IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Buckle up and batten down --- NOAA forecasts another active, long hurricane season; ExxonMobil loses bid to escape climate liability lawsuit; PLUS: Good news --- Biden EPA moves to permanently block controversial Pebble Mine in Alaska... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): See How Close You Live to the 'Threat Radius' of an Oil & Gas Site; Gas wells leak explosive levels of methane in Bakersfield; How oil companies rebranded deceptive climate ads as 'free speech'; Jimmy Carter, at 97, Steps Into a Big Fight Over a Small Road in Alaska; Tiny, Slipshod Solar Company Threatens US Industry; Block-by-block data shows pollution’s stark toll; MA advances two major offshore wind projects; Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs Hit Population Low... PLUS: 'It Seems This Heat Will Take Our Lives': Pakistan City Hits 51C/123F... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- NOAA predicts above-average Atlantic hurricane season:
- Waters with high heat content expected in Gulf of Mexico this hurricane season (Yale Climate Connections)
- NOAA predicts above-normal 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season (NOAA)
- NOAA forecasts seventh straight busy Atlantic hurricane season (Washington Post/MSN):
Major hurricanes are of particular concern, as they tend to rapidly intensify, or increase by 35 mph or more in wind strength in 24 hours — leaving coastal residents with little time to prepare. These major storms are responsible for the overwhelming majority of damage because of wind and ocean surge, the rise of water above normally dry land at the coast...Every year since 2016 has generated above-average activity in the Atlantic.
- VIDEO: 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season Likely to Be Active For Seventh Straight Year, NOAA Says (Weather Channel)
- This Year's Hurricane Forecast Is Here, and It's Bad (Earther)
- Bangladesh, India pummeled by extreme floods:
- Four million people hit by floods in Bangladesh: UN (AFP/Yahoo News)
- Photos: Bangladesh and India endure catastrophic floods (CNBC/MSN)
- 'Children are starving': A cry for help from flood-hit Bangladesh (Al Jazeera)
- California issues new water restrictions:
- California bans watering of "non-functional" ornamental grass at commercial, industrial buildings (CBS-Los Angeles)
- California just adopted new, tougher water restrictions: What you need to know (LA Times/MSN)
- California Is Edging Dangerously Close to Statewide Water Restrictions (Earther)
- Newsom Urges Aggressive Water Conservation, Warns Of Statewide Cuts (LA Times)
- Major companies announce 'Buy Green' initiative at Davos:
- Corporations Pledge to Buy 'Green' at Davos Gathering (NY Times):
A global buyers’ club of more than 50 companies, including Microsoft and Ford Motor, say they will buy “green” steel, aluminum and other commodities by 2030.
- Ford joins companies committing to global buyers' club aimed at decarbonization (Detroit News)
- First Movers Coalition targets aluminium and carbon removal as it swells to 50 firms (Business Green)
- At Davos, climate activists say major issues ignored (AP)
- Finland legislature approves ambitious new climate policy:
- Finland To Become First Country To Pass Carbon Removal Law (Carbon Herald)
- Reform of the Climate Change Act (Finnish government)
- Finnish government unveils proposal to reform nature conservation act (Helsinki Times)
- Exxon loses bid to escape Massachusetts' climate liability lawsuit:
- ExxonMobil loses bid to nix climate change lawsuit (AP)
- How oil companies rebranded deceptive climate ads as 'free speech' (Guardian UK):
In two dozen climate liability cases, companies are arguing that their public statements about climate change are not ‘deceptive’ so much as persuasive – and protected free speech.
- Court tosses Exxon bid to stop Mass. climate lawsuit (E&E News)
- Exxon Will Have to Face Climate Lawsuits After ‘Free Speech’ Defense Fails (Earther):
Massachusetts’ highest court has rejected Exxon’s attempt to weaponize anti-SLAPP laws, declaring that anti-SLAPP legislation doesn’t apply to lawsuits brought by the government.
- Biden EPA moves to block controversial Pebble Mine in Alaska:
- Biden EPA deals major blow to Pebble mine (E&E News)
- Biden Administration, Settling a Long Feud, Moves to Block a Mine in Alaska (NY Times):
The E.P.A. has proposed to ban the disposal of mining waste in the Bristol Bay watershed, a decision that very likely means the end of the Pebble Mine project.
- Alaska Republicans open to EPA Pebble mine veto (E&E News)
'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
- See How Close You Live to the 'Threat Radius' of an Oil & Gas Site (Earther)
- Gas wells leak explosive levels of methane in Bakersfield (AP)
- Jimmy Carter, at 97, Steps Into a Big Fight Over a Small Road in Alaska (NY Times)
- How oil companies rebranded deceptive climate ads as 'free speech' (Guardian UK)
- VIDEO: Tiny, Slipshod Solar Company Threatens US Industry (Climate Crocks)
- West Coast states face pressure to sue Big Oil over climate (E&E News)
- Mass. advances two major offshore wind projects (E&E News)
- Company finalizes first U.S. LNG project in 3 years (E&E News)
- Block-by-block data shows pollution’s stark toll on people of color (Washington Post)
- Pesticide Label Safeguards Urged for Workers, Endangered Species (Bloomberg)
- Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs Hit Population Low (Bay Journal)
- 'It Seems This Heat Will Take Our Lives': Pakistan City Hits 51C (Guardian UK)
- 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.