IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: U.N. Scientists warn the window to avoid dangerous, irreversible warming is rapidly closing; California hit with 12th major winter storm in a row; PLUS: Argentina broils under record-shattering, 'unprecedented' heat... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Levels of carcinogenic dioxin near Ohio derailment site far above safe limit; Judge Halts Biden Administration Waters Rule in Texas, Idaho; Fossil Fuel Execs See ‘Golden Age’ for Gas, If They Can Brand It as 'Clean'; A Black Community In Arizona Battles Power Expansion Plans Again; China's Mekong Dams Turn Thai Fishing Villages Into 'Ghost Towns'; MD, VA Race to Save Dwindling Commercial Fisheries in Chesapeake Bay; Babesiosis, A Tickborne Disease, Is On The Rise In Northeast... PLUS: Big Oil Firms Touted Algae As Climate Fix. Now All Have Pulled Funding... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- California hit with 12th atmospheric river in a row:
- Intense storm with heavy rain, snow and high winds slamming California (Washington Post/MSN)
- Is this normal? California is facing its 12th atmospheric river this winter following a historic drought (CNN/MSN):
"This is an unusually high number of storms this winter in California," said Daniel Swain, climate scientist at the University of California at Los Angeles. "No matter how you slice it, no matter how you make these formal definitions, this is unusually many." Determining how to count atmospheric rivers is an ongoing conversation in the scientific community.
- See how drenched California is - and why it would take multiple years like this to erase drought (USA Today)
- A Very Wet Winter Has Eased California’s Drought, but Water Woes Remain (NY Times)
- California's Drought Is Over. Its Water Problems Aren't. (Washington Post):
California’s recent water windfall is a bit like somebody getting a big tax refund after years of dipping into their 401(k) to pay the bills. Any sense of wealth this sudden bounty engenders will be fleeting and perhaps dangerously misleading.
- Water Restrictions Lifted For Millions in SoCal, But Conservation Urged (LA Times)
- California Salmon Season Is Canceled For The First Time Since 2009 (Sacramento Bee)
- Argentina grapples with unprecedented, historic heat wave:
- 'Endless, brutal heat': Argentina's late-season heatwave has 'no similarities in history' (CNN)
- Why is Argentina facing a heatwave like no other in its history? (Firstpost):
The early days of March have seen record-breaking temperatures in parts of Argentina. Experts say that while the La Nina weather phenomenon has driven the heatwave, climate change may be making matters worse.
- Record heat wave puts Argentina harvests in jeopardy (Courthouse News Service)
- Argentina intervenes in power company Edesur after blackouts (Reuters/MSN)
- U.N. IPCC issues blunt new report and blueprint to 'defuse the climate bomb':
- AR6 Synthesis Report: Climate Change 2023 (UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)
- UN report: Window for limiting global warming is closing (Axios)
- 'The climate time-bomb is ticking': The world is running out of time to avoid catastrophe, new UN report warns (CNN):
The world is rapidly approaching catastrophic levels of heating with international climate goals set to slip out of reach unless immediate and radical action is taken, according to a new UN-backed report. "The climate time-bomb is ticking," said António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, in a statement to mark the launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s synthesis report on Monday. "Humanity is on thin ice – and that ice is melting fast," he added.
- UN climate report: Scientists release 'survival guide' to avert climate disaster (BBC):
But the report also acknowledges that in addition to getting to net zero emissions as soon as possible, large scale use of carbon dioxide removal technology will be needed. Some observers have their doubts. "We know what needs to happen, but the carbon removal part and carbon capture and storage ideas are a massive distraction," said Lili Fuhr, from the Centre for International Environmental Law, who attended the approval session.
- Earth to Hit Critical Warming Threshold by Early 2030s, Climate Panel Says (Washington Post):
Earth is likely to cross a critical threshold for global warming within the next decade...It says that global average temperatures are estimated to rise 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels sometime around "the first half of the 2030s," as humans continue to burn coal, oil and natural gas.
- IPCC report: Climate solutions exist, but humanity has to break from the status quo and embrace innovation (The Conversation)
- VIDEO: Synthesis Report - Address by Secretary-General António Guterres (United Nations/Youtube)
- VIDEO: IPCC Press Conference - Climate Change 2023: Synthesis Report (United Nations/Youtube)
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
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- Levels of carcinogenic chemical near Ohio derailment site far above safe limit (Guardian)
- Navajo Nation Water Rights Case Heard Before Supreme Court (Indian Country Today)
- Judge Halts Biden Administration Waters Rule in Texas, Idaho (Bloomberg)
- Fossil Fuel Execs See ‘Golden Age’ for Gas, If They Can Brand It as 'Clean' (Inside Climate News)
- A Black Community In Arizona Battles Power Expansion Plans Again (Guardian)
- China's Mekong Dams Turn Thai Fishing Villages Into 'Ghost Towns' (Thompson Reuters Foundation)
- Report: 43,000 Estimated Dead In Somalia Drought Last Year (AP)
- States Cannot Block Hazardous Waste From Ohio Derailment, EPA Says (Reuters)
- MD, VA Race to Save Dwindling Commercial Fisheries in Chesapeake Bay (Inside Climate News)
- Hawaii Supreme Court Ruling Bolsters Rights-Based Climate Cases (Bloomberg)
- Babesiosis, A Tickborne Disease, Is On The Rise In Northeast: CDC (CNN)
- Big Oil Firms Touted Algae As Climate Fix. Now All Have Pulled Funding (Guardian)
- BNSF Fuel Train Derails On Swinomish Reservation (Indian Country Today)
- Biden Plans to Name Nevada’s Spirit Mountain Area a National Monument (NY Times)
- Why It's Time to Officially Get Over Your EV Range Anxiety (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.