IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Spate of new studies finds climate impacts are escalating; U.S. Forest Service bans logging in Alaskan rainforest --- again; PLUS: Scientists move metaphoric 'Doomsday Clock' closer to catastrophe... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): 'No miracles needed': Prof Mark Jacobson on how wind, sun and water can power the world; Atlanta police kill forest defender at protest encampment; Nuclear regulators nix proposal to delay closure of last California nuclear power plant; USDA tightens organic rules amid fraud cases like a $46 million alleged scheme; Why a London-sized iceberg breaking off of Antarctica isn't concerning scientists; PA drillers abandoned thousands of gas wells in 5 years, ignored state law ... PLUS: Retired coal sites to host multi-day iron-air batteries... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- 'Doomsday Clock' moved to 90 seconds to midnight:
- Press release: Doomsday Clock set at 90 seconds to midnight (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)
- The Doomsday Clock reveals how close we are to total annihilation (CNN):
The clock isn't designed to definitively measure existential threats, but rather to spark conversations about difficult scientific topics such as climate change, according to the Bulletin.
- Doomsday Clock Moves Closer to Midnight Than Ever (NY Times):
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists set the clock at 90 seconds to midnight on Tuesday, citing the war in Ukraine as well as climate change, online disinformation and other threats.
- Ukraine war moves 'Doomsday Clock' to 90 seconds to midnight (AP)
- VIDEO: Doomsday Clock announcement (NPR)
- 'Doomsday Clock' just moved to record threat level: But who sets it and does anyone care? (Fortune)
- World's glaciers are melting faster than predicted:
- Study: Two-thirds of glaciers on track to disappear by 2100 (AP):
"For many small glaciers it is too late," said study co-author Regine Hock, a glaciologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Oslo in Norway. "However, globally our results clearly show that every degree of global temperature matters to keep as much ice as possible locked up in the glaciers."...But the loss of glaciers is about more than rising seas. It means shrinking water supplies for a big chunk of the world's population.
- Ocean heat hit a new record in 2022:
- Oceans were the hottest ever recorded in 2022, analysis shows (Guardian):
Sea surface temperatures are a major influence on the world's weather. Hotter oceans help supercharge extreme weather, leading to more intense hurricanes and typhoons and more moisture in the air, which brings more intense rains and flooding. Warmer water also expands, pushing up sea levels and endangering coastal cities. The temperature of the oceans is far less affected by natural climate variability than the temperature of the atmosphere, making the oceans an undeniable indicator of global heating.
- VIDEO: 'What happens in the oceans doesn't stay in the oceans': Dr. Michael Mann on MSNBC Medhi Hasan Show Discussing Mitigating Climate Change (CNN)
- Another Year of Record Heat for the Oceans (Advances in Atmospheric Sciences/Springer)
- Greenland seeing 'exceptional' warmth:
- Temperatures on Greenland haven't been this warm in at least 1,000 years, scientists report (CNN):
[T]emperatures there have been the warmest in at least the last 1,000 years - the longest amount of time their ice cores could be analyzed to. And they found that between 2001 and 2011, it was on average 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer than it was during the 20th century..."Greenland is the largest contributor currently to sea level rise."
- Horn of Africa mired in worst drought in 70 years:
- Horn of Africa may see record sixth straight failed rainy season (Axios):
The eastern Horn of Africa just saw an unprecedented fifth straight failed rainy season on record, making it the longest and most severe drought in 70 years of precipitation data.
- US announces $2.5 billion in food assistance for Africa (Jerusalem Post)
- Renewables appear to have surpassed coal for electricity in US, world:
- Renewables Projected to Soon Be One-Fourth of US Electricity Generation. Really Soon (Inside Climate News)
- Increasing renewables likely to reduce coal and natural gas generation over next two years (US Energy Information Administration)
- Fossil fuel demand has peaked in the electricity sector (Rocky Mountain Institute)
- 2022 is looking to be the first year in history where the US got more electricity from renewables than coal (Twitter)
- Fossil fuels already peaked, growth in renewables exponential (PV Magazine)
- Peaking: The Series (Rocky Mountain Instititute):
The Peaking Series maps the vast mountain range of past and current peaks in fossil fuel demand. In country after country and sector after sector, fossil fuel demand has peaked and now faces a future of decline. This story is unfolding globally...The Peaking Series looks at examples of this pattern of peak, plateau, and decline for incumbents in energy history, how this pattern is playing out today, and how it will unfold in the future.
- US Forest Service reinstates 'roadless rule' and logging bans in Alaska's Tongas NF:
- Biden Bans Roads and Logging in Alaska's Tongass National Forest (NY Times):
In addition to prohibiting road construction - a first step toward new logging - the United States Forest Service plan also puts an end to large scale logging of old growth timber across the forest's entire 16 million acres. "As our nation's largest national forest and the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world, the Tongass National Forest is key to conserving biodiversity and addressing the climate crisis."
- Biden bans logging roads in much of America's largest national forest (Washington Post):
Biden administration officials said Wednesday the forest is too important to wildlife habitat - especially fish - and to fighting climate change to go without protections. Its decision, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will repeal the 2020 Alaska Roadless Rule, now making it illegal again for logging companies to build roads and cut and remove timber throughout more than 9.3 million acres of forest.
'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
- 'No miracles needed': Prof Mark Jacobson on how wind, sun and water can power the world (Guardian)
- VIDEO: Atlanta Police Kill Forest Defender at Protest Encampment Near Proposed "Cop City" Training Center (Democracy Now!)
- The Environmental Movement's Silence on Cop City Police Killing (Atmos/The Frontline)
- Nuclear regulators nix proposal to delay closure of last California nuclear power plant (AP)
- USDA tightens organic rules amid fraud cases like a $46 million alleged scheme by Minnesota farmers (MinnPost)
- Where lightning struck the least in 2022 [the Midwest], and why that is worrisome [drought] (Washington Post)
- VIDEO: Dr. Michael Mann: Last 8 years were warmest on record, but we can still avert 'worst consequences' (MSNBC)
- 'Natural behavior': Why a London-sized iceberg breaking off of Antarctica isn't concerning scientists (USA Today)
- Bill to withdraw Virginia from carbon-trading program dies in state committee (The Hill)
- PA Drillers Abandoned Thousands Of Gas Wells In 5 Years, Ignored State Law (NPR)
- This Winter's Rain and Snow Won't be Enough to Pull the West Out of Drought (Inside Climate News)
- Retired coal sites to host multi-day iron-air batteries (PV Magazine)
- How Biden can meet his 100 percent clean electricity goal (Washington Post)
- What's A Virtual Power Plant? (Clean Technica/Rocky Mountain Institute)
- Indy Star: Why Do Some Wind Turbines Spin While Others are Still? (Climate Crocks)
- 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)
- 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.