IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Great news for Big Oil! Gas prices and profits to remain high all summer; Oil and gas producers under-reporting methane emissions; Snow-covered Alps are losing their snow; PLUS: Biden proposes new ocean monument, while Interior moves to end single-use plastic in national parks... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): As the Great Salt Lake dries up, Utah faces an 'environmental nuclear bomb'; Energy experts sound alarm about US electric grid: 'Not designed to withstand the impacts of climate change'; Global reaction to energy crisis risks zero carbon transition; Gas crunch boosting clean energy; Colorado River is in crisis, and it's getting worse; Wildfires in U.S. West match climate projections 'eerily well'; Farmed pink salmon hatchery fish are upending marine ecosystems; After heat dome deaths, B.C. report recommends building code changes to keep people cool... PLUS: In Nigeria's disappearing forests, loggers outnumber trees... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- U.S. gas prices and Big Oil profits to remain high all summer:
- Gas prices expected to remain high throughout summer (ABC News)
- Exxon Mobil Shares Hit All-Time High As Oil And Gas Prices Keep Surging With No End In Sight (Forbes)
- Gas prices: 'Demand destruction' has already started, says strategist (Yahoo Finance)
- VIDEO: Treasury Sec. Janet Yellen debunks false GOP attacks (Senate Finance Committee)
- 1 chart compares how much gas prices have skyrocketed in different regions of the US in the last 2 years (Business Insider)
- Oil tops $120 a barrel on Saudi pricing despite OPEC+ deal (Reuters)
- Oil/gas drillers under-reporting methane emissions to EPA:
- Seeing CH4 Clearly: Science-based approaches to methane monitoring in the oil and gas sector [PDF] (House Science Committee)
- Oil and gas companies underreported methane leaks, new study shows (Washington Post):
The House Science Committee calls for tougher surveillance amid evidence of super-emitters and undetected leaks in the vast Permian Basin.
- Oil and gas companies likely underreporting methane emissions leaks, new investigation shows (CNN):
[T]he investigation found that companies are "failing to address super-emitting methane leaks, deflecting the use of methane quantification data, and deploying mitigating methane detection technologies too slowly and too inconsistently."
- Snow-covered Alps are 'greening' due to global warming:
- The Alps are getting greener — but that's not a good thing (NBC News):
The European mountain range is seeing less snow and more vegetation, leading to concerns about drinking water and rising temperatures.
- Satellites reveal the climate crisis is turning the snow-white Alps to green (Independent UK)
- From white to green: Snow cover loss and increased vegetation productivity in the European Alps (Science)
- Colorado to lose half its snow by 2080:
- Colorado will lose half its snow by 2080 and look more like Arizona, federal scientists conclude (San Jose Mercury News):
Parts of Colorado, Wyoming and Utah are drying out due to climate-driven changes in stream flows, and these states will shift to become more like the most arid states of the Southwest, federal researchers found in a scientific study published this week.
- Colorado Will Look Like a Different State by 2080 (Earther)
- Characterizing Drought Behavior in the Colorado River Basin Using Unsupervised Machine Learning (American Geophysical Union)
- Interior Dept. to phase-out of single-use plastics on public's lands:
- Interior phasing out plastic water bottles at national parks (AP):
The order essentially reverses a 2017 Trump administration policy that prevented national parks from banning plastic water bottle sales. Only a fraction of the more than 400 national parks, but some of the most popular ones like the Grand Canyon, had implemented such a ban.
- National parks to phase out single-use plastics (E&E News):
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced this morning that her department will reduce and eventually phase out the procurement, sale and distribution of single-use plastic products like water bottles across 480 million acres. Order 3407 will also direct the Interior Department to identify alternatives to those products that are nonhazardous and more environmentally friendly. That could include materials that are compostable, biodegradable or fully recycled.
- Biden proposes new Hudson Canyon marine monument:
- Biden proposes making underwater canyon off New York a marine sanctuary (Washington Post)
- Biden administration announces new ocean conservation proposals (The Hill)
- FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Celebrates World Ocean Day with Actions to Conserve America’s Deepest Atlantic Canyon, Cut Plastic Pollution, and Create America’s First-Ever Ocean Climate Action Plan (White House)
- Ship Pollution Is Rising As The U.S. Waits For World Leaders To Act (Washington Post)
'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
- As the Great Salt Lake dries up, Utah faces an 'environmental nuclear bomb' (NY Times)
- Energy experts sound alarm about US electric grid: 'Not designed to withstand the impacts of climate change' (CNN)
- Global reaction to energy crisis risks zero carbon transition (Climate Action Tracker)
- 5 things you should know about the UN Ocean Conference, a chance to save the planet’s largest ecosystem (UN Media)
- Gas Crunch Boosting Clean Energy (Climate Crocks)
- Right-wing media's favorite climate contrarians go on Fox shows to bash Biden's climate plan (Media Matters)
- After heat dome deaths, B.C. report recommends building code changes to keep people cool (Global News)
- The Colorado River is in crisis, and it's getting worse (Washington Post)
- Climate groups join for first-of-its-kind, $100 million push to mobilize midterm voters (CNN)
- Can We Have Too Much Pink Salmon? Pumped by the billions into the North Pacific, hatchery fish are upending marine ecosystems (The Tyee)
- Wildfires in US West Match Climate Projections 'Eerily' Well (Bloomberg/Yahoo)
- Automakers Back U.S. Restoring California Emissions Authority (Reuters)
- In Nigeria's Disappearing Forests, Loggers Outnumber Trees (Reuters)
- Cambridge Engineers Develop Zero Carbon Cement (Treehugger)
- Fight Looms Over New York’s Bid to Slow Crypto-Mining Boom (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.