IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Back-to-back extreme weather disasters trigger national state of emergency in New Zealand; New studies find global warming is melting Antarctica's ice; PLUS: Growing concerns about safety for residents in aftermath of Ohio chemical train derailment...Even on Fox 'News'?!... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): World Bank president, dogged by climate questions, steps down early; truck carrying hazardous nitric acid overturned on an Arizona highway, prompting evacuations of the area; Twice as much land in developing nations will be swamped by rising seas than previously projected, new research shows; Major US railroad merger could bring more tar sands to south-east Texas; Greens and tribes say proposed venting and flaring rule falls short; Tesla opens its EV charging network to the masses ... PLUS: Mono Lake tribe asserts water rights, urges halt of water diversions to Los Angeles... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Rightwing media tries to weaponize train derailment, corporate media ignores railroad industry culpability:
- VIDEO: Republicans use Ohio train disaster to pursue culture wars, ignore solutions (Chris Hayes, MSNBC):
"Republicans can complain all they want. But what do you want to do? They can't really offer any real solutions. Because, in the end, this is just a classic story about corporate interests and regulation."
- Right-wing media weaponize the East Palestine train derailment to claim white conservatives are being persecuted (Media Matters)
- Study: National television coverage of East Palestine train derailment ignored industry culpability (Media Matters)
- Growing concerns about safety of residents near Ohio chemical train derailment:
- Ohio Train Derailment Latest: Residents Attempt Home Cleanups, EPA Removes Soil (Earther):
Many people in East Palestine remain unsure of what risks they are being exposed to and what steps they should take.
- Upset Ohio Town Residents Seek Answers Over Train Derailment (AP)
- VIDEO: DeWine calls it 'absurd' that Ohio wasn't notified of train's presence prior to derailment (WSBT-Youngstown)
- PA governor accuses train company of mishandling Ohio derailment (Washington Post)
- Drink bottled water, officials tell Ohio town hit by toxic train crash (Washington Post)
- What’s known about the toxic plume from the Ohio train derailment (Washington Post)
- VIDEO 3 additional chemicals discovered on East Palestine train derailment (WKBN-Youngstown)
- Norfolk Southern backs out of community meeting, citing security concerns (Washington Examiner)
- Rail Companies Blocked Safety Rules Before Ohio Derailment (Lever News)
- New Zealand declares national state of emergency after Cyclone Gabrielle:
- Cyclone Gabrielle worst storm to hit New Zealand this century, says PM (Guardian)
- Devastation revealed - Gabrielle in pictures (RNZ)
- Cyclone Gabrielle: Thousands left without power in New Zealand (BBC)
- VIDEO: Cyclone Gabrielle is New Zealand's worst weather disaster 'in a generation' says Prime Minister Chris Hipkins (9News Auckland)
- VIDEO: New Zealand minister decries climate crisis ‘lost decades’ in wake of Cyclone Gabrielle (Guardian):
"I don’t think I’ve ever felt as sad or as angry about the lost decades that we spent bickering and arguing about whether climate change was real or not, whether it was caused by humans or not, whether it was bad or not, whether we should do something about it or not, because it is clearly here now, and if we do not act, it will get worse."
- VIDEO: Severity of cyclone damage 'not been seen in a generation' - PM Chris Hipkins press conference (NZ Herald)
- Cyclone Gabrielle causes chaos in Auckland, two weeks after record-breaking storm (MENA-FN)
- New studies sound new alarms over melting of Antarctica:
- Antarctic Researchers Report an Extraordinary Marine Heatwave That Could Threaten Antarctica’s Ice Shelves (Inside Climate News):
The inexorable rise of ocean heat is now evident off the coast of West Antarctica, potentially disrupting critical parts of the global climate system and accelerating sea level rise.
- Antarctic sea ice extent sets a new record low (National Snow and Ice Data Center)
- Floating ice around Antarctica just hit a record low (Washington Post)
- Thwaites: Warming seas are carving into glacier that could trigger sea level rise (Washington Post):
Using an underwater robot at Thwaites Glacier, researchers have determined that warm water is getting channeled into crevasses in what the researchers called "terraces" — essentially, upside-down trenches — and carving out gaps under the ice. As the ice then flows toward the sea, these channels enlarge and become spots where the floating ice shelf can break apart and produce huge icebergs. If the remaining shelf is further undermined, Thwaites Glacier will flow into the ocean faster and boost global sea levels on a large scale.
- Drastic emissions cuts needed to avert multi-century sea level rise, study finds (Axios)
- Thwaites Glacier findings reveal clues about Antarctic ice melt (Axios)
- Energy Department proposes big appliance energy-efficiency upgrades:
- Washing Machines And Fridges Could Be Much Cheaper To Power By 2027 (Washington Post)
- Washing machines, fridges, freezers face tougher energy standards (Boston Globe/MSN):
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, however, wants to end the reviews that come every six years under the act. ‘’More stringent federal efficiency standards are likely to increase costs for manufacturers and consumers without providing meaningful energy savings,’’ the group says on its website. ‘’Most appliances covered by the program now operate at or near peak efficiency.’’
- How California became far more energy-efficient than the rest of the country (Vox, 5/31/2019):
Performance standards are policy magic: How performance standards have transformed refrigerators.
'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
- World Bank President, Dogged by Climate Questions, Will Step Down Early (NY Times)
- Twice as Much Land in Developing Nations Will be Swamped by Rising Seas than Previously Projected, New Research Shows (Inside Climate News)
- Major US railroad merger could bring more tar sands to south-east Texas (Guardian)
- A truck carrying hazardous nitric acid overturned on an Arizona highway, prompting evacuations of the area (CBS News)
- Greens and Tribes Say Proposed Venting and Flaring Rule Falls Short (Inside Climate News)
- Tesla Opens Its EV Charging Network To The Masses (E&E News)
- Mono Lake Tribe Asserts Water Rights, Urges Halt of Water Diversions to LA (Inside Climate News)
- 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.