IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Massive Colorado wildfires force thousands to evacuate; Trump flip-flops on disaster aid to California; Wind and solar energy now the cheapest energy in the world; PLUS: Joe Biden talks clean energy and infrastructure jobs at ABC Town Hall... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Fox & Friends is furious that the 2nd presidential debate will feature a question about the climate crisis; Natural gas looking like coal before the crash; ExxonMobil misled the public about the climate crisis. Now they're trying to mislead about their misleading; China delivers diatribe against U.S. climate policies; These 4 toss-up Senate races might determine the fate of the planet; New climate warnings in old permafrost: 'It’s a little scary because it’s happening under our feet'... PLUS: After 2 hurricanes, Lake Charles fears its cries for help have gone unheard... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Trump Administration rejects California disaster aid, then reverses:
- Why Trump flip-flopped on California disaster relief (Vox)
- Trump reverses course and grants California's wildfire disaster declaration request (CNN)
- Colorado: Record-setting wildfires force mass evacuations:
- VIDEO: Colorado's record-breaking wildfires show "climate change is here and now" (Jeff Berardelli, CBS News)
- Evacuations ordered in Colorado and Utah as crews battle new blazes (CNN)
- Denver Weather: Sunday Was The Average First Snow, So Where Is It? (CBS-Denver)
- Colorado Wildfire Grows Into Largest in State History (NY Times):
Typically, the state would see the arrival of mountain snowfall by October. Instead, there has been little to no precipitation in areas where the fires have burned. “It is very unusual for wildfires to start after October,” said Jennifer Balch, the director of the Earth Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder. Scientists say that it has been an unsettling development, yet also one that has been anticipated as the region has been in the grip of drought and as temperatures rise globally.
- October Wildfires Like Boulder’s Calwood Fire Are Unusual And A Sign Of Things To Come (Colorado Public Radio)
- Brazil: heatwave and wildfires hit world's largest wetlands:
- The World’s Largest Tropical Wetland Has Become an Inferno (NY Times)
- ‘Apocalyptic’ fires are ravaging the world’s largest tropical wetland (Nature):
Infernos in South America’s Pantanal region have burnt twice the area of California’s fires this year. Researchers fear the rare ecosystem will never recover.
- Wildfire smoke contains dangerous chemical contaminants:
- Wildfire Smoke Can Spread Toxics to Water, Soil, and Elsewhere (Bloomberg):
The composition of smoke depends on where a wildfire burns, if just wooded areas are affected or homes, cars, and other structures. The California Air Resources Board has studied particulate matter and PAH exposure in firefighters, but now is looking more deeply at smoke...“The more fires that we have and the more acreage that’s burned, the more we have these mixtures of urban and rural fires, so we’re definitely concerned with looking at the mixtures of chemicals that can occur when we do have buildings, and cars, and this huge mix of urban sources."
- Wildfires Jeopardize Access To Drinking Water (NPR)
- How breathing in wildfire smoke affects the body (National Geographic)
- Joe Biden talks clean energy, infrastructure jobs at ABC Town Hall:
- VIDEO: Biden expands on clean energy/infrastructure jobs at town hall (Rev Transcripts)
- Biden always understood what this election is about (Vox)
- How Biden would use trade agreements to fight global warming (Politico)
- VIDEO: No mention of climate, energy, infrastructure jobs at Trump-NBC Town Hall (Rev Transcripts)
- IEA: Solar, wind now the cheapest source of electricity:
- World Energy Outlook 2020 (International Energy Agency)
- Solar is now ‘cheapest electricity in history’, confirms IEA (Carbon Brief)
- Solar is now the 'cheapest electricity in history', report says (ABC Australia)
- Solar power could be 'the new king' as global electricity demand grows (CNN)
'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
- Fox & Friends is furious that the second presidential debate will feature a question about the climate crisis (Media Matters)
- ExxonMobil misled the public about the climate crisis. Now they're trying to silence critics (Guardian UK)
- China delivers diatribe against U.S. climate policies (Washington Post)
- These 4 toss-up Senate races might determine the fate of the planet (Grist)
- New Climate Warnings in Old Permafrost: 'It’s a Little Scary Because it’s Happening Under Our Feet.' (Inside Climate News)
- After 2 hurricanes, Lake Charles fears its cries for help have gone unheard (NY Times)
- Can the Climate-Friendly Grain Kernza Finally Hit the Big Time? (Civil Eats)
- Gas Looking Like Coal, Just before the Crash (Climate Crocks)
- Court allows Exide to abandon a toxic site in Vernon. Taxpayers will fund the cleanup (LA Times)
- Climate Change Has Killed Half of the Great Barrier Reef’s Corals (Smithsonian Magazine)
- Judge invalidates Pendley's BLM decisions (E&E News)
- Department of Energy 'secret' coal council targeted by lawsuit (Reuters)
- Electrode could enable electric cars that charge in minutes (C&EN)
- EPA may violate courts with new rule extending life of unlined coal ash ponds (The Hill)
- Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration (Pro Publica)
- 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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