IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Extended extreme heat wave spreads across U.S.; June 2020 second hottest June ever recorded; Bankrupt oil and gas companies leaving taxpayers with cleanup bill, while giving bonuses to CEOs; PLUS: Environmental group hits Trump on COVID and climate denial... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Joe Biden sets out aggressive plan to tackle climate change; How Europe’s green pandemic recovery will push the rest of the world; Investigation rebukes Commerce Department for siding with Trump over forecasters during Hurricane Dorian; U.S. Offshore Wind Power Blown on Course; EPA declines to tighten smog standards amid pressure from green groups; G.A.O.: Trump Boosts Deregulation by Undervaluing Cost of Climate Change; Largest battery storage system in US connects to California ISO grid... PLUS: Intense Hurricanes Are Making "Super Abundant" Spiders More Aggressive... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- June 2020 the second hottest June ever recorded globally:
- Unprecedented heat in Siberia pushed planet to warmest June on record, tied with last year (Washington Post):
Cutting back on the amount of ice in the Arctic means there’s less to reflect sunlight, allowing the surface to absorb more of the sun’s rays and heat up disproportionately faster than the rest of the world.
- 2020 May Be Earth's Warmest Year On Record, Even Without an El Niño (Weather Channel)
- June 2020 was joint-second hottest on record as global temperatures soar (BBC)
- June 2020: Earth's third-warmest June on record (Yale Climate Connections)
- Tie for hottest 12-month period globally as Siberia sees unusual warmth (Global Times)
- 2020 Just Keeps on. Likely Temperature Record this Year (Climate Crocks)
- South Pole warmed three times the global rate in last 30 years: study (Reuters)
- Extended heat wave scorches across half of U.S.:
- Relentless heat wave to bake the U.S. for "multiple weeks" (CBS News)
- Excessive heat is scorching the South and Southwest, where coronavirus cases are surging (Washington Post)
- Officials warn of health risks as heatwave may break records in the south of US (Guardian UK)
- How a ‘Heat Dome’ Forms—and Why This One Is So Perilous (Wired)
- Death Valley sets record for planet's hottest temperature in years — and the heat wave is forecast to spread (CBS News)
- How NYC Is Protecting Residents From Extreme Heat (EcoWatch)
- Phoenix: How America’s Hottest City Will Survive Climate Change (Washington Post)
- Bankrupt oil and gas frackers leaving taxpayers with cleanup bill, CEOs with bonuses
- Fracking Firms Fail, Rewarding Executives and Raising Climate Fears (NY Times):
Oil and gas companies are hurtling toward bankruptcy, raising fears that wells will be left leaking planet-warming pollutants, with cleanup costs left to taxpayers.
- Bankrupt Fracking Companies Are Harming the Climate and Taxpayers (EcoWatch)
- Coronavirus surge punctures oil's recovery (Axios)
- Oil drops 3% as rising Covid-19 cases spur demand fears (CNBC)
- League of Conservation Voters hits Trump on COVID-19 and climate change denial:
- VIDEO: Donald Trump ignored expert warnings (League Of Conservation Voters)
- Environmental group bets $14 million on moving swing voters against Trump (NBC News):
Pete Maysmith, who runs LCV's campaign operations, says the idea is to expose these voters to potentially new information about what the Trump administration has done to roll back environmental protections and then “burn that in over a relatively long period of time."
- Study: Biden can unite progressives and swing voters with a focus on climate (Vox, 4/2/2020)
'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
- Joe Biden sets out aggressive plan to tackle climate change (LA Times)
- How Europe’s green pandemic recovery will push the rest of the world (Axios)
- Investigation rebukes Commerce Department for siding with Trump over forecasters during Hurricane Dorian (Washington Post)
- U.S. Offshore Wind Power Blown on Course (Deutsche Welle)
- EPA declines to tighten smog standards amid pressure from green groups (The Hill)
- Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy and Just America (U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis)
- Intense Hurricanes Are Making "Super Abundant" Spiders More Aggressive (Inverse)
- What exactly is ‘sustainable’ about Amazon’s new jet fuel? (Grist)
- Global warming trends highlight 'enormous challenge' of meeting Paris climate pledge, WMO says (Rueters)
- G.A.O.: Trump Boosts Deregulation by Undervaluing Cost of Climate Change (NY Times)
- Largest battery storage system in US connects to California ISO grid (Yuba Net)
- Supreme Court ruling on Oklahoma tribal land raises questions for oil industry (Reuters)
- The Wood Pellet Business is Booming. Scientists Say That’s Not Good for the Climate. (Inside Climate News)
- Virginia Supreme Court blocks Walmart bid to shop for cheaper electricity, siding with state regulators (Utility Dive)
- Gigantic Atlantic Coast Gas Pipeline Done In By Humble Household Heat Pump (Clean Technica)
- VIDEO:The Weekend Wonk: Small Modular Reactors: Yes or No? (Climate Crocks)
- 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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