IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Desperation deepens in Haiti; Flash floods slam North Carolina; Unstoppable wildfires across the globe; Wildfire smoke linked to higher COVID death rates; PLUS: Biden EPA finally bans toxic pesticide linked to brain damage in children... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Turns out that warming and extreme weather aren't so good for crops; Saving ozone layer has given humans a chance in climate crisis; Heat is killing workers in the U.S., and there are no federal rules to protect them; Multi-billion dollar Louisiana plastics plant put on pause in a win for activists; 'Coming Full Circle' - Native American tapped to lead National Park Service; Stung by climate change - drought-weakened bee colonies shrink U.S. honey crop, threaten almonds; Research explores costs of climate tipping points, and how they could compound one another... PLUS: 5 possible climate futures-from the optimistic to the strange... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Desperation deepens in Haiti as basic aid is slow to arrive:
- Here's How You Can Support Earthquake Relief Efforts In Haiti (NPR)
- VIDEO: Aid slow to reach people in need in Haiti following devastating quake (CBC):
Haiti's Civil Protection Agency raised the number of deaths from the quake to 2,189 from an earlier count of 1,941 and said more than 12,000 people were injured. The magnitude 7.2 earthquake destroyed more than 7,000 homes and damaged more than 12,000, leaving about 30,000 families homeless, officials said. Schools, offices and churches also were demolished or badly damaged.
- Haiti earthquake: Devastation and more than 2,000 dead (BBC)
- Tensions grow in Haiti over slow pace of aid after quake (AP)
- Haiti, scarred by Red Cross' 'aid' in 2010, wary of agency's help in latest recovery effort (NBC News)
- North Carolina slammed by Fred's remnants:
- Officials in Western North Carolina Search Cars, Buildings for Fred Flood Survivors (Weather Channel)
- 2 dead, 20 missing after severe flooding in North Carolina; tornado warnings issued in New York (NBC News)
- North Carolina flooding: 2 dead and 20 unaccounted for after remnants of Tropical Storm Fred slam area (CNN)
- 88% of U.S. Deaths From Hurricanes, Tropical Storms Are From Water, Not Wind (Weather Channel)
- Storm Watch: Tropical Storm Henri
- Hurricane Grace Hits Mexico While Tropical Storm Henri Could Threaten New England (US News)
- Tropical Storm Henri may become hurricane on Friday- NHC (Reuters)
- Tropical Storm Henri could track toward New England late this weekend (MSN)
- Wildfires continue relenetless expansion in Europe:
- Summer of fire: blazes burn across Mediterranean with more extreme weather forecast (Guardian UK)
- VIDEO: Wildfires rage across Europe (BBC)
- Two die in French wildfires near Saint-Tropez (Deustche-Welle)
- Greece battles new blazes as firefighters make progress in Spain (Deustche-Welle)
- In Photos: Fires Ravage Southern Europe (The Lab.Earth)
- California's Caldor Fire sees explosive growth:
- Satellite video shows the "explosive growth" of the Caldor Fire in California (CBS News)
- Thousands More Evacuated As California Wildfire Explodes (CNN)
- More than a third of Lassen Volcanic National Park has been torched (SF Gate)
- Giant Infernos Blazing for Months Are the New Norm in California (Bloomberg):
Climate change is leading to longer, hotter summers and shorter winter rainy seasons across the state, leaving its 33 million acres of forest land more vulnerable to catastrophic conflagrations. "The ability for these fires to grow right now is exponential," said Daniel Bertucelli, a spokesman with Cal Fire's incident management team for the Dixie Fire.
- Smoke from wildfires linked to increase in COVID-19 deaths in 2020:
- Excess of COVID-19 cases and deaths due to fine particulate matter exposure during the 2020 wildfires in the United States (Science Advances)
- Wildfire smoke linked to higher COVID-19 death rates (National Geographic):
Scientists are still learning the full extent to which wildfires can threaten human health, but early research suggests the smoke may be more toxic than previously realized.
- Thousands of extra COVID cases and deaths 'caused by smoke from wildfires' (Yahoo News)
- VIDEO: Wildfire smoke could make you more vulnerable to COVID-19 (KREM-2 News, Spokane):
"You're actually more likely to catch COVID if you live in an area with a lot of wildfire activity," Dr. Kohli said. "It increases the inflammation in the lungs because it reduces the immunity because the lungs are so busy at fighting the particulate matter that they're not as good at fighting COVID."
- Alaska judge cites climate in tossing permits for controversial Arctic oil project:
- Federal judge throws out U.S. approval of ConocoPhillips Alaska oil project (Reuters)
- Court Blocks a Vast Alaskan Drilling Project, Citing Climate Dangers (NY Times):
In her opinion, Judge Sharon L. Gleason of the United States District Court for Alaska wrote that when the Trump administration permitted the project, the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management's exclusion of greenhouse gas emissions in its analysis of the environmental effects of the project was "arbitrary and capricious."
- Biden EPA bans toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos, finally:
- E.P.A. to Block Pesticide Tied to Neurological Harm in Children (NY Times):
In an unusual move, the new chlorpyrifos policy will not be put in place via the standard regulatory process...[I]n compliance with the court order, which noted that the science linking chlorpyrifos to brain damage is over a decade old, the rule will be published in final form, without a draft or public comment period.
- Biden EPA To Ban Chlorpyrifos, A Pesticide Linked To Brain Damage In Children (Huffington Post):
The Trump administration refused to take the chemical off the market, ignoring the recommendation of Environmental Protection Agency scientists.
- U.S. to ban use of pesticide chlorpyrifos on food crops over health concerns (Reuters)
- VIDEO: Trump EPA Rejects Ban On Dangerous Pesticide (MSNBC, 5/16/2017)
'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
- Turns Out, Warming, Extremes, Not so Good for Food Crops (Climate Crocks)
- Saving ozone layer has given humans a chance in climate crisis - study (Guardian UK)
- Heat Is Killing Workers In The U.S. - And There Are No Federal Rules To Protect Them (NPR)
- Multibillion-dollar Louisiana plastics plant put on pause in a win for activists (Guardian UK)
- 'Coming Full Circle': Native Tapped To Lead National Parks (Indian Country Today)
- 5 possible climate futures-from the optimistic to the strange (National Geographic)
- Stung by climate change: drought-weakened bee colonies shrink U.S. honey crop, threaten almonds (Reuters)
- New Research Explores the Costs of Climate Tipping Points, and How They Could Compound One Another (Inside Climate News)
- EXPLAINER: Western water projects in infrastructure deal (AP)
- California builds a 'Noah's Ark' to protect wildlife from extinction by fire and heat (LA Times)
- Minnesota Issues Plan To Treat Water Marred By 3M Chemicals (AP)
- 4 Ways to Make Solar Panels More Sustainable (EcoWatch)
- Guyana, Suriname eye further drilling from oil majors after discoveries (Reuters)
- OPEC+ sees no need to meet U.S. call for more supply, sources say (Reuters)/i>
- Fossil Fuel Leases to Resume on Public Lands While Biden Admin Appeals Court Ruling (EcoWatch)
- UK plan to replace fossil gas with blue hydrogen 'may backfire' (Guardian UK)
- 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 9 Years) Really Mean? (Inside Climate News)
- VIDEO: A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (The Intercept)
- 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.