IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Three simultaneous major storms --- in Puerto Rico, Alaska and Japan --- underscore climate crisis impacts; Climate change juiced Pakistan's catastrophic flooding, study finds; South Australia set to become first major grid to run on 100% renewables; PLUS: Court blocks massive plastics plant in Louisiana's 'Cancer Alley'... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Permitting overhaul in peril as funding deadline looms; Gas Exports Boost Prices for US Consumers; California governor signs recycling and waste bills as part of climate change package; Wildfires are burning away the West's snow; Climate Law Spurs CCS At New West Virginia Gas Plant; GAO: Government Must Boost Climate Resilience... PLUS: World's oldest winged insect is in trouble, and its message for humanity is grim.... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Climate Week/UNGA now underway in New York City:
- UN chief: World is 'paralyzed' and equity is slipping away (AP):
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made sure to emphasize that hope remained. But his remarks reflected a tense and worried world. He cited the war in Ukraine and multiplying conflicts around the world, the climate emergency, the dire financial situation of developing countries and setbacks in U.N. goals for 2030 including an end to extreme poverty and quality education for all children.
- Join us for Climate Week NYC 2022 (Climate Week NYC)
- VIDEO: New York City takes on Climate Week (ABC News)
- Pakistan's historic floods juiced by climate change, study finds:
- Climate change likely increased extreme monsoon rainfall, flooding highly vulnerable communities in Pakistan (World Weather Attribution)
- Pakistan floods: 'Deep concern' over second disaster (The Scotsman/MSN)
- Pakistan flood survivors battle rising tide of disease (BBC/Yahoo News)
- We owe Pakistan climate reparations (The Ecologist)
- Fact check: Is the West responsible for floods in Pakistan? (DW News)
- Pakistan floods: Medicine shortages threaten health crisis (DW News)
- How climate change makes hurricanes more destructive (Environmental Defense Fund)
- Hurricane Fiona unleashes astonishing flooding, power outages in Puerto Rico:
- Fiona Barrels Toward Turks And Caicos As Cat. 3 Hurricane (AP)
- Hurricane Fiona ravages Puerto Rico as Congress expected to be called on for aid – live (Guardian UK):
Much of island is in the dark and underwater while the FEMA boss will survey the damage today.
- Hurricane Fiona Makes Landfall in Dominican Republic After Knocking Out Power in Puerto Rico (NY Times)
- Puerto Rico Devastated By Fiona; Biden Is Actually Helping (Crooks and Liars)
- Fiona’s outages rekindle anger over Puerto Rico’s privatized electric grid (Politico/Yahoo News)
- Super Typhoon Nanmadol slams Japan:
- Rare 'special warning' issued as violent typhoon makes landfall in Japan (Guardian UK)
- Storm damages space center in Japan, 130K still lack power (AP)
- Alaska pummeled by worst storm in 50 years:
- Western Alaska confronts damage after historic storm (Washington Post):
The full extent of the storm’s impact may not be clear for days, but residents across the state’s low-lying western coast are still grappling with water damage, power outages and other hazards. The impacted areas span well over 1,000 miles of coastline, including "some of the most remote areas of the United States."
- Homes knocked off foundations, roads damaged after powerful western Alaska storm (USA Today/MSN)
- Yes, all 3 storms were super-charged by man-made climate change:
- VIDEO: Stronger & Wetter: Michael Mann on How Climate Change Makes Storms Worse & Why We Must Cut Emissions (Democracy Now!)
- Hurricane Fiona deluges Puerto Rico; Typhoon Nandamol hits Japan (Yale Climate Connections)
- Three massive storms slam U.S. and Japan, each with climate change ties (Axios)
- Australia mandates carbon cuts, while South Australia goes 100% renewables:
- Australia’s first climate law since 2011 seals green comeback (Straits Times)
- South Australia set to become first big grid to run on 100% renewables (Climate Home News):
South Australia – already leading the world with its share of wind and solar – is poised to become the first grid of its size to operate without synchronous generation within the next few years, according to a new planning document from the market operator. South Australia leads the world with the penetration of wind and solar in its grid, and has averaged more than 64% over the last 12 months.
- Louisiana court blocks massive proposed Formosa Plastics plant:
'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
- As world leaders gather for climate week, they are running out of time (The Hill/MSN)
- Solar is lifeline in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona knocks out power (Canary Media)
- Permitting overhaul in peril as funding deadline looms (E&E News)
- Gas Exports Boost Prices for US Consumers (Climate Crocks)
- Senate Democrats set action on Kigali climate treaty (E&E News)
- California governor signs recycling and waste bills as part of climate change package (Utility Dive)
- Wildfires are burning away the West's snow (High Country News)
- Climate Law Spurs CCS At New West Virginia Gas Plant (E&E News)
- GOP’s Bad Blood Threatens Manchin Side Deal (The Hill)
- GAO: Government Must Boost Climate Resilience (E&E News)
- Pentagon Shift to PFAS-Free Foam Spurring 'Tidal Wave' of Change (Bloomberg)
- State of Unease: Colorado Basin Tribes Without Water Rights (AP)
- World’s Oldest Winged Insect Is in Trouble. How Frightened Should We Be? (Washington Post)
- Focusing on the climate actions that can make a real difference (David Roberts, Volts)
- VIDEO: See what three degrees of global warming looks like (The Economist/YouTube)
- 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.