IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Mozambique, already facing a humanitarian crisis, braces it's second monster cyclone in one month; Loss of Arctic permafrost could cost the global economy trillions; More than a thousand arrested as massive climate protests end in London; PLUS: Los Angeles moves ahead with its own Green New Deal to combat climate change... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): At what point should you start freaking out about climate change? Right now; Fox News has united the right against the Green New Deal. The left remains divided; After years of progress, the number of Americans breathing polluted air is rising; The UK has seen a record number of fires this year, and it's only April; Farmers could be crushed by climate change --- or not; Thousands of penguin chicks wiped out; Stop denying the risks of air pollution; As floods increase, cities like Detroit are looking to green stormwater infrastructure; Facebook fact-checker has ties to climate doubt... PLUS: Nearly half of young Americans say climate change is a "crisis" requiring "urgent action"... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Mozambique braces for 2nd powerful cyclone in one month:
- Tropical Cyclone Kenneth Has Made Landfall and Is Making Catastrophic, Unprecedented Strike on Northern Mozambique (Weather Channel)
- VIDEO: Cyclone Kenneth: Mozambique braces for another destructive storm (BBC):
Mozambique is braced for another cyclone following the devastation of Cyclone Idai last month, which killed hundreds of people and left thousands homeless.
- Kenneth Threatens to Bring Extreme Rains to Cyclone-Ravaged Mozambique (Weather Underground)
- Cyclone Kenneth: Thousands of people evacuated in Mozambique ahead of major storm (CNN)
- Cyclone Kenneth Threatens Africa - Will The World Pay Attention This Time? (Forbes)
- Cyclone Idai lays bare the fundamental injustice of climate change (Grist)
- IMF loan to Mozambique following Cyclone Idai "shocking indictment" of international community (press release, Jubilee Debt Campaign)
- Quebec premiere proposes homeowner buyouts amid new flooding:
- Over 1,000 homes flooded across Quebec as water continues to rise (CBC):
"It's sure that climate change is having an impact, and we must adjust our program," he said while visiting affected areas in Laval. "If it's necessary to compel people to move, then we'll do it.
- Homes in high-risk floodplains should be subject to mandatory buyouts, says expert (CBC)
- Is $200,000 a fair buyout price for a house in a Quebec flood zone? (Montreal Gazette)
- A lesson from New Jersey as Quebec tries to persuade people to leave flood zones for good (CBC):
The difference between Blue Acres and what Quebec is offering is that in New Jersey, there's no cap on compensation. The amount is determined based on the value of the home before Sandy struck.
- Vietnam sets new all-time high national temperature record:
- Vietnam just observed its highest temperature ever recorded: 110 degrees, in April (Washington Post)
- Vietnam Just Had Its Hottest Day Ever Recorded-and the Season's Still Heating Up (Earther):
Vietnam is hot year-round owing to its proximity to the equator, but June and July are still the hottest months on average. That makes the new national record in April pretty remarkable, but also right in line with the wealth of heat records we've seen falling at all times of the year due in large part to rising background temperatures. In past year, the world has seen the hottest April temperature ever recorded anywhere and Africa's all-time heat record fall, in addition to never ending heat in Alaska and other parts of the Arctic. Basically, this is our world now.
- Greenland melting six times faster since the 1980s:
- Forty-six years of Greenland Ice Sheet mass balance from 1972 to 2018 (4/22/2019, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)
- Rate of ice loss from Greenland has grown by a factor of six since the 1980s, scientists find (Washington Post):
"None of this is good news," Rignot added. "We ought to prepare ourselves for what is coming up and take action as soon as possible to avoid the most drastic scenarios."
- Greenland Is Now Losing Ice Six Times Faster Than It Was in 1980 (Earther):
"Over the entire period, even though we have more and better data now than in the 1970s, we are able to construct a robust, comprehensive and very precise record of mass change," Eric Rignot, an ice researcher at the University of California, Irvine who worked on the study, told Earther.
- Ice Loss From Greenland Now Six Times Rate In 1980s, Scientists Find (Washington Post)
- Accelerating changes in ice mass within Greenland, and the ice sheet's sensitivity to atmospheric forcing (1/22/2019, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)
- Loss of Arctic permafrost could cost the global economy trillions:
- Climate policy implications of nonlinear decline of Arctic land permafrost and other cryosphere elements (Nature)
- Losing Arctic Ice and Permafrost Will Cost Trillions as Earth Warms, Study Says (Inside Climate News):
At 1.5°C of warming, thawing permafrost and loss of sea ice will have cost the global economy an estimated $24.8 trillion in today's dollars by the year 2300. At 2°C, that climbs to $33.8 trillion. If countries only meet their current pledges under the Paris Agreement, the cost will rise to $66.9 trillion.
- A warming Arctic could cost the world trillions of dollars (National Geographic):
While there may be some economic gains from a warming Arctic-shorter shipping routes and mineral resource extraction-those gains are a small fraction of the additional economic losses. The bulk of these losses are more likely to be incurred in warmer, poorer regions such as India and Africa, the study found.
- London: Extinction Rebellion ends nine-day climate protests:
- Arrests at London Climate-Change Protests Top 1,000 (Reuters)
- Extinction Rebellion protests win political attention in the U.K. (NBC)
- The Extinction Rebellion scorecard: what did it achieve? (Guardian UK)
- Extinction Rebellion: London climate protest 'ending on Thursday' (BBC)
- Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg delivers blistering speech to British parliament:
- 'You did not act in time': Greta Thunberg's full speech to MPs (Guardian UK)
- VIDEO: Greta Thunberg full speech to members of the UK Parliament (World Wildlife Fund)
- The Uncanny Power of Greta Thunberg's Climate-Change Rhetoric(The New Yorker)
- The eloquence of Greta Thunberg (The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists)
- Los Angeles moves ahead with its own Green New Deal:
- VIDEO: State of the City 2019, Mayor Eric Garcetti (L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti)
- TRANSCRIPT: Remarks by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, State of the City 2019, as prepared for delivery (L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti)
- Los Angeles' Green New Deal Focuses on Neighborhoods Most Impacted by Climate Change (California Health Report)
- Garcetti, in yearly address, pushes new tax to support L.A. schools (LA Times):
Garcetti touted the city's work in developing a Green New Deal within L.A., saying no one will care about potholes if "Venice is underwater." He also highlighted his recent decision to have the Department of Water and Power abandon plans for rebuilding three natural gas power plants.
- We Fact Check Garcetti's Speech On The State Of LA: Schools, Homelessness, Climate Change And More (LAist)
'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
- At What Point Should You Start Really Freaking Out About Climate Change? Right Now (Bill McKibben, TIME)
- Fox News has united the right against the Green New Deal. The left remains divided. (Vox)
- After years of progress, the number of Americans breathing polluted air is rising, report says (CNN)
- The UK Has Seen a Record Number of Fires This Year, and It's Only April (Earther)
- Nearly half of young Americans say climate change is a "crisis" requiring "urgent action" (CBS)
- Farmers Could Be Crushed by Changing Climate - or Not (Climate Crocks)
- Thousands of penguin chicks wiped out (BBC)
- As floods increase, cities like Detroit are looking to green stormwater infrastructure (Ensia)
- One Thing You Can Do: Know Your Plastics (NY Times)
- Stop denying the risks of air pollution. Research linking fine particulate pollution and premature deaths is under attack in the United States and other countries. (Nature)
- Facebook fact-checker has ties to climate doubt (E&E News)
- North American drilling boom threatens big blow to climate efforts, study finds (Guardian UK)
- The betrayal: How a lawyer, a lobbyist and a legislator waged war on an Alabama Superfund cleanup (Washington Post)
- The media are complacent while the world burns (Columbia Journalism Review)
- They worked in sweltering heat for Exxon, Shell and Walmart. They didn’t get paid a dime (Reveal News)
- We Asked All 2020 Democrats About Climate Change. Here Are Their Ideas. (NY Times)
- VIDEO: A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (The Intercept)
- 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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