IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Big win for climate in Australia's national elections; Global warming made record India and Pakistan heat wave much more likely and much worse; EV sales nearly double over past year; PLUS: Grid regulator warns most of U.S. at risk of blackouts this summer... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): How to prepare for extreme heat; Sharp cuts in methane now would help avoid worst of climate crisis; White House LNG Task Force compared to secretive Cheney oil group; Environmental groups petition DOE to end rail shipments of dangerous liquid natural gas; CA Gov. Newsom urges aggressive water conservation, warns of statewide water cuts; The lithium war next door in North Carolina; Contractor quits Shell Oil, putting spotlight on company's shoddy climate record... PLUS: Companies face billions in damages as PFAS lawsuits flood the courts... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- VIDEO: George Carlin's America the Beautiful (Youtube)
- Extreme heat wave wallops Eastern U.S.:
- Large swaths of the U.S. set daily temperature records (NPR)
- VIDEO: Northeast hit with potentially record-breaking heat this weekend (ABC)
- Record-breaking heat wave hits Northeast US (The Hill/Yahoo News)
- U.S. grid regulator warns of blackouts this summer:
- Large swaths of the U.S. are at risk of blackouts this summer (CBS News)
- NOAA summer forecast calls for hotter-than-normal temperatures (PA Observer-Reporter)
- VIDEO: John Oliver on America’s Electric Utilities (Climate Crocks)
- It's going to be hot with a chance of blackouts (CNN)
- Vast Swath of US at Risk of Summer Blackouts, Regulator Warns (Bloomberg)
- Explainer: It's time to pay serious attention to the power grid (CNN)
- Russia cuts off natural gas to Finland:
- Russia halts gas supplies to Finland as payments row with the west escalates (Guardian UK)
- Russia has cut off its natural gas exports to Finland in a symbolic move
- Global warming made record India/Pakistan heat wave made 30 times more likely:
- South Asia’s intense heat wave a 'sign of things to come' (NBC News):
The results are conservative: An analysis published last week by the United Kingdom’s Meteorological Office said the heat wave was probably made 100 times more likely by climate change, with such scorching temperatures likely to reoccur every three years.
- Climate Change Fuels Heat Wave in India and Pakistan, Scientists Find (NY Times):
Warming since preindustrial times has made the extreme heat in South Asia, now in its third month, at least 30 times more likely.
- Fierce heat wave in India and Pakistan 30 times more likely because of climate change (Yahoo News)
- Climate Change Swells Odds Of Record India, Pakistan Heatwaves (BBC)
- IEA: global EV sales climb, but U.S. still lags China and Europe:
- Global electric car sales surge in 2022 on strong government policies, IEA says (MSN)
- U.S. playing catch-up on electric vehicles (Axios)
- Energy agency says critical mineral costs threaten soaring EV sales (Financial Review)
- Australian voters choose climate action over coal pollution:
- Australia's 'climate election' shows shifting priority for voters (NBC News):
Climate change polled as a major issue among the public, with the Greens and eco-conscious independents making the largest gains.
- Australia ousts conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Washington Post)
- VIDEO: Greenslide: Climate Crisis Spurs Green-Labor Win in Australian Election Over Pro-Coal, Right-Wing PM (Democracy Now!)
- In Australia: Political Fallout from Climate (Climate Crocks)
- Australia’s 'Climate Election' Finally Arrived. Will It Be Enough? (NY Times):
"A few minutes after taking the stage to declare victory in Australia’s election on Saturday, Anthony Albanese, the incoming Labor prime minister, promised to transform climate change from a source of political conflict into a generator of economic growth."
- How Albanese’s practical pivot on climate paved the way for a Greens surge (Guardian UK)
- Australia's 'climate election' shows shifting priority for voters (NBC News):
One topic dominated Australia’s election: climate change. Following a string of climate-related catastrophes in recent years, Australian voters this weekend returned the opposition Labor Party to power, with incoming Prime Minister Anthony Albanese vowing to "end the climate wars" and turn Australia into a "renewable energy superpower." Analysts said the result showed how the public is increasingly demanding great climate commitments from leaders in a shift that could hold lessons for lawmakers in other developed countries.
'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
- Prepare for Extreme Heat (Weather Underground)
- Sharp Cut In Methane Now Could Help Avoid Worst Of Climate Crisis (Guardian UK)
- White House LNG Task Force Compared to Secretive Cheney Oil Group (Bloomberg)
- Worried by Ukraine War, Enviros Petition Feds To Dump LNG By Rail (State Impact Pennsylvania/WESA)
- Newsom Urges Aggressive Water Conservation, Warns Of Statewide Cuts (LA Times)
- Companies Face Billions in Damages as PFAS Lawsuits Flood Courts (Bloomberg)
- Bernhardt And Zinke Inquiries Highlight Limits Of IG Reach (E&E News)
- The Lithium War Next Door in North Carolina (Huffington Post)
- Contractor Quitting Puts Shell In Spotlight Over Climate (AP)
- California Is About To Begin The Nation’s Largest Dam Removal Project (SF Chronicle)
- 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.