IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: State of emergency in California, amid massive, wind-driven wildfire outbreak; Massachusetts sues Exxon Mobil over climate fraud; Poll finds Americans want less oil and gas exploration, not more; PLUS: Trump's plan to take Syria's oil has a small problem --- it violates international law... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Coal giant Murray Energy is 8th coal company to declare bankruptcy this year; GM, Toyota side with Trump in CA emissions fight; Secret deal helped housing industry stop tougher rules boosting energy efficiency, disaster resilience; 'Evil economics': Rev. William Barber condemns proposed plastics facility in Cancer Alley; Mars Candy still contributing to rampant deforestation, despite pledge; Global warming will cost rich and poor countries alike; CDC whistleblower says he was told not to use phrase "climate change" after Trump elected.. PLUS: Climate change has set California on fire. Are you paying attention?... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- State of emergency in California amid massive, wind-driven wildfire outbreak:
- VIDEO: Newsom: Fires, corporate greed meets climate change (AP)
- Millions brace for blackouts, hurricane-force winds as California's Kincade, Getty fires rage (USA Today)
- Wildfires are burning across California. A new round of dangerous winds could make them worse (CNN)
- MAP: How big are the California fires? See size, shape of dozens of blazes (NBC News)
- Two big California wildfires erupted. Now L.A. and the Bay Area are breathing the smoke (LA Times)
- Cell phone towers shut off during PG&E power outage (KTVU):
Johnson said cell towers don't have back-up power systems because cell companies are not required to do so.
- VIDEO: Fire Jumps Carquinez Bridge, Burns In Vallejo And Crockett (KPIX-San Francisco)
- How PG&E’s Aging Equipment Puts California at Risk (Wall Street Journal)
- Former CA Gov. Brown: California fires show 'the horror' world will face from climate change (Politico):
“I said it was the new normal a few years ago,’’ Brown said in an exclusive interview with POLITICO. “This is serious .... but this is only the beginning. This is only a taste of the horror and the terror that will occur in decades.’’
- Trump's plan to take Syria's oil would violate international law:
- 'We're keeping the oil' in Syria, Trump says, but it's considered a war crime (ABC News):
After President Donald Trump said on Monday the U.S. will be "keeping the oil" in northeastern Syria, his administration is looking into the "specifics," according to a senior State Department official --- but it's prompted renewed cries that doing so is a war crime. ...Pillaging is illegal under international law, explicitly prohibited by the Fourth Geneva Convention...The U.S. War Crimes Act of 1996 also made it punishable under U.S. law to commit a "grave breach" of any of the Geneva conventions "whether inside or outside the United States."
- Trump Boasts of War Crimes in Public, Nobody Believes Him (NY Magazine):
Reporting indicates that generals and war hawks have played upon the president's childlike fascination with using the military as an instrument of foreign plunder to manipulate him into keeping American troops in the region - Trump is unmoved either by humanitarian or strategic rationales, but if you're promising the opportunity for theft and raw domination, he'll listen.
- Trump suggestion of taking Syrian oil draws rebukes (Reuters):
"It is not only a dubious legal move, it sends a message to the whole region and the world that America wants to steal the oil."
- The Energy 202: Trump's desire 'to take' Syrian oil presents a barrelful of problems (Washington Post):
Even if Trump's wish to drill for Syria's oil may forever be deferred, his interest in the energy resources in the region did serve a purpose for military leaders unhappy with the initial exit from Syria. It gave the Pentagon the opportunity to temper Trump's insistence on a full withdrawal from the region.
- VIDEO: Trump Announcement On Baghdadi's Death (NPR)
- Massachusetts sues Exxon Mobil for climate fraud:
- Massachusetts Sues Exxon Over Climate Change, Accusing the Oil Giant of Fraud (Inside Climate News):
The lawsuit accuses Exxon of a broad sweep of misconduct that includes using deceptive advertising to mislead consumers in the state about the central role its fossil fuel products play in causing climate change, and intentionally misleading Massachusetts investors about material climate-driven risks to its business.
- Massachusetts Is Now The Second State Suing The Oil Giant Exxon Over Climate Change (Buzzfeed)
- Climate Liability Lawsuits Could Help With Costs Of Adapting To A Hotter Earth (NPR)
- Exxon's Own Research Confirmed Fossil Fuels' Role in Global Warming Decades Ago (Inside Climate News)
- Oil Industry Braces For Blowback From Exxon Scandal (Oil Price)
- Poll: majority of Americans want to reduce oil and gas exploration:
- Americans would rather reduce oil and gas exploration than ‘drill, baby, drill’ (Washington Post):
A new poll finds that a clear majority of Americans say oil and natural gas drilling should be curtailed or maintained at current level. But opinions were divided along partisan lines.
'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
- Murray Energy Is 8th Coal Company in a Year to Seek Bankruptcy (NY Times)
- Editorial: Climate change has set California on fire. Are you paying attention? (LA Times Editorial Board)
- General Motors Sides With Trump in Emissions Fight, Splitting the Industry (NY Times)
- 'Evil economics': William Barber condemns proposed plastics facility in Cancer Alley (Guardian UK)
- Climate Change Is Burning Down California. It's Time We Stopped Adding Fuel to the Fire (op-ed, Dr. Michael Mann, Newsweek)
- The trouble with chocolate: A decade after Mars and other chocolate makers vowed to stop rampant deforestation, the problem has gotten worse (Washington Post)
- Warming Will Cost Rich and Poor Countries Alike (Scientific American)
- The Ghost Fleet: How Skeletons Of WWI Ships Came To Rest In The Potomac (WAMU)
- California may be a climate leader, but it could be a century behind on its carbon goals: study (Utility Dive)
- Rising Seas Will Erase More Cities by 2050, New Research Shows (NY Times)
- CDC whistleblower says he was told not to use phrase "climate change" after Trump elected (CBS)
- Federal Judge Restores Ban on Fishing Net That Entangles Whale Species (Courthouse News Service)
- Secret Deal Helped Housing Industry Stop Tougher Rules on Climate Change (NY Times)
- Swarm Of Sea Urchins Wreaks Destruction On US West Coast (AP)
- 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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