IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Oil giant Exxon Mobil wins climate fraud case in New York; NOAA finds 'sweeping' changes underway in the Arctic; Extreme weather raising the risk of a global food crisis; PLUS: Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg named Time Magazine's 'Person of the Year' for 2019... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): John Kerry and the climate kids: a tale of 2 new strategies to fight climate change; How a closed-door meeting shows farmers are waking up on climate change; Greenland's ice sheet melting seven times faster than in 1990s; Getting rid of pollution improves public health a lot faster than you’d think; Warren proposes 'Blue New Deal' to protect oceans; L.A. is ditching coal, replacing it with another polluting fuel... PLUS: Key points from the EU's newly-released Green Deal... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' tackles Trump's toilet troubles:
- VIDEO: President Trump Is A 15-Flush Kind Of Guy (Late Show with Stephen Colbert):
Donald Trump issued perhaps the most important words of his presidency last week when he addressed one of the greatest threats to our democracy: low-flow bathroom fixtures.
- VIDEO: We investigate Trump’s claim that people are flushing toilets ‘10 times, 15 times’ (Grist)
- Oil giant Exxon Mobil wins climate securities fraud case in New York:
- New York Loses Climate Change Fraud Case Against Exxon Mobil (NY Times):
After some four years of investigation and millions of pages of documents produced by the company, the judge said, attorney general Letitia James and her staff “failed to establish by a preponderance of the evidence” that Exxon violated the Martin Act, New York’s powerful legal tool against shareholder fraud, in the closely watched case.
- Exxon Prevails Over New York in Climate Accounting Case (Bloomberg)
- Exxon wins New York climate change fight (BBC)
- Exxon Wins New York Climate Change Fraud Case (NPR)
- Bad news in NOAA Arctic Report Card:
- 2019 Arctic Report Card: Visual highlights (NOAA)
- 2019 Arctic Report Card: At gateways to the Arctic, northern fish are retreating (NOAA)
- The Arctic may have crossed key threshold, emitting billions of tons of carbon into the air, in a long-dreaded climate feedback (Washington Post):
Especially noteworthy is the report’s conclusion that the Arctic already may have become a net emitter of planet-warming carbon emissions due to thawing permafrost, which would only accelerate global warming.
- Arctic Report Card 2019: Extreme Ice Loss, Dying Species as Global Warming Worsens (Inside Climate News):
The report walks through changes taking place across the region—how warming global temperatures lead to melting sea ice and decreased snow cover, which then contribute to further warming. How a warmer ocean is having myriad effects, like causing species to shift their ranges and making it harder for sea ice to form, as well as impacting weather at the mid-latitudes.
- Climate change hitting top U.S. fishery in the Arctic (Reuters)
- Alaska Cod Fishery Closes And Industry Braces For Ripple Effect (NPR)
- Extreme weather patterns raising risk of global food crisis:
- Amplified Rossby waves enhance risk of concurrent heatwaves in major breadbasket regions (Nature)
- Changing risks of simultaneous global breadbasket failure (Nature Climate Change)
- Extreme weather patterns are raising the risk of a global food crisis, and climate change will make this worse (Washington Post):
A key conclusion of one of the studies is that simultaneous heat extremes and resulting decreases in food production are possible in locations separated by thousands of miles..."We found an underexplored vulnerability in the food system: when these global scale wind patterns are in place, we see a twenty-fold increase in the risk of simultaneous heatwaves in major crop producing regions.”
- Climate change: Anger as protestors barred from UN talks (BBC)
- Greta Thunberg named Time Magazine's 'Person of the Year':
- TIME 2019 Person of the Year: Greta Thunberg (TIME):
For a moment, it’s as if Thunberg were the eye of a hurricane, a pool of resolve at the center of swirling chaos. In here, she speaks quietly. Out there, the entire natural world seems to amplify her small voice, screaming along with her. “We can’t just continue living as if there was no tomorrow, because there is a tomorrow,” she says, tugging on the sleeve of her blue sweatshirt. “That is all we are saying.”
- FULL VIDEO: 'We No Longer Have Time:' Greta Thunberg Schools the World at UN Climate Talks (Earther)
- Greta mocks back: Trump after he mocks 16-year-old Greta Thunberg a day after she is named Time’s Person of the Year (Washington Post)
- VIDEO: How Greta Thunberg is using her fame to pressure world leaders to act on climate (Washington Post)
- “We are desperate for any sign of hope,” Greta Thunberg tells UN climate negotiators (Vox)
- VIDEO: A Swedish Teenager's Compelling Plea on Climate (Yale Climate Communications)
- Trump Jr. blasts Time for choosing Greta Thunberg as Person of the Year (Axios)
- Unprecedented protest rocks 'Kafkaesque' COP25 (National Observer)
- The US Is Once Again The Villain At The UN Climate Summit (Buzzfeed)
- COP25 climate summit: what happened during the first week? (Guardian UK)
- Australia's use of accounting loophole to meet Paris deal found to have no legal basis (Guardian UK)
- UN climate talks sputter on carbon market disputes (Politico)
'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
- Need an idea for a climate-friendly gift? We have 79. (Grist)
- John Kerry and the climate kids: a tale of 2 new strategies to fight climate change (Vox)
- How a closed-door meeting shows farmers are waking up on climate change (Politico)
- Greenland's ice sheet melting seven times faster than in 1990s (Guardian UK)
- The Arctic Is Undergoing Changes Scientists 'Never Expected Would Happen This Soon' (Earther)
- Getting rid of pollution improves public health a lot faster than you’d think (Grist)
- The EU releases its Green Deal. Here are the key points (Climate Change News)
- Interior Official Broke Ethics Rules, Government Watchdog Concludes (NY Times)
- Warren Proposes 'Blue New Deal' To Protect Oceans (The Hill)
- France To Ban Dozens Of Glyphosate Weedkillers Amid Health Risk Debate (Reuters)
- Los Angeles is finally ditching coal — and replacing it with another polluting fuel (LA Times)
- This Keys neighborhood has been flooded for more than 90 days. Is relief coming soon? (Miami Herald)
- Majority Want More Oversight of CAFOs, Poll Finds (FERN)
- 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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