IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Humanitarian crisis worsens in Central Africa amid massive flooding; Toxic metal air pollution ten times worse in communities of color; No, the US is not running out of diesel fuel; PLUS: Biden Administration invests billions to help lower home energy costs before winter... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Magical Hope vs. Actual Hope: Left or right, physics doesn't much care about your wishful thinking; How a GOP governor could derail New York's climate law; Worldwide cholera outbreaks are 'unprecedented,' WHO says; Why these climate talks are different than other COPs; Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers? Study Identifies Air Pollution as a Trigger; Why the feared wave of solar panel waste may be smaller and arrive later than expected... PLUS: Scientists just discovered a new whale. Now they fear it may go extinct.... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Humanitarian crisis worsens in Central Africa amid massive flooding:
- UN: Flooding in west, central Africa displaced 3.4M people (ABC News)
- Nigeria floods: 'I have nowhere to go' (BBC)
- Millions face harm from flooding across West and Central Africa, UNHCR warns (UN Refugee Agency)
- Explainer-Why are West and Central Africa's floods so devastating this year? (Reuters)
- Durban floods: South Africa floods kill more than 300 (BBC)
- A home for the dead: The quest for burials in flood-stricken Chad (AFP)
- Toxic metal air pollution ten times worse in communities of color:
- Unequal airborne exposure to toxic metals associated with race, ethnicity, and segregation in the USA (Nature)
- Toxic metal pollution is 10 times worse in racially segregated communities (Washington Post/MSN):
"The main thing that we found was that the individuals in racially segregated communities are not only breathing a higher concentration of total particulate matter air pollution, but they're also breathing a form of that pollution that is more concentrated in toxic and carcinogenic metal components," Kodros said.
- Racially segregated communities exposed to air 3 times more concentrated with cancer-causing toxins, researchers say (The Grio)
- Racially segregated communities breathing in air three times more concentrated with dangerous toxins, researchers say (ABC News)
- Southern California forests hammered by drought, fire, insects:
- Mega-disturbances cause rapid decline of mature conifer forest habitat in California (Ecological Applications)
- Nearly a third of southern Sierra forests killed by drought and wildfire in last decade (LA Times/MSN):
The losses could have grave consequences for California wildlife, including protected species such as spotted owls and Pacific fishers who rely on mature tree canopies for their habitats. Researchers said the findings are not only another indication of the state's shifting climate regime, but also offer new insights that could help guide forest management and conservation strategies moving forward.
- California tree carnage: A decade of drought and fire killed a third of Sierra Nevada forests (The Spokesman-Review)
- Conservative UK Prime Minister Sunak reverses course, will attend COP27 climate summit:
- Why Rishi Sunak Will Attend COP27 After All-But King Charles Won't (Time)
- VIDEO: Green MP Caroline Lucas - Rishi Sunak is now going to COP27 climate summit (BBC)
- No, the US will not run out of diesel fuel:
- Gulf's first two zones for offshore wind farms selected off Louisiana, Texas (NOLA)
- No, the U.S. is not going to run out of diesel fuel in 25 days (CBS News):
"Your grocery store may have an inventory of three days of milk. That's because they only have three days' worth at any given point. But the cow keeps milking, the farmer keeps sending milk, the dairy keeps delivering," [Ed Hirs, a professor of energy economics at the University of Houston] said.
- Biden Interior Dept. selects first offshore wind areas for Gulf Of Mexico:
- Move over, oil – wind energy is officially coming to the Gulf of Mexico (Electrek)
- Biden identifies 700,000 acres in Gulf for offshore wind development (Houston Chronicle/MSN)
- VP Harris launches new home energy retrofit initiative:
- Biden administration offering $13 billion to lower energy costs. Here's how to qualify. (CBS News)
- Biden administration distributes billions to lower heating costs as energy prices soar (CNN)
- Harris to announce over $13 billion in assistance to help cut energy costs this winter (Yahoo News)
- FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces New Actions to Lower Energy Costs for Families (White House)
- VIDEO: Vice President Harris Remarks on Inflation Reduction Act (White House)
'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
- Magical Hope vs. Actual Hope: Left or right, physics doesn't much care about your wishful thinking (The Crucial Years/Bill McKibben)
- How a GOP governor could derail New York's climate law (E&E News)
- Scientists just discovered a new whale. Now they fear it may go extinct. (Washington Post/MSN)
- Worldwide cholera outbreaks are 'unprecedented,' WHO says (Deseret News)
- Why these climate talks are different than other COPs (E&E News)
- Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers? Study Identifies Air Pollution as a Trigger (Inside Climate News)
- Zelensky: Russia has damaged 40% of Ukraine's energy infrastructure (Axios)
- Could Small Reactors Revive Nuclear? (Climate Crocks)
- Energy prices threaten Mass. offshore wind project (E&E News)
- Why the Feared Wave of Solar Panel Waste May Be Smaller and Arrive Later Than We Expected (Inside Climate News)
- CO2 pipeline developers, foes clash over landowner lists (E&E News)
- Countries Want to Plant Trees to Offset Their Carbon Emissions, but There Isn’t Enough Land on Earth to Grow Them (Inside Climate News)
- How Decades of Hard-Earned Protections and Restoration Reversed the Collapse of California’s Treasured Mono Lake (Inside Climate News)
- Beyond Catastrophe: A New Climate Reality Is Coming Into View (gift link, no paywall - NY Times)
- 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.