IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: America's largest pipeline system shut down by major cyberattack; Air pollution from farms kills thousands of Americans every year, new study finds; Ominous warnings of deepening drought in California; Cost of manufacturing EVs dropping fast; PLUS: Biden moves to restore landmark protections for birds... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Experts call for mandatory recycling of products containing rare metals; A narrow path for Biden’s ambitious plan to conserve 30 percent of U.S. land and waters by 2030; Deaths linked to soot from gas, biomass overtake coal; Climate change may trigger more pesticide use; CA pollution regulators put first-ever new rules on warehouse indiustry; Wyoming threatens to sue states that refuse to buy its coal... PLUS: Former circus elephants begin to arrive at Florida animal sanctuary... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Colonial Pipeline shutdown by major cyberattack:
- VIDEO: Colonial Pipeline struggles to restart as FBI names Russian gang as suspects (NBC News)
- Hacked Pipeline May Stay Shut for Days, Raising Concerns About Supply (NY Times)
- White House monitoring fuel shortages in southeastern US from cyberattack (The Hill)
- VIDEO: A major U.S. pipeline is still mostly shut due to a cyberattack. Here's what you need to know (CNBC)
- What We Know About the Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack (NY Times):
Reliance on the pipeline has grown as rising domestic production of oil and gas has led to reduced refining capacity in the Northeast.
- The Colonial Pipeline Attack Is A Major National Security Incident (Forbes)
- An attack on a critical pipeline highlights the need for stronger ransomware policies (Washington Post)
- Farm air pollution kills estimated 18,000 Americans every year:
- Air quality–related health damages of food (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)
- Air Pollution From Livestock and Fertilizers Kills Nearly 18,000 People Yearly (Truthout):
The study, which was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, noted that gases associated with manure and animal feed are producing particles that are able to drift hundreds of miles away from their source. Most of the deaths attributable to farm pollution, however, come from animal-based agriculture, accounting for 80 percent of the deaths the study uncovered. Chronic exposure to increased levels of fine particulate matter (sometimes shortened to PM2.5) that is released from farms “increases the risk of heart disease, cancer, and stroke,” an analysis of the study noted.
- Air pollution from farms leads to 17,900 U.S. deaths per year, study finds (Seattle Times):
Animal agriculture is the deadliest emitter, researchers say, responsible for 80% of deaths from pollution related to food production. Gases associated with manure and animal feed produce small, lung-irritating particles capable of drifting hundreds of miles. These emissions now account for more annual deaths than pollution from coal power plants. Yet, while pollution from power plants, factories and vehicles is restricted under the Clean Air Act, there is less regulation of air quality around farms.
- Air pollution from animal-based food production is linked to 12,700 deaths each year, study says (CNN)
- Drought deepens in California:
- California declares drought emergency across vast swath of state (Guardian UK)
- Drought emergency declared in most of California amid 'acute water supply shortfalls' (CNN)
- In the West: Drought Disaster Looms (Climate Crocks)
- Severe Water Cuts Are Coming for Arizona. The Rest of the Southwest Is Next. (The New Republic)
- Electric vehicles will be cheaper than ICE cars (for carmakers) by 2027:
- Electric cars ‘will be cheaper to produce than fossil fuel vehicles by 2027’ (Guardian UK):
Electric cars and vans will be cheaper to produce than conventional, fossil fuel-powered vehicles by 2027, and tighter emissions regulations could put them in pole position to dominate all new car sales by the middle of the next decade, research has found...The report’s timeline for cost parity is more conservative than other forecasts, including one from the investment bank UBS, which has predicted that electric cars will cost the same to make by 2024.
- Biden moves to restore landmark protections for birds:
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
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- Experts call for mandatory recycling of products containing rare metals (Guardian UK)
- A narrow path for Biden’s ambitious land conservation plan (Washington Post)
- Deaths linked to soot from gas, biomass overtake coal (E&E News)
- Push to electrify mail trucks gains wide support, an unlikely win for both DeJoy and Biden (Washington Post)
- Report offers Biden framework for a clean energy standard (E&E News)
- VIDEO: Ford to Announce Electric Pickup (Climate Crocks)
- Denka Toxic Releases Targeted By St. John Parish Group, EPA Watchdog (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
- Calif. Climate Change To Trigger More Pesticide Use, Fouling Waterways (Inside Climate News)
- U.S. Steel Abandons Clean Tech Plans Near Pittsburgh After Health Study (Environmental Health News)
- Former Circus Elephants Begin To Arrive At Florida Sanctuary (AP)
- California Pollution Regulators Place New Rules On Warehouse Industry (LA Times)
- $63-Billion Plan Banks On Hydropower To Help Solve The Climate Crisis (LA Times)
- 3 arrested can challenge Louisiana pipeline trespass law (AP)
- US Stops Trump-Era Effort To Loosen Safety Rules For Arctic Drilling (Reuters)
- Wyo. Stands Up For Coal With Threat To Sue States That Refuse To Buy It (Guardian)
- Electric cars: What will happen to all the dead batteries? (BBC)
- Climate Fund Choices for Investors Are Multiplying (Bloomberg/Yahoo)
- 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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