IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Months-long Arctic heat wave delivers all-time record high --- in Siberia; Extreme heat now kills more Americans than hurricanes or floods; Trump Administration rolls back decades-old protections for migratory birds as Trump lies about wind again at his sparsely attended Tulsa rally; PLUS: U.K. builds world's largest liquid air battery... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Big Oil is scared shitless; Slip-up reveals Chevron ties to architect of climate attack; Epidemic of contaminated medical waste is following the coronavirus; Record plume of Sahara Desert dust aims at Southeast U.S.; Long-simmering water battle comes to a boil in CA; Utility ransomware attacks becoming more sophisticated, new 'honeypot' operation finds... PLUS: Capitalism is destroying 'safe operating space' for humanity, warn scientists... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Trump administration rolls back migratory bird protections:
- Interior Cites 'Miracle on the Hudson' to Drop Bird Proposal (Bloomberg Law):
Eleven years after the "Miracle on the Hudson," the Trump administration is using the ditching of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after a bird strike as evidence that protections for migratory birds should be dropped.
- Trump administration moves forward with plan to end wild bird protections (PBS NewsHour):
The Trump administration moved forward Friday with plans to scale back a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species despite warnings that billions of birds could die as a result.
- Looks Like the U.S. Will Lose Much-Needed Protections for Bird Populations (Popular Mechanics)
- Feds: Expect More Bird Deaths and Endangered Species Under New Rule (Audubon Society):
A Fish and Wildlife Service report on rolling back protections for migratory birds implies there would be benefits to having fewer of them around.
- VIDEO: Trump lies about wind energy (again) at Tulsa, OK rally (Rev)
- Arctic hits all-time record high temperature:
- Arctic Circle sees 'highest-ever' recorded temperatures (BBC)
- What a 100-degree day in Siberia really means (National Geographic):
"For a long time, we've been saying we're going to get more extremes like strong heat waves," says Ruth Mottram, a climate scientist at the Danish Meteorological Institute. "It's a little like the projections are coming true, and sooner than we might have thought."
- VIDEO: Arctic records its hottest temperature ever (CBS News):
This heat is not an isolated occurrence. Parts of Siberia have been sizzling for weeks and running remarkably above normal since January. May featured astonishing warmth in western Siberia, where some locales were 18 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, not just for a day, but for the month. As a whole, western Siberia averaged 10 degrees above normal for May, obliterating anything previously experienced.
- Extreme heat is now a bigger public health threat than hurricanes, floods:
- Climate change is killing Americans. Health departments aren't equipped to respond (Center for Public Integrity)
- Deadly heat is killing Americans: A decade of inaction on climate puts lives at risk (Guardian UK):
Yearly heat-related deaths have more than doubled in Arizona in the last decade to 283. Across the country, heat caused at least 10,000 deaths between 1999 and 2016 - more than hurricanes, tornadoes or floods in most years.
- Climate casualties rising with temperatures (Center for Public Integrity)
- Extreme heat and pollution linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes:
- Climate Change Tied to Pregnancy Risks, Affecting Black Mothers Most (NY Times):
The research...presents some of the most sweeping evidence so far linking aspects of climate change with harm to newborn children. The project looked at 57 studies published since 2007 that found a relationship between heat or air pollution and birth outcomes in the United States.
- Association of Air Pollution and Heat Exposure With Preterm Birth, Low Birth Weight, and Stillbirth in the US: A Systematic Review (Journal of the American Medical Association)
- UK begins construction on world's largest liquid air battery:
- VIDEO: Highview Power Cryogenic Energy Storage System - Trailer (Highview Power)
- Climate emission killer: construction begins on world's biggest liquid air battery (Guardian UK):
The project near Manchester, UK, will use spare green energy to compress air into a liquid and store it. When demand is higher, the liquid air is released back into a gas, powering a turbine that puts the green energy back into the grid.
- World's Largest Liquid Air Battery Will Help the UK Go Carbon Neutral (EcoWatch)
- Thermal Energy Storage (Energy Storage Association)
- UK public 'supports green recovery from coronavirus crisis' (Guardian UK)
'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
- Big Oil Is Scared Shitless (Earther)
- Slip-up reveals Chevron ties to architect of climate attack (E&E News)
- Texas Justices Hand Exxon Setback in California Climate Cases (Inside Climate News)
- Epidemic of Contaminated Waste Is Following the Coronavirus (Bloomberg)
- Record plume of Sahara Desert dust reduces visibility in Puerto Rico, aims at Southeast U.S. (Washington Post)
- A Long-Simmering Water Battle Comes To A Boil In Southern California (LA Times)
- PG&E’s Plan to Resolve Bankruptcy Wins Court Approval (NY Times)
- Capitalism is destroying 'safe operating space' for humanity, warn scientists (Medium)
- Europe's Thinking Shifts on Supporting Renewables as Part of Green Recovery Package (GreenTech Media)
- Done Deal. Tesla Taking Over. (Climate Crocks)
- Pretty pictures sold Trump on outdoors bill, backers say (Roll Call)
- Utility ransomware attacks becoming more sophisticated, new 'honeypot' operation finds (Utility Dive)
- Michigan AG Asks Judge To Suspend Operation of Line 5 (Detroit News)
- Exxon's Snake Oil: 100 years of deception (Columbia Journalism Review)
- 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)
- 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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