IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Extreme weather cost the U.S. more than $1 trillion in just 7 years; NOAA finds the last 8 years have all been the hottest ever recorded; PLUS: Fox 'News' pretends the Biden Administration wants to cancel your kitchen stove... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Ocean heat hit another record high in 2022, fueling extreme weather; U.S. emissions went up in 2022; New report shows just how much the world's biggest banks give to oil and gas companies: 'The dirty dozen'; UAE names oil chief to lead COP28 talks; Texas project will use wind to make green hydrogen fuel out of water; Majority of disabled people never go home after disasters; Why weeks of rain in California will not end historic drought...PLUS: Hand-feeding manatees appears to be saving the species... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Republicans, Fox 'News' lie that Biden wants to cancel your kitchen stove
- VIDEO: No, the woke mob is not coming for your gas stove. (Chris Hayes, MSNBC)
- We're not taking away your gas stove, regulator tells CNN (CNN)
- U.S. saw 18 billion-dollar weather disasters in 2022:
- 18 billion-dollar disasters killed nearly 500 people last year, NOAA says (USA Today):
Hurricane Ian, the mega-drought in the west and a massive snowstorm across much of the country in December were just some of the 18 billion-dollar disasters in the United States in 2022..."It is a reality that regardless of where you are in the country, where you call home, you've likely experienced a high-impact weather event firsthand," Spinrad said.
- Extreme weather caused $165 billion in US damage in 2022: officials (AFP)
- Weather disasters cost the U.S. $1 trillion in just last 7 years:
- Extreme weather has cost the US more than $1 trillion in the past seven years, feds report (CNN):
Over the last seven years, 122 separate billion-dollar disasters have killed at least 5,000 people and cost the US more than $1 trillion in damages, the agency said. "What we've learned over the past 20 years is that extreme events are the face of climate change," Stephanie Herring, climate scientist at the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, told journalists on Monday.
- VIDEO: Dr. Michael Mann, 'A Year of Extreme Climate Events' (Dr. Michael Mann)
- Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters Hitting the U.S. Every 18 Days (Weather Channel, 10/19/2021)
- 2022 was fifth hottest year on record:
- 2022 was the warmest La Niña year on record. Scientists say this year will be warmer (CNN):
Twin reports released Thursday by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found the last nine years were the hottest nine on record, with 2022 being the warmest La Niña year ever recorded. That’s significant, scientists said, since the La Nina phenomenon typically has a cooling effect on global temperatures.
- Copernicus: 'A world rapidly warming': The past eight years were the eight warmest on record for planet (CNN):
The last eight years have been the eight warmest on record as the growing concentration of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere pushes global temperatures toward a dangerous tipping point, a new report shows.
- 2022 was fifth or sixth warmest on record as Earth heats up (AP):
[E]xpect record-shattering hot years soon, likely in the next couple years because of "relentless" climate change from the burning of coal, oil and gas, U.S. government scientists said.
- 2022 tied for the fifth-hottest year on record, NASA says (LA Times)
- The Last 8 Years Were the Hottest on Record (NY Times)
- AMS: Yes, climate change is making extreme weather worse:
- Explaining Extreme Events in 2021 and 2022 from a Climate Perspective (American Meteorological Society)
- Climate change makes heat waves, storms and droughts worse, climate report confirms (NPR)
- No debate anymore: Climate change makes extreme weather worse, federal scientists say (WUSF News):
For heat waves, the science is especially straightforward: A hotter climate leads to more extreme heat. Researchers were able to show that a 2021 heat wave in South Korea, which brought on two weeks of summer weather in mid-October, would have been "efectively impossible" without climate change, according to Texas state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon, one of the editors of the American Meteorological Society's special report.
'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
- Ocean heat hit another record high in 2022, fueling extreme weather (CNN)
- U.S. emissions went up in 2022 (E&E News)
- New report shows just how much the world's biggest banks give to oil and gas companies: 'The dirty dozen' (The Cool Down/MSN)
- Climate Change: UAE Names Oil Chief To Lead COP28 Talks (BBC)
- Texas project will use wind to make green hydrogen fuel out of water (Inside Climate News)
- Majority of disabled people never go home after disasters (E&E News)
- Explainer: Why weeks of rain in California will not end historic drought (Reuters)
- In the Race to Develop the Best Solar Power Materials, What If the Key Ingredient Is Effort? (Inside Climate News)
- Hand-Feeding Manatees In Florida Appears To Be Saving The Species (Weather Channel)
- Municipalities that ditch curbside recycling are missing out on revenue, Florida report finds (Waste Dive)
- Meet the new GOP chair of the House Science Committee (E&E News)
- How did we save the ozone layer? (Guardian UK)
- Building Steam in Lithium Valley (The American Prospect)
- 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.