IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: In both Florida and the U.K., rollbacks of climate policies exacerbated climate disaster impacts; Toxic smoke blankets Pacific Northwest as record heat and wildfires drag on in October; GOP Senator suggests government should do less to help disaster victims; PLUS: Tomato soup, a priceless painting, and the tactics of climate protest... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Clean Water Act at 50: Environmental gains, challenges unmet; Animal populations shrank an average of 70 percent over the last half-century; Radioactive waste found at Missouri elementary school; China gives Tesla tax break 3 days after Musk's Taiwan 'advice'; The cost to capture carbon? More water and electricity; Bengali "Water Machine" is serendipitous science for climate resilience; Billions in tax revenue being lost to storms, sea level rise; Study reveals 'staggering' scale of lost fishing gear drifting in oceans... PLUS: The next frontier for climate action is the great indoors.... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Just Stop Oil protest ignites debate over climate protest, communications, tactics:
- Just Stop Oil activists throw soup at Van Gogh’s Sunflowers (Guardian UK)
- ‘Buckle up’: US backers of Just Stop Oil vow more Van Gogh-style protests (Guardian UK)
- Climate protesters throw soup on Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' painting in London (NPR)
- What’s the Best Way to Demonstrate for Climate Action? (Climate Crocks)
- Those angry at Just Stop Oil’s Van Gogh soup stunt have misunderstood the brilliance of the protest (iEnvironment):
There is no art on a dead planet.
- Van Gogh soup stunt sparks criticism (Salon):
"The piece is fine. But the damage to the spirit of it isn't," said one writer. "Ignorance wins."
- Why Soup Sunflowers? (The Cut)
- UK record heat wave caused excess deaths among elderly:
- England’s summer heat waves linked to record excess deaths among elderly (Wahsington Post/MSN)
- England recorded 2,800 excess deaths in over-65s during 2022 heatwaves (Guardian UK)
- Consequences: UK conservatives slashed climate policy:
- Analysis: UK’s gas imports would be 13 percent lower if it had not 'cut the green crap' (Carbon Brief):
From 2013 onwards, successive Conservative-led governments cut support for home energy efficiency improvements, scrapped a requirement for new homes to be 'zero carbon', ended subsidies for onshore wind and solar, and effectively banned onshore wind in England.
- UK offers new North Sea oil, gas licenses despite opposition (AP)
- Consequences: Florida GOP slashed climate policy:
- Florida’s "Oh Shit" Moment? Or Not. (Climate Crocks)
- Weak Florida planning law boosted Ian’s destructive power (E&E News)
- Shutting an agency managing sprawl might have put more people in Hurricane Ian's way (NPR)
- VIDEO: First Coast News questions Senator Rick Scott on climate change during St. Augustine visit (First Coast News)
- Gov. Rick Scott reverses 25 years of growth management policy (Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 6/2/2011):
The law largely eliminates state oversight of local planning decisions and raises barriers for citizens seeking to challenge development decisions. And it eases the requirement known as concurrency, which requires new developments to have adequate roads and infrastructure before they proceed.
- Pacific NW heat wave shatters records as wildfires rage in October:
- Historic October heat shatters records in the Pacific Northwest (Washington Post)
- Seattle smashes record high by 16 degrees amid historic autumn heat event (Yahoo News):
The Emerald City reached a sweltering 88 degrees on Sunday, obliterating the previous record high for Oct. 16 by an eye-popping 16 degrees. (Old record: 72 degrees set in 2018). That means in the 77 years of records at Sea-Tac Airport, no other Oct. 16 has come within 16 degrees of Sunday's high. The mid-October average high temperature in Seattle is 60 degrees.
- Thousands evacuated in Washington state as 72 large fires burn in U.S. (Axios)
- Late-Season Fires in the Pacific Northwest (NASA)
- Air quality alert remains in effect in western Washington due to wildfire smoke (KOMO-TV Seattle)
- Climate change is causing more billion-dollar weather disasters (Yahoo 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
- Clean Water Act at 50: Environmental Gains, Challenges Unmet (AP)
- Animal populations shrank an average of 69 percent over the last half-century, a report says (NPR)
- Clean Water Act at 50: Environmental Gains, Challenges Unmet (AP)
- New Climate Czar Signals Shift to Climate Law Implementation (Bloomberg News)
- White House Planning Oil Reserve Release Announcement This Week (Bloomberg)
- 5 State-Level Races That Could Alter The Energy Transition (E&E news)
- Official: China Mining More Coal But Increasing Wind, Solar (AP)
- ‘Badasses Of The Mountains’: Goats Clash With Sheep As Key Glaciers Melt (Guardian UK)
- Xi Vows To Prioritise Environment, Protect Nature (Reuters)
- Study Reveals ‘Staggering’ Scale Of Lost Fishing Gear Drifting In Oceans (Guardian UK)
- The Cost To Capture Carbon? More Water And Electricity (Guardian UK)
- Radioactive waste found at Missouri elementary school (AP)
- China gives Tesla tax break 3 days after Musk's Taiwan advice (Taiwan News)
- The next frontier for climate action is the great indoors (Vox)
- Bengali "Water Machine" is Serendipitous Science for Climate Resilience (Climate Crocks)
- CNBC: Billions in Tax Revenue Being Lost to Storms, Sea Level Rise (Climate Crocks)
- Feeling Overwhelmed About Going All-Electric at Home? Here's How to Get Started (Inside Climate News)
- 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)
- Feeling Hopeless About the Climate? Try Our 30-Day Action Plan (The Revelator)
- VIDEO: 2050: what happens if we ignore the climate crisis (Guardian UK)
- 99.9 percent Of Scientists Agree Climate Emergency Caused By Humans (Guardian UK)
- 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)
- 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.