IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Worsening drought conditions threaten drinking water supplies in California; Alarming heat wave hits Siberian Arctic; Climate change making extreme heat waves 3-5 degrees hotter in U.S.; PLUS: Grim U.N. draft reports warns climate change tipping points are underway, and 'the worst is yet to come'... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Biden: 'We have a deal' on infrastructure with bipartisan group of senators; Here we go again: Texas, climate change and the power grid; U.S. nuclear regulators scrutinize Vogtle problems in Georgia; Can America do high-speed rail?; Interior peels Trump-era hunting images off duck stamps; New research raises ozone depletion alarm over Arctic, too; Madagascar in grip of 'catastrophic' hunger crisis... PLUS: Trees are missing in low income neighborhoods... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Arctic heat wave alarms climate scientists:
- Ground Temperatures Hit 118 Degrees in the Arctic Circle (Earther)
- Heat wave brings record-breaking temperatures north of Arctic Circle (ABC/MSN)
- Consequences unfolding from extreme heat wave in US West:
- A 'Record-Breaking and Dangerous' Heat Wave Is About to Hit the West Coast (Earther):
In an ironic twist, one factor that could lead to records not being broken is smoke from wildfires sparked due to hot conditions currently racking the West dimming the sun.
- Heat causing Utah roads to buckle, and more problems could be coming (KUT-Salt Lake City)
- California Hydropower Plant May Have to Shut Down as Record Heat Wave Drains Key Reservoir (Earther)
- California’s Megadrought Is Making Water Taste Like Ass (Earther):
Algae blooms spurred by drought and heat are to blame.
- The effect of anthropogenic climate change on heat waves in the United States. [PDF] (Michael Wehner, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory):
Currently, climate change has caused rare heat waves to be 3 to 5degrees warmer over most of the United States.
- Consequences unfolding from 'mega-drought' in US West:
- Drought: Emergency project being built to protect California water supplies (San Jose Mercury News):
$10 million temporary Delta rock barrier to keep salty water away from critical pumps is 800 feet long.
- VIDEO: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta contamination concerns prompt emergency drought barrier (KCRA-San Francisco)
- San Carlos Lake so empty fire crews can’t use its water to fight wildfires (MSN)
- The American West is drying out. Things will get ugly (CNN)
- 7 Shocking Satellite Images Reveal the West's Megadrought (Earther)
- Explainer: Drought and Record Heat in the West: The Climate Change Connection (PNAS)
- Draft UN IPCC report warns of climate tipping points, 'worst is yet to come':
- Crushing climate impacts to hit sooner than feared: draft UN report (AFP/France 24):
Climate change will fundamentally reshape life on Earth in the coming decades, even if humans can tame planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, according to a landmark draft report from the UN's climate science advisors obtained by AFP. Species extinction, more widespread disease, unliveable heat, ecosystem collapse, cities menaced by rising seas --- these and other devastating climate impacts are accelerating and bound to become painfully obvious before a child born today turns 30.
- VIDEO: A draft UN report on a warming planet, exclusively obtained by AFP, could help to "wake people up" to the "reality" of climate change, Swedish activist Greta Thunberg said on Wednesday (AFP Twitter)
- VIDEO: A leaked UN report warns 'worst is yet to come' on climate change. Here's how you can help (PBS NewsHour)
- Crushing climate impacts to hit sooner than feared: draft UN report (Carbon Brief):
It highlights four key takeaway messages from the report: the 1.1C of warming that has taken place has already brought profound changes; the world must prepare and adapt to this new reality; “tipping points” in the climate system that could lead to compound and cascading impacts are a threat; and that action can still be taken to avoid worst-case scenarios and prepare for impacts that cannot be prevented.
- IPCC steps up warning on climate tipping points in leaked draft report (Guardian UK)
- Coastal cities face their mortality on the climate 'frontline' (AFP/France 24)
'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
- Biden: 'We have a deal' on infrastructure with bipartisan group of senators (CNN/MSN)
- Here we go again: Texas, climate change and the power grid (Climate Crocks)
- U.S. nuclear regulators scrutinize Vogtle problems in Georgia (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
- VIDEO: AOC, Seth Moulton: Can America Do High Speed Rail? (Climate Crocks)
- Welsh government suspends all future road-building plans as part of plans to reach net zero emissions by 2050 (Guardian UK)
- Brazil’s Environment Minister Resigns Amid Criticism, Probes (AP)
- Interior peels Trump-era hunting images off duck stamps (E&E News)
- Line 5: Army Corps Plans Extensive Review Of Great Lakes Tunnel Plan (AP)
- From Black Lung to BlackRock: Striking Alabama Coal Miners Protest Wall St. Financiers of Warrior Met (Democracy Now!)
- VIDEO: Western States Face Record Heat & Historic Drought, But GOP Rejects Green Infrastructure Funding (Democracy Now!)
- Madagascar in the grip of a ‘catastrophic’ hunger crisis says World Food Programme (ITV)
- Watchdog Calls On Pentagon To Detail PFAS Chemicals' Cleanup Expenses (The Hill)
- Report: Climate Change Means Less Snow For Yellowstone (AP)
- New Research Raises Ozone Depletion Alarm Over Arctic, Too (Inside Climate News)
- Sudan Asks U.N. Security Council To Meet Over Ethiopia's Blue Nile Dam (Reuters)
- Maine Enacts Bills To Tackle Pollution From ‘Forever Chemicals’ (Portland Press-Herald)
- Fossil Fuel Firms Face New Challenge Over 'Greenwashing' Ads (Thompson Reuters Foundation)
- Illinois AG Sues Utility Company For 'Unlawful Disposal Of Coal Ash' (KHQA)
- Trees Are Missing in Low-income Neighborhoods (E&E News)
- Nations Must Drop Fossil Fuels, Fast, World Energy Body Warns (NY Times)
- 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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