IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Historic Inflation Reduction Act passes Congress --- just don't call it a 'climate' bill; Scientists surprised to find trees growing in the rapidly warming Arctic; PLUS: 100 million Americans will live in an 'extreme heat belt' by 2053, study warns... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): New water cuts coming for Southwest as Colorado River falls into Tier 2 shortage; Warming Doubles Risk Of Catastrophic California 'Megaflood'; Climate Refugees a Trickle Now, soon to Be a Flood; Marine Heatwaves Increasingly Intense; Solar is happening. Nuclear is (mostly) not; Why Scientists Have Pumped A Potent Greenhouse Gas Into Public Streams... PLUS: Celebrate the Inflation Reduction Act. Then Double Down on Demonizing Fossil Fuels.... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- US carmaker Dodge: "last call" for fossil-fueled muscle cars
- The Arctic is warming much faster than predicted, now with trees
- Spruce trees have arrived in the Arctic tundra a century ahead of schedule (Quartz)
- Climate change’s impact intensifies as U.S. prepares to take action (Washington Post)
- The Arctic is warming four times faster than the rest of the planet, new research shows (CNN):
Another problem: Climate models, which scientists used to predict long-term change, are not capturing this high rate of warming, lead author and researcher Mika Rantanen told CNN, which was part of this study's motivation. That's concerning because if the models can't recreate what's happening right now, scientists can't be confident in their long-term predictions.
- The Arctic is warming nearly four times faster than the rest of the world (PBS NewsHour/The Conversation)
- Report: 'Extreme heat belt' to affect 100 million Americans by 2053:
- Interactive tool: Defining America's Climate Risk: Latest Property-level heat risk information now available on Risk Factor (First Street)
- An 'Extreme Heat Belt' will soon emerge in the U.S., study warns (Axios):
A new study reveals the emergence of an "extreme heat belt" from Texas to Illinois, where the heat index could reach 125°F at least one day a year by 2053.
- An 'extreme heat belt' will impact over 100 million Americans in the next 30 years, study finds (CNN)
- Rise in extreme heat will hit minority communities hardest (E&E News)
- Earth sees a top 3 hottest July, marked by deadly heat, flash floods (Axios)
- Surface air temperature for July 2022 (Copernicus)
- July 2022: Warmest nights in U.S. history (Yale Climate Connections)
- Democrats pass Inflation Reduction Act - just don't call it a 'climate' bill:
- House adopts 'transformative' climate bill - Guest: David Roberts of Volts: 'BradCast' 8/12/2022 (The BRAD BLOG):
"One of the most important aspects of this bill is the transformative effects it's going to have on our political economy. It's going to change politics," he argues.
- VIDEO: Experts explain how the Inflation Reduction Act helps fight climate change (ABC News)
- Biden aims for victory lap as he signs Inflation Reduction Act (Guardian UK/MSN)
- House passes the Inflation Reduction Act, the ‘most significant’ climate bill in US history (Grist)
- Modeling 'IRA' carbon cuts: Caveats, uncertainty and luggage (E&E news)
- Manchin Permitting Deal Teeters Despite Gas Industry Support (The American Prospect):
Renewable-energy developers, and many on the left, argue that permitting reform is needed to speed the construction of wind and solar, which received heavy financing in the IRA. But the Senate Republican vote suggests that the GOP, whose votes would be needed, could block or disadvantage those projects.
- What the Inflation Reduction Act does for green energy (PBS NewsHour)
- Beyond Climate: 6 Big Benefits of the US Inflation Reduction Act (World Resources Institute)
- The Inflation Reduction Act promises thousands of new oil leases. Drillers might not want them. (Grist)
'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
- New water cuts coming for Southwest as Colorado River falls into Tier 2 shortage (CNN)
- Celebrate the Inflation Reduction Act. Then Double Down on Demonizing Fossil Fuels. (The New Republic)
- Warming Doubles Risk Of Catastrophic California ‘Megaflood’ - Researchers (LA Times)
- VIDEO: Climate Refugees a Trickle Now, soon to Be a Flood (Climate Crocks)
- Tensions Grow Over Lack Of A Water Deal For The Shrinking Colorado River (LA Times)
- VIDEO: Marine Heatwaves Increasingly Intense (Climate Crocks)
- Too Hot to Work, Too Hot to Play (Inside Climate News)
- Solar is happening. Nuclear is (mostly) not. (Noahpinion, Noah Smith/Substack)
- Former Grenada Minister Tapped As Next U.N. Climate Chief (Reuters)
- Army Corps Opens Lengthy Environmental Review Of Line 5 Tunnel For Comment (Detroit News)
- U.S. States Urge Postal Service To Halt Gas Vehicle Purchases (Reuters)
- Why Scientists Have Pumped A Potent Greenhouse Gas Into Public Streams (NPR)
- Death Valley’s Invasive Donkeys Have Become Cat Food (NY times)
- VIDEO: BBC Update on Rhine and European Drought (Climate Crocks)
- The 7 climate tipping points that could change the world forever (Grist)
- 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.