IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Catastrophic fires hit Australia; Arctic blast hits much of the U.S.; Teen climate activist Thunberg sets sail for Europe; PLUS: Trump EPA seeks to limit science used to write public health rules... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Climate change will affect “every single stage” of a child’s life, health researchers warn; Red tide is back off the coast of Florida. Residents aren't sure how much more they can take; Venice Floods: Italian council is flooded immediately after rejecting measures on climate change; Sunday morning political shows completely ignore extreme weather and Trump environmental rollbacks in October... PLUS: Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders pitch Green New Deal bill for public housing... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Fox News Lies, this time about Thanksgiving:
- Despite what conservative media say, liberals are not trying to “cancel” Thanksgiving (Media Matters)
- The Environmental Impact Of Your Thanksgiving Dinner (Huffington Post):
When it comes to turkey and traveling to the feast, there's good news and there's bad news.
- Arctic blast freezes much of the US, breaking hundreds of temperature records:
- This Arctic blast is shattering hundreds of records and causing deadly road conditions. And it's not over (CNN)
- Not so fast: 'Normal' temps remain days away as record-smashing arctic blast subsides (USA Today)
- Snow in Texas and ice in Alabama? Bizarre cold weather could become more common (National Geographic)
- That Arctic blast hitting the U.S.? There's a wavy jet stream to blame. (NBC News):
And though some seasonal variation is natural with the jet stream, there are some indications that climate change is affecting the waviness of these air currents, and their speed. A 2015 study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters found a link between rising concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and wavier jet stream patterns, which can intensify and stretch out periods of rain, extreme heat or drought.
- Australia hit with catastrophic wildfires --- just don't mention climate change:
- Australia Wildfires: Emergency Declared Over 'Catastrophic' Danger (NPR)
- We've been in bushfire hell in Glen Innes – and the scientists knew it was coming (op-ed, Mayor Carol Sparks, Guardian UK):
My community deserves the unvarnished truth from me, its mayor. Ignorance and arrogance delivered us ashes.
- VIDEO: Glen Innes Mayor Carol Sparks - Regional mayors criticise politicians for failing to link climate change and deadly bushfires (ABC Australia)
- VIDEO: "Inner-city raving lunatics": Michael McCormack on The Greens and climate change (ABC Australia)
- NSW bushfire death toll rises to four after body of Barry Parsons discovered near Kempsey (ABC Australia)
- Australia fires will not be contained for 'many weeks' (Deustche-Welle News)
- Former Australian fire chiefs say Coalition ignored their advice because of climate change politics (Guardian UK)
- Lack of forecast rains to prolong Australian bushfires threat (Reuters)
- Trump EPA proposes limiting science data underlying public health rules:
- AUDIO: New Trump EPA Rule Undermines Science, Public Health on Behalf of Corporate Industry Polluters: Guest, Dr. Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists - 'BradCast' 11/12/2019 (The BRAD BLOG)
- The EPA’s Science Restrictions Go from Bad to Worse (Scientific American):
What that means in practice (although the EPA disputes it) is that the agency couldn’t even consider public health studies that are based on confidential private medical information, which are vital for understanding public health and the impacts of pollution. The rule would put new bureaucratic hurdles in the way of the agency’s mission, making laws such as the Clean Air Act harder to fully implement. It sounds like a small technical change, but it has the potential to do enormous damage.
- E.P.A. to Limit Science Used to Write Public Health Rules (NY Times)
- EPA pushes ahead with effort to restrict the science it uses to craft regulations (Washington Post)
- Scientists join Democrats in panning EPA's 'secret science' rule (The Hill):
In a second panel filled with scientific and medical experts, each was asked whether they supported the EPA’s proposal. Even the GOP-invited witness, Center for Open Science Executive Director Brian Nosek, said he did not.
- Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg sets sail for Europe:
- VIDEO: Greta Thunberg catches a lift with Australian sailing couple (ABC Australia)
- Greta Thunberg Sets Sail For Home — And The U.N. Climate Conference (NPR):
La Vagabonde is outfitted with solar panels and hydro-generators, so it has a minimal carbon footprint. Thunberg had sailed from Europe to New York on a boat, though unlike that vessel, this catamaran has a toilet.
- Greta Thunberg hitches low-carbon ride across Atlantic (AP):
“There are countless people around the world who don’t have access to a toilet,” she said about the upgrade. “It’s not that important. But it’s nice to have.”...The trip could take two to four weeks, in conditions that could be challenging. November is considered offseason for sailing across the Atlantic. As Thunberg spoke Tuesday, the temperature had dipped into the 30s, with sleet turning to light snow.
'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
- Climate change will affect “every single stage” of a child’s life, health researchers warn (Vox)
- Red tide is back off the coast of Florida. Residents aren't sure how much more they can take (CNN)
- Venice Floods: Italian council is flooded immediately after rejecting measures on climate change (CNN)
- Venice floods: Climate change behind highest tide in 50 years, says mayor (BBC)
- Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders pitch Green New Deal bill for public housing (Washington Post)
- Sunday morning political shows completely ignore extreme weather and Trump environmental rollbacks in October (Media Matters)
- 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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