IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: GNR Special Coverage: Climate change finally gets some air time in the first 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate in Miami; PLUS: Extreme weather wreaks havoc around the world... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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- Extreme weather wreaks havoc around the world:
- Freak Summer Hailstorm Hits Mexico's Guadalajara (NPR):
People in Guadalajara, Mexico, woke up on Sunday to a thick blanket of ice over areas of their city, after a freak hailstorm that damaged houses and left cars partially buried. This is particularly striking because it's the middle of summer. In the past month, temperatures most days have hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit or over.
- France Just Obliterated Its All-Time Heat Record (Earther)
- Europe heat wave: France records all-time highest temperature of 115 degrees (Washington Post):
Historic heat has scorched western and central Europe since Wednesday, when national June temperature records fell in Germany, Luxembourg, Andorra, Poland and the Czech Republic.
- It's so hot in Spain that manure self-ignited, sparking a 10,000-acre wildfire (CNN)
- Germany's temperature record smashed as Europe's heat wave intensifies (CNN)
- Europe's extreme heat a preview of climate change to come:
- Europe has had five 500-year summers in 15 years. And now this (National Geographic):
These extreme heat events are all connected to a slower jet stream that locks weather systems into place, says Michael Mann of Penn State University. Mann co-authored a study last year that linked the slowdown in the jet stream—the band of high-altitude winds that sweep around the globe from west to east—to last summer’s unprecedented droughts, heat waves, wildfires, and flooding events across the entire Northern Hemisphere.
- VIDEO: Why is it so hot in Europe? with Dr. Mann (PBS NewsHour)
- A Heat Wave Tests Europe’s Defenses. Expect More. (NY Times):
Critically, several nighttime minimum temperature records were also broken. A series of extremely hot nights can be lethal, because it deprives the body of the recovery period that normally comes after sunset.
- This week's heat wave in Europe is a preview of what the climate crisis has in store (CNN):
Global heat records are being set five times as often today as they would in a stable climate...The frequency of heat wave events such as this one "is expected to double by 2050," Meteo-France said, and without significant cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, they could be stronger and last longer than in the recent past.
- "Heat waves are on the rise": PIK statement (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)
- Climate Change gets air time in first 2020 Democratic presidential primary debates:
- VIDEO: Full Video: First Democratic Presidential Primary Debate, Night One (NBC News)
- Transcript: The first Democratic debate night transcript, annotated (Washington Post)
- VIDEO: Full Video: First Democratic Presidential Primary Debate, Night Two (NBC News)
- Transcript: Night 2 of the first Democratic debate (Washington Post)
- First 2020 Debates Spent 15 Minutes on Climate Change. What Did We Learn? (Inside Climate News):
The discussion of climate change in the Democrats' first presidential debates was a little like the bad meal served up in a famous Woody Allen joke—it was terrible, and such small portions...Although four of the 10 candidates who were asked to name the nation's greatest geopolitical threat responded "climate change," none had a chance to say why or what he or she would do about it. One question assumed that action on climate change would have to happen at the expense of health care. Carbon taxing, one of the only solutions mentioned by name, was framed as politically unviable at the start.
- Climate change got just 15 minutes out of 4 hours of Democratic debates (Vox):
Many candidates have thoughtful ideas about climate change and want to present them. With more than two dozen Democrats running for the White House, it’s hard to tell them apart. This is especially true on climate change, a complex problem that needs sophisticated, thoughtful solutions...The moderators’ climate questions were insufficient and, at times, muddled.
- The First Democratic Debate Failed The Planet (The New Republic)
- The Debates Showed America Still Doesn't Know How to Talk About Climate Change (Time):
On the first night, MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow asked Inslee whether his climate plan would “save Miami,” an ambiguous question far removed from the central climate policy questions that a future president would need to address. Meet the Press host Chuck Todd asked other puzzling questions.
- Several Democrats distinguished themselves on climate issues during a packed debate (Climate Progress)
- DNC will vote on whether to have a climate-focused debate:
- Democrats To Consider Climate Debate Amid Mounting Pressure (Huffington Post):
At an executive committee gathering in Pittsburgh on Saturday, the DNC voted unanimously to refer two proposals --- one calling for an official debate on climate change, another envisioning a less formal forum --- to a committee, a DNC official confirmed to HuffPost.
- Under pressure from activists, DNC reportedly planning vote on climate debate (Climate Progress):
DNC officials later clarified to ThinkProgress that the resolutions could still undergo significant changes and that nothing is set in stone, countering the narrative offered by activists. Nonetheless, the conversation around the August vote signals a sudden pivot, one that comes after the organization staged a massive protest over the DNC’s stance.
- Climate Change and the 2020 Debates (DNC Chair Tom Perez, Medium, 6/11/2019)
'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: Trump Readying Kill Shot for US Science (Climate Crocks)
- We have too many fossil-fuel power plants to meet climate goals (National Geographic)
- As Coal Fades in the U.S., Natural Gas Becomes the Climate Battleground (NY Times)
- The Democratic Hopefuls Have Endorsed the Green New Deal. So Why The Silence? (Mother Jones)
- Green New Deal: Candidate Scorecards (Data For Progress)
- Algae Blooms Fed by Farm Flooding Add to Midwest's Climate Woes (Inside Climate News)
- Scrap Collector: Environmentalists criticize 'narrow' G20 marine plastics goal (Waste Dive)
- Los Angeles solicits record solar + storage deal at 1.997/1.3-cents kWh (Utility Dive)
- U.S. States Sue EPA For Stricter Asbestos Rules (Reuters)
- U.S. Oil Companies Find Energy Independence Isn’t So Profitable (NY Times)
- PA refinery: Who will clean up decades of pollution? (E&E News)
- Precipitous' Fall In Antarctic Sea Ice Since 2014 Revealed (Guardian UK)
- For climate-smart farmers, carbon solution is in the soil (E&E News)
- Florida’s stunted customer-owned solar grows 76% in 2018 (PV Magazine)
- America's liquefied natural gas boom may be on a collision course with climate change (CNN)
- Oregon governor ready to take lead on divisive climate plan (AP)
- Oregon Climate Bill Appears Dead After Some Ridiculous Bullshit You Can't Make Up (Earther)
- 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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