IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: 'GNR' Special Coverage: Major U.S. climate report warns global warming is already devastating America's environment and economy --- and unless we act aggressively to reduce emissions, it is going to get much worse... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): The world needs to quit coal. Why is it so hard?; Trump energy pick who falsely claimed renewable energy ‘screws up’ grid advances to full Senate for vote; Chemicals on our food --- when 'safe' may not really be safe; Super-bacteria show up in Puget Sound wildlife; Brazil says deforestation in The Amazon is at worst level in a decade; Hog farm waste agreement lacked teeth, North Carolinians left to suffer; Threatened ,ountain gorillas off ‘critically endangered’ species list... PLUS: The Insect Apocalypse is here... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- California: Camp Fire contained, as death toll continues to rise:
- 88 dead, 203 still unaccounted for in Camp Fire; 16 more victims identified (Chico Enterprise-Record)
- The deadliest, most destructive wildfire in California’s history has finally been contained (Washington Post)
- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says California's Camp Fire costs likely in billions (NBC News)
- 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.
- Major U.S. climate report warns climate change is here, and will get much worse, unless we act:
- Fourth National Climate Assessment, Vol. 2: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States [PDF] (U.S. Global Change Research Program)
- Analysis and summaries of key points in the 4th National Climate Assessment:
- AUDIO: New Admin Climate Report Contradicts Trump, Demands 'Urgency Unlike We've Seen Before' with Dr. Michael Mann: 'BradCast' 11/26/2018 (The Brad Blog):
"We are seeing the impacts now play out in real time. That means we are much farther down this road than we ever should have allowed ourselves to get. And time is running out...We have to bring our carbon emissions down dramatically now, to avoid ever more catastrophic warming of the planet."...Also today: Speaking of the costs of Trump's reckless deregulation and science denial, last week's E. coli outbreak in Romaine lettuce (and the similar nationwide taint that sickened hundreds and killed five earlier this year), was also entirely predictable.
- In-depth: What Specific Costs and Risks Do We Face from Climate Change? (Eos, American Geophysical Union)
- U.S. Climate Report Warns of Damaged Environment and Shrinking Economy (NY Times):
A major scientific report issued by 13 federal agencies on Friday presents the starkest warnings to date of the consequences of climate change for the United States, predicting that if significant steps are not taken to rein in global warming, the damage will knock as much as 10 percent off the size of the American economy by century’s end.
- What you need to know about the new U.S. Climate Assessment: Forecasts dire effects on economy, health (NPR):
Here are some key points: Climate change will be expensive. Unless global greenhouse gas emissions are substantially reduced, the report finds that some parts of the U.S. economy could suffer hundreds of billions of dollars in annual losses by the end of the century.
- Climate change 'will inflict substantial damage on US lives'; Current response to crisis is insufficient, authors say (Guardian UK)
- NCA4: Trump Admin attempts to bury disturbing U.S. climate assessment:
- A Grave Climate Warning, Buried on Black Friday (The Atlantic):
In a massive new report, federal scientists contradict President Trump and assert that climate change is an intensifying danger to the United States. Too bad it came out on a holiday.
- Trump Administration’s Strategy on Climate: Try to Bury Its Own Scientific Report (NY Times)
- How Trump Is Ensuring That Greenhouse Gas Emissions Will Rise (NY Times)
- NCA4: Corporate media's mixed bag of coverage:
- John Whitehouse rounds up the worst NCA4 media coverage (Twitter)
- The press won’t let Trump bury climate change. But it is still complicit. (Columbia Journalism Review):
On the Sunday shows yesterday, the tenor of some coverage was much worse. NBC’s Meet the Press gave a platform to the American Enterprise Institute’s Danielle Pletka—a self-professed “not a scientist”...On CNN’s State of the Union, meanwhile, former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said climate scientists are “driven by money.”
- VIDEO: CNN’s Brian Stelter Roasts Fox For Focusing On Ocasio-Cortez’s Shoes More Than Climate Report (Huffington Post)
- Critical Mass? New climate report shifts media winds on climate change (Minnesota Public Radio)
- NCA4 and paths to mitigation and adaptation:
- Five Big Ways the United States Will Need to Adapt to Climate Change (NY Times)
- Democrats Are Shockingly Unprepared to Fight Climate Change (The Atlantic):
There’s no magic bill waiting in the wings—and no quick path to arriving at one.
- President Trump Overlooks an Investment Opportunity in Climate Change (NY Times):
The cost in financial and human terms drops by up to 70 percent if greenhouse-gas emissions peak before the middle of the century and then drop, the report says. ...Modernizing aging infrastructure has multiple benefits. Investing the $800 billion or so that is needed to upgrade America’s water systems could generate an almost 300 percent return, according to the U.S. Water Alliance — and generate 1.3 million jobs.
'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 Insect Apocalypse Is Here (NY Times)
- Panel Advances Trump Energy Pick Who Said Renewable Energy ‘Screws Up’ Grid (Talking Points Memo)
- The World Needs to Quit Coal. Why Is It So Hard? (NY Times)
- Chemicals on Our Food: When “Safe” May Not Really Be Safe (Environmental Health News)
- Super-Bacteria Show Up In Puget Sound Wildlife – From Orcas To Otters (KUOW)
- Brazil Says Deforestation In The Amazon Is At Its Worst Level In A Decade (Buzzfeed)
- Hog Waste Agreement Lacked Teeth; Some North Carolinians Left to Suffer (Pro Publica)
- Threatened Mountain Gorillas Off ‘Critically Endangered’ Species List (Reuters)
- Covering Environment: One Of The Most Dangerous Beats In Journalism (Nieman Lab)
- Interior IG: Utah Monument Probe Finds No Evidence Of Zinke Wrongdoing (AP)
- Solar Panel Makers Rise as Jinko Sees Demand Rebounding in China (Bloomberg)
- Draft G20 statement waters down Paris climate commitment (Climate Home News)
- Pro-nuclear power group pumps $750,000 into Georgia PSC runoff (Atlanta Journal-Constituion)
- 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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