IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Rightwing U.S. Supreme Court strikes major blow to EPA's ability to regulate carbon emissions; Residential natural gas stoves leak carcinogens, even when off, study finds; PLUS: Clean energy jobs are booming! Fossil fuel jobs not so much... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Supreme Court limits historic McGirt ruling; John Oliver on water, drought in the West; Utilities eye electric transition; Environmental groups sue Biden Administration for resuming oil and gas lease sales; Coca-Cola among brands greenwashing over plastic packaging; Shrimp aquaculture is causing a huge problem; Biden aims at China in new illegal fishing policy framework; Court kills Flint water charges against ex-governor, others; EU countries reach climate-crisis deal; NATO moves to tackle military greenhouse gas emissions even while girding against Russia... PLUS: The Green Revolution sweeping Sweden... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Rightwing SCOTUS super-majority strips EPA of authority to regulate carbon emissions:
- Supreme Court limits EPA in curbing power plant emissions (AP)
- The case is a test of the sweep of the 'major questions doctrine.' (NY Times)
- Supreme Court limits EPA’s power to combat climate change (Washington Post):
Justice Elena Kagan, writing for the dissenters, countered: "The Court appoints itself — instead of Congress or the expert agency — the decisionmaker on climate policy. I cannot think of many things more frightening."
- Supreme Court restricts the EPA's authority to mandate carbon emissions reductions (NPR):
By a vote of 6 to 3, the court said that any time an agency does something big and new – in this case addressing climate change – the regulation is presumptively invalid, unless Congress has specifically authorized regulating in this sphere.
- Supreme Court reins in Biden's power on climate change (Axios)
- The E.P.A.’s regulations touch nearly every sector of the economy. (NY Times)
- What the Supreme Court climate change case is all about: (The Verge)
- Biden's Climate Agenda Gives the [Rightwing] Supreme Court Bad Vibes (Mark Joseph Stern, Slate, 2/28/2022)
- Global warming increases risk of compound, interacting disasters:
- One extreme climate event can worsen others, studies show (Axios):
The study shows that extreme drought in the Southwest during June of 2021 led to record heat throughout the region, and exacerbated the dry conditions.
- Cascading Drought-Heat Dynamics During the 2021 Southwest United States Heatwave (American Geophysical Union)
- U.S. cities see more extremely hot days than in the past:
- More Extremely Hot Days: Extremely hot days are on the rise (Climate Central)
- Heat waves around the world push people and nations 'to the edge' (NY Times)
- Natural gas stoves leak pollutants, even when turned off:
- Gas Piped Into Homes Contains Benzene, Other Risky Chemicals: Study (NY Times)
- Harvard researchers looked for toxic chemicals in gas stoves. Here's what they found (Deseret News)
- Natural Gas Samples Taken from Boston-Area Homes Contained Numerous Toxic Compounds, a New Harvard Study Finds (Inside Climate News)
- Corrupt Trump EPA chief Scott Pruitt loses Senate bid, badly:
- Pruitt Loses Okla. Senate Primary; Casten Beats Newman (E&E News):
Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt failed in his attempt to return to Washington yesterday, finishing far behind his opponents in the primary race for a U.S. Senate seat for Oklahoma.
- Scott Pruitt, Trump’s Disgraced Former EPA Chief, Gets Crushed In Senate Primary (Huffington Post/Yahoo News)
- Clean energy jobs are booming. Fossil fuel jobs, not so much:
- Clean energy jobs grew in 2021, Energy Department report says (Washington Post)
- Clean Energy Jobs Are Booming, Making Up For Rising Fossil Fuel Unemployment (Forbes)
- Fossil fuel industry cut jobs in 2021 despite growth in production, Energy Department reports (CNN)
- U.S. Energy Employment Rises Despite Loss In Fossil Fuel Jobs (Oil Price International)
- DOE: Here's what's happened to EV, renewable, fossil jobs (E&E News)
- Jobs in U.S. energy sector rose in 2021, work in low-carbon vehicles leads (Reuters)
- VIDEO: We are in an epic transition from a fossil fuel economy to a clean energy economy, says John Doerr (CNBC)
'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 Water in the West (Climate Crocks)
- Supreme Court Limits Historic McGirt Ruling (Indian Country Today)
- 'We're fully in.' Utilities eye electric transition (E&E News)
- Enviros Sue Biden Administration For Resuming Oil And Gas Lease Sales (The Hill)
- The Green Revolution Sweeping Sweden (Washington Post)
- Coca-Cola Among Brands Greenwashing Over Packaging, Report Says (Guardian UK)
- Why Shrimp Aquaculture Is A Solution That Caused A Huge Problem (Guardian UK)
- World Pledged To Cut Methane. Emissions Rising Instead, Study Finds. (Washington Post)
- King County officials act to prevent heat wave deaths (Axios)
- Biden Aims At China In New Illegal Fishing Policy Framework (AP)
- Court kills Flint water charges against ex-governor, others (AP)
- NATO Moves to Tackle Military Greenhouse Gas Emissions Even While Girding Against Russia (Inside Climate News)
- EU countries reach climate-crisis deal after late-night talks (Irish Times)
- 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.