. More tropical storms are brewing (CNN)
- 5 hurricanes and a tropical storm are swirling across the northern hemisphere right now (MLive.com)
- Powerful Hurricane Florence takes aim at the U.S. East Coast:
- Category 4 Hurricane Florence drawing closer to Carolinas and threatens ‘catastrophic’ flooding (Washington Post)
- VIDEO: Hurricane Florence Forces More Than 1 Million People To Flee (CNN):
The southern East Coast of the United States is bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Florence as the storm --- already packing winds of up to 140 mph --- nears Category 5 strength.
- VIDEO: Florence remains Category 4 hurricane; expected to be 'like nothing you have ever seen,' Gov. Cooper says (ABC-TV Raleigh, NC)
- Florence strengthens to Category 4, takes aim at Carolinas (AP)
- Hurricane Risks Include Toxic Sludge and Lagoons of Pig Manure (Bloomberg)
- Expect a Storm Surge of 15 - 20 Feet in a Landfalling Category 4 Storm in the Carolinas (Weather Underground)
- Florence May Be the Strongest U.S. Landfall on Record So Far North (Weather Channel)
- Hurricane Florence: 5 common misconceptions about hurricane effects (KING-5 Seattle)
- Hawaii braces for second major storm in two weeks:
- Tropical Storm Olivia weakens slightly as it closes in on Hawaii (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
- VIDEO: Gov. Ige prepares Hawaii for landfall as Olivia approaches (KHON-TV Honolulu)
- 'Don't plan on being lucky': Officials urge residents to take Olivia threat seriously (Hawaii News Now)
- Brand new pipeline explodes in Pennsylvania:
- Natural gas pipeline blast in Beaver County prompts evacuation (State Impact NPR):
An Energy Transfer Partners pipeline exploded this morning, destroying one home, no injuries reported.
- Officials believe landslide may have triggered massive gas pipeline explosion in Beaver County (Pittsburg Post-Gazete)
- Gas Pipeline Explosion Puts Spotlight On Environmental Concerns (KDKA-TV Pittsburgh)
- Lawmakers call for halt to pipeline construction in light of gas explosion (Daily Local)
- California jury finds pipeline company guilty in 2015 oil spill:
- Plains Pipeline Verdict: Clear as Spilled Oil (Santa Barbara Independent):
This Friday, the jury rendered a verdict that was sufficiently mixed that both sides can legitimately claim victory. Bottom line: Plains was found guilty of one felony count and eight misdemeanor counts. What the results mean will be the subject of much speculation and motions for new trials.
- Pipeline firm found guilty of criminal charges in Santa Barbara oil spill (LA Times):
After a four-month trial, a jury Friday found Plains All American Pipeline guilty of one felony count of causing the spill by failing to properly maintain its highly pressurized pipeline. The firm also was found guilty of eight misdemeanor counts including failing to report the spill immediately; knowingly making a false or misleading report to the state; and killing marine mammals, protected sea birds and other sea life.
- VIDEO: Jury finds Texas company guilty of 9 criminal charges in Refugio Beach oil spill (KABC-TV Los Angeles)
- California law blocks Trump Administration's offshore drilling expansion:
- Jerry Brown signs new laws to block Trump’s California offshore oil drilling plans (San Jose Mercury News)
- Gov. Brown signs bills to block Trump's offshore oil drilling plan (LA Times)
- California blazes new path of action to fight climate change:
- VIDEO: California adopts 100% clean energy law (press conference, Office of the Governor of California)
- Executive Order B-55-18 to Achieve Carbon Neutrality [PDF] (Office of the Governor of California)
- California mandates 100 percent clean energy by 2045 (San Jose Mercury News)
- VIDEO: California aims to be entirely green powered by 2045 (NBC News):
Climate change is "a real and present danger to California and to the people of the world," Brown said.
- California Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill requiring carbon-free power by 2045 (Climate Progress)
- CA Gov. says 100% clean electricity not enough, state must go carbon neutral (Ars Technica)
- AUDIO: 'Absolutely Doable': California to Move to 100% 'Carbon-Free' Electricity by 2045 (Probably): 'BradCast' 8/30/2018 (The BRAD BLOG)
- California just adopted its boldest energy target yet: 100% clean electricity (David Roberts, Vox):
What you need to know about the bill, how it got passed, and what it means.
- Analysis: California pledges carbon-free electricity by 2045. Gov. Brown says: "This is not a one-off." (Washington Post)
'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
- Nearly 10K People Have Gotten Cancer From Toxic 9/11 Dust (NY Post)
- U.N. Chief Warns of a Dangerous Tipping Point on Climate Change (NY Times)
- Trump Administration Wants to Make It Easier to Release Methane Into Air (NY Times)
- Leaked EPA methane rule rollback would have resounding implications for human health and the environment (Climate Progress)
- Brett Kavanaugh could be worse than you think: Here’s how he’ll gut environmental protection (Salon)
- Pipeline dumps 8,000 gallons of jet fuel into Indiana river (AP)
- VIDEO: Climate scientist Kerry Emanuel on Climate and Hurricanes (Climate Crocks)
- California fire agency requests more money (AP)
- Latest Zinke calendars stripped of most details about his meetings (CNN)
- California passes 100 percent clean energy bill, but punts on several plans for getting there (Desert Sun)
- Superfund: Wheeler To Shape Massive Cleanup Linked To Ex-Clients (E&E News)
- Exxon Appeals Massachusetts Climate Case to Supreme Court (The Hill)
- A Global Shift To Sustainability Would Save Us $26 Trillion (Vox)
- Project Drawdown: 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming (Drawdown.org)
- 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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