IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Climate change is profoundly disrupting the Arctic, new report from NOAA finds; Rapid oil and gas expansion poses an existential threat to the world's forests; PLUS: European Union agrees to enact world's first carbon import tariff... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Arctic blast takes aim at U.S. for Christmas, New Years; Internal documents reveal Big Oil's plan for profiting amid climate pressures; Musk pumps climate cenial on Twitter; What to expect from California's new rooftop-solar plan? More batteries; Clouds: One of climate change's great mysteries is finally being solved; U.S. carbon farming takes root; Drought emergency declared for all of Southern California; Florida lawmakers force homeowners to buy insurance... PLUS: Children of India's burning coalfields dream of a fire-free future... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- NOAA: Human-caused climate change is profoundly disrupting the Arctic
- Hotter, rainier, wetter - climate change is dramatically transforming the Arctic, report finds (CNN)
- VIDEO: NOAA 2022 Arctic Report Card (NOAA/Climate Crocks)
- 2022 Headlines: Arctic Report Card (NOAA):
The warming Arctic reveals shifting seasons, widespread disturbances, and the value of diverse observations. Shifting seasons and climate-driven disturbances, such as wildfires, extreme weather, and unusual wildlife mortality events, are becoming increasingly difficult to assess within the context of what has been previously considered normal.
- Warmer and stormier conditions are destabilizing the Arctic, report says (Washington Post):
Arctic annual surface-air temperatures from October 2021 to September 2022 were the sixth warmest on record. The ranking continues a disturbing trend: The past seven years in the Arctic have been the hottest seven years since 1900.
- Arctic rapidly turning warmer, wetter and riskier: report (Axios)
- Democratic Republic of Congo hit with deadly, catastrophic flooding:
- VIDEO: 'Biblical' flooding in Kinshasa kills at least 140 (The Times of London)
- DR Congo: Floods devastate Kinshasa, causing landslides (Deutsche Welle News)
- DR Congo leader blames climate change for devastating floods (France 24)
- VIDEO: Secretary Blinken and Democratic Republic of the Congo President Felix Tshisekedi Before Their Meeting (U.S. State Department):
"[T]his is the very example of what we have been regretting for some time, this support from countries who pollute and which unfortunately leads to negative consequences in our countries that cannot protect themselves from this."
- FAQ 2: Oil and gas, poverty and economic development (ODI)
- Oil and gas expansion poses existential threat to world's forests:
- CRISIS POINT: Oil and Gas Expansion Threats to Amazon and Congo Basin Tropical Forests and Communities (Earth Insight)
- Congo in the Crosshairs: Oil and gas expansion in Congo Basin Countries is an existential threat to the global climate (Earth Insight)
- Drilling threatens forests (Axios)
- Developing nations halt COP15 talks after biodiversity fund demand (Thompson Reuters Foundation)
- VIDEO: Elizabeth Wathuti at COP15: (Twitter)
- European Union strikes deal to establish first-ever carbon border tariff:
- EU strikes deal on world-first carbon border tariff (Reuters/MSN):
After all-night negotiations, the European Union struck a political deal on Tuesday to impose a carbon dioxide emissions tariff on imports of polluting goods such as steel and cement, a world-first scheme aiming to support European industries as they decarbonise..."It is one of the only mechanisms we have to incentivise our trading partners to decarbonise their manufacturing industry," Chahim said.
- VIDEO: EU Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen on carbon border tariff (Twitter)
- EU agrees a 'carbon tariff' at borders for polluting industrial imports Access to the comments (Euronews)
- Los Angeles City Council votes to ban Styrofoam and most single-use plastics:
- VIDEO: L.A. City Council votes to ban Styrofoam, single-use plastics (KTLA)
- California's two largest cities ban plastic foam (Grist):
San Diego and Los Angeles join hundreds of municipalities nationwide that are phasing out polystyrene.
'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
- Arctic blast takes aim at U.S. for Christmas, New Years (Axios)
- Internal Documents Reveal Big Oil's Plan for Profiting Amid Climate Pressures (Truthout)
- Musk Pumps Climate Denial on Twitter (Climate Crocks)
- What to expect from California's new rooftop-solar plan? More batteries (Canary Media)
- Clouds: One of climate change's great mysteries is finally being solved (Washington Post)
- Children of India's burning coalfields dream of a fire-free future (Thompson Reuters Foundation)
- U.S. carbon farming takes root - but do the economics add up? (Thompson Reuters Foundation)
- #ClimateScam: Denialism Claims Flooding Twitter Have Scientists Worried (Guardian)
- Drought Emergency Declared for All Southern California (LA Times)
- FL Lawmakers Force Homeowners To Buy Flood Insurance (E&E News)
- The biggest wild card in the climate crisis: thawing permafrost (CNN)
- Energy requirements and carbon emissions for a low-carbon energy transition (Nature)
- Tiny Soot Particles from Fossil Fuel Combustion Kill Thousands Annually. Activists Now Want Biden to Impose Tougher Standards (Inside Climate News),/li>
- Californians Relying on Bottled Water as Wells Dry Up (Climate Crocks)
- Maine Lobster Losing 'Sustainable' Label Over Gear Risk To Whales (Washington Post)
- Deforestation Brings Bat-Borne Virus Home to Roost (NY Times)
- Outdoor Afro: Celebrating Black Joy in Nature (The Revelator)
- How to Live in a Catastrophe: In search of a way to think clearly about the planetary crisis. (NY Magazine)
- 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.