IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: New national analysis warns wildfire risk to double across the U.S. over next 30 years; Extreme drought and Russia's war in Ukraine risk triggering global wheat shortage; California briefly hits milestone of 100% renewable electricity!; PLUS: Texas electric grid struggles amid extremely early extreme heat... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): John Oliver explains America’s electric utilities; Creaky US power grid is critical factor limiting renewables, and anything else; Buffalo suspect may be latest mass shooter claiming to be motivated by 'eco-fascism'; Menaced by flames, nuclear lab peers into future of wildfire; 6 months in, Biden’s infrastructure plan has 4,300 projects; The 'Carbon Bombs' set to trigger catastrophic climate breakdown; Study says warming played a role in deadly South African floods; GOP lawsuit targets CA's Clean Air Act Waiver... PLUS: Climate change is hurting insurers, report finds... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- New developments in Russia's war on Ukraine energy as a weapon:
- Russia cuts off power supplies as Finland's ruling party backs NATO bid (UPI)
- Germany to Stop Russian Oil Imports Regardless of EU Sanctions (Bloomberg)
- Unprecedented drought in Europe threatens wheat shortages:
- Wheat prices soar as India heat wave and Ukraine war squeeze supplies (CBS News)
- G7 to continue economic pressure on Russia, tackle 'wheat war' (Reuters)
- France’s unprecedented drought shows climate change is 'spiralling out of control' (France 24):
Drought has hit some regions particularly badly – especially in southeastern France, the east of the country and the Poitou-Charentes region in the west. "Some regions’ water tables manage to fill up easily while others don’t," Haziza said. "But now, even regions that thought they wouldn’t have a drought, like northern France – not to mention large parts of northern Europe, including Belgium – are beginning to suffer from its effects."
- Europe and US set for scorching, dry summer, scientists say (Phys.Org)
- New Mexico fire is now largest in state history:
- New Mexico blaze is now largest wildfire in state history (Washington Post):
The National Weather Service warned that "storms producing dry lightning and very little to no wetting rainfall will be an issue."
- Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire becomes largest in New Mexico history at nearly 300,000 acres (CNN):
The Calf Canyon Fire started April 19 and later combined with the Hermits Peak Fire, which has been burning for more than a month, to become the nation's largest wildfire this year. It has destroyed hundreds of homes and grown to a perimeter of over 500 miles.
- The Southwest's Drought and Fires Are a Window to Our Climate Change Future (Talking Points Memo)
- New database warns US wildfire risk to double over next 30 years:
- Find your home's Risk Factors (Risk Factor/First Street)
- Here Are the Wildfire Risks to Homes Across the Lower 48 States (NY Times):
The nation’s wildfire risk is widespread, severe and accelerating quickly, according to new data that, for the first time, calculates the risk facing every property in the contiguous United States.
- 30 + Million Properties Have at least 1 percent Chance of Wildfire Over 30 Years (First Streeet)
- Every home in America now has a wildfire threat score, and some areas see a 200% jump in risk (CNBC)
- As wildfires fueled by climate warming grow in size, homeowners face greater risk (USA Today)
- These are the places with the highest wildfire risk in the US (CNN)
- Texas squeaks by in early test of rickety grid:
- Texas Heatwave to Keep Testing Power Grid This Week (Reuters)
- Texas’ grid operator told a power plant to delay repairs ahead of a May heat wave. It was among six that crashed. (KHOU):
Climate change and other factors are shortening the window when aging Texas power plants can make repairs to run at full strength in hot summer months.
- VIDEO: New Ad: Beto Making Texas Grid a Campaign Issue (Climate Crocks)
- Coming This Summer: Spiking Electricity Bills Plus Blackouts (Inside Climate News)
- California hits renewable electricity milestone, showing it can be done:
- AUDIO: California just ran on 100% renewable energy, but fossil fuels aren’t fading away yet (Oregon Public Radio):
To replace solar at sunset, California generally uses hydropower, imports from other states and natural gas power plants. But most large natural gas plants are massive industrial facilities that aren't designed to turn on quickly. Many take 4 to 8 hours to switch on, so in order to use them at sunset, they must already be running during the day...[E]ven when there's plenty of solar power during the day, natural gas power is still part of the energy mix. In fact, on some days, solar farms are told to turn off because there's simply too much power on the grid.
- California runs on 100% clean energy for the first time, with solar dominating (Electrek):
Environment California state director Laura Deehan..."California has shown that, for one brief and shining moment, we could do it! Now we need to get our state running on 100% clean energy for the whole day, the whole week, and the whole year. It’s time to move to 100% clean energy, 100% of the time."
- Renewable electricity powered California just shy of 100% for the first time in history (Desert Sun)
- California Lays Out Plan to Drastically Cut Fossil Fuel Use (NBC Los Angeles)
'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
- VIDEO: John Oliver on America’s Electric Utilities (Climate Crocks)
- Creaky US Power Grid is Critical Factor Limiting Renewables, and Anything Else (Climate Crocks)
- Buffalo Suspect May Be Latest Mass Shooter Motivated By 'Eco-Fascism' (Guardian UK)
- GOP Lawsuit Targets EPA Clean Air Act Waiver Revival (E&E News)
- Menaced By Flames, Nuclear Lab Peers Into Future Of Wildfire (AP)
- 6 Months In, Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Has 4,300 Projects (AP)
- U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve Drops To Lowest Level Since 1987 (Reuters)
- Climate Change Is Hurting Insurers, Report Says" (Reuters)
- Pennsylvania Senate Candidates Support Fracking, Barely Mention Climate (Inside Climate News)
- The 'Carbon Bombs' Set To Trigger Catastrophic Climate Breakdown (Guardian UK)
- Study Says Warming Played a Role in Deadly South African Floods (NY Times)
- Four solutions to mitigate climate change, from the IPCC (Dr. Michael Mann, Penn Today)
- UN warns Earth 'firmly on track toward an unlivable world' (AP)
- Environmental Sacrifice Zones: 8 Places We've Given Up-Probably Forever (Environmental Health Network)
- "Rare Earths" from Coal Waste (Climate Crocks)
- 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.