IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: New Mexico's largest-ever wildfire was caused by a prescribed burn; Japan's electric grid strains under historic extreme heat wave; Colombia's new president is a leftist climate hawk; PLUS: Extreme weather disasters have affected most Americans, and many suffer long-term financial problems... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Simultaneous heat waves around the world push people and nations 'to the edge'; Germany, Italy push G7 into watering down pledge to end overseas gas finance; U.N. chief declares 'ocean emergency'; LNG explosion shines light on 42-year-old gas rules; Historic wildfires rage across Alaska; Energy security brings conservatives to renewables... PLUS: Tesla partners with California utility on virtual power plant... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Record heat wave hits Japan, Russian Arctic:
- June heat waves smash records across the globe (Grist)
- Japan tops 104 degrees for first time in June amid record heat wave (Washington Post)
- Red alert: Portions of the Arctic are warming much faster than we thought (Grist)
- US Forest Service finds its prescribed burn caused largest wildfire in New Mexico's history:
- US Forest Service admits errors in routine prescribed burn that sparked largest fire in New Mexico history (CNN)
- U.S. Forest Service admits climate change miscalculation in New Mexico fire
- Climate change is dangerous and costly, disastrous on victims' long-term finances:
- AUDIO: You've likely been affected by climate change. Your long-term finances might be, too (NPR)
- The impact of extreme weather on views about climate policy in the United States [PDF] (Harvard University, National Public Radio)
- Report finds copper mining poses unacceptable risk for Boundary Waters:
- Federal review says copper-nickel mining poses an environmental risk to BWCA (Minnesota Public Radio)
- Feds issue draft assessment that could doom Minnesota mine (AP)
- Colombia elects first Leftist climate hawk president:
'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
- Heat waves around the world push people and nations 'to the edge' (NY Times)
- Germany, Italy push G7 into watering down pledge to end overseas gas finance (Climate Change News)
- UN Head Declares 'Ocean Emergency' As Global Leaders Gather In Lisbon (Guardian UK)
- LNG Explosion Shines Light On 42-Year-Old Gas Rules (E&E News)
- Biden announced a $600 billion global infrastructure program to counter China's clout (NPR)
- G7 leaders stare down energy and climate tug of war (Axios)
- Biden, NOAA pledge to step up fight against illegal fishing (E&E News)
- Tesla partners with California utility on virtual power plant (The Verge)
- Historic wildfires rage across Alaska (Axios)
- A rule to make corporate climate action more transparent is one step closer to reality (Grist)
- Energy Security Brings Conservatives to Renewables (Climate Crocks)
- Gas Piped Into Homes Contains Benzene, Other Risky Chemicals: Study (NY Times)
- Cement Carbon Dioxide Emissions Quietly Double In 20 Years (AP)
- Train collides with vehicle at California intersection without crossing arms, killing three (CNN)
- VIDEO: Every new passenger car sold in the world will be electric by 2040, says Exxon Mobil CEO Darren Woods (CNBC)
- The 1977 White House climate memo that should have changed the world (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.