IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Large swaths of the Florida Panhandle still awaiting help after catastrophic Hurricane Michael; Michael was the fourth 'major' hurricane to make U.S. landfall in the past 15 months; PLUS: Despite Michael's record-breaking destruction, Republicans are still denying the science and economic impacts of climate change... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): ‘Hyperalarming’ study shows massive insect loss; It could take mammals 7 million years to recover from humanity wiping them out; Study that failed to back Trump’s coal rescue plan is kept under wraps; Supreme Court deals final blow to lead paint manufacturers' years-long effort to avoid cleanup costs; Zinke eyes West Coast military installations for US fuel exports; Fracking begins in UK for first time since 2011; Disney theme parks are going green; ‘Lifeboats’ amid the world’s wildfires... PLUS: Climate deniers lose $10k bet on global cooling. You’re not surprised that they won’t pay, right?... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Large swaths of the Florida Panhandle still await aid after Hurricane Michael:
- Families search for the missing in the hurricane’s aftermath (AP)
- President Trump and First Lady land in Georgia, survey storm damage (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
- Hurricane Michael: Search for Missing Drags On; Trump Views Storm Damage in Florida, Georgia (Weather Channel)
- 'I don't have anything left': Hurricane Michael survivors scramble for food, water as death toll rises (USA Today)
- Factbox: Some 240,000 U.S. Customers Without Power After Hurricane Michael (US News World Report)
- Hurricane Michael's economic impacts:
- Devastated Mexico Beach will be back, but different: mayor (Reuters)
- Hurricane Michael could result in $30 billion damage (CNBC)
- Georgia fears $1 billion in crop damage as farmers report devastation (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
- Agricultural damage from Hurricane Michael forecast to top $1.3 billion, led by cotton and pecans (CNBC)
- The Hidden Tragedy Of Hurricane Michael And Georgia Agriculture - How It Affects You (Forbes)
- Hurricane Michael was a true record-breaker:
- Historic and horrendous Hurricane Michael by the numbers (Washington Post):
There are many numbers that will be remembered with Michael, and the act of compiling them has only just begun.
- Hurricane Michael Was the Third Most Intense Continental U.S. Landfall on Record, an Unprecedented Location for a Category 4 Landfall (Weather Channel)
- Michael made history as one of the top four strongest hurricanes to strike the United States (Washington Post):
When Hurricane Michael crashed into the coast of the Florida Panhandle as a strengthening Category 4 storm, it packed maximum sustained winds of 155 mph and a central pressure of 919 millibars. Based on these two key measures of intensity, it ranked among the top four most-powerful hurricanes to hit the United States.
- Here’s why hurricanes are rapidly exploding in strength (Washington Post)
- Hurricane Michael's Fury Is Being Picked Up By Earthquake Detectors (Forbes)
- Republicans Trump and Rubio deny climate change and its economic impacts:
- ‘I Don’t Know That It’s Man-Made,’ Trump Says of Climate Change. It Is. (NY Times):
President Trump now denies denying climate change. In an interview on Sunday with CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Mr. Trump backed off his long-held claim that global warming is a hoax. But he also made several new assertions unsupported by science. Here’s a rundown of the president’s first extensive comments on climate change since Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida Panhandle and the United Nations warned that time is running out to stave off the worst consequences of rising temperatures.
- VIDEO: Trump denies climate change in his first 60 Minutes interview since taking office (CBS '60 Minutes')
- VIDEO Tapper Confronts Rubio on Climate Change: What Will You Tell ‘Your Children and My Children’ in 20 Years? (The Daily Beast):
The Florida senator ultimately abdicated responsibility, telling CNN that ‘no matter what we do with laws… this trend would still continue.’
- Action on climate change is far cheaper than inaction:
- Hurricane Michael Likely To Be the 12th Billion-Dollar U.S. Weather Disaster of 2018 (Weather Channel)
- Disasters Rolling up the Deficit (Climate Crocks)
- A Global Shift To Sustainability Would Save Us $26 Trillion (Vox)
- The world has just over a decade to get climate change under control, U.N. scientists say (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
- ‘Hyperalarming’ Study Shows Massive Insect Loss (Washington Post)
- It Could Take Mammals 7 Million Years to Recover From Humanity Wiping Them Out (Earther)
- Study That Failed to Back Trump’s Coal Rescue Plan Is Kept Under Wraps (Bloomberg)
- PFAS-tainted foam 'getting worse' in waters near former Wurtsmith base (Detroit Free Press)
- Supreme Court deals final blow to lead paint manufacturers' years-long effort to avoid cleanup costs (LA Times)
- Interior Secretary Zinke eyes West Coast military installations for US fuel exports (AP)
- Fracking begins in UK for first time since 2011 (AP)
- Wheeler hands 'YUGE win' to foes of science panels (E&E News)
- The Magic Kingdom Is Going Green (NY Times)
- ‘Lifeboats’ Amid the World’s Wildfires: Islands of greenery, called refugia, survive even the worst fires, sheltering species and renewing charred landscapes (NY Times)
- Climate Deniers Lose 10k Bet on Global Cooling. You’re Not Surprised that they Won’t Pay, right? (Climate Crocks)
- Al Gore warns: UN climate change report shows 'we have a global emergency' (The Hill)
- SCANA decided not to disclose critical review of SC nuclear project when auditor asked (Charleston Post and Courier)
- What genuine, no-bullshit ambition on climate change would look like: How to hit the most stringent targets, with no loopholes. (David Roberts, Vox)
- 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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