IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Bill to avoid a government shutdown protects wildlife refuges, but Trump's 'national emergency' puts them all back on the chopping block; PLUS: It's GNR's 10th anniversary and we still haven't saved the planet!... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): How the Next President Could Declare a National Emergency Over Climate Change; The Carbon Lobby's Quiet Strategy; California Regulators Get Serious About Building Decarbonization; A toxic crisis in America's coal country; Net-zero energy homes have arrived - and are shaking up the US housing market; PFAS toxins last 'forever.' But the EPA is going slow; Scientist who resisted censorship of climate report lost her job; Wall Street Is More Than Willing to Fund the Green New Deal... PLUS: Time to Panic: The planet is getting warmer in catastrophic ways. And fear may be the only thing that saves us... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- With Trump's 'national emergency', National Butterfly Center back on the chopping block:
- AUDIO: Marianna Trevino-Wright of the National Butterfly Center - 'BradCast' 2/13/19 (The Brad Blog)
- Beloved Wildlife Sanctuaries in Limbo as Trump Declares Border Emergency (Audubon Magazine):
The conflict between branches of government leaves it unclear, for now, which of the dueling directives-legislation to protect sensitive border areas, and executive action to wall them off-will prevail...An unnamed administration official, however, told the Wall Street Journal that the White House believes it can use the emergency funds for construction in those areas.
- Where the new law permits -and prevents - border barriers (Washington Post)
- Butterfly Center, Chapel Spared in Bill Funding New Border Barrier in Rio Grande Valley (Rivard Report):
"CBP has been working closely with the Department of Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop and implement design elements into the levee wall that address the potential risk of these species during flood events, as well as identify design elements in levee wall that allow for animal migration," Diaz wrote. He did not specify which design measures he was referring to.
- Shutdown deal includes language to protect a butterfly sanctuary and other landmarks from border barrier (Texas Tribune):
A 1,159-page spending package would shield major cultural sites like the National Butterfly Center from border fencing - but it would also pump $1.375 billion into additional barriers along the Rio Grande.
- National emergency dashes hopes for 5 ecologically sensitive sites spared by the spending bill (Climate Progress):
While the decision is likely to face an outpouring of legal opposition, it has left the border in a state of unease, especially at places like the National Butterfly Center.
- Heartbreaking Butterfly Center Video Shows Bobcat At Risk From Border Wall (EcoWatch)
- Rare Footage of Arizona Ocelot Shows What Could Be Lost by Border Wall (EcoWatch)
- Sixteen US states sue Trump over emergency wall declaration (Al Jazeera)
- Texas landowners file lawsuit against Trump's national emergency (Al Jazeera)
- It's the Green News Report's 10th anniversary!
- Our very first 'GNR': 'Green News Report' - February 17, 2009 (The Brad Blog)
- Thank you for keeping the Green News Report on your public airwaves and supporting our work!:
'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
- Time to Panic: The planet is getting warmer in catastrophic ways. And fear may be the only thing that saves us. (David Wallace-Wells op-ed, NY Times)
- How the Next President Could Declare a National Emergency Over Climate Change (Earther)
- Alex Steffen: The Carbon Lobby's Quiet Strategy (Climate Crocks)
- A California coalition is tackling one of the hardest, unsexiest parts of climate policy (Vox)
- California Regulators Get Serious About Building Decarbonization (GreenTech Media)
- Renewable energy will be world's main power source by 2040, says BP (Guardian UK)
- A toxic crisis in America's coal country: where companies use huge amounts of explosives to blow the tops off mountains, isolated communities say their water has been poisoned. (BBC)
- Net-zero energy homes have arrived - and are shaking up the US housing market (CNBC)
- These toxins last 'forever.' But the EPA is going slow (Roll Call)
- Scientist who resisted censorship of climate report lost her job (Reveal News)
- Wall Street Is More Than Willing to Fund the Green New Deal (Bloomberg)
- DOE proposal to change how it sets efficiency standards creates new hurdles, advocates say (Utility Dive)
- Rare L.A. mega-storm could overwhelm dam and flood dozens of cities, experts say (LA Times)
- Cost of Climate Change: Nuisance Flooding Adds Up for Annapolis’ Historic City Dock (Inside Climate News)
- Housing investment, sea level rise, and climate change beliefs (Science Direct)
- Bangladesh’s Air Pollution Problem Grows, Brick by Brick (Undark Magazine)
- Illinois Governor Orders Closing of Sterigenics Plant Over Toxic Gas (Chicago Tribune)
- SEJ Backgrounder: Green New Deal Proposes Sweeping Economic Transformation (Society of Environmental Journalists)
- Explainer: The 'Green New Deal': Mobilizing for a just, prosperous, and sustainable economy (New Consensus)
- 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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