IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Record extreme cold shuts down parts of the U.S. --- and it still doesn't disprove climate change; Trump Administration seems to concede that Venezuela intervention is all about oil; PLUS: Germany sets path to completely quit coal... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Ocasio-Cortez, Markey to unveil Green New Deal bill; US intelligence officials warn climate change is a worldwide threat; Scientists single out a suspect in starfish carnage - warming oceans; There's a huge cavity under Antarctica's most endangered glacier (yes, that's bad); As climate warms, plants will absorb less CO2, study finds; King County passes temporary ban on fossil fuel infrastructure; Brazil has nearly 4,000 dams at high risk; Colorado River drought plan takes another step in Arizona... PLUS: Making cities more dense always sparks resistance. Here’s how to overcome it... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Record extreme cold shuts down parts of the U.S.:
- Polar vortex death toll rises as record-shattering Arctic blast keeps the Midwest in a deep freeze (Washington Post):
Even Hell, Mich., froze over: The community outside of Ann Arbor was expected to see temperatures drop to minus-26 overnight into Thursday.
- Polar blast envelops Midwest, strains aging infrastructure (AP):
A blast of polar air enveloped much of the Midwest on Wednesday, cracking train rails, breaking water pipes and straining electrical systems with some of the lowest temperatures in a generation.
- Science Says: Get used to polar vortex outbreaks (AP):
Get used to it. The polar vortex has been wandering more often in recent years. It all started with misplaced Moroccan heat. Last month, the normally super chilly air temperatures 20 miles above the North Pole rapidly rose by about 125 degrees (70 degrees Celsius), thanks to air flowing in from the south. It’s called “sudden stratospheric warming.”...When warm air invades the polar region, it can split the vortex or displace it, usually toward Siberia, Cohen said. Recently, there have been more splits, which increase the odds of other places getting ultra-cold, he said.
- Minnesota winters ain’t what they used to be (Salon)
- Big Chill, Big Denial, Big Security Threats and Lies, and Big Pharma: 'BradCast' 1/30/2019 (The Brad Blog)
- Extreme Temperature Diary-January 30, 2019/ Topic: Less Intense Prolonged Cold (Guy on Climate)
- No, extreme cold still does not disprove global warming:
- U.S. Midwest Freezes, Australia Burns: This Is the Age of Weather Extremes (NY Times)
- NOAA appears to dispute Trump tweet casting doubt on global warming (ABC News)
- Debunking the utter idiocy of Donald Trump's global warming tweet (CNN) [emphasis added]:
On Monday night, President Donald Trump tweeted this:.." What the hell is going on with Global Waming? Please come back fast, we need you!"
- Late Night Comics School Trump on Climate Science (EcoWatch)
- VIDEO: Al Roker calls Kentucky governor 'nitwit' over extreme cold comments (Today Show)
- Trump NSA suggests intervention in Venezuela is about oil:
- VIDEO: A War for Oil? Bolton Pushes Privatization of Venezuela’s Oil as U.S. Ratchets Up Pressure on Maduro (Democracy Now):
"We’re in conversation with major American companies now that are either in Venezuela or, in the case of Citgo, here in the United States. I think we’re trying to get to the same end result here. You know, Venezuela is one of the three countries I call the troika of tyranny. It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies really invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela."
- Opposition Leader, and Oil, Become Focus of Venezuela-U.S. Struggle (NY Times)
- Citgo’s profits propped up Venezuelan leaders — until now (Washington Post)
- Germany sets path to completely quit coal:
- Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy (LA Times):
Germany, one of the world’s biggest consumers of coal, will shut down all 84 of its coal-fired power plants over the next 19 years to meet its international commitments in the fight against climate change, a government commission said Saturday.
- It’ll cost $45 billion, but Germany proposes to eliminate coal in 19 years (Ars Technica)
- Germany will not offer extra money to ease coal transition: finance minister (Reuters)
- Climate fight: Germany sets 2038 deadline to end coal use (AP)
- Shareholders tell RWE to take hard line in coal compensation talks (Reuters)
- Germany’s Debate Over When to Quit Coal Is Just Getting Started (Bloomberg)
'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
- Exclusive: Ocasio-Cortez, Markey to unveil Green New Deal bill (Axios)
- US Intelligence Officials Warn Climate Change Is a Worldwide Threat (Inside Climate News)
- Scientists Single Out a Suspect in Starfish Carnage: Warming Oceans (NY Times)
- Making cities more dense always sparks resistance. Here’s how to overcome it. (Vox)
- There's a Huge Cavity Under Antarctica's Most Endangered Glacier (Earther)
- As Climate Warms, Plants Will Absorb Less CO2, Study Finds (NY Times)
- King County Passes Temporary Ban on Fossil Fuel Infrastructure (The Stranger)
- Interior Dept Opts To Keep Running Without Senate-Confirmed Leaders (Washington Post)
- Brazil Has Nearly 4,000 Dams At High Risk: Minister (Reuters)
- Still Toxic After All These Years: the 'Erin Brockovich' town continues its fight for clean water (Grist)
- Trump EPA Won't Limit 2 Toxic Chemicals In Drinking Water (Politico)
- Colorado R Drought Plan Takes Another Step In Arizona; Final Vote Thurs (Arizona Republic)
- With Democrats in charge, Colorado now backs clean air rule (AP)
- Climate Crisis Committee Chair Divests From Fossil Fuel Fund Following Sludge Report (Sludge)
- New EPA policy would offer alternative to penalties for some oil, gas polluters (The Hill)
- New Mexico to join 18 states in climate change coalition (Albuquerque Journal)
- Former Interior Secretary Zinke renewed 10-year grazing permit for convicted Hammond Ranches (Oregon Live)
- 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.
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