IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Man-made global warming is threatening the long-term future of the Winter Olympics and all outdoor winter sports; Northeast pummeled by record storm; Judge invalidates largest offshore oil and gas lease sale in U.S. history; PLUS: Following Pittsburgh bridge collapse, Biden promotes bipartisan infrastructure law... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Your gas stove could be hurting everyone around you; Biden administration to give states $1.15 billion to plug orphaned wells; Climate change activists look to increase voter turnout in 2022 and beyond; The US lags in the race to build an electric vehicle battery industry; Are ills of the Arctic hitting California? Hundreds of migratory seabirds wash ashore; Big Oil's strategy is stalling the energy transition; Climate-driven floods will disproportionately affect Black communities, study finds; Underground coal fire investigated as cause of Boulder wildfires... PLUS: Montana curbs wolf hunt after 23 from Yellowstone killed... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Northeast slammed by extreme winter storm:
- Thousands without power after historic blizzard slams New England (Axios):
Warmer than average ocean temperatures off the New England coast aided in intensifying the storm and adding more moisture to it, helping it produce extremely heavy snowfall over land. Studies have tied these increasing ocean temperatures to human-caused climate change.
- Winter storm pummels Northeast with heavy snow, strong winds (CBS News)
- It's that Time Again – Bomb Cyclone Bears Down on East (Climate Crocks)
- U.S. braces for another storm days after Northeast walloped by snow, freezing temps (NBC News)
- Pittsburgh bridge collapse puts spotlight on crumbling U.S. infrastructure:
- 'We’re going to fix them all,' Biden says at site of Pittsburgh bridge collapse (Yahoo News):
In November, Biden signed the so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill into law. The $1.2 trillion package includes funding for roads and bridges, public transit, rail, seaports and airports, as well as clean drinking water and broadband internet. "We have been so far behind on infrastructure for so many years that it’s just mind-boggling," Biden said. The law includes $27 billion allocated specifically for states to repair aging bridges.
- NTSB chair: Pittsburgh bridge collapse 'should serve as a call to action' (Yahoo News)
- Officials: Collapsed Pittsburgh bridge wasn't bad enough to close after 2021 inspection (AP)
- VIDEO: Bus is lifted from site of collapsed Pittsburgh bridge (Reuters)
- VIDEO: President Joe Biden At Mill 19 (KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh)
- Transcript: Remarks by President Biden on Building a Better America (White House)
- BIF law dedicated bridge funding
- More Republicans seek credit for infrastructure law they opposed (MSNBC)
- 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics offers preview of warmer winters to come:
- In parched Beijing, claims of a ‘green’ Olympics may not hold water (Washington Post)
- Study #1: Slippery Slopes: How Climate Change is threatening the 2022 Winter Olympics (Loughborough University)
- Study #2 - Climate change threatens future Winter Olympics (Waterloo University)
- Climate change and fake snow could make the Winter Olympics 'dangerous,' study finds (CNN):
The Beijing Games, kicking off on February 4, will be the first Winter Olympics to use virtually 100% artificial snow by deploying more than 100 snow generators and 300 snow-making guns working flat out to cover the ski slopes. "This is not only energy and water intensive, frequently using chemicals to slow melt, but also delivers a surface that many competitors say is unpredictable and potentially dangerous."
- Climate change threatens future of Winter Olympics and all snow sports, research suggests (ABC Australia)
- VIDEO: Climate change threatens the future of the Winter Olympics, according to new study (9News Denver)
- Winter Olympics threatened by climate change, says report (Phys.Org)
- Judge invalidates largest offshore oil and gas lease sale in U.S. history:
- Court ruling gives Biden chance for reset on climate policy (AP):
President Joe Biden has an opportunity for a reset on climate policy after a federal judge rejected an administration plan to lease millions of acres in the Gulf of Mexico for offshore oil drilling...The Biden administration proceeded with the sale after losing a court case in Louisiana last summer.
- Judge throws out massive Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale (Washington Post):
The decision cancels 1.7 million acres of drilling leases, citing a flawed analysis completed during the Trump administration.
- Federal judge cites climate impact in revoking Gulf of Mexico oil lease sale (AP):
The decision...sends the proposed lease sale back to the Interior Department to decide next steps. The judge said it was up to Interior to decide whether to go forward with the sale after a revised review, scrap it or take other steps.
- 'Huge Victory' as Judge Blocks Biden's Oil Lease Sale in Gulf of Mexico (Common Dreams)
'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
- Your gas stove could be hurting everyone around you (Popular Science)
- Biden administration to give states $1.15 billion to plug orphaned wells, which leak planet-warming methane (Washington Post)
- Climate change activists look to increase voter turnout in 2022 and beyond (Yahoo News)
- The US lags in the race to build an electric vehicle battery industry (Yale Climate Communications)
- VIDEO: California’s Lithium Valley Could be Game Changer (Climate Crocks)
- Are ills of the Arctic hitting California? Hundreds of migratory seabirds wash ashore (LA Times)>
- Montana curbs wolf hunt after 23 from Yellowstone killed (AP)
- Big Oil’s Strategy Is Stalling The Energy Transition (Forbes)
- Climate-driven floods will disproportionately affect Black communities, study finds (NPR)
- Underground Coal Fire Investigated as Cause of Boulder’s Disastrous New Year’s Blaze (Climate Crocks)
- 'Reduced Risk' Pesticides Are Widespread in California Streams (Inside Climate News)
- Biden Begins Crackdown On Power Plant Pollution (Washington Post)
- Offshore wind farms could help capture carbon from air and store it long-term – using energy that would otherwise go to waste (The Conversation)
- Feeling Hopeless About the Climate? Try Our 30-Day Action Plan (The Revelator)
- Green Upheaval: The New Geopolitics of Energy (Foreign Affairs)
- VIDEO: 2050: what happens if we ignore the climate crisis (Guardian UK)
- Guilt, grief and anxiety as young people fear for climate's future (Reuters)
- 99.9 percent Of Scientists Agree Climate Emergency Caused By Humans (Guardian UK)
- An Empire of Dying Wells: Old oil and gas sites are a climate menace. Meet the company that owns more of America's decaying wells than any other. (Bloomberg)
- 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.