IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: U.N. Secretary-General calls for fossil fuel industry to pay for climate damages; New initiative takes on plastics and the petrochemical industry; Most of Puerto Rico still as no power or clean water after Hurricane Fiona; PLUS: U.S. Senate approves the first climate treaty in decades... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Manchin's permitting reform is a decoy for ramping up gas; Manchin releases permitting reform package; Fracking won't work in U.K., says CEO of fracking company; Gas, a 'bridge fuel,' dominates U.S. power at any price... PLUS: Rescue efforts are beginning in Tasmania to save more than 200 beached whales.... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Hurricane Fiona heads to Bermuda as a monster Category 4:
- VIDEO: Hurricane Fiona: Bermuda braces for impact, what to know about the next potential storm (ABC News)
- Puerto Rico has lost more than power. The vast majority of people have no clean water (NPR)
- VIDEO: In Puerto Rico – Grid Rebuilding has a Tough Road (Climate Crocks)
- Fiona’s outages rekindle anger over Puerto Rico’s privatized electric grid (Politico/Yahoo News)
- Solar is lifeline in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona knocks out power (Canary Media)
- New climate diplomacy developments at UN General Assembly in New York City:
- Fuel firms should pay for climate harm, UN leaders told (AP):
"It is high time to put fossil fuel producers, investors and enablers on notice. Polluters must pay," Guterres said, chastising them for massive public relations campaigns.
- 'Our world is in peril': At UN, leaders push for solutions (AP)
- UN chief: World is 'paralyzed' and equity is slipping away (AP)
- Join us for Climate Week NYC 2022 (Climate Week NYC)
- VIDEO: New York City takes on Climate Week (ABC News)
- UNGA: Conflict over 'loss and damage' between rich and poor countries::
- Loss and Damage: Rich countries don’t want to talk about compensation – and you can see why (The Conversation):
Perhaps most important is the legal precedent set if rich nations explicitly compensated developing nations for losses due to climate change. Legally, compensation is paid by a person, organisation or country to a victim. So if rich countries begin to pay compensation, it could become a bottomless pit.
- Vulnerable countries demand global tax to pay for climate-led loss and damage (Guardian UK):
Poor nations exhort UN to consider ‘climate-related and justice-based’ tax on big fossil fuel users and air travel.
- Denmark becomes first U.N. member to pay for ‘loss and damage’ from climate change (Washington Post):
Denmark’s investment is the biggest yet — though it pales in comparison to the financial toll wrought by climate change each year, activists say. Recovery from the floods in Pakistan alone is estimated to cost upward of $10 billion.
- What is Loss and Damage? (Climate Justice Resilience Fund)
- GAO warns of rising costs of climate disasters:
- Climate Change: Enhancing Federal Resilience (U.S. Government Accountability Office)
- GAO: Government Must Boost Climate Resilience (E&E News):
GAO recommends designating a federal entity to develop and create a national climate information system, an approach it has been pushing for years...and [recommends] that Congress and agencies develop a clear strategic plan to guide national climate adaptation efforts.
- Billionaire Michael Bloomberg takes on the plastics industry:
- Bloomberg to spend $85 million against U.S. plastic, petrochem buildout (Reuters)
- Bloomberg takes on the plastics industry (E&E News):
The high-profile Beyond Coal campaign helped fuel a massive wave of plant retirements, which helped bring down U.S. emissions by more than 600 million metric tons. That campaign’s initial target was retiring 30 percent of U.S. plants by the end of the last decade, but ultimately saw more than double that number in retirements.
- Plastics Industry Association Responds to Michael Bloomberg Announcement to Prevent Industry Growth (Plastics Industry Association)
- U.S. Senate approves Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol:
- Senate approves first climate treaty in decades (Politico/MSN):
While the Senate is badly divided on most climate issues, strong backing from the business community to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons, known as HFCs, aligned with environmentalists’ agenda to help secure enough Republican support to meet the Constitution’s requirement of two-thirds support.
- The Senate just approved an international climate treaty, with bipartisan support (Grist):
The Kigali Amendment sets a timeline for the world to phase down the use of powerful greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons.
- Earthjustice Praises Senate for Ratification of Kigali Amendment (EarthJustice)
- Why Republicans support Kigali (E&E News)
- Vote no on the Kigali Amendment (Washington Examiner)
'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
- Permitting Reform Is a Decoy for Ramping Up Gas (The American Prospect)
- Manchin Releases Permitting Reform Package (E&E News)
- Fracking won’t work in UK says founder of fracking company Cuadrilla (Guardian UK)
- Gas, a 'bridge fuel,' dominates U.S. power at any price (E&E News)
- Rescue efforts are beginning in Tasmania to save more than 200 beached whales (NPR)
- Biden Meets With U.K. Leader Under Cloud Of Climate Skepticism (E&E News)
- Around 200 Whales Die On Australian Beach Where Hundreds More Died Exactly 2 Years Ago (AP)
- Revealed: The ‘Shocking’ Levels Of Toxic Lead In Chicago Tap Water (Guardian UK)
- U.S. EPA To Consider Tougher Emissions Rules For Heavy Trucks (Reuters)
- New System Aims to Save Whales Near San Francisco From Ship Collisions (NY Times)
- How EPA Effort to Reduce Climate-Warming ‘Immortal’ Chemicals Stalled (Inside Climate News)
- Louisiana Takes Big Step Toward Unprecedented Land-Building Project (NOLA.com)
- Al Gore Calls the World Bank Chief a 'Climate Denier' (NY Times)
- Louisiana Plant Explosion Highlighted In Push For New Chemical Safety Rules (NOLA.com)
- Cambodian Mekong Mega Dam’s Resurrection ‘The Beginning Of The End
- Fury Over ‘Forever Chemicals’ as US States Spread Toxic Sewage Sludge (Guardian UK)
- 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.