IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Brazil's election of extreme far-right Jair Bolsonaro has grave implications for the Amazon rainforest and climate change; PLUS: Energy and the environment are on the November 6 ballot, with landmark ballot propositions in several states... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): The unseen driver behind the migrant caravan: climate change; Oil kingdom and a 'high priest' stall action for 30 years; 5 midterm votes that could have an outsize impact on climate change; More than 90% of world's children breathe toxic air, report says, as India prepares for most polluted season; Coastal Pacific oxygen levels now plummet once a year; Trump and Rauner administrations knew about Sterigenics cancer risks months before telling public; Cloud Peak cancels health care plan for retired miners; Army Corps, Texas officials propose sweeping hurricane protection plan... PLUS: Driven by Trump policy changes, fracking booms on public lands... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Brazil: Election of extreme far-right Jair Bolsonaro has grave implications for the environment:
- The Amazon Rainforest Faces 'Genocide' Under Brazil's New Far-Right President (Earther):
It is not hyperbole to wonder if the outcome of Sunday's presidential election in Brazil is a planetary game over when it comes to climate change.
- Who is Jair Bolsonaro, the man likely to be Brazil's next president? (Washington Post):
Critics fear that all of this is tantamount to declaring a great green rush - opening the already endangered Amazon region to a potential free-for-all for economic interests.
- Jair Bolsonaro's Brazil would be a disaster for the Amazon and global climate change (The Conversation)
- The Brazilian election could be a disaster for the Amazon rainforest (Wired UK)
- Alaska: Ballot Measure 1 seeks to protect the state's salmon fisheries:
- An Alaska Ballot Initiative Pits Protecting Habitats Against the Fossil Fuel Industry (Mother Jones)
- The salmon ballot initiative everyone in Alaska is talking about (Save Bristol Bay)
- What is Ballot Measure 1: a salmon habitat protector, or job killer? (KTUU-Anchorage)
- Colorado: Proposition 112 would increase fracking buffer zones:
- Oil industry gets aggressive in fight over Colorado ballot measure to protect public from drilling (Climate Progress)
- Five energy and environment ballot questions to watch (The Hill)
- Report: Colorado's underground minerals still accessible if Proposition 112 passes (KUSA-Denver)
- Your Questions About Proposition 112 And Oil & Gas, Answered (Colorado Public Radio)
- Editorial: The case for expanded oil and gas setbacks and Proposition 112 (Boulder Daily Camera)
- Florida: Amendment 9 would really, really ban offshore drilling in state waters:
- Vote yes or no on Amendment 9? Here's what 6 Florida newspapers recommend (Florida Today)
- Amendment 9 In Two Acts: We Unbundle Arguments Around The Drilling And Vaping Ban (WLRN-Miami)
- Nevada: Question 6 would double state's renewable energy standard:
- VIDEO: Decision 2018: Nevada's Question 6, the Renewable Energy Standards Initiative, explained (KRNV-Reno)
- Question 6 would be great for Nevada (op-ed, Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- Ballot Question Six Could Make Or Break Nevada's Clean Energy Future (KUNR Reno Public Radio)
- Washington State: Initiatitve 1631 would implement a statewide carbon tax:
- AUDIO: Carbon Price on WA Ballot with David Roberts: 'BradCast' 10/26/2018 (The BRAD BLOG)
- How much would I-1631’s carbon fee cost you at the gas pump and to heat your home? (Seattle Times)
- Oil refiners invest millions to fight carbon-fee initiative — and would see big payoff if their campaign wins (Seattle Times)
- Washington could be the first state to charge for carbon emissions that cause climate change (Washington Post)
- A Green New Deal is on the ballot in Washington state this year: With the federal government AWOL on climate change, another state steps up. (Vox)
- The 5 most important questions about carbon taxes, answered (Vox)
'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
- The Unseen Driver Behind The Migrant Caravan: Climate Change (Guardian UK)
- Oil kingdom and a 'high priest' stall action for 30 years (E&E News)
- 5 Midterm Votes That Could Have an Outsize Impact on Climate Change (NY Times)
- If you were thinking of doing environmental crimes, now's the time (Climate Progress)
- More than 90% of world's children breathe toxic air, report says, as India prepares for most polluted season (CNN)
- Coastal Pacific Oxygen Levels Now Plummet Once A Year (NPR)
- Trump and Rauner administrations knew about Sterigenics cancer risks months before telling public (Chicago Tribune)
- Cloud Peak cancels health care plan for retired miners (Casper Star-Tribune)
- Army Corps, Texas officials propose sweeping hurricane protection plan (Texas Tribune)
- Driven by Trump Policy Changes, Fracking Booms on Public Lands (NY Times)
- Bitcoin’s popularity has a downside: It’s an energy glutton that could hurt Earth’s climate, study finds (Washington Post)
- 20 U.S. States, Major Cities Urge Trump To Drop Fuel Efficiency Freeze (Reuters)
- Judge Reinstates California Gillnet Protections For Whales, Turtles (Reuters)
- Coal’s Next Big Thing Could Be the Mini Power Plant (Bloomberg)
- Humanity Has Wiped Out 60% Of Animals Since 1970, Major Report Finds (Guardian)
- Trophy Hunter On Zinke Advisory Panel Bags Permits To Import 3 Lion Heads (Huffington Post)
- US says no radiation released in steam leak at nuclear site (AP)
- When the Bruce Mansfield power plant closes, what happens to the Beaver County drywall plant using its coal ash? (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
- 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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