IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Global trade unions commit to walk out for Global Climate Strike on Sept. 20th; Parts of the planet have already warmed 2 degrees Celsius; Benefits of investing in climate adaptation far outweigh costs, report finds; PLUS: Prominent climate science denier departs the Trump White House... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Administration finalizes repeal of 2015 water rule Trump called ‘destructive and horrible’; Los Angeles OKs a deal for record-cheap solar power and battery storage; The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust; Trump pushed staff to contradict accurate NOAA tweet on Hurricane Dorian; How strawberry farmers got themselves (and the ozone layer) out of a jam... PLUS: McDonald's Germany served edible packaging in 10-day pilot... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Parts of the planet have already warmed 2 degrees Celsius:
- Dangerous new hot zones are spreading around the world (Washington Post):
The entire global ocean is warming, but some parts are changing much faster than others — and the hot spot off Uruguay is one of the fastest. It was first identified by scientists in 2012, but it is still poorly understood and has received virtually no public attention.
- Six takeaways from The Post’s analysis of the globe’s fastest-warming areas (Washington Post)
- Sweden's tallest peak loses top spot thanks to climate change:
- Sweden's Tallest Peak Has Lost Its Title, Thanks to Climate Change (Earther)
- Swedish mountain loses highest peak title due to global heating (Guardian):
“This is quite a symbol,” said Gunhild Ninis Rosqvist, a Stockholm University geography professor who has been measuring the glacier annually for several years. “A very obvious, very clear signal to everyone in Sweden that things are changing.”
- Benefits of investing in climate adaptation far outweigh costs
- Benefits of Investing in Climate Adaptation Far Outweigh Costs, Commission Says (Inside Cliamte News):
"For years we have seen adaptation frankly as the Cinderella of climate change, way behind mitigation," said Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and a member of the adaptation commission. "The message of this report is either we delay and pay or we plan and prosper."
- Prominent climate science denier leaves Trump Administration:
- Climate Denialist to Depart White House National Security Council (NY Times)
- Climate change skeptic leaves White House National Security Council (CNN)
- Global Climate Strike set to launch Sept. 20th:
- Global Climate Strike ? Sep. 20–27 (Global Climate Strike)
- We’re stepping up – join us for a day to halt this climate crisis (Guardian UK)
- VIDEO: Greta Thunberg speaks to CBS This Morning (CBS News)
- VIDEO: “We Are Striking to Disrupt the System”: An Hour with 16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg (Democracy Now!):
We have lots of unions who are planning to strike, so, I mean, adults striking from their work. And that is so incredibly important to show that this is such an — this is not just for children or teenagers. This is for everyone. And what we are doing, we are not, of course — I mean, we are striking to disrupt the system, to create attention. And I just hope that it will turn out well.
- To Critics Who Say Climate Action Is 'Too Expensive,' Greta Thunberg Responds: 'If We Can Save the Banks, We Can Save the World' (Common Dreams)
- Global trade unions commit to walk out for Global Climate Strike:
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
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- WOTUS: Administration finalizes repeal of 2015 water rule Trump called ‘destructive and horrible’ (Washington Post)
- Los Angeles OKs a deal for record-cheap solar power and battery storage (LA Times)
- McDonald's Germany served edible packaging in 10-day pilot (Waste Dive)
- The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust (BBC)
- Trump Pushed Staff To Contradict Accurate NOAA Tweet On Dorian Track (Washington Post)
- How strawberry farmers got themselves (and the ozone layer) out of a jam (Grist)
- 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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