IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Weather whiplash across the U.S. as winter gets warmer and weirder; Rising concerns about the long-term impact of the Ohio chemical train derailment; Lack of snow in Europe deepens historic drought; PLUS: Fox News discovers that regulations protect the public... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Scientists want near moratorium on geoengineering to cool climate — for now; Extreme heat is a health crisis, experts say; US 2022 power plant emissions fell on switch from coal to gas; All fish tested from Michigan rivers contain 'forever chemicals'; How broadcast TV networks covered climate change in 2022; Despite 1996 law, EPA still hasn't tested pesticides for hormone impacts; Plastic consumption on course to nearly double by 2050 ... PLUS: As fatal fungus takes its toll, can we save frog species on the brink? ... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Weather whiplash strikes across the U.S.:
- From battered California to New England, snow bookends US (AP)
- Dozens injured, one fatality reported in record-setting tornado outburst in Oklahoma (The Oklahoman/MSN)
- California on track for record snow year as storms cause mudslides and leave people trapped (Axios/MSN)
- Hundreds of Eastern warm records and Western cold records set this week (Washington Post)
- Central U.S. faces destructive storms from system that slammed California (Washington Post/MSN)
- Parts of metro Los Angeles are still under a historic blizzard warning as heavy snow and rain pummel region (MSN)
- Yes, global warming is making winters warmer and weirder:
- It’s never been this warm in February. Here’s why that’s not a good thing (CNN):
Here’s a stark example: Before this decade, Charleston, West Virginia, had only hit 80 degrees before March three times in more than 100 years of record-keeping. But this week’s incredible warmth will mean that four of the last six years will have logged temperatures of 80 degrees, which is its normal high on June 1, in February.
- Climate change is making winter weather warmer and "weirder" (CBS News)
- Climate Whiplash: Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are on the Rise (Yale e360, 11/14/2019):
As the world warms, scientists say that abrupt shifts in weather patterns — droughts followed by severe floods, or sudden and unseasonable fluctuations in temperature — are intensifying, adding yet another climate-related threat that is already affecting humans and natural world.
- Europe's historic drought deepens with snowless winter:
- From China to New York City, climate change is making drought conditions worse (Yahoo News)
- European ski resorts close because there’s no snow (CNN)
- France Prepares For Water Restrictions As 2023 Drought Continues (Forbes)
- Venice's canals dry as Italy faces new drought alert, Alps receive less than half usual snowfall (ABC Australia)
- Skiers find little to no snow in Europe, while Utah slopes have opposite problem (Salt Lake Tribune)
- In Ohio train derailment disaster, concerns mount over long term impacts:
- Toxic air pollutants in East Palestine could pose long-term risks, researchers say (Washington Post:
Using EPA data, Texas A&M scientists found elevated levels of some chemicals at the derailment site...It would take months, if not years, of exposure to the pollutants for serious health effects, said Weihsueh Chiu, one of the researchers. EPA officials...stressed that the safety threshold the researchers used to analyze the data assumes constant exposure over a lifetime, and said they don’t expect the pollution to remain at high concentrations "anywhere near that long."
- As crews remove contaminated soil and liquid from Ohio toxic train wreck site, concerns emerge about where it’s going (CNN)
- EPA Pauses Shipment of Contaminated Waste From Ohio Derailment Site to Texas (AP)
- Rightwing media tries to turn Ohio derailment into political proxy war:
- How a small-town train derailment erupted into a culture battle (Washington Post)
- VIDEO: After East Palestine train derailment, Fox News discovers the purpose of industry regulations after years of vilifying them (Media Matters)
- VIDEO Buttigieg to Rail Companies: 'Stop Fighting Us' (Business Journal Daily)
- Buttigieg urges safety changes after fiery Ohio derailment (AP)
- Transportation Secretary Buttigieg visits train derailment site in East Palestine, Ohio (PBS NewsHour)
- Good news: Deforestation drops dramatically in Amazon rainforest:
'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
- Scientists want near moratorium on geoengineering to cool climate — for now (Axios)
- Extreme Heat Is A Health Crisis, Columbia Experts Say (AP)
- US 2022 Power Plant Emissions Fell On Switch From Coal To Gas - EPA (Reuters)
- All Fish Tested From Michigan Rivers Contain ‘Forever Chemicals’ - Study (Guardian)
- Border Plant Joins ESA List Despite Texas AG’s Objections (E&E News)
- As Fatal Fungus Takes Its Toll, Can We Save Frog Species on the Brink? (Yale e360)
- Study: Back-to-back hurricanes likely to come more often (AP)
- How broadcast TV networks covered climate change in 2022 (Media Matters)
- Eduardo Mendúa, Ecuadorian Who Fought Drilling on Indigenous Land, Murdered (Inside Climate News)
- Texas Led the U.S. in Wind and Solar Energy Production Last Year (Earther)
- House Republicans Accelerate March Toward Big Energy Package (E&E News)
- Biden Admin.'s Global Plastics Plan Dubbed ‘Low Ambition’ and ‘Underwhelming’ (Inside Climate News)
- Despite 1996 Law, EPA Still Hasn't Tested Pesticides For Hormone Impacts (Environmental Health News)
- As Oil Companies Stay Lean, Workers Move to Renewable Energy (NY Times)
- Plastic Consumption On Course To Nearly Double By 2050 - Research (Reuters)
- 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.