IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: While we were out...Historic heat wave killed hundreds, sparked wildfires and shattered all time record temps in Pacific Northwest and Canada; Record heat wave 'virtually impossible' without climate change; ExxonMobil lobbyists caught on tape admitting company funds climate denial front groups; PLUS: Record-breaker Tropical Storm Elsa makes landfall in Florida... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): That Heat Dome? Yeah, It’s Climate Change; Can You Trust a Weather Report from Fox News?; Tribe Becomes Key Water Player With Drought Aid To Arizona; Billions In Fishing Subsidies Finance Social, Ecological Harm; Senate approves bill to help farmers profit on climate action; Human Activity Influencing Global Rainfall; EV deal shows 'Lithium Valley' could be for real... PLUS: No, A Tanker Full Of Fossil Fuels Isn’t "Carbon Neutral"... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Record-breaker Tropical Storm Elsa makes landfall in Florida:
- Tropical Storm Elsa is earliest fifth named storm on record in the Atlantic (Yale Climate Connections)
- 27 million under tropical storm warning as Elsa roars up East Coast; 1 dead in Florida (USA Today/MSN)
- Tropical Storm Elsa kills 1 in Florida; damages Navy base in Georgia (CBS News)
- Historic heat wave shatters records in Pacific NW, Canada:
- Dangerous Heat Wave Is Literally Melting Critical Infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest (Earther):
The heat-caused damage in the Pacific Northwest is a stark sign of how screwed our infrastructure is when it comes to climate change.
- ‘Hard to comprehend’: Experts react to record 121 degrees in Canada (Washington Post/MSN)
- Lytton, the Canadian village that hit a record 121 degrees, has 'burnt down' in flash wildfire (The Week/MSN )
- Portland streetcar power cables melt in extreme heat (SF Gate)
- Why roads in the Pacific Northwest buckled under extreme heat (The Verge/MSN)
- More than a billion seashore animals may have cooked to death in B.C. heat wave, says UBC researcher (CBC)
- Extreme heat sparked wildfires in West, Canada:
- Canada Battles More Than 180 Wildfires With Hundreds Dead In Heat Wave (NPR)
- As Lava fire grows, two other blazes surge across Northern California forests (LA Times/MSN)
- Historic heat wave 'virtually impossible' without man-made climate change:
- Western North American extreme heat virtually impossible without human-caused climate change (World Weather Attribution Network):
During the last days of June 2021, Pacific northwest areas of the U.S. and Canada experienced temperatures never previously observed, with records broken in many places by several degrees Celsius.
- Climate Change Juiced the Deadly Pacific Northwest Heatwave (Bloomberg):
The event was so rare that the researchers were unable to estimate a full range of probabilities, concluding only that humanity’s warming of the planet made it at least 150 times more likely. They also provided a glimpse of the future. Carbon dioxide and other warming gases have lifted global average temperatures by 1.2° Celsius since industrialization. After another 0.8°C—which could arrive by the 2040s—heatwaves of this magnitude could strike every five to 10 years.
- Pacific Northwest heat wave would have been "virtually impossible" without climate change, experts say (CBS News)
- Study: Northwest heat wave impossible without climate change (AP)
- Exxon Mobil lobbyists admit company still obstructing climate action:
- An Exxon lobbyist thought he was in a job interview. Instead, it was a secretly recorded Zoom call. (Washington Post)
- VIDEO: Revealed: ExxonMobil’s lobbying war on climate change legislation (Channel 4):
They're America's biggest oil company - committed they claim, to tackling the climate emergency. But tonight this programme can reveal undercover footage of one of Exxonmobil's top Washington lobbyists - speaking candidly about his efforts to undermine new legislation to protect the environment. The lobbyist was captured on camera by the environmental group Greenpeace UK - boasting of how Exxonmobil has fought climate science, and operated behind closed doors to water down green legislation. Exxonmobil dispute the claims - and accuse Greenpeace of "waging a campaign against them".
- VIDEO: Exxon Lobbyist Caught On Video Talking About Undermining Biden's Climate Push (NPR)
- ExxonMobil lobbyist caught on camera saying company's support for carbon tax is a PR stunt (The Week/MSN)
- Exxon Lobbyist Brags About Regular Access To Joe Manchin (Huffington Post)
- Exxon lobbyist pressured lawmakers to remove climate measures from Biden's initial $2 trillion infrastructure plan, report says (Business Insider/MSN)
- The Biden White House Has an Exxon Problem (The New Republic):
The White House has remained conspicuously silent on a blockbuster report from Unearthed that suggested the oil company helped excise climate policy from the infrastructure package.
- Climate action around the U.S. and the world:
- Biden nixes Trump rules on methane emissions, lending, employment discrimination (The Hill)
- Canada is going to ban new gas-powered car sales by 2035 (Electrek)
- U.K. To End All Coal Power In 2024, Accelerating Emissions Goal (Forbes)
- Bangladesh scraps plans for 10 coal-fired power plants (Nikkei Asia)
- N.J. approves 2 more offshore wind farms to power 1M homes (NJ.com/MSN)
'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
- That Heat Dome? Yeah, It’s Climate Change. (Dr. Michael E. Mann, op-ed, NY Times)
- VIDEO: Can You Trust a Weather Report from Fox News? (Climate Crocks)
- Climate Change Drove Western Heat Wave’s Extreme Records: Analysis (NY Times)
- Tribe Becomes Key Water Player With Drought Aid To Arizona (AP)
- Billions In Fishing Subsidies Finance Social, Ecological Harm: Report (Mongabay)
- In rare bipartisan move, Senate approves bill to help farmers profit on climate action (Politico)
- Human Activity Influencing Global Rainfall, Study Finds (Guardian UK)
- Gas infrastructure across Europe leaking planet-warming methane (Reuters)
- No, A Tanker Full Of Fossil Fuels Isn’t "Carbon Neutral" (Clean Technica)
- EV deal shows 'Lithium Valley' could be for real (E&E News)
- Madagascar Headed Toward Climate Change-Linked Famine It Did Not Create (Washington Post)
- Chicago’s Climate Future: Battle Between A Great City And A Great Lake (NY Times)
- 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.
- Madagascar in the grip of a 'catastrophic' hunger crisis says World Food Programme (ITV)
- 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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