IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Trump Administration begins formal withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement; Another significant oil spill on the Keystone Pipeline; Trump threatens to withdraw federal disaster aid for California wildfires; PLUS: Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg takes her climate action message to Los Angeles... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): I’m a climate scientist who believes in God. Hear me out; First cyberattack on solar, wind assets revealed widespread grid weaknesses, analysts say; Possible solar storage breakthrough could be game changer; Indonesian journalists critical of illegal palm oil plantation found dead; Oil-rich Norway’s central bank sounds climate risk warning... PLUS: Exxon climate ads aren’t "political," according to Twitter... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Keystone Pipeline spills again:
- Keystone pipeline leaks oil [again] in northeastern North Dakota (AP)
- Keystone Pipeline leaks 383,000 gallons of oil in second big spill in two years (Washington Post):
For environmental groups, though, the leak was further evidence that Canada-based pipeline owner TC Energy should not be allowed to build the controversial Keystone XL addition, which would stretch more than 1,000 miles from Alberta into the United States. The Trump administration approved the plan in 2017 after years of protests, but the project was blocked by a federal judge who called for further study on environmental impacts.
- Trump files paperwork to eventually withdraw U.S. from Paris Climate Accord:
- VIDEO: Trump makes it official: U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord (Washington Post)
- Trump is officially withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement. That won't change much. (Washington Post):
While some observers worry that nations will tackle climate change only if everyone else does, too, the empirical record suggests otherwise. Right now, other nations are acting to reduce emissions. A Trump administration withdrawal will irritate other countries but won’t derail global action.
- US will keep seat at climate talks after it leaves Paris deal (Climate Change News)
- Remarks by President Trump at 9th Annual Shale Insight Conference | Pittsburgh, PA (Trump White House)
- US begins formal withdrawal from Paris climate accord (CNN):
A 2016 report by the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group found that the Paris goals would open up an estimated $23 trillion in investment opportunities in developing markets through 2030. Critics say that with the US out of the market, the country's chief competitors are stepping in.
- The Paris climate agreement is at risk of falling apart in the 2020s (David Roberts, Vox)
- Chile cancels COP25, Madrid steps up:
- Madrid to host UN climate summit after Chile pulls out (Guardian UK):
Katherine Kramer, the global climate lead at Christian Aid, said: “It’s a shame that COP25 won’t be held in Latin America to highlight some of the grave climate impacts that affect the region. But hopefully a Madrid summit will be able to keep those in mind. Credit should be given to the Spanish government for offering to help at such short notice … but it shows how important countries view the UN process for tackling climate change that they are prepared to do all they can to keep the talks on track.”
- As protests rock Chile, COP25 move shines a spotlight on inequality (Eco-business)
- VIDEO: APEC trade summit, COP25 climate summits in Chile to be suspended amid ongoing protests (Global News)
- How will Greta Thunberg cross the Atlantic for COP25 in Madrid? (Al Jazeera)
- Chile climate pullout prompts tears from young activists sailing Atlantic (Guardian UK)
- UNFCCC 25th Anniversary: Climate Action is More Urgent than Ever (UNFCC)
- China and France step in to bolster international climate action:
- VIDEO: Macron says Europe-China climate cooperation 'decisive' (Reuters):
“We regret this and this only makes the Franco-Chinese partnership on the climate and biodiversity more necessary,” the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said. “The text that will be signed tomorrow includes a paragraph on the irreversibility of the Paris agreement.”
- Macron in China: French president to discuss trade, climate with Xi Jinping (Euronews)
- Trump threatens to withhold federal disaster funding from CA wildfires:
- California fires: Trump threatens to pull federal aid (BBC):
Mr Trump blamed Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, saying he had done a "terrible job of forest management". Several of this year's major wildfires have burned in unforested areas.
- VIDEO: Trump Threatens To Pull Federal Aid For Devastating California Wildfires (NBC Nightly News)
- Congress Members Slam Donald Trump After He Threatens California and Blames Governor Newsom for Wildfires (Newsweek)
- As wildfires burn across California, President Trump lashes out at the state on Twitter (LA Times):
Newsom’s office contrasted California’s stepped-up efforts with what it said was the federal government’s slashing of spending on the same kind of work.
The U.S. Forest Service has reduced the forest it plans to “treat” through thinning, controlled burns and other measures to 220,000 acres, from the previously promised 310,000 acres, Newsom’s office said.
- Greta Thunberg brings her climate action message to Los Angeles:
- VIDEO: 'We'll make them listen': Greta Thunberg addresses Youth Climate Strike in Los Angeles (Global News)
- VIDEO: Greta Thunberg on Whether She’d Meet with the President (The Ellen Degeneres Show):
“I needed to do something. It may not be enough but at least it’s something.”
- Greta Thunberg call to fight global warming cheers LA rally (AP)
'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
- Paris targets: Oil majors must cut output 35 percent through 2040 (Al Jazeera)
- I’m a Climate Scientist Who Believes in God. Hear Me Out. (NY Times)
- First cyberattack on solar, wind assets revealed widespread grid weaknesses, analysts say (Utility Dive)
- Possible Solar Storage Breakthrough Could be Game Changer (Climate Crocks)
- Exxon climate ads aren’t "political," according to Twitter (Heated.World)
- Indonesian Journalists Critical Of Illegal Palm Plantation Found Dead (Monga Bay)
- Oil Rich Norway’s Central Bank Sounds Climate Risk Warning (Bloomberg)
- States, Green Groups Challenge Rollback Of Obama-Era Lightbulb Rules (The Hill)
- Former Trump official says climate change is ‘imaginary threat’ invented by ‘insular and paranoid' scientists (Washington Examiner)
- 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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