IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: In latest Democratic presidential debate, the moderators didn't want to talk about climate change, but the candidates sure did; Climate protest group Extinction Rebellion shuts down parts of London; California moves to block Trump's efforts to expand fossil fuel extraction; PLUS: Another fossil fuel explosion and fire, this time near earthquake-prone San Francisco... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Exxon goes on trial in NY climate fraud case; Despite their promises, giant energy companies burn away vast amounts of natural gas; How to power your house, with xkcd's Randall Munroe; Trump Admin proposes expanding logging in Tongass National Forest; Billionaire GOP governor received maximum farm aid from Trump's trade war; California’s deliberate blackouts were outrageous and harmful and will happen again; Owl vs. owl: should humans intervene to save a species?... PLUS: Despairing about the climate crisis? Read this... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Watch the Democratic Presidential Debate in Westerville, OH:
- VIDEO: Part 1 of the CNN/NYT Democratic Presidential Debate (CNN)
- VIDEO: Part 2 of the CNN/NYT Democratic Presidential Debate (CNN)
- VIDEO: Part 3 of the CNN/NYT Democratic Presidential Debate (CNN)
- VIDEO: Part 4 of the CNN/NYT Democratic Presidential Debate (CNN)
- TRANSCRIPT: The October Democratic debate transcript (Washington Post)
- In Ohio Democratic debate, moderators once again ignored climate change:
- CNN and the New York Times skip climate change in the fourth Democratic debate (Grist):
That’s despite the fact that CNN, one of the night’s two host media organizations, recently held a climate change-themed town hall during which moderators grilled candidates on all angles of the issue. The New York Times, the other host, has a team of journalists specifically assigned to climate stories. (CNN even ran a Times ad touting its climate coverage during one of the debate’s commercial breaks). And yet, somehow, CNN and the Times were unable to muster even a yes/no question about a crisis that is projected to claim millions of lives and alter the world as we know it.
Instead, the candidates were asked about hot topics in recent news cycles...
- We asked 2020 Democratic candidates 6 key questions on climate change. Here’s what they said. (Vox)
- Shame on CNN and the New York Times moderators for ignoring the climate crisis (Guardian UK)
- Five Radical Climate Policies That Most Americans Actually Like (The Atlantic)
- What is CNN for? Plus, how conservatives are marrying climate denial with denial of indigenous suffering. (Heated)
- Another fossil fuel explosion and fire, in earthquakey San Francisco:
- Earthquake probed as possible cause of California fuel fire (AP)
- VIDEO: Fuel Tank Inferno In Crockett Raises Questions About Refineries On Fault Lines (KPIX-San Francisco)
- Contra Costa explosion: It could have been worse (SF Chronicle):
The tanks that burned at a fuel storage facility in Crockett Tuesday afternoon were at just 1% capacity, according to a Contra Costa County official. Steve Hill, Contra Costa County fire spokesman, said he wasn’t sure what would have happened had the tanks — which held with 126,000 gallons of ethanol each — been more full. “I think we probably dodged some bullets here in the last 24 hours,” he said at a press conference Wednesday.
- Extinction Rebellion protests Google, shuts down parts of London::
- Extinction Rebellion rush-hour protest sparks clash on London Underground (Guardian UK)
- Extinction Rebellion defies protest ban and targets Google (Guardian UK)
- London Metropolitan Police Service bans Extinction Rebellion from entering the city (Boing Boing)
- Extinction Rebellion: Celebrity backers admit 'hypocrisy' (BBC)
- 'To do nothing is criminal': XR activists on defying the police (Guardian UK)
- Just Who Do You Think Is the Enemy Here? (Earther):
What might a more inclusive climate protest around public transit look like?
- California moves to counter Trump Administration, protect public health:
'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
- Exxon and Oil Sands Go on Trial in New York Climate Fraud Case (Inside Climate News)
- Despite Their Promises, Giant Energy Companies Burn Away Vast Amounts of Natural Gas (NY Times)
- Despairing about the Climate Crisis? Read This. (Earth Island Journal)
- VIDEO: How to power your house, with xkcd's Randall Munroe (Grist)
- Trump Wants to Erase Protections in Alaska's Tongass National Forest, a Storehouse of Carbon (Inside Climate News)
- Billionaire W.Va. governor's family business received maximum amount of trade war farm aid (Axios)
- California’s deliberate blackouts were outrageous and harmful. They’re going to happen again. (Vox)
- No, we didn’t almost solve the climate crisis in the 1980s (Vox)
- Clean Power Plan: Senate climate vote seen as Democrats' road map (Politico)
- Lithium will fuel the clean energy boom. This company may have a breakthrough (LA Times)
- Californians are buying up electric cars. But where will they plug in? (SF Chronicle)
- Owl vs. Owl: Should Humans Intervene To Save a Species (AP)
- B.C. Spruce Beetle Infestation Used To Accelerate Clear Cuts (The Narhwal)
- With 10% penetration, EVs could shift all residential peak load to night, analysis of SoCal Ed finds (Utility Dive)
- Honolulu's lone MSW landfill ordered to close by 2028, path forward unclear (Waste Dive)
- 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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