IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: President Biden previews massive infrastructure investment to address climate resilience and global competitiveness; Torrential rains, deadly floods sweep through Nashville; Death toll from TX storm is doubled; Biden Administration announces major expansion of offshore wind energy; PLUS: Stuck container ship in Suez Canal freed, thanks in part to global warming... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Japan’s Kyoto cherry blossoms peak on earliest date in 1,200 years, a sign of climate change; The Biden Administration Will Investigate Trump-Era Attacks On Science; Partisan divides deepen over 'just transition,' grid; WV governor's coal companies fail to comply with consent decree on pollution violations; Reclaiming Abandoned Mines: Coal Country’s Toxic Legacy Offers Assets; New Mexico Files Lawsuit To Block Holtec Nuclear Waste Facility... PLUS: Why a Big Mining Project Could Wipe Out Rural Villages in Indonesia... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- VIDEO: Former US Attorney General John Ashcroft sings "Let the Eagle Soar" (YouTube)
- Stuck ship freed in Suez Canal:
- Suez Canal is open again, but impact of Ever Given saga will be felt for some time (NBC News)
- First 100: The Things Out of Biden's Control (The American Prospect):
There was one last hiccup, like Hans Gruber in Die Hard not quite being dead, as the ship swung back toward the banks amid high winds. But they managed to steady it, and the Ever Given is now re-floated, to the dismay of meme makers everywhere. Turns out global warming saved us; higher tides enabled the re-floating.
- With ship now freed, a probe into Suez Canal blockage begins (AP)
- Suez Canal shutdown shows the vulnerability of the global economy to extreme events (Yale Climate Communications):
As seas rise and the frequency of extreme weather increases, critical trade chokepoints around the world could experience more closures.
- Nashville region hit again by near-record deadly torrential rains, floods:
- Flash flood watch issued as more rain forecast for Middle Tennessee ahead of freezing temps (Nashville Tenneseean)
- At least four dead in Nashville after powerful storm triggers flash flooding (Washington Post):
“We are grateful … to realize that this is not 2010, but the seven-inch rain — are we in a world where we have to anticipate that more frequently than every 10 or more years, and are we ready for 10 inches should that happen? Are we ready for this event to happen again?” Cooper said. “I’m going to challenge my colleagues in Metro government to have a response that’s appropriate to the kind of climate conditions that we seem to be entering into.”
- Flood damage in Nashville, cleanup begins (Yahoo News)
- Nashville flash flood leaves six dead and dozens of homes and businesses destroyed (CNN)
- Biden previews massive infrastructure proposal:
- VIDEO, transcript: President Joe Biden First White House Press Conference Transcript March 25 (Rev)
- Biden’s Recovery Plan Bets Big on Clean Energy (NY Times):
A guiding philosophy of the Biden proposal argues that the future of good jobs is the transition to an economy that no longer churns out carbon dioxide through the burning of coal, oil and gas.
- Biden to unveil major new spending plans in Pittsburgh as Dems eye bigger role for government (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
- Biden White House unveils ambitious offshore wind energy initiative:
- White House pushes new offshore wind power expansion (Politico):
The Biden administration set a new goal to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind in the U.S. by 2030, on a path toward deploying 110 GW by 2050.
- White House announces offshore wind energy initiative creating jobs and addressing climate crisis (CNN):
This target will lead to employing more than 44,000 workers in offshore wind by 2030 and nearly 33,000 additional jobs in communities supported by offshore wind activity, according to a government fact sheet.
- FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Jumpstarts Offshore Wind Energy Projects to Create Jobs (White House)
- Texas revises death toll from blackout to 111:
- Texas officials raise death toll of February storm and blackouts to at least 111 people, nearly doubling initial tally (AP)
- Sweeping legislation to overhaul state’s electricity market in response to winter storm heads to Texas House after Senate's unanimous approval (Texas Tribune)
- Almost 70% of ERCOT customers lost power during winter storm, study finds (Texas Tribune)
- Biden Administration withdraws last-minute permit from US Virgin Islands refinery:
- The Biden EPA Withdraws a Key Permit for an Oil Refinery on St. Croix, Citing ‘Environmental Justice’ Concerns (Inside Climate News);
The permit had been granted during the final days of the Trump administration, which rushed the Virgin Islands oil facility through the regulatory process.
- Far from White House, Caribbean refinery to test Biden's promises on poverty and pollution (Reuters, 3/8/2021)
- American bald eagle populations soar, thanks to conservation efforts:
- US report: Bald eagle populations soar in lower 48 states (AP):
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, in her first public appearance since being sworn in last week, hailed the eagle’s recovery and noted that the majestic, white-headed bird has always been considered sacred to Native American tribes and the United States generally.
- 1U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Final Report: Bald Eagle Population Size: 2020 Update [PDF] (US Fish and Wildlife Service)
'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
- Japan’s Kyoto cherry blossoms peak on earliest date in 1,200 years, a sign of climate change (Washington Post)
- The Biden Administration Will Investigate Trump-Era Attacks On Science (NY times)
- Partisan divides deepen over 'just transition,' grid (E&E News)
- WV governor's coal companies fail to comply with consent decree – DOJ (S&P Global)
- U.S. should research solar geoengineering to fight climate change but exercise caution, scientists say (Reuters)
- Google, 23 others urge round-the-clock clean energy for federal facilities (Reuters)
- Exclusive: India baulks at carbon neutral target as pressure grows (Reuters)
- Biden Announces Environmental Justice Advisers (E&E News)
- Biden Takes Aim at Reducing Emissions of Super-Polluting Methane Gas (Inside Climate News)
- Reclaiming Abandoned Mines: Coal Country’s Toxic Legacy Offers Assets (The Revelator)
- Why a Big Mining Project Could Wipe Out Rural Villages in Indonesia (Yale e360)
- New Mexico Files Lawsuit To Block Holtec Nuclear Waste Facility (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
- What's Fair Payment for Pipeline Beneath Tribal Land Without Consent? (Inside Climate News)
- Fairy Creek Blockade: Inside The Fight For B.C.’S Last Ancient Forests (The Tyee)
- Auto industry urges Biden to back 'comprehensive' EV plan (Reuters)
- Why your next vehicle is likely to be electric: [PDF] (Need To Know)
- How climate change could undo 50 years of public health gains (Grist)
- Feeding Cattle Seaweed Reduces Their Greenhouse Gas Emissions 82 Percent (Phys.Org)
- 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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