IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Trump's Energy Secretary Rick Perry announces resignation amid impeachment scandal; Arizona's Pinal County faces severe water deficit; Exxon Mobil goes on trial for climate fraud in New York State; PLUS: Climate strike in Canada's tar sands country packed a punch on eve of national election... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Did Exxon deceive its investors on climate change? [Yes]; Bank regulators present a dire warning of financial risks from climate change; U.S. air quality was improving, now it's getting worse, with deadly impacts; Ozone hole shrinks to smallest size on record; Trump declines to participate in Weather Channel 2020 climate change special, because of course; Global warming is making baby sea turtles almost all female; America's biggest trash hauler stops shipping plastic waste to poor countries; Leaded audio reveals how Coca-Cola undermines plastic recycling efforts... PLUS: A wildlife emergency is brewing at the border... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Pinal County, AZ faces severe water deficit in coming decades:
- In Pinal, groundwater insufficient to meet long-term projected demands, officials say (Arizona Republic):
Arizona’s top water official presented new long-term projections Friday showing that Pinal County doesn’t have enough groundwater to provide for the fast-growing area’s cities, farms and many planned subdivisions over the coming decades.
- As developers built homes, Arizona groundwater levels fell. It can't continue, report says (Arizona Republic)
- Arizona will struggle to find enough water for suburban growth, report says (Arizona Daily Star):
Some suburbs of Tucson and Phoenix will struggle to find enough water to keep growing without damaging underground aquifers by overpumping groundwater, a new report warns. This could lead to land subsidence, including ground fissures; lower water quality; and even the possibility of wells drying up.
- AUDIO: Pinal Farmers Cry Out Against Developments That Pull Water Resources (KJZZ-Phoenix)
- Water Talks Continue For Pinal-Area Stakeholders (KJAZZ-Phoenix)
- First-ever mandatory water cutbacks will kick in next year along the Colorado River (USA Today, 8/17/2019)
- So Fresh, So Clean: How Scottsdale Wants to Purify Your Ideas on Recycled Water (Phoenix New Times, 7/30/2019)
- DOE Sec. Rick Perry resigns, another lobbyist nominated to Trump's cabinet:
- Rick Perry, a key figure in Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, will resign as energy secretary (Vox)
- Energy Secretary Rick Perry tells Trump he plans to resign (Politico)
- VIDEO: "The Coolest Job I've Ever Had" – Secretary of Energy Rick Perry (US Dept. of Energy)
- Why Did Rick Perry Resign? (Oil Price)
- Trump to nominate Dan Brouillette as Energy secretary (Politico)
- New Energy Secretary Fits Trend: Cabinet Dominated by Lobbyists (NY Times)
- Teens rally for Climate Strike in Canada's tar sands country with Greta Thunberg:
- VIDEO: Greta Thunberg speaks at Edmonton climate action rally (CBC Radio)
- Thousands rally with Greta Thunberg at Alberta legislature for climate strike amid counter-rally (Global News)
- 'Not taking shots': Defacer of Thunberg mural in Edmonton wanted voice heard (CTV News)
- Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party wins Canada's general election (CNN)
- The Most Important Numbers Hidden in the Canadian Election Results (Vice)
- VIDEO: “We Are Striking to Disrupt the System”: An Hour with 16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg (Democracy Now, 9/11/2019)
- Exxon Mobil goes on trial for climate fraud in NY State:
- Exxon and Oil Sands Go on Trial in New York Climate Fraud Case (NY Times)
- Big Oil’s Climate Change Reckoning Finally Arrives in Court (Bloomberg):
New York’s $1.6 billion lawsuit arose from a national effort to hold Exxon liable for global warming. It ended up being an accounting case.
- Exxon's Own Research Confirmed Fossil Fuels' Role in Global Warming Decades Ago (Inside Climate News)
- Here’s What You Need To Know About Today’s Historic Climate Fraud Case Against Exxon (Buzzfeed)
- ExxonMobil goes on trial over accusations it misled investors about climate change costs (Washington Post):
New York's lawsuit against Exxon doesn't deal directly with the rise of Earth's temperature, or Exxon's contributions to it. It's ultimately a case about accounting. Letitia James, New York's attorney general, alleges that Exxon keeps two sets of numbers — one presented to investors and another used internally by planners — for calculating how greenhouse gas regulations around the world could cut into the company's bottom line.
- Oil Industry Braces For Blowback From Exxon Scandal (Oil Price)
- Big Oil’s stalled response to climate change is straight out of Big Tobacco playbook, report says, as Exxon trial to begin (MarketWatch)
'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
- Did Exxon deceive its investors on climate change? (op-ed, NY Times):
We’re not in this climate mess because we heat our homes or drive cars, which is what fossil fuel companies want us to think. We’re victims of a small group of gargantuan companies that ignored their own science on global warming.
- Bank regulators present a dire warning of financial risks from climate change (NY Times)
- U.S. Air Quality Was Improving. Now It’s Getting Worse (Bloomberg)
- Ozone Hole Shrinks To Smallest Size On Record (USA Today)
- A wildlife emergency is brewing at the border (NM Political Report)
- Trump declines to participate in Weather Channel 2020 climate change special (The Hill)
- The Warming Climate Is Making Baby Sea Turtles Almost All Girls (Washington Post)
- America’s Biggest Trash Hauler Stops Shipping Plastic To Poor Countries (Huffington Post)
- California Utility Sees Decade Of Power Cuts To Avoid Wildfires (Reuters)
- Leaked Audio Reveals How Coca-Cola Undermines Plastic Recycling Efforts (The Intercept)
- 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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