IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Hundreds arrested in London climate protests; March 2019 the third hottest March ever recorded globally; Bank of England issues stark warning to investors about climate risks; PLUS: Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg offers stark, tearful warning to EU Parliament... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): New climate models predict a warming surge; Gila River tops list of 10 Most 'Endangered' Rivers Of 2019; Trump Administration reversal in Supreme Court Hawaii Clean Water Act case; EPA won't regulate pollution that moves through groundwater; Lead kills first golden eagle fitted with tracker; Want to limit global warming? Electrify everything... PLUS: A Message From the Future, With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- March 2019 the 3rd hottest March ever recorded:
- March is 3rd warmest on record, many contrasts (World Meteorological Organization)
- Alaska's historically warm March ended with even more records (Washington Post)
- National Climate Report - March 2019 (NOAA)
- Bank of England issues stark warning to investors about climate risks:
- The Bank of England lays bare the "very real" trillion-dollar risks of climate change (Quartz):
"My message today is simple. Climate change poses significant risks to the economy and to the financial system, and while these risks may seem abstract and far away, they are in fact very real, fast approaching, and in need of action today." That's how Sarah Breeden began her speech titled "Avoiding the storm: Climate change and the financial system."
- Avoiding the storm: Climate change and the financial system [PDF] (Remarks by Sarah Breedon, Bank of England)
- Bank of England: Mark Carney tells global banks they cannot ignore climate change dangers (Guardian UK):
They warned that a "massive reallocation of capital" was necessary to prevent global warming above the 2°C maximum target set by the Paris climate agreement, with the banking system required to play a pivotal role. "If some companies and industries fail to adjust to this new world, they will fail to exist," Carney and De Galhau said.
- The financial sector must be at the heart of tackling climate change (op-ed, Mark Carney, François Villeroy de Galhau and Frank Elderson, Guardian UK):
A new report from the Network for Greening the Financial System shows the industry is key to achieving a low-carbon economy.
- Hundreds arrested in Extinction Rebellion direct actions in Britain:
- Police begin second wave of arrests in London climate protests (Guardian UK)
- Climate change protests close London streets (NBC News)
- VIDEO: Rupert Read explains why protesters have caused disruption to public transport in London (Sky News):
"We think shutting down one tube line for a few hours is a small price to pay."
- Breaking the law is the future of climate protests (Quartz)
- Activists glue themselves to London train on third day of climate protests (CNN)
- VIDEO: Extinction Rebellion: Meet the Famed Climate Attorney Who Superglued Herself Outside Shell's U.K. HQ (Democracy Now!)
- Crowd Swarms City Hall in NYC to Protest Climate Change (NBC New York)
- Light rail disruption today to highlight Government's disastrous inaction on climate and ecological emergency (Extinction Rebellion)
- CO Gov. Polis signs state overhaul of oil and gas regulations into law:
- Colorado governor signs major overhaul of oil and gas rules (Durango Herald):
"Today, with the signing of this bill, it is our hope that the oil and gas wars that have enveloped our state are over, and the winner is all of us," said Polis, a Democrat. The state has struggled for years to balance the interests of the booming industry against growing concerns of people who live nearby drilling rigs, wells and tanks.
- Gov. Jared Polis ushers in new era of drilling regulation, but are “oil and gas wars” over? (Denver Post)
- VIDEO: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signs local control oil and gas bill (The Denver Channel)
- Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg calls for "cathedral thinking" on climate action:
- VIDEO: Greta Thunberg warns: "Time to panic. Why 3 Brexit summits? Time for "Notre Dame cathedral thinking" (ProductiehuisEU):
"I want you to act as if the house is on fire." She said that "if our house was falling apart you wouldn't hold three emergency Brexit summits and no emergency summit regarding the breakdown of the climate and environment."
- Pope encourages Swedish campaigner Greta on environment (AP)
'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
- VIDEO: A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (The Intercept)
- Trump Administration Reverses Position in Supreme Court Hawai?i Clean Water Act Case (Earth Justice)
- New climate models predict a warming surge (Science Magazine)
- Gila River Tops List of 10 Most 'Endangered' Rivers Of 2019 (USA Today)
- EPA Won't Regulate Pollution That Moves Through Groundwater (E&E News)
- Lead Kills 1st Yellowstone Golden Eagle Fitted With Tracker (AP)
- Judge Revokes Water Permit For Mine Under Montana Wilderness (AP)
- Trump’s New Regulations Chief to Oversee Major Rule Rollbacks (Bloomberg)
- 15 AGs Slam Trump Move To Limit Federal Authority Under Clean Water Act (Washington Post)
- Want To Limit Global Warming? Electrify Everything, Finds Study (Clean Technica)
- Bernhardt’s Office Acknowledges Meetings Left Off Schedule (Roll Call)
- Zinke Joins Firm Seeking To Mine Gold on Public Land (AP)
- This Is How Human Extinction Could Play Out (Rolling Stone)
- 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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