IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: A turn in the weather is good news and bad for California's wildfires; The state's disaster evacuees underscore affordable housing crisis; Trump Administration uses California's tragedy to push for logging in forests; PLUS: Network TV news mostly fails to connect the dots between historic fires and climate change... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): How pointless is my life?” – Journalist has rare moment of self-awareness on climate; ‘Like a terror movie’: How climate change will cause more simultaneous disasters; Palm oil was supposed to help save the planet. It unleashed a catastrophe; Largest Newfoundland oil spill yet speaks to offshore risks; Coast Guard orders new efforts to stop 14-year-old Gulf Oil leak; No penalties for 90% of pipeline blasts; U.S. Navy nuclear fleet’s dry docks threatened by storms and rising seas; Bernie Sanders to host a climate town hall... PLUS: As inmates, they fight California’s fires. As ex-convicts, their firefighting prospects wilt.... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- California fires: Death toll continues to rise, rain is good news/bad news:
- California wildfires: How to help victims of Camp, Woolsey, Hill fires (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Death toll rises to 79 in Camp Fire (KRCA-TV Sacramento)
- California wildfires: Why are so many listed as missing? (BBC Canada)
- Rain could cause ash flows in town devastated by Camp Fire (CBS News)
- Wildfire smoke brings world's worst air quality to northern California (USA Today)
- Smoke spreading from California fires sparks health concerns (Washington Post)
- California’s Fires Wrecked Its Air Quality: Here’s How to Protect Yourself (NY Times)
- CA fire victims are 'climate refugees', exposing gaps in housing crisis, recovery:
- Refugee camps for fire survivors? Butte County on ‘edge’ of humanitarian crisis after Camp Fire (Sacramento Bee)
- As Makeshift Camp Fire Shelters Close, Another Chance For Authorities To Check A Shifting List Of The Missing (Capitol Public Radio)
- California’s newly homeless fire victims face the state’s severe housing shortage (Vox)
- California Camp Fire: Rebuilding Devastated Communities 'Will Be Years in the Making' (Newsweek)
- California wildfires: 'If this town recovers, it will take years' (Al Jazeera)
- What Happens After an Entire Town Burns to the Ground? (Brian Kahn, Earther):
Make no mistake: The thousands of people who are homeless because of the Camp Fire are climate refugees.
- Rains May Help Fight the Camp Fire This Week—and Create a New Disaster (Brian Kahn, Earther):
It makes clear how the effects of climate change, which has worsened wildfire season, can cascade to create a disaster on top of a disaster. This is a dress rehearsal for the future, one which no amount of raking the forest can stop.
- Trump Administration uses California's tragedy to push for logging in forests:
- VIDEO: The internet mocks Trump for saying ‘raking’ forest floors would prevent California wildfires (Climate Progress):
Speaking to reporters, he praised Finland for its approach to tackling forest fires. “We’ve got to take care of the floors, you know the floors of the forest, very important,” Trump said. “You look at other countries where they do it differently and it’s a whole different story.”...And while its fire season is much shorter as a result, this doesn’t mean it hasn’t been impacted — just this summer wildfires raged in Lapland.
- Trump Says California Can Learn From Finland on Fires. Is He Right? (NY Times):
]President Sauli Niinisto of Finland] had explained the virtues of Finnish forest management to Mr. Trump. But he didn’t recall mentioning raking...The secret to the Finns’ forest management system lies instead in its early warning system, aerial surveillance system and network of forest roads.
- VIDEO: Rep. Ted Lieu: Trump wrongly states California wildfires can be prevented by raking (AM Joy, MSNBC)
- AUDIO: Ryan Zinke Blames ‘Radical Environmentalists’ For California Fires (Huffington Post)
- Why Finland is so good at handling forest fires. Hint: It’s not because of raking. (Washington Post)
- Experts debunk Trump, Zinke false claims blaming "forest management" for fires:
- AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s misdirection on Calif fires, climate (AP):
Wildfires have become more devastating because of the extreme weather swings from global warming, fire scientists said. The average number of U.S. acres burned by wildfires has doubled from 30 years ago.
- VIDEO: Forests Need more than Raking (Climate Crocks)
- Why the people of Finland are trolling Trump by raking the woods (Vox)
- Scientists slam Trump’s Twitter rant about California wildfires (Climate Progress)
- Fueling the Fire: Trump thinks logging will stop the burning in California. It won’t. (Slate)
- Jerry Brown signed $1 billion in wildfire prevention—and none of it applies to the fires this year (Cal Matters)
- Power lines keep sparking wildfires. Why don’t California utility companies bury them? (Sacramento Bee):
One California utility company plans to do that. San Diego Gas & Electric officials said next year they will begin converting 20 miles of overhead wires to underground in a high fire-risk area.
- What Started the California Fires? Experts Track the Blazes’ Origins (NY Times):
A changing climate is potentially part of the Camp Fire’s story, in deepening patterns of drought in California. Some researchers said that logging in the burned area after a fire in 2008, which was intended to clear out fuels and make this part of Northern California safer, may have had the opposite result. The logging may have left fast-burning weeds and young trees in the fire’s path.
- National network TV news again fails to connect the dots between fires, climate change:
- National broadcast TV news mentioned climate change in less than 4 percent of California wildfire coverage (Media Matters):
While ABC, CBS, and NBC again dropped the ball, local TV news programs in California brought up climate change numerous times during wildfire reporting/
'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: How Pointless is my Life?” – Journalist has Rare Moment of Self Awareness on Climate (Climate Crocks)
- ‘Like a Terror Movie’: How Climate Change Will Cause More Simultaneous Disasters (NY Times)
- Palm Oil Was Supposed to Help Save Planet. It Unleashed a Catastrophe (NY Times)
- Largest Newfoundland Oil Spill Yet Speaks To Offshore Risks, Board Says (Global News Canada)
- Coast Guard Orders New Efforts To Stop 14-Year-Old Gulf Oil Leak (WWL-TV)
- No penalties for 90% of pipeline blasts (E&E News)
- U.S. Nuclear Fleet’s Dry Docks Threatened by Storms and Rising Seas (Inside Climate News)
- Entergy Arkansas Reaches Deal To Stop Using Coal At 2 Plants (AP)
- Chinese-Owned Pork Firm Pulls Out Of Trump Farm Bailout Amid Backlash (Washington Post)
- As Inmates, They Fight California’s Fires. As Ex-Convicts, Their Firefighting Prospects Wilt. (NY Times)
- Bernie Sanders To Host A Climate Town Hall, Amplifying Progressive Calls To Cut Emissions on Dec. 3 (Huffington Post)
- John Lewis joins Ocasio-Cortez on climate change push (The Hill)
- Utah Sen.-elect Mitt Romney signals he may focus on climate change (E&E news)
- Jair Bolsonaro's rise to power casts shadow over UN environment biodiversity conference (Guardian)
- Bill That Would Drop Protections For Gray Wolves Passes House (AP)
- Trump's 10 scapegoats on warming. Here's the list (E&E News)
- Big Oil v the planet is the fight of our lives. Democrats must choose a side (Guardian)
- 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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