IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Florida races to prevent massive toxic wastewater breach in Manatee County; Biden Administration pushes back on Republican opposition to infrastructure jobs package; Japan sees earliest cherry blossom peak in 1,200 years; PLUS: Victory for breathers in Springfield, Massachusetts... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Trump Landfill Methane Emissions Rule Scrapped by Appeals Court; US, UAE say they'll invest in Middle East decarbonization; Fossil Firms Took Billions in Virus Aid but Still Cut Nearly 60,000 Jobs; Louisville’s Polluting Chemical Plant Emits Two Potent Greenhouse Gases; Canada's Herring Face Collapse, Say First Nations And Activists; Can Biden Change America's Preference For Cars Over Trains and Buses?; More U.S. Coal Power Retired Under Trump Than in Obama's Second Term; Our Last, Best Chance to Save Atlantic Salmon... PLUS: Test Flight for Sunlight-Blocking Research Is Canceled... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Florida races to prevent environmental disaster:
- Live Updates: Piney Point Crisis (First Coast News)
- Piney Point Live Updates: Manatee County jail moving 345 inmates in case of flooding (Sarasota Herald Tribune)
- Piney Point fertilizer plant's waste all-too-familiar Florida environmental problem (Palm Beach Post):
Florida officials are trying to prevent 'catastrophic' water release at a Manatee County phosphate plant as the area fears the release may cause red tide.
- VIDEO: Florida racing to stop toxic flood of contaminated wastewater (CBS-Miami)
- Crews Drain Florida Wastewater Pond As Leak Threatens To Unleash 'Catastrophic Flood' (NPR):
Emergency crews in Manatee County, Fla., are using pumps and vacuum trucks to drain a leaking wastewater reservoir in an effort to prevent a full-fledged breach that officials said could unleash a "20-foot wall of water."
- Crews race to drain Florida wastewater reservoir on brink of collapse (Reuters)
- Florida Senate wants to find $200 million to clean up Piney Point once and for all (Miami Herald)
- VIDEO: Toxic Florida wastewater pool threatening to leak into aquifer (CNN)
- Piney Point 1966-2011: A Retrospective (Bradenton Times)
- Biden's infrastructure jobs plan garners strong bipartisan voter support:
- Voters support paying for infrastructure with taxes, especially a tax on the wealthy, poll says (Business Insider)
- Biden U.S. infrastructure ideas popular, but support for plan is partisan (Reuters):
President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan is loaded with road repairs, internet upgrades and other initiatives that are widely popular on their own, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, but U.S. public support declines when the initiatives are packed into a Democratic bill and sold as a Biden-backed plan.
- What’s in Biden’s $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure plan? (Washington Post)
- Republicans to oppose Biden's infrastructure jobs proposal any way they can:
- For Republicans, Pipes Are Infrastructure Only If They Carry Oil (Huffington Post)
- VIDEO: GOP Gov. Kristi Noem’s Hot Take On Biden’s Infrastructure Bill Goes Down In Flames (Huffington Post)
- Inside Republicans' battle plan on infrastructure (Axios):
Republicans' criticism of President Biden's infrastructure package isn't just about its cost, but also the definition of "infrastructure."
- VIDEO: Pete Buttigieg Dismantles Fox News Over Infrastructure Plan (Crooks and Liars)
- VIDEO: “You Need Water to Live”: Pete Buttigieg Explains Infrastructure to Republicans (Mother Jones)
- FACT SHEET: The American Jobs Plan (The White House)
- GOP gaslighting on infrastructure has begun. Here’s how Democrats must respond. (Washington Post)
- Partisan divides deepen over 'just transition,' grid (E&E News)
- Japan sees earliest cherry blossom peak in 1200 years:
- Japan’s Kyoto cherry blossoms peak on earliest date in 1,200 years, a sign of climate change (Washington Post):
Amid an exceptionally warm March in Japan, the cherry blossoms in Kyoto peaked Friday, the earliest in more than 1,200 years of records. The record bloom fits into a long-term pattern toward earlier spring flowering, a compelling indicator of climate change, experts say...The March 26, 2021, peak bloom date surpassed the previous record holder of March 27, 1409, nearly a century before Christopher Columbus sailed to America.
- What The Cherry Blossom Bloom Can Tell Us About Climate Change (NPR):
"The impact from climate change is indisputable, I think," Abe tells NPR's All Things Considered...Abe tells NPR that if winter temperatures continue to rise, the delays may grow to the point where trees don't blossom at all.
- Cherry blossom season had earliest peak in 1,200 years (CBS News)
- Springfield, MA residents' victory over pollution wood-fired power plant:
- Massachusetts Revokes Air Permit For Controversial Biomass Facility In Springfield (WBUR):
In a big win for public health and environmental justice advocates, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has revoked a key air permit for a controversial proposed biomass plant in Springfield...“The days of polluters being rubber stamped in communities like ours are over.”
- State has hopefully struck a fatal blow to Springfield power plant (Boston Globe):
Here is a good-news story I hadn’t expected to write...It was going to point out how messed up it is that the people of East Springfield — who have already suffered enough at the intersection of several major highways, contaminated sites, and industrial facilities — have to fight yet another polluting plant that would help cement their its status as the nation’s asthma capital.
'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 Landfill Methane Emissions Rule Scrapped by Appeals Court (Bloomberg)
- Appeals Court Agrees To Pause Lawsuit Over Trump-Era Emissions Rule (The Hill)
- US, UAE say they'll invest in Middle East decarbonization (The Hill)
- Court Tosses Trump Rule Limiting Emissions Regulations (The Hill)
- Fossil Firms Took Billions in Virus Aid but Still Cut Nearly 60,000 Jobs (Inside Climate News)
- Louisville’s Polluting Chemical Plant Emits Two Potent Greenhouse Gases (Inside Climate News)
- Can Biden Change America's Preference For Cars Over Trains and Buses? (NY Times)
- More U.S. Coal Power Retired Under Trump Than in Obama's Second Term (Earther)
- Our Last, Best Chance to Save Atlantic Salmon (The Revelator)
- Test Flight for Sunlight-Blocking Research Is Canceled (NY Times)
- Canada's Herring Face Collapse, Say First Nations And Activists (Guardian UK)
- 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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