IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: U.S. East Coast facing down Hurricane Dorian; Humanitarian crisis unfolding in The Bahamas in Dorian's wake; PLUS: 2020 Democrats dive deep into climate action in CNN's marathon 'Climate Crisis Town Hall'... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Trump Admin. to relax energy efficiency rules for light bulbs; Hurricane Dorian devastation in Bahamas could cost $7 billion; Island nations are pooling disaster risk to pay for megastorms; China's industrial heartland fears impact of tougher emissions policies; Top Interior official who pushed to expand drilling in Alaska to join oil company there; CA becomes first state in nation to outlaw fur trapping; On the AL coast, the unluckiest island in America; As rising heat bakes U.S. cities, the poor often feel it most... PLUS: Many businesses oppose Trump’s deregulatory agenda. Here’s why... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- U.S. East Coast facing down Hurricane Dorian:
- ‘Life-threatening’ storm surge, torrential rains and hurricane force winds pound the Carolinas as Hurricane Dorian grinds north (Washington Post):
Powerful Hurricane Dorian is unleashing its full array of hazards on the Carolinas just days after causing a humanitarian crisis in the northwestern Bahamas and then zagging around the Florida Peninsula.
- VIDEO: Hurricane Dorian Battering South Carolina, North Carolina With Flooding Rain, Storm Surge, High Winds, Tornadoes (Weather Channel)
- Trump clings to idea Alabama faced big threat from Dorian (AP):
Trump had no explanation for who had altered the map he displayed in the White House.
- Trump shows apparently altered Dorian trajectory map (CNN)
- >VIDEO: Trump's lies about storm harder to ignore than his usual nonsense (MSNBC, Rachel Maddow Show)
- Trump Admin. to transfer funds away from FEMA to border wall construction:
- VIDEO: DHS Sec. McAleenan says transfer of FEMA funds to border will have "no impact" on hurricane response (CBS Face The Nation)
- Homeland Security moves $155 million from FEMA disaster relief for immigration enforcement (CNN):
The Trump administration plans to shift at least $155 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster relief fund to support its policy of returning some migrants to Mexico. The Department of Homeland Security has informed Congress it will reprogram and transfer $271 million in total to its immigration enforcement agency from elsewhere in the department, including the FEMA money, according to documents obtained by CNN.
- Humanitarian crisis unfolding in The Bahamas amid devastation of Hurricane Dorian:
- How to help the Bahamas: 7 things you can do for Hurricane Dorian victims right now (Fast Company)
- Massive international rescue and relief effort underway in ravaged Bahamas as Hurricane Dorian aims at Carolinas (Washington Post)
- Hurricane death toll climbs to 20 in devastated Bahamas (AP):
“I have lost everything,” he said. “I have lost all my baby’s clothes, my son’s clothes. We have nowhere to stay, nowhere to live. Everything is gone.”
- Hurricane Dorian death toll in the Bahamas jumps to 20 and is expected to 'increase significantly' (USA Today):
"We are seeing bravery and fortitude of Bahamians who endured hours and days of horror," Minnis said. "Our urgent task will be to provide food, water, shelter and safety and security."
- Bahamas Facing Humanitarian Crisis in Wake of Hurricane Dorian (AP)
- VIDEO: Bahamian prime minister describes devastation after Dorian (MSNBC, Rachel Maddow Show)
- How to Help the Bahamas After 'Catastrophic' Hurricane Dorian (NBC Miami)
- VIDEO: Video from the ground shows extensive damage in the Bahamas (CNN)
- Preliminary fingerprints of climate change's influence on Hurricane Dorian:
- AUDIO: Hurricane Dorian explained, with Meteorologist Guy 'Climate Guy' Walton: 'BradCast' 9/3/2019 (The Brad Blog)
- Dorian isn’t moving because the upper atmosphere is too calm (AP)
- Why Are Hurricanes Like Dorian Stalling, and Is Global Warming Involved? (Inside Climate News):
Recent research shows that more North Atlantic hurricanes have been stalling as Dorian did, leading to more extreme rainfall. Their average forward speed has also decreased by 17 percent—from 11.5 mph, to 9.6 mph—from 1944 to 2017, according to a study published in June by federal scientists at NASA and NOAA.
- How warm oceans supercharge deadly hurricanes (National Geographic)
- Here's The Science That Links Hurricane Dorian's Features to Climate Change (Science Alert/Washington Post)
- Is climate change making hurricanes more powerful? (CBS News):
In 169 years of record keeping, there have been only 35 Category 5 hurricanes in the Atlantic. Five of those catastrophic storms happened in the last four years — including Hurricane Dorian...
- 2020 Dems dive deep into climate action in CNN's marathon climate town hall:
- VIDEO: What happened during CNN's climate town hall and what it means for 2020 (CNN)
- David Roberts, Vox - Live tweet thread: CNN CLIMATE TOWN HALL. HERE WE GO. (Thread Reader App)
- Live coverage: CNN's climate crisis town hall (CNN)
- Seven. Freaking. Hours. CNN body slammed America with climate coverage last night. Here's what happened. (Emily Atkin, Heated.World)
- 6 winners and 3 losers from CNN’s climate town hall (Vox):
Winner: Jay Inslee.
- For 7 hours, Democratic presidential candidates talked climate crisis — and it was great (Grist):
It wasn’t the climate debate that activists — and even several of the candidates themselves — had demanded the Democratic National Committee hold. But it was nearly a full work day packed with climate policy conversation, follow-up questions, and almost no crosstalk. If you were looking for substance over soundbites, this was exactly the forum of your dreams, with each candidate getting more than a half hour to sketch out their vision for climate action.
- 5 Takeaways From the Democrats’ Climate Town Hall (NY Times):
Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., framed his climate change approach at the CNN climate town hall Wednesday night as a moral imperative...“If you believe that God is watching” as humanity spews pollutants, “what do you think God thinks of that?” he asked. “This is less and less about the planet as an abstract thing and more about specific people suffering specific harm because of what we’re doing right now. At least one way of talking about this is that it’s a kind of sin.”
- Your 2020 Democratic primary climate change cheat sheet (Washington Post)
- Dear Democrats, the Mainstream Media Are Not Your Friends (The Nation):
"We were depending on the media to explain the plan to people, and they had no interest in doing that."...In their presidential debates, Democrats naively continue to put themselves at the mercy of reporters and pundits who are eager to prove that they are not the liberal patsies Republicans say they are.
'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
- White House to Relax Energy Efficiency Rules for Light Bulbs (NY Times)
- Climate Changed: Island Nations Are Pooling Disaster Risk to Pay for Megastorms (Bloomberg)
- Many businesses oppose Trump’s deregulatory agenda. Here’s why. (David Roberts, Vox)
- China’s Industrial Heartland Fears Impact of Tougher Emissions Policies (Inside Climate News)
- Top Interior official who pushed to expand drilling in Alaska to join oil company there (Washington Post)
- Hurricane Dorian devastation in Bahamas could cost $7 billion (Reuters)
- Calif. Becomes The First State In The Nation To Outlaw Fur Trapping (USA Today)
- On the Alabama Coast, the Unluckiest Island in America (Yale e360)
- WV Gov. Justice Coal Group Top User Of Loophole Allowing Mine Lands To Sit Idle (Ohio Valley Resource)
- As Rising Heat Bakes U.S. Cities, The Poor Often Feel It Most (NPR)
- Hydropower giant Bonneville Power is going broke (E&E News)
- EPA Argues Its Blog Isn't Public Information, Won't Change Post (The Hill)
- Limits On Scientists’ NC Sea-Level Rise Study Could Be Loosened (Raliegh News & Observer)
- Other Cities Have Built Levees And Sea Walls. That Won't Work In Florida (CNN)
- PFAS Toxins Found In Drinking Water Throughout Southern California (Orange County Register)
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce splits with Trump over car rules (E&E News)
- What Does '12 Years to Act on Climate Change' (Now 11 Years) Really Mean? (Inside Climate News)
- 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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