IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: State of emergency in Venice, Italy, flooded by third record high tide in a week; Climate change will harm children the most, new report warns; Ford Motors unveils all-electric SUV, the Mustang Mach-E; PLUS: New Zealand sets binding targets for net zero emissions and renewable electricity... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): What could happen if a $9.4 billion chemical plant comes to "Cancer Alley"; Poll: Americans increasingly see climate change as a crisis; CA to stop purchasing from automakers that backed Trump on emissions; 23 states widen challenge to Trump Administration car rules;
Despite cap and trade market, CA oil and gas company emissions have increased; U.S. suspends more oil and gas leases; Wisconsin might make tribal members felons for protesting pipelines... PLUS: How the U.S. betrayed the Marshall Islands, kindling the next nuclear disaster... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Venice flooded by third record high tide in a week:
- 3rd record tide enters Venice as Italy hit with snow, rain (AP):
While Venetians had a bit of relief, days of heavy rainfall and snowfall elsewhere in Italy swelled rivers to worrisome levels, triggered an avalanche in the Alps and saw dramatic rescues of people unable to flee rising waters...Some politicians lamented that the drama over Venice’s high tides was eclipsing the needs of other areas. In Matera, a once-impoverished southern town that has experienced a renaissance through tourism, heavy rain sent torrents of mud racing through its streets last week, ruining shops and lodging.
- Venice council flooded moments after rejecting climate crisis plan (Guardian UK)
- Venice hit by another exceptional high tide; worst week in 150 years (Reuters)
- Venice floods: Climate change behind highest tide in 50 years, says mayor (BBC)
- Hundreds of Superfund sites at high risk of flooding and worsening climate impacts:
- EPA Should Take Additional Actions to Manage Risks from Climate Change (U.S. Government Accountability Office)
- 60% of Superfund sites could be hit by climate change, new government report finds (Washington Post):
At least 945 toxic waste sites across the country face escalating risks from rising seas, more intense inland flooding, voracious forest fires and other climate-fueled disasters, according to a new study from a congressional watchdog agency.
- GAO: 60% of Superfund sites at higher risk in climate change (AP):
The Environmental Protection Agency responded to Monday’s report of the Government Accountability Office by rejecting many of its findings. That includes dismissing GAO investigators’ recommendation that the agency and Administrator Andrew Wheeler explicitly state that the EPA’s mission includes dealing with climate change and its increased risk of disasters breaching Superfund sites.
- The Lancet: Climate change will harm children the most:
- The 2019 report of The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change (The Lancet)
- Climate Change Poses Threats to Children’s Health Worldwide (NY Times):
“Climate change, and the air pollution from fossil fuels that are driving it, threatens the child’s health starting in the mother’s womb and only accumulates from there,” she said. Children are especially vulnerable partly because of their physiology... [C]hildren absorb more air pollution given their body size than an adult would in the same situation.
- Doctors: Warmer world is unhealthier place for children (AP):
With increasing diarrhea diseases, more dangerous heat waves, air pollution and increases in mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever and malaria, man-made global warming is already harming public health around the world, the annual climate change and health report from the medical journal The Lancet said Wednesday. But the report and its authors said they worry that the future health of the world’s youngest people will get even grimmer if emissions of heat-trapping gases aren’t curbed.
- The Climate Change Health Risks Facing a Child Born Today: It’s a Tale of Two Futures (Inside Climate News)
- Air pollution linked to brain cancer for the first time:
- Air pollution nanoparticles linked to brain cancer for first time (Guardian UK):
The new study, published in the journal Epidemiology, found that a one-year increase in pollution exposure of 10,000 nanoparticles per cubic centimetre – the approximate difference between quiet and busy city streets – increased the risk of brain cancer by more than 10 percent.
- VIDEO: Air pollution nanoparticles linked to brain cancer (Global News Canada)
- New Zealand sets ambitious, binding targets for Net Zero 2050:
- PM Ardern says New Zealand on 'right side of history' as MPs pass zero-carbon bill (Guardian UK)
- New Zealand passes law aiming for net zero carbon emissions by 2050 (Reuters):
New Zealand has placed itself on the right side of history in the battle against climate change, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday, after lawmakers adopted a measure to cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.
- New Zealand Commits To Being Carbon Neutral By 2050 — With A Big Loophole (NPR)
- Ford Motors unveil all-electric SUV, the Mustang Mach-E:
- Ford’s Mustang Mach-E is an electric SUV with up to 300 miles of range (The Verge)
- Ford Mustang SUV starts a blitz of new electric vehicles (Washington Post):
Ford is unveiling its first all-electric SUV, marking the start of an avalanche of battery-powered vehicles coming from mainstream and luxury automakers during the next two years that industry analysts say will boost electric vehicle sales.
- Ford Wants to Sell You an Electric S.U.V. It’s Called a Mustang. (NY Times)
- Elon Musk tweets congratulations to Ford over its all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV (CNN)
- VIDEO: First Look: Ford Mustang Mach-E Electric SUV (Top Gear)
'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
- Many Native Americans Can't Get Clean Water, Report Finds (NPR)
- What Could Happen if a $9.4 Billion Chemical Plant Comes to “Cancer Alley” (Pro Publica)
- Americans increasingly see climate change as a crisis, poll shows (Washinton Post)
- California to Stop Buying From Automakers That Backed Trump on Emissions (NY Times)
- 23 States Widen Challenge To Trump Administration Car Rules (AP)
- How the U.S. betrayed the Marshall Islands, kindling the next nuclear disaster (LA Times)
- Despite Cap and Trade, CA Oil and Gas Company Climate Emissions Are Up (Pro Publica)
- U.S. Suspends More Oil and Gas Leases Over What Could Be a Widespread Problem (Inside Climate News)
- Energy secretary nominee distances himself from Ukraine scandal, pledges baseload power support (Utility Dive)
- Greenland May Lose Airport to Warming, Permafrost Melt (Climate Crocks)
- EPA: National recycling rate 35% in 2017, composting at record high (Waste Dive)
- U.S. Electric Bus Demand Outpaces Production as Cities Add to Their Fleets (Inside Climate News)
- Wisconsin Might Make Tribal Members Felons For Protesting Pipeline (Grist)
- Global Carbon Emissions Unlikely to Peak Before 2040, IEA's Energy Outlook Warns (Inside Climate News)
- EPA Proposal Guts Curbs On Toxic Herbicide Linked To Birth Defects (Salon)
- Big Plastic Polluters Accused Of Cynically Backing Us Recycling Day (Guardian UK)
- EPA Rules Reducing Ethylene Oxide Won't Apply To Most Louisiana Plants (NOLA)
- FBI Eyes How Pennsylvania Approved Pipeline (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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