IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Heartbreaking tragedy as powerful tornadoes rip across Alabama; Down Under shatters its record for hottest summer nationally; Republican rhetoric increasingly unhinged about the Green New Deal at CPAC; Senate confirms former coal lobbyist as permanent EPA chief; PLUS: The 2020 Democratic presidential race keeps growing, with pledges to act on climate change... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Troubling discovery in the world's deepest ocean trenches - plastic pollution in marine animals' stomachs; The potency of Republicans’ hamburger lie: history shows why it might work; Heatwaves sweeping oceans ‘like wildfires’; Trump’s "A Plus treatment" tweet highlights political approach to disaster relief; A look into Big Oil's fight against electric cars; Pipeline explosion rocks rural Missouri; Plastic Mardi Gras beads could soon be a thing of the past... PLUS: The good news about a Green New Deal... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- CPAC Republicans unleash increasingly unhinged rhetoric against the Green New Deal:
- Sebastian Gorka at CPAC: The Green New Deal "is what Stalin dreamt about but never achieved" (Media Matters)
- VIDEO: JakeSherman tells KatyTurNBC that the Green New Deal is largely to credit for Republican leaders beginning to acknowledge that their positions on climate change are 'untenable.' (Waleed Shahid, Twitter)
- Heartbreaking tragedy in as powerful tornadoes kill 23 in Alabama:
- EF-4 tornado brought 170 mph winds and left a track almost a mile wide amid storms that killed 23 in Alabama (CNN):
The path of destruction from the EF-4 is at least 24 miles long, said Chris Darden, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service's Birmingham office. The path was likely longer, because the twister crossed into Georgia. Officials there are still assessing the damage, Darden said...The path of destruction looks "as if someone had taken a blade and just scraped the ground," Sheriff Jay Jones said.
- Three Children Are Among 23 People Killed by Storms in Southeast (NY Times)
- Deadliest Tornado Day in Years: How It Happened (Weather Channel)
- A tornado outbreak that killed 23 people confirms scientists' fears: Tornadoes in the Southeastern US are getting worse (Business Insider):
The severity of these twisters confirms a trend that scientists have been monitoring for years: Tornado outbreaks in the Southeastern US are getting worse...A 2016 study found that the average number of tornadoes in these outbreaks has increased since 1954, from 10 to 15. Between 1972 and 2010, outbreaks were associated with 79% of all tornado fatalities. The chance of these extreme outbreaks has also increased.
- Extreme Tornado Outbreaks Have Become More Common (Columbia University)
- Tornado Activity Is Shifting, But Is It Due to Warming? (Scientific American):
The timing and frequency of tornadoes has changed, and events are becoming costlier.
- Tornadoes are spinning up farther east in U.S. and scientists don't know why (NBC News, 10/17/2018)
- Australia shatters record for hottest summer, 9 other countries see record hot February:
- Australia shatters record for its hottest summer (Axios):
Australia's scorching and widespread heat waves throughout this summer propelled the national average temperature to a new all-time high for the season, according to its weather bureau.
- Australia breaks weather records with hottest ever summer (Guardian UK):
2018-19 season tops temperature highs across the country, exceeding previous record set six years ago.
- 9 countries hit record high feb
- Former coal lobbyist confirmed as Trump's EPA chief:
- 2020 Democratic presidential race keeps growing - with climate change on the agenda:
- John Hickenlooper Says He Is Running in 2020, Citing a ‘Crisis of Division’ (NY Times):
“Ultimately I’m running for president because I believe that not only can I beat Donald Trump, but that I am the person that can bring people together on the other side and actually get stuff done. The division is keeping us from addressing big issues like climate change and the soaring costs of health care.”
- John Hickenlooper on the Issues (NY Times)
- Meet the first Democrat running for president on climate change (Vox):
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee dishes on the Green New Deal, the filibuster, and more.
- Jay Inslee on the Issues (NY Times)
- Colorado's John Hickenlooper is running for president — here's where the Democrat stands on key business issues (CNBC)
- VIDEO: Meghan McCain Tries To Burn Washington Governor Jay Inslee On Green New Deal (Huffington Post):
The audience cheered when the Washington governor pointed out McCain’s information was incorrect.
- VIDEO: Gov. Inslee - Climate change is a 'true national emergency' (MSNBC)
- Inslee: Trump 'simply moronic' on wind power (The Hill)
- It's the Green News Report's 10th anniversary!
'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
- A Troubling Discovery in the Deepest Ocean Trenches (The Atlantic)
- The Potency of Republicans’ Hamburger Lie: history shows why it might work (New Reublic)
- Heatwaves sweeping oceans ‘like wildfires’, scientists reveal (Guardian UK)
- AL vs. CA, Puerto Rico: Trump’s "A Plus treatment" tweet highlights political approach to disaster relief (Axios)
- The Good News About a Green New Deal (The New Yorker)
- A look into Big Oil's fight against electric cars (E&E News)
- Plastic Mardi Gras Beads Could Soon Be A Thing Of The Past (Huffington Post)
- Residents describe Audrain County, MO pipeline explosion (Columbia Daily Tribune)
- Seeking to shrink Bears Ears, uranium firm met with Interior before review (Roll Call)
- MN Gov. Walz aims for 100 percent clean energy in Minnesota by 2050 (Minneapolis Star-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)
- 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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