IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Dallas-Fort Worth latest in the U.S. to be hammered by record rains and floods; China rationing energy supplies due to record heat and drought; Unprecedented number of U.S. homeowners at financial risk from flooding; PLUS: Bad news and good about PFAS 'forever chemicals'... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): 'Game-changer': Democrats' IRA law locks in EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions; The IRA's hidden effect: destroy fossil fuel demand; Lakes are drying up everywhere. Israel will pump water from the Med as a solution; TVA is dumping a mountain of coal ash in Black South Memphis; How state climate action could be supercharged by the Inflation Reduction Act; Study shows warming oceans could bring spike in seabed methane emissions; 'There's simply not enough water': Colorado River cutbacks ripple across Arizona; Manchin-linked company could reap millions from climate law... PLUS: Here’s every electric vehicle that qualifies for the current and upcoming US federal tax credit.... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Dallas-Fort Worth latest U.S. city hammered by record rain and flooding:
- Monday's record-setting rainfall a 'one-in-a-thousand-years event' (Dallas Morning News)
- Wettest 24 hours in nearly a century for Dallas-Fort Worth (Yale Climate Connections):
The string of exceptional rains and inundations in the United States this summer has gained notice from the UK-based Guardian, which dubbed 2022 "America's summer of floods."
- Flooding hits Dallas-Fort Worth as some areas receive more than 13 inches of rain (Texas Tribune)
- Dallas Flooding: One Dead, State Of Disaster Declared (Weather Channel)
- A day after Dallas' record-breaking flood, officials, residents assess damage (Dallas Morning News/MSN)
- Unprecedented number of U.S. homeowners city hammered by record rain, floods:
- Hundreds of thousands drop flood insurance as rates rise (E&E News)
- After FEMA overhaul, hundreds of thousands of Americans are forgoing federal flood insurance (Grist):
The total number of National Flood Insurance Program policies has decreased nearly 9 percent since last fall.
- Russia cuts natural gas pipeline to Europe (again), spiking global prices:
- Russia's Gazprom to shut down natural gas pipeline to Europe for 3 days (PBS NewsHour)
- Pain in Europe worsens with natural-gas prices up nearly 20% as Russia readies to shut down vital pipeline again (MarketWatch/MSN)
- Russia's gas shutoff is forcing Germany's energy giant Uniper to fire up a mothballed coal-fueled power plant (Market Insider)
- China rationing energy supplies due to record heat and drought:
- China's unrivaled 70-day heat wave (Axios):
"I can't think of anything comparable to China's heat wave of summer 2022 in its blend of intensity, duration, geographic extent, and number of people affected," meteorologist Bob Henson, a contributor to Yale Climate Connections, told Axios.
- As drought dries up the Yangtze river, China loses hydropower (Grist/MSN)
- Carmakers hit as China's heatwave forces more power rationing (CNN)
- China battles its worst heat wave on record (NPR)
- VIDEO: China's heatwave could have a knock-on effect on its economy, says economist (CNBC)
- China is seeding clouds to replenish its shrinking Yangtze River (CNN)
- VIDEO: China Heat, Drought Now Disrupting Supply Chains (Climate Crocks):
A overnight "low" of 94.8F?? And this hellish night was not in a tiny town. Chongqing has close to 9 million residents, with 30 million in the entire administrative area.
- Bad news/Good news for PFAS chemical pollution:
- It's raining PFAS: even in Antarctica and on the Tibetan plateau rainwater is unsafe to drink (Stockholm University)
- Pollution: 'Forever chemicals' in rainwater exceed safe levels (BBC)
- How to destroy 'forever chemicals': cheap method breaks down PFAS (Nature)
- 'Forever chemicals': What are PFAS and can we solve this persistent pollution problem? (Euronews)
- VIDEO: PFAS: The water contaminant that scientists say isn't going away (CBS News)
'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
- Democrats Designed the Climate Law to Be a Game Changer. Here’s How. (NY Times)
- The IRA's Hidden Effect - Destroying Fossil Demand (Climate Crocks)
- Lakes are drying up everywhere. Israel will pump water from the Med as a solution (CNN)
- The TVA Is Dumping A Mountain Of Coal Ash In Black South Memphis (Washington Post)
- State Climate Action Could Be Supercharged By The Inflation Reduction Act (Washington Post)
- US Protections for Idaho Salmon, Steelhead Are Here To Stay (AP)
- Here’s every electric vehicle that qualifies for the current and upcoming US federal tax credit (Electrek)
- Study Shows Warming Oceans Could Bring Spike in Seabed Methane Emissions (Inside Climate News)
- 'There's simply not enough water': Colorado River cutbacks ripple across Arizona (AZ Central)
- Manchin-linked company could reap millions from climate law (E&E News)
- Tesla's virtual power plant had its first event helping the grid – looks like the future (Electrek)
- GreenHat Energy, traders to pay $181M to settle PJM market manipulation allegations (Utiliy Dive)
- Big hurdles on the road to moving millions of U.S. drivers into EVs (Washington Post)
- Brazil grants permit to pave highway through heart of Amazon forest (Reuters)
- Nearly 100 dead in Afghanistan floods, officials say (CNN)
- 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.