IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Mexico braces for powerful Hurricane Willa --- and so does Central Texas; September 2018 was the fourth hottest September ever recorded; PLUS: Climate change and clean energy are on the ballot in the November midterms --- and even in the debates... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Late night shows find ways to joke about climate change; Trump tweets out photo-shopped map falsely claiming US has 'cleanest air'; Poll: Independents more likely to support candidate favoring climate action; Austin issues unprecedented boil-water notice after record flooding; Microplastics found in human poo; Water around Utah uranium mill grows more polluted; U.S. EPA withdraws Obama-era groundwater protection rule for uranium mining; Michigan warns of PFAS levels in deer around Air Force base; A remote Hawaiian island has now vanished beneath rising seas... PLUS: Supreme Court pauses kids' climate case in win for Trump... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Mexico - and Central Texas - brace for Hurricane Willa:
- Thousands Evacuated As Hurricane Willa Descends On Mexico (Reuters)
- How Hurricane Willa could bring an array of misery across the US (CNN):
We already know Mexico will take a brutal hit from Hurricane Willa. But in the United States, the same monstrous storm could spawn widespread misery, including flooding and even this year's first nor'easter.
- Hurricane Willa to become Nor'easter, hit East Coast this weekend after slamming Mexico (CBS News)
- Hurricane Willa’s dangerous intensification, explained: ‘It’s unusual in that it intensified that quickly.’ (The Verge)
- September 2018 was 4th hottest on record:
- September 2018 and year to date were 4th hottest on record for the globe (NOAA)
- 2018 is "almost guaranteed" to be Earth's 4th-warmest year on record (Axios)
- Climate change and clean energy are on the ballot, and even in the debates:
- Andrew Gillum and Abigail Spanberger Just Showed Democrats How to Debate a Trumpist (Esquire)
- Florida gubernatorial debate dominated by algae crisis as climate takes center-stage (Climate Progress):
On climate issues, however, the debate took on a different note: DeSantis repeatedly referenced environmental protection but refused to say whether he accepts the science behind climate change; Gillum, by contrast, emphasized the need to embrace science-based policies and touted a shift to clean energy.
- VIDEO: Gillum: I'd be a governor who believes in science (CNN)
- VIDEO: In Florida race, climate change divides DeSantis and Gillum (Yahoo News)
- VIDEO: Culpeper Debate - Abigail Spanberger Closing Statement (Abigail Spanberger for Congress)
- VIDEO: Indiana Senate debate moderator asks candidates about climate change after being prodded by the public (Media Matters)
- Beto O'Rourke asserts 'man-made climate change is a fact' in heated Texas Senate debate (Climate Progress)
- VIDEO Tapper Confronts Rubio on Climate Change: What Will You Tell 'Your Children and My Children' in 20 Years? (The Daily Beast)
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Climate change like Nazi Germany (CNN)
- Utilities spend big on Republicans and rightwing dark money groups
- Utility spending on major Republican groups outpaces Democrats over 2:1 (Utility Dive):
The Energy and Policy Institute (EPI) published data Tuesday showing six political organizations received nearly $8.4 million from the utility industry during 2017 and 2018, 70% of which went to Republican organizations.
'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
- VIDEO: Climate Change Is No Joking Matter. Except, This Week, It Was. (NY Times)
- Trump tweeted out a map from a United Nations report that was photoshopped to falsely claim that the United States has the cleanest air in the world. (The New Republic)
- Poll: 71% of independents more likely to support candidate favoring climate action (Climate Progress)
- Supreme Court pauses kids' case in win for Trump (E&E News)
- Austin Issues Unprecedented Boil-Water Order in Wake of Extreme Flooding (Earther)
- Microplastics Find Their Way Into Your Gut, a Pilot Study Finds (NY Times)
- 14-Year Oil Spill In Gulf May Become One Of The Worst In US History (Washington Post)
- Water Around Utah Uranium Mill Grows More Polluted, Impacts Nearby Town (Salt Lake Tribune)
- U.S. EPA withdraws proposed Obama-era rule change for uranium mining (Reuters)
- New campaign will ask coal users to face the 'cold hard economic case' against them (Utility Dive)
- Trump’s NASA Administrator: ‘No Reason’ to Dismiss U.N. Climate Report (The Atlantic)
- Michigan warns of PFAS levels in deer around Air Force base (MLive)
- "I had a holy shit moment, thinking ‘Oh my God, it’s gone': This Remote Hawaiian Island Just Vanished (Civil Beat)
- U.S. Judge Affirms Monsanto Weed-Killer Verdict, Slashes Damages (Reuters)
- ‘Climate caucus’ Republican claims strong environmental record, but his votes tell a different story (Climate Progress)
- Perry defends subsidy plan for coal, nuclear power (Houston Chronicle)
- The immense partisan climate disconnect (Axios)
- 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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