IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris win the pivotal 2020 Presidential Election; Biden's climate agenda faces huge hurdles in a Republican Senate; Tropical Storm Eta deluges Florida, as Theta brews in the Atlantic; PLUS: China to phase out gasoline cars by 2035... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Trump removes head of climate science report; White House races to wrap up rules before Trump exits; 9 Things the Biden Administration Could Do Quickly on the Environment; Scientists Watch As China Remote Glaciers Melt At 'Shocking' Pace; In First For Fed, US Central Bank Says Climate Poses Stability Risks; U.S. Military Responsible for Widespread PFAS Pollution in Japan; Arctic time capsule from 2018 washes up in Ireland as polar ice melts... PLUS: The Green New Deal Didn't Sink Democrats... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Tropical Storm Eta floods South Florida, as Theta brews in Atlantic Ocean:
- Tropics heat up: Eta lurks in gulf, Theta in eastern Atlantic, and there’s a system to watch in Caribbean (Washington Post):
The Atlantic has broken a record for most named storms ever observed in a season.
- Eta floods Florida after making landfall as strong tropical storm, Subtropical Storm Theta forms in Atlantic (ABC News)
- We avoided worst, but Eta - first 2020 storm to make landfall in the state - drenches rest of South Florida (Palm Beach Post)
- VIDEO: Tropical Storm Eta’s Rains Swamp Miami-Dade Streets (CBS-Miami)
- Tropical Storm Eta Dumps Rain on South Florida Ahead of Second Landfall (Weather Channel)
- Biden/Harris projected to win pivotal 2020 presidential election:
- Biden Will Take a Clear Climate Mandate Into the White House (Bloomberg):
Joe Biden will take office with something no U.S. president has had before: robust popular support for climate action, borne out in polling data and election results from a hard-fought campaign...Another exit poll by Fox News and the Associated Press determined that 67% of voters—not just those who cast ballots for Biden—supported “increasing government spending on green and renewable energy."
- Biden claims a 'mandate' to govern, calls for end to 'partisan warfare' (The Hill)
- Biden has a climate-change mandate — what can he actually achieve? (MarketWatch)
- VIDEO: Joe Biden November 6 Speech Transcript: “We’re Going to Win This Race” (Rev)
- VIDEO: Joe Biden & Kamala Harris Election Acceptance & Victory Speech Transcripts November 7 (Rev)
- Surge in youth voter turnout may have helped propel Biden to victory (Guardian UK)
- Young Voters, Motivated by Climate Change and Environmental Justice, Helped Propel Biden’s Campaign (Inside Climate News)
- Climate Change - and its Encroaching Peril - Are On Americans' Minds (Inside Climate News)
- Biden's Day One agenda --- overturn Trump's executive orders ASAP:
- Biden to Move Fast to Strike Down Trump’s Environmental Agenda (Bloomberg Environment):
The EPA and Interior Department under President-elect Joe Biden will have a range of tools at their disposal to start undoing President Donald Trump’s deregulatory agenda on the environment, according to former agency officials, lawyers, and environmentalists.
- Biden defeats Trump, ending 4 years of environmental destruction (Grist)
- Americans voted for major progress on climate crisis and clean energy — will they get it? (Salon):
Joe Biden's administration will immediately move us back into the Paris accords. That's a real accomplishment.
- Scientists Are Relieved About A Biden Presidency. They Say The Real Work Can Start Now. (Buzzfeed)
- Biden's climate agenda faces Senate Republican obstruction:
- GOP Senate wins wreak havoc on Biden transition plans (Axios)
- Report: Mitch McConnell To Thwart Potential Biden Admin's Plans, Force a Centrist Cabinet (Mediaite)
- Biden win meets Senate Republicans (Politico):
If Republicans hold onto their Senate majority and Biden wins the White House, it could also change the dynamics around Biden's nominations to his Cabinet.
- How a Biden Administration Could Fight Climate Change Without the Senate (Earther)
- The Day One Agenda: The Next Administration --- Using Presidential Power for Good (The American Prospect)
- China to phase out gasoline-powered cars by 2035:
- China plans to phase out conventional gas-burning cars by 2035 (Nikkei Asia):
China plans to make all new vehicles sold in 2035 "eco-friendly"...the ratio will increase incrementally until it reaches 50%. Of the new-energy vehicles, more than 95% are to be EVs... Meanwhile, the only gasoline-powered vehicles sold in 2035 are to be hybrids. The goals are to raise the ratio of hybrids to 75% of all gasoline cars by 2030 and to 100% by 2035, and to stop manufacturing and selling conventional gasoline vehicles.
'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
- Trump removes head of climate science report (Politico)
- White House races to wrap up rules before Trump exits (E&E News)
- 9 Things the Biden Administration Could Do Quickly on the Environment (NY Times)
- Scientists Watch As China Remote Glaciers Melt At 'Shocking' Pace (Reuters)
- In First For Fed, US Central Bank Says Climate Poses Stability Risks (Reuters)
- U.S. Military Responsible for Widespread PFAS Pollution in Japan (The Intercept)
- How Biden Could Use the Presidential Bully Pulpit to Drive Climate Action (The Nation)
- Legislative grappling begins absent a green wave (E&E News)
- The Green New Deal Didn't Sink Democrats (Earther)
- For a Climate-Concerned President and a Hostile Senate, One Technology May Provide Common Ground (Inside Climate News)
- 'They give me the willies': scientist who vacuumed murder hornets braces for fight (Guardian UK)
- Arctic time capsule from 2018 washes up in Ireland as polar ice melts (Guardian UK)
- 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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