IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Spain and Portugal hit with driest climate in more than a thousand years; Yes, U.S. summers are getting hotter, longer, and more dangerous; California enacts nation's most sweeping law to phase out single-use plastics; PLUS: Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest hits new all-time record high... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Rich nations caused climate harm to poorer ones, study says; Is burying power lines fire-prevention magic, or magical thinking?; Haaland defends Interior policies, cites unused leases; EPA faces legal dead ends after SCOTUS climate decision; Spain and Portugal face fires and locusts; Critics condemn Biden administration move to approve new oil drilling project on Alaska’s North Slope; Midwest wind energy transmission line gets supersized; Advanced E.V. batteries move from labs to mass production; NIH: Common chemicals linked to preterm births... PLUS: Once nearly extinct, bison are now climate heroes... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Gas prices begin to fall in U.S.:
- Gas prices slowly on the decline (AP)
- Oil Plummets On Recession Fears, U.S. Gas Prices On Longest Weekly Decline Since 2020 (The Street)
- Exxon signals operating profits could double over the first quarter (Reuters)
- Dangerous heat waves broil the Northern Hemisphere:
- Dangerous heatwaves engulf parts of China, US and Europe (Guardian UK)
- Dangerous Heat Wave Strikes China (NY Times)
- Shanghai declares third rare extreme heat warning of summer (Guardian UK)
- Dangerous, extended heat wave threatens millions in Western Europe as highest level of heat alerts are issued (CNN):
The UK, Portugal, Spain and France are facing record-breaking temperatures this week, with little relief in sight.
- Extreme Heat Blasting Western Europe Could Set All-Time Record In U.K. (Washington Post)
- Spain and Portugal hit with driest climate in more than a thousand years
- Twentieth-century Azores High expansion unprecedented in the past 1,200 years (Nature Geosciences)
- Spain and Portugal suffering driest climate for 1,200 years, research shows (Guardian UK)
- Spain, Portugal dryness 'unprecedented' in 1,200 years (Phys.org)
- U.S. summers are getting hotter, longer, and more dangerous:
- More Extremely Hot Days (Climate Central)
- Summer in America is becoming hotter, longer and more dangerous (Washington Post):
Across the country, heat waves are arriving more frequently, more intensely and earlier in the year. Nights are warming at a slightly higher rate than days in most parts of the United States, according to the most recent National Climate Assessment, harming people’s ability to cool down after hot days. A Climate Central study found that in just more than half of cities analyzed, high-heat days arrived at least a week earlier, on average, than 50 years ago. Three-fourths of places had more “extremely hot” days.
- Deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest hits record high:
- Amazon deforestation hits new record in Brazil (Washington Post)
- Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon hits tragic record in 2022 (AP)
- CA enacts sweeping single-use plastics phase-out:
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
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- Rich nations caused climate harm to poorer ones, study says (AP)
- Is Burying Power Lines Fire-Prevention Magic, or Magical Thinking? (Inside Climate News)
- Haaland Defends Interior Policies, Cites Unused Leases (The Hill)
- EPA Faces Legal Dead Ends After SCOTUS Climate Decision (E&E News)
- Fires blaze across Spain and Portugal as Europe swelters under scorching heat wave... and worst locust invasion in 3 decades (NBC News)
- Op-Ed: Wait, what? The Biden administration wants to drill on Alaska’s North Slope? (LA Times)
- Status of Bear Creek improving after thieves caused 200 gallons of gasoline to spill into waterway (CBS Denver)
- Plastic Recycling Is Working, So Ignore the Cynics (Bloomberg)
- Midwest wind energy transmission line gets supersized (E&E News)
- Deadly glacier collapse shows reach of Europe's new heat (NY Times)
- In Climate-Driven Disasters, Older People and the Disabled Are Most at Risk. Now In-Home Caregivers Are Being Trained in How to Help Them (Inside Climate News)
- Advanced E.V. Batteries Move From Labs to Mass Production (NY Times)
- NIH: Common Chemicals Linked To Preterm Births (E&E News)
- Once Nearly Extinct, Bison Are Now Climate Heroes (Washington Post)
- 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.