IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Trump EPA refuses to ban dangerous pesticide linked to brain damage in children; Intense, extreme heat wave exposes fragile U.S. infrastructure; Trump campaign selling plastic straws to stick it to the libs; PLUS: Berkeley, CA becomes first city in U.S. to ban natural gas in new home construction... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): How an oil theft investigation laid the groundwork for the Koch Playbook; Green New Deal is as popular as legalizing cannabis; Refinery explosions raise new warnings about deadly chemical; EPA halts surprise inspections of power, chemical plants; India set to lower 'normal rain' baseline as droughts bite; Ford smacks back at Tesla with new EV pickup claim; Ohio passes controversial nuke subsidy bill by one vote... PLUS: Scientists memorialize the first glacier lost to climate change in Iceland... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Trump 2020 campaign selling branded plastic straws to 'stick it to the libs':
- President Trump's 2020 Campaign Is Now Selling Plastic Straws: 'Liberal Paper Straws Don't Work' (Time)
- Trump store sells more than 140,000 plastic straws in dig at 'liberal paper straws' (The Hill)
- Trump: 'We have bigger problems than plastic straws' (The HIll)
- Trump Now Selling Merch Specifically Designed to Destroy the Planet (Vanity Fair)
- How Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of Waste Management (Wired)
- Trump Is Now Selling Plastic Straws To Show How Much He Sucks (IFL Science)
- Extreme heat wave exposes fragile U.S. infrastructure:
- Searing heat across nation, reaching 100 degrees in some spots, takes its toll on events and roads (USA Today)
- Heat Wave Kills At Least 7, Forces Cancellation of NYC Triathlon; Subway Lines Halted (Weather Channel)
- During deadly heat wave, New York utility cut power to high-risk neighborhoods (Grist)
- After heat wave, New York City area slammed with flooding, power outages remain as debris cleanup begins (NBC News)
- Deadly storms bring explosive end to heat wave that roasted Northeast and mid-Atlantic (AccuWeather)
- Earth just had its hottest June on record, on track for warmest July (Washington Post)
- Heat Waves in the Age of Climate Change: Longer, More Frequent and More Dangerous (NY Times)
- Quantifying the influence of global warming on unprecedented extreme climate events (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)
- ‘Off-the-charts’ heat to affect millions in U.S. in coming decades (National Geographic):
Within 60 years, hot days in the U.S. could be so intense that the current heat index can’t measure them.
- Extreme heat hits beleagured Midwest farmers:
- ‘It never stops’: US farmers now face extreme heat wave after floods and trade war (CNBC):
“Every time we think we catch a break, it’s just another issue we have to solve,” Adam Jones, a 28-year-old organic farmer from Central Illinois, tells CNBC.
- Farmers Scramble to Harvest During Heat (WNEP-Scranton, PA)
- VIDEO: Farmers dealing with hot temps during day and night (WRAL)
- Trump EPA refuses to ban dangerous pesticide chlorpyrifos:
- EPA will not ban use of controversial pesticide linked to children’s health problems (Washington Post:
The agency said that the Obama administration’s decision to ban the product — used on more than 50 crops, including grapes, broccoli and strawberries — was based on epidemiological studies rather than direct tests on animals, which have historically been used by the EPA to determine a pesticide’s safety. The EPA’s decision, which represented a win for industry, drew swift condemnation from groups that have pushed for years to remove the pesticide from the market.
- Oregon (And The EPA) Failed To Ban This Toxic Pesticide (Oregon Public Radio)
- VIDEO: EPA Refuses to Ban Dangerous Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Linked to Brain Damage in Children - Part 1 (Democracy Now)
- VIDEO: The “Outdated Pesticide” Chlorpyrifos Is Linked to a Range of Health Issues. Why Isn’t It Banned? - Part 2 (Democracy Now)
- Trump’s EPA Just Made Its Final Decision Not to Ban a Pesticide That Hurts Kids’ Brains (Mother Jones):
The president has quite a chummy relationship with chlorpyrifos’ maker, DowDupont.
- Environment and health advocates say Trump’s EPA is choosing chemical industry over children (climate Progress)
- Trump’s EPA Keeps Brain-damaging Pesticide in Fruits and Vegetables (Earth Justice)
- EPA Approves Bee-Killing Pesticide After U.S. Quits Tracking Vanishing Hives (Huffington Post)
- Berkeley, CA bans natural gas installations in new home construction:
- Berkeley becomes first U.S. city to ban natural gas in new homes (SF Chronicle):
“I think we all have to do our part some way or another. As citizens of this world, when do we start taking responsibility?” he said. “As chefs in the industry, we try to reduce our carbon footprint and try to source as local as possible. I think this is just going to be the new normal.”
- Following Berkeley's Natural Gas Ban, More California Cities Look to All-Electric Future (Inside Climate News)
- VIDEO: Berkeley City Council Considers Natural Gas Ban In Residential Buildings (KPIX-San Francisco)
- As Cities Begin Banning Natural Gas, States Must Embrace Building Electrification Via Smart Policy (Forbes)
'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
- Scientists memorialize the first glacier lost to climate change in Iceland (CNN)
- How an Oil Theft Investigation Laid the Groundwork for the Koch Playbook (Politico)
- Republicans Waking too Little, Too Late, too Clueless on Climate (Climate Crocks)
- Poll: The Green New Deal is as popular as legalizing weed (Grist)
- Refinery Explosions Raise New Warnings About Deadly Chemical (NPR)
- Call it the Trump heat wave: The current scorcher is just a taste of what’s coming (Climate Progress)
- EPA halts surprise inspections of power, chemical plants (The Hill)
- Duke Energy buys a 200 MW merchant solar project in Texas (PV Magazine)
- U.N. Sec. Gen. Guterres asks all countries to plan for carbon neutrality by 2050 (Climate Change News)
- India Set to Lower ‘Normal Rain’ Baseline as Droughts Bite (Inside Climate News)
- Ford smacks back at Tesla with new EV pickup claim (CNBC)
- Study finds link between oil and gas developments and child heart defects (Colorado Public Radio)
- Bureau of Land Management senior official: Feds should sell public land, environmentalists want to “destroy” civilization (Media Matters)
- Ex-BLM Chiefs Say Interior Is Moving to Transfer Land to States" (Bloomberg)
- These Candidates See Farming as a Climate Solution. Here’s What They're Proposing. (Inside Climate News)
- Ohio passes controversial nuke subsidy bill by one vote (Utility Dive)
- 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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