IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Humanity on a 'catastrophic pathway,' new U.N. climate report finds; Good news and bad for climate action at the U.N. General Assembly; Climate change already fueling migration in developing countries; PLUS: Good news and bad for the world's last stand of giant sequoias... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Is this the beginning of the Category 6 hurricane?; They Knew: How the U.S. Government Helped Cause the Climate Crisis; Big Reefs in Big Trouble: New Research Tracks a 50 Percent Decline in Living Coral Since the 1950s; Will this metal recycling startup revolutionize the battery and clean energy sectors?; 9 questions about the Civilian Climate Corps, answered; Biden Confronts Extreme Heat, A Silent Climate Killer... PLUS: The Great Lakes Region Is Not a 'Climate Haven'... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- U.N. report warns world on 'catastrophic pathway' on current trajectory:
- The planet is on a 'catastrophic' global warming path, UN report shows (CNN)
- As climate pledges fall short, U.N. predicts globe could warm by catastrophic 2.7 degrees Celsius (Washington Post):
New Glasgow commitments, if implemented, would result in a 12 percent emissions cut by the decade’s end, well short of what is needed to curb global warming.
- Report: Most nations fall far short in plans to curb warming (AP)
- As they gather at U.N., world leaders face furious push to act quickly on climate change (Washington Post)
- 'What Betrayal Looks Like': UN Report Says World on Track for 2.7°C of Warming by 2100 (Common Dreams):
"Whatever our so-called 'leaders' are doing," said Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, "they are doing it wrong."
- VIDEO: Most G20 countries are failing emissions obligations (CBS News)
- Wealthy nations have failed to meet pledges of climate aid:
- U.N. Chief, UK PM Increase Pressure On Leaders For Climate Change Funds (Reuters)
- https://finance.yahoo.co...-set-fall-102257189.html (Reuters)
- Biden gets a slap-down for US climate finance frugality (Politico Europe)
- Biden vows to double aid to developing countries vulnerable to climate crisis (Guardian UK)
- VIDEO: Developing world 'bearing the brunt' of climate change - PM Boris Johnson (Reuters/MSN)
- Climate change already fueling waves of migration:
- Climate Change Could Force 216 Million People to Migrate Within Their Own Countries by 2050 (World Bank)
- Climate change could displace 216 million people by 2050: New report (Yahoo News)
- Wildfire and flood disasters are causing 'climate migration' within Canada (The Conversation)
- Biden announced methane reduction agreement with E.U.:
- Biden convenes virtual meeting of world leaders to push climate actions, including methane emissions reductions (Washington Post)
- Global Methane Pledge Offers Hope on Climate in Lead Up to Glasgow (Inside Climate News):
An international effort to slash methane emissions could quickly address climate change if the US and EU can stick to their pledges and get other countries to join.
- VIDEO: President Biden holds a virtual energy and climate summit (Rev.com):
A further step we're working with the European Union and other partners to launch is a global methane pledge, to reduce global methane emissions by at least 30 percent below 2020 levels by 2030. This will not only rapidly reduce the rate of global warming, but it will also produce a very valuable side benefit like improving public health and agricultural output.
- California's iconic giant sequoias safe from wildfire - for now:
- AUDIO: Seeing the (Burning) Forest for the (Giant) Trees - Dr. Christy Brigham on The BradCast (The BRAD BLOG):
"[Climate change] has changed everything in terms of how we fight wildfire and keep it out of these sequoia groves if we can." Citing more than 10% of the world's giant sequoias that were lost in one single fire in the area last year, Brigham notes four groves of giants have burned in recent days, but that they've yet to be able to get to in order to survey the damage. "Fingers crossed that we won't see terrible outcomes, but we've got a long way to go with this fire still burning, and still threatening a number of groves."
- 4 famous giant trees unharmed by Sequoia National Park fire (AP)
- Sequoia National Park’s General Sherman tree, one of largest in the world, still safe amid growing wildfire (San Diego Union Tribune)
- What likely saved the General Sherman Tree from the KNP Complex Fire (SF Gate)
- In California, Even Fire-Resistant Trees Need to Be Protected From Flames (NY Times):
Giant sequoias struggle to withstand the intensity of recent fires.
- California fires are burning at higher elevations than ever, creating new dangers (LA Times)
'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
- Is this the beginning of the Category 6 hurricane? (Dr. Michael Mann, Boston Globe)
- They Knew: How the U.S. Government Helped Cause the Climate Crisis (Yale e360)
- Big Reefs in Big Trouble: New Research Tracks a 50 Percent Decline in Living Coral Since the 1950s (Inside Climate News)
- Will this metal recycling startup revolutionize the battery and clean energy sectors? (Electrek)
- A broken America should build a monument to Joe Manchin’s massive ego (Will Bunch, Phildelphia Inquirer)
- Tracking the Big Climate Bills — An Infrastructure/Reconciliation Breakdown (Society of Environmental Journalists)
- 9 questions about the Civilian Climate Corps, answered (Washington Post/MSN)
- As Colorado Announces Its Own Climate Corps, Democrats Push For A Far More Expansive National Version (Colorado Public Radio)
- The Great Lakes Region Is Not a 'Climate Haven' (Bloomberg)
- Biden Confronts Extreme Heat, A Silent Climate Killer (Washington Post)
- Canadians Have Re-Elected A Liberal Minority Government (CBC)
- Dakota Access Pipeline Asks Supreme Court To Scrap Environmental Study (Reuters)
- BLM Returns Headquarters To D.C. (E&E news)
- Interior Secretary Signs Montana Tribes Water Rights Compact (AP)
- Why Saving World’s Peatlands Can Help Stabilize the Climate (Yale e360)
- Facebook's New Climate Change Misinformation Effort Falls Short: Group (The Hill)
- 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.