IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: New climate targets still not enough to close the 'emissions gap'; Republicans' infrastructure proposal about 1/5th the size of Biden's; EPA revokes Trump's attack on California's emissions standards; PLUS: Fox News forced to admit Biden's climate plans do not 'ban red meat'... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): The 7 climate change tipping points that could change the world forever; Halting the Vast Release of Methane Is Critical for Climate, UN Says; Why the U.S. might miss Biden's climate goal; Appalachia’s fracking boom has done little for local economies; Miami’s sea level rise bill is $4 billion by 2060. It won’t keep every neighborhood dry; Minnesota gasps at the financial damage it faces from the Texas freeze; Nestle told to stop spring water diversions in CA national forest... PLUS: US electricity emissions are halfway to zero... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- New climate targets still not enough to close the 'emissions gap':
- As Nations Gather for Biden’s Virtual Climate Summit, Ambitious Pledges Still Fall Short of Paris Goal (Inside Climate News):
Within this decade, the United States will cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half, China will begin phasing down its coal consumption, and Brazil will end illegal deforestation. That is, if these leading polluters live up to the pledges they made Thursday at a global climate summit organized by the White House.
- Climate Action Tracker says gap between promises and emissions cuts narrowed since September (HK Standard)
- Jobs and Technology Take Center Stage at Friday’s Summit, With Biden Pitching Climate Action as a Boon for the Economy (Inside Climate News)
- Biden plans to cut emissions at least in half by 2030 (Washington Post)
- How to think about nations’ climate pledges, when they don’t compare (AP)
- Fact Sheet: President Biden Sets 2030 Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Target Aimed at Creating Good-Paying Union Jobs and Securing U.S. Leadership on Clean Energy Technologies (White House)
- Huge discrepancy between nations's claims vs. independent monitoring on emissions:
- Massive conflict in carbon emissions could hamper world efforts to cut them (The Hill):
Nations have been miscalculating greenhouse gas emissions for years, making it difficult to determine if they're on track for the world’s climate agreements.
- The giant accounting problem that could hamper the world’s push to cut emissions (Washington Post):
The discrepancy emerges at a critical moment, as world leaders try to pinpoint how — and how quickly — nations must cut greenhouse gas pollution to prevent catastrophic levels of warming in coming years.
- Republicans unveil their own small infrastructure counter-proposal:
- Senate Republicans propose $568 billion infrastructure plan to counter Biden (USA Today):
A framework led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. wouldn't cover any such items, including those aimed at fighting climate change, instead focusing solely on transportation projects, broadband infrastructure and water pipes.
- Power Up: Biden pollster argues GOP risks widening gender gap by rejecting infrastructure plan (Washington Post/MSN)
- No, Biden's climate plan doesn't 'ban red meat':
- Prepare for meat war: The climate battle over meat is “going to be worse than energy,” an industry researcher says (Heated.World Newsletter)
- VIDEO: Fox’s “news” side spreads fake story that Biden wants to ban hamburgers (Media Matters)
- Biden’s climate plan doesn’t ban meat. But baseless claims left Republicans fuming: ‘Stay out of my kitchen.’ (Washington Post)
- Fact check: No, Biden is not trying to force Americans to eat less red meat (CNN)
- EPA, DOT rescind Trump's attacks on California's tailpipe rules:
- EPA to restore California's power over auto emissions rules, reversing Trump (LA Times/MSN):
California's ambition to retake the lead on climate change policy in the United States received a major boost on Monday, as the Biden administration moved toward allowing the state to once more set its own car pollution standards, a right revoked under former President Trump.
- Transportation Department proposes letting states set their own tailpipe emission rules (Washington Post)
- Greta Thunberg warns House hearing 'choose wisely':
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
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- The 7 climate change tipping points that could change the world forever (Grist)
- Halting the Vast Release of Methane Is Critical for Climate, UN Says (NY Times)
- Why the U.S. might miss Biden's climate goal (E&E News)
- Paris Climate Agreement Overlooks Wood Pellet Loophole (Environmental Health Network)
- VIDEO: Has the U.S. set realistic goals to combat climate change? A climate scientist weighs in (PBS NewsHour)
- Appalachia’s fracking boom has done little for local economies: Study (Daily Climate)
- Miami’s sea level rise bill is $4 billion by 2060. It won’t keep every neighborhood dry (Miami Herald)
- Minnesota gasps at the financial damage it faces from the Texas freeze (Washington Post)
- Nestle told to stop spring water diversions in San Bernardino, CA (Reuters)
- US electricity emissions are halfway to zero (Volts)
- U.S. to join effort to curb climate-warming emissions from shipping (Reuters)
- Newsom orders halt to new fracking in California starting in 2024 — and wants to end all drilling by 2045 (San Francisco Chronicle/MSN)
- Union representing energy workers backs stronger emissions cuts — as long as there's a transition plan (CBC)
- How the Zoom boom is changing the West: Remote workers are flocking to Western towns (High Country News)
- White House targets $38B to aid coal sector transition, but it's likely not enough, analysts say (Utility Dive)
- Europe Debuts Hydrogen Passenger Trains in Zero-Carbon Push (Bloomberg/MSN)
- Granholm announces goal to make hydrogen power, EV batteries more affordable (The Hill)
- Experts explain why green hydrogen costs have fallen and will keep falling (S&P Global)
- A primer on lithium-ion batteries: how they work and how they are changing (David Roberts, Volts)
- How climate change could undo 50 years of public health gains (Grist)
- 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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