IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: 'Axis of Oil': U.S. joins forces with Saudi Arabia and Russia to block action at U.N. COP24 climate talks in Poland; US fossil fuel event at conference draws laughter; Meeting Paris Agreement targets would also save millions of lives from air pollution, finds WHO; France nixes fuel tax hike in response to protests; PLUS: Youth climate activists from Poland to the halls of Congress pressure politicians to act on climate change... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): The Arctic is in even worse shape than you realize; Inslee wants 100 percent clean energy in Washington by 2045;
GM fights to retain tax credit amid Trump threat to cut all subsidies; More rural jobs in clean energy than fossil fuels; How to convince MAGA cretins to fear climate change; A devastating report details a 'monumental' assault on science at the Department of the Interior; The Camp Fire took my home. Now I understand that no one ends up sleeping under an overpass by choice... PLUS: The simplest climate action you tan Take is in the kitchen... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- French President cancels planned fuel tax hike, promises minimum wage increase:
- France yellow vest protests: Macron promises wage rise (BBC)
- Macron, Confronting Yellow Vest Protests in France, Promises Relief (NY Times)
- Paris riots set to continue as French leader fails to appease protesters (CBS News):
President Emmanuel Macron's attempt to quell violent rioting across France by offering economic concessions to his countrymen --- expected to cost the country $11 billion --- appears to have been insufficient..
- Paris Protesters are not Chanting Trump's Name as he has Claimed, but False Right-Wing Meme Continues to Spread (Newsweek)
- VIDEO: Who are the 'gilets jaunes' (yellow vest) protesters? (France 24)
- How France's 'Yellow Vests' Differ From Populist Movements Elsewhere (NY Times)
- UN COP24 climate talks: "Axis of Oil" blocks inclusion of climate report:
- Live updates on COP24 from Associated Press (AP)
- Live updates from CNN International: COP24 climate conference - World facing 'greatest threat in thousands of years' (CNN International)
- U.S. stands with Russia and Saudi Arabia against science (E&E News):
The United States worked with Russia and Saudi Arabia on Saturday night to sideline climate science in U.N. negotiations, angering nations that say urgent action is needed for their survival.
- US and Russia ally with Saudi Arabia to water down climate pledge (Guardian UK):
IIt opened up a rift at the talks that will be hard to close in the coming five days..."It's very frustrating that we are not able to take into account the report's findings: we are talking about the future of the world - it sounds like hyperbole when I say it, but that's how serious it is..."
- COP24 Begins To Devolve As Key Countries Block IPCC 1.5 Report (Clean Technica):
Specifically, the four countries said that it was enough for the members of the UNFCC to "note" the findings without being pushed to "welcome" them - a decision which will allow countries much more latitude in ignoring the findings of the IPCC's report, which warned that "Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society."
- COP24: US, Russia and Saudi Arabia condemned as 'climate villains' for blocking crucial global warming report (Independent UK):
Experts have condemned these "climate villains" after their efforts plunged talks into chaos at the critical COP24 climate summit in Poland over the weekend. The four nations blocked the full endorsement of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's report, which was commissioned at a previous COP meeting. Their actions triggered a diplomatic standoff that went on long into Saturday night, and set an ominous tone as ministers arrive for the second week of the climate event.
- VIDEO: Dr. Michael Mann on US spoiler effect at COP24 (Penn State Univ.
- Protesters mock U.S. officials at COP24 event to promote fossil fuels:
- VIDEO: Protest breaks out at COP24 speech after US announces no change to climate policy (Euro News)
- Protesters disrupt US fossil fuel event at UN climate talks (AP):
About 100 protesters stood up and chanted "Keep it in the ground" shortly after the start of a panel called "U.S. Innovative Technologies Spur Economic Dynamism." As cameras swarmed around them, some of the protesters explained how their communities are affected by the extraction of coal, oil and natural gas.
- 'Shame on You': Campaigners Disrupt US Fossil Fuel Event Attended by Climate Science Deniers (DeSmog Blog)
- 'Keep It In the Ground' Approach to Fossil Fuels on US Public Lands Would Cut Climate Emissions, Study Confirms (DeSmog Blog)
- U.S. plans to 'showcase ways to use fossil fuels' at a U.N. climate conference (Washington Post)
- Sunrise Movement's climate activists pressure House Democrats to adopt Green New Deal:
- Protests Continue on Capitol Hill as Support Builds for Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal (Earther):
You can add political apathy to the list of things millennials have killed, particularly when it comes to climate change. On Monday, young people flooded Capitol Hill for the second time in less than a month to send a message to Democrats that they want a Green New Deal and a select committee to make it happen in the next Congress.
- A tweaked "Green New Deal" gains new House backer (Axios)
- Ocasio-Cortez understands the promise of a 'Green New Deal' (Op-ed, CNN)
- Nearly 150 Activists Arrested in ‘Green New Deal’ Protest (Roll Call)
- WHO: Meeting Paris Accord targets would save millions of lives:
- Health benefits far outweigh the costs of meeting climate change goals (World Helath Organization)
- Tackling climate change could save millions of lives, report says"Tackling climate change could save millions of lives, report says (CNN)
- Curbing climate change will lower pollution deaths: WHO (Straits Times):
Fighting climate change is one of the best ways to improve health around the world, and the benefits of fewer deaths and hospitalisations would far outweigh the costs of not acting, the World Health Organisation said...Burning of fossil fuels - which emit carbon dioxide, the main culprit for climate change - is a major driver of air pollution.
'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 Arctic is in even worse shape than you realize (Washington Post)
- Inslee wants 100 percent clean energy in Washington by 2045 (AP)
- GM Fights To Retain Tax Credit Amid Trump Threat To Cut All Subsidies (Talking Points Memo)
- A Big Reason Midwest Should Love Clean Energy: More Jobs in Clean Energy than Fossil Fuels (Inside Climate News)
- 'We live in a lobstocracy': Maine town is feeling the effects of climate change (Guardian UK)
- The Simplest Climate Action You Can Take Is in the Kitchen (Pacific Standard)
- How to Convince MAGA Cretins to Fear Climate Change (The Rude Pundit)
- A devastating report details a 'monumental' assault on science at the Department of the Interior (LA Times)
- The Camp fire took my home. Now I understand that no one ends up sleeping under an overpass by choice (LA Times)
- U.S. Lawmakers Agree On Farm Bill, Aiming For Vote This Week (Reuters)
- Trump Prepares to Unveil a Vast Reworking of Clean Water Protections (NY Times)
- Trump Plan To Reclassify Nuke Waste Alarms Environmentalists (AP)
- Report: Major changes needed to feed world population in 2050 (Food Dive)
- Fourth National Climate Assessment, Vol. 2: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States [PDF] (U.S. Global Change Research Program)
- 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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