IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Tropical Depression Nicholas adds insult to injury in storm-battered Louisiana; Biden continues to pitch clean energy solutions and urgent action on climate; States move to hold producers responsible for plastic pollution; PLUS: Vermont is latest state to sue the fossil fuel industry for lying about global warming... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Children around the world experiencing climate anxiety and anger; Faroe Islands: Anger over killing of 1,400 dolphins in one day; Most nations fall far short in plans to curb warming: report; Rate of global warming over next 25 years could be double the previous 50 years; The planet depends on the next Federal Reserve chair; MN releases plan to make 3M pay for PFAS cleanup; Rupert Murdoch promises news outlets will move away from climate denial... PLUS: Late night shows plan 'Climate Night'... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Tropical Storm Nicholas adds insult to injury in Louisiana:
- Nicholas Updates: Rain Hampers Ida Recovery Efforts; State Offices Closed Wednesday in Louisiana (Weather Channel)
- As Nicholas stalls over Louisiana, three potential storms are crowding the Atlantic (USA Today)
- The Greatest Killer in New Orleans Wasn't the Hurricane. It Was the Heat. (NY Times)
- VIDEO: US Land Falling Storms on Record Pace (Climate Crocks)
- Climate change is making hurricanes stronger, slower and wetter. Ida checked all the boxes (CNN)
- Biden pitches clean energy solutions and costs of climate change in CO:
- Biden pitches spending plan as key to fight climate change (AP)
- VIDEO: Joe Biden Build Back Better Infrastructure Speech Transcript (Rev.com):
"We have to invest in being more resilient because of the impacts of climate. The climate change is current today, not next year, not 10 years from now. And we have to make investments that are going to slow our contributions to climate change today, not tomorrow. And here's the good news; something that is caused by humans can be solved by humans."
- Biden expresses confidence on climate in renewable energy visit (The Hill)
- VIDEO: After touring California wildfire damage, Biden rebuts complaints about cost of combating climate change (Yahoo News)
- CEPP hits powerful opposition from coal utilities, Sen. Manchin:
- Democrats advance climate bill as advocates gird for a fight (E&E News)
- As the largest-ever U.S. climate bill inches forward, a lobbying frenzy ensues (MSN/Washington Post)
- Major utility questions Biden’s signature climate plan (E&E News)
- Congress Is Debating Its Biggest Climate Change Bill Ever. Here's What's At Stake (NPR)
- Joe Manchin's Dirty Empire: The West Virginia Senator Reaps Big Financial Rewards From a Network of Coal Companies With Grim Records of Pollution, Safety Violations, and Death (The Intercept)
- Study: vast majority of fossil fuels must remain in the ground:
- Unextractable fossil fuels in a 1.5°C world (Nature)
- Climate change: Fossil fuels must stay underground, scientists say (BBC):
Almost 60 percent of oil and gas reserves and 90 percent of coal must remain in the ground to keep global warming below 1.5C, scientists say. The forecast is based on close analysis of global energy supply and demand...And they have "painted a scenario of the future" that leaves much less room for fossil fuels to be extracted than previously estimated.
- Fossil fuels must remain in the ground to keep warming below 1.5°C, study says (Euronews)
- More than 2,000 scientists, academics call for Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty:
- The Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty (Fossil Fuel Treaty):
Phasing out fossil fuel production, and fast-tracking progress towards safer and more cost-effective alternatives, will require unprecedented international cooperation in three main areas – non-proliferation, global disarmament and a peaceful, just transition.
- 2,180+ Scientists Worldwide Demand 'Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty' (Common Dreams):
"Every fraction of a degree of warming is doing us harm," said one of the open letter's signatories. "This means that every day we delay cessation of fossil fuel burning, we come closer to catastrophe."
- The Case for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty (Project Syndicate)
- States move to hold producers responsible for plastic pollution:
- Corporations tried to blame you for the plastic crisis. Now states are turning the tables. (Grist):
As recycling heads to the dump, Maine and Oregon have a new strategy: Make companies pay.
- California wants to ban misleading recycling labels. Plastic companies don’t. (Grist)
- California Aims to Ban Recycling Symbols on Things That Aren’t Recyclable (NY Times)
- Vermont AG sues major oil companies for violating consumer protections laws:
- Vermont sues 4 oil companies, alleges false info on climate (AP)
- >VIDEO: Vermont attorney general announces lawsuit against fossil fuel groups (WPTZ-Burlington)
'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
- Children around the world experiencing climate anxiety and anger (Earther)
- Faroe Islands: Anger over killing of 1,400 dolphins in one day (BBC)
- Report: Most nations fall far short in plans to curb warming (AP)
- The Rate of Global Warming During Next 25 Years Could Be Double What it Was in the Previous 50, a Renowned Climate Scientist Warns (Inside Climate News)
- The Planet Depends on the Next Federal Reserve Chair (The American Prospect)
- House Panel Expands Inquiry Into Climate Disinformation by Oil Giants (NY Times)
- Minnesota issues plan to treat water marred by 3M chemicals (Great Lakes Nows)
- August 2021 was sixth hottest recorded August since 1880 (Yale Climate Connections)
- Illinois Secures a Major Climate and Equity Victory (Union of Concerned Scientists)
- Late Night Shows Plan 'Climate Night' (Climate Crocks)
- How world’s coal-power pipeline has shrunk by three-quarters (Carbon Brief)
- California fires are burning at higher elevations than ever, creating new dangers (LA Times)
- In Australia, Murdoch-Owned News Outlets Vow to Back Away From Climate Denial (Yale e360)
- 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.