IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Extreme rainfall events trigger deadly flash flooding in Texas and France; Death toll still rising after Hurricane Michael; Yep, global warming is coming for your beer; PLUS: In Texas debate for U.S. Senate, Beto O'Rourke and Ted Cruz are asked about climate change --- yes, climate change!... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): In North Carolina, hurricanes did what scientists could not: Convince Republicans that climate change is real; By 2035, the ‘great fuel switch’ will mark the end of the age of oil and gas, analysts expect; U.S. Greenhouse emissions fell In 2017 as coal plants shut; U.S. tornado hot spots are shifting from the Plains to the Midwest and Southeast; Plastic waste piling up in Japan after Chinese import ban; Mercury, PCBs still threaten Arctic and its wildlife, study shows; Utility spending on major Republican groups outpaces Democrats over 2:1; High-Stakes Fight Over Rooftop Solar Spreads to Michigan; Electric Vehicles: The Swiss army knife of the grid... PLUS: The next data minefield is your car: GM’s data mining is just the beginning of the in-car advertising blitz... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Global warming is coming for your beer:
- Trouble brewing: climate change to cause 'dramatic' beer shortages (Guardian UK):
Extreme weather damage to the global barley crop will mean price spikes and supply problems, according to new research.
- From crop to pub, climate change will send beer supply chain costs soaring (Supply Chain Dive)
- Bye-Bye, Beer? Brewers Say They've Got A Plan On Climate Change (NPR):
The study corroborates prior findings about grains and climate change. A 2017 study from the University of California, Davis predicted that higher temperatures in spring and summer could reduce the yields of many grains important to beer by the end of the century. It predicted winter wheat yields would drop by 21 percent, winter barley by 17.3 percent, and spring barley by 33.6 percent.
- Climate change to cause global beer shortage, study says (CNN)
- VIDEO: Climate Change's Effect on Beer Production Worldwide (The Daily Show)
- Hurricane Michael: Death toll rises amid calls for stricter building codes:
- Hurricane Michael Death Toll Rises to 35 as Mexico Beach Residents Return to Survey Damage (The Weather Channel)
- A week after Hurricane Michael hit, more misery and a rising death toll (CNN)
- After Hurricane Michael, A Call For Stricter Building Codes In Florida's Panhandle (NPR)
- Houses intact after Hurricane Michael were often saved by low-cost reinforcements (Washington Post):
“We have evidence that we can construct affordable housing that is resilient,” said Leslie Chapman-Henderson, president of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting property from disasters.
- VIDEO: Hurricane Michael Destruction Exposes Weaker Building Codes In Florida Panhandle (NBC News)
- VIDEO: Sen. Nelson dispels rumors: Tyndall AFB will be rebuilt (WMBB-TV Panama City)
- Southern France: Extreme rain event triggers deadly flash flooding:
- France floods death toll rises to 14; 1 still missing (AP)
- Heavy rain causes flash floods in southern France (Telegraph UK)
- VIDEO: France: 7 months of rain in hours spurs deadly flash floods (Weather Network)
- Central Texas overwhelmed by days of torrential rain and flash floods:
- VIDEO: Bridge collapses from 'catastrophic flooding' on Llano River in Texas(KEYE-TV Austin)
- Two of four missing people found dead after Junction flooding (San Angelo Standard-Times)
- LCRA: As river flows decrease, flood operations still underway in ‘historic’ event (Hill Country Daily Tribune)
- As Lake Travis rises, here's a look at how water flows through the Highland Lakes: Lake Travis is more than 130 percent full (KVUE-TV Austin)
- In Senate debate, Sen. Cruz and Rep. O'Rourke spar over climate change:
- Beto O’Rourke asserts ‘man-made climate change is a fact’ in heated Texas Senate debate (Climate Progress)
- VIDEO: O’Rourke and Cruz debate climate change (KENS-TV San Antonio)
- VIDEO: Full debate - Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke square off in final debate before midterm election (KENS-TV San Antonio)
- Media has a duty to inform public about consequences of climate change happening now:
- VIDEO: Dr. Genevieve Guenther on how media can improve climate change coverage (CNN Reliable Sources)
- Who Is the We in “We Are Causing Climate Change”? Everyone is not equally complicit here. (Slate)
- Katrina vanden Heuvel: Why isn't the media covering climate change all day, every day? (op-ed, Washington Post)
- VIDEO Tapper Confronts Rubio on Climate Change: What Will You Tell ‘Your Children and My Children’ in 20 Years? (The Daily Beast)
'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
- In North Carolina, hurricanes did what scientists could not: Convince Republicans that climate change is real (Washington Post)
- Fixing the Climate Requires More Than Technology: Major transformations can happen in a generation. But not without government help. (op-ed, NY Times)
- By 2035, the ‘great fuel switch’ will mark the end of the age of oil and gas, analysts expect (Climate Progress)
- Exposed by Michael: Climate Threat to Warplanes at Coastal Bases (NY Times)
- U.S. Greenhouse Emissions Fell In 2017 As Coal Plants Shut (Reuters)
- Army Corps Revives Review Of Washington Coal-Export Project (AP)
- Pando, the Most Massive Organism on Earth, Is Shrinking (NY Times)
- High-Stakes Fight Over Rooftop Solar Spreads to Michigan (Inside Climate News)
- Christine Hallquist Would Like to Talk About the Power Grid (NY Times)
- Trump and coal: 'The boss wants what the boss wants' (E&E News)
- U.S. tornado hot spots are shifting from the Plains to the Midwest and Southeast, study finds (Washington Post)
- AP Fact Check: Trump Misses On Storms, Science, Clean Air (AP)
- "I have a natural instinct for science": Read the transcript of AP’s interview with President Trump (AP)
- Plastic waste piling up in Japan after Chinese import ban (Japan Times)
- EPA Puts Off Final Say On Science Transparency Rule (AP)
- Utility spending on major Republican groups outpaces Democrats over 2:1, EPI finds (Utility Dive)
- Mercury, PCBs still threaten Arctic and its wildlife, study shows (CBC)
- Electric Vehicles: The Swiss army knife of the grid (Utility Dive)
- The next data minefield is your car: GM’s data mining is just the beginning of the in-car advertising blitz (The Verge)
- Don’t blame Hurricane Michael victims for voting for climate deniers (Grist)
- Developer files lawsuit against Virginia Beach for denying housing project over flooding fears (Virginia Beach Pilot)
- The 5 Big Anti-Housing Falsehoods (Beyond Chron)
- ‘Hyperalarming’ Study Shows Massive Insect Loss (Washington Post)
- 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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