IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Massive tornado system bulldozes path of destruction across rural Mississippi; Floods from historic California storms inundate farmland and impact food prices; Somalia drought may have killed 43,000 last year; U.N. warns of looming water conflicts; PLUS: Renewable energy hit a new global record in 2022... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): California's ugly history of water; What to know about Philly's tap water after chemical spill; UN warns of 'very dangerous' situation at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant; Electricity Generated by Renewables Surpasses Coal for First Time in US; Thousands of pounds of PFAS chemicals have been injected into Texas wells; California lawmakers approve potential fines for gas price-gouging... PLUS: Opinion: I am haunted by what I've seen at Great Salt Lake... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Massive tornado systems bulldozes across Mississippi, Alabama:
- Mississippi and Alabama face a painful recovery after storms and a tornado killed 21 (NPR)
- Mississippi tornado razed 313 buildings (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
- Before-and-after the tornadoes: Maps and satellite images show aftermath in Mississippi, Alabama (USA Today)
- Live updates: Battered Southeast faces more tornadoes, storms; Mississippi mourns, struggles to recover (USA Today/MSN)
- For some Rolling Fork residents, recovery from Mississippi tornado is uncertain (Washington Post)
- Global warming and tornado data inconclusive, but...:
- Lethal Supercell Storms To Hit South More Often As World Warms: New Study (AP):
America will probably get more killer tornado- and hail-spawning supercells as the world warms, according to a new study that also warns the lethal storms will edge eastward to strike more frequently in the more populous Southern states, like Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.
- Tornado-spawning storms may get worse due to warming (AP)
- The Gulf of Mexico is very warm. That could mean a bad tornado season. (Washington Post)
- The exact link between tornadoes and climate change is hard to draw. Here's why (NPR)
- Global Warming Can Set The Stage for Deadly Tornadoes (Inside Climate News, 12/14/2021):
The latest IPCC science report affirmed an increase in U.S. tornado clusters.
- Why the size of the Mississippi tornado was remarkable (Washington Post)
- California's storms, floods inundate farmland, revive dry Tulare Lake:
- New winter storm could push California’s snowpack to record high (Washington Post/MSN)
- California's looming snowmelt to resurrect lost Tulare Lake (Axios)
- Worry and suspicion reign as once-dry Tulare Lake drowns California farmland (LA Times)
- UN: Devastating Somalia drought may have killed 43,000 last year:
- Report: 43,000 estimated dead in Somalia drought last year (AP):
A new report says an estimated 43,000 people died amid Somalia’s longest drought on record last year and half of them likely were children under 5 years old. It is the first official death toll announced in the drought withering large parts of the Horn of Africa.
- The World Faces a Water Crisis, and 4 Powerful Charts Show How (Scientific American)
- U.N. study warns of looming water shortages, water wars:
- A quarter of the world does not have access to safe drinking water, new UN report says (AP)
- Millions lack access to running water. Is the solution hiding in plain sight? (Washington Post)
- Billions Of People Lack Access To Clean Drinking Water: U.N. Report (NPR)
- The Dark History Of Using Water As A Weapon (Fast Company)
- UN warns against 'vampiric' global water use (BBC):
A United Nations report has warned of a looming global water crisis and an "imminent risk" of shortages due to overconsumption and climate change. The world is "blindly travelling a dangerous path" of "vampiric overconsumption and overdevelopment", the report says.
- Global water crisis could 'spiral out of control' due to overconsumption and climate change, UN report warns (CNN/MSN)
- Global renewable energy capacity hit new record last year:
'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
- California’s ‘phantom lake’ returns with a vengeance, unearthing an ugly history of water
- What to Know About Philly's Tap Water After Chemical Spill (Earther)
- UN warns of 'very dangerous' situation at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant (Guardian/MSN)
- Electricity Generated by Renewables Surpasses Coal for First Time in US (AP)
- EU Countries Approve 2035 Phaseout of CO2-Emitting Cars (Reuters)
- White House Threatens Veto For Republican Energy Package (The Hill)
- Train Derails In Rural North Dakota, Causes Chemical Spill (AP)
- Bill Aiming To Preserve Kentucky’s Coal Power Plants Becomes Law (States Newsroom)
- Thousands of Pounds of PFAS Chemicals Have Been Injected Into Texas Wells (Texas Tribune)
- California Lawmakers OK Potential Fines For High Gas Prices (AP)
- Ohio Bill Would Require Teaching Of ‘Both Sides’ On Climate Change (Midwest Energy News)
- Opinion: I Am Haunted by What I Have Seen at Great Salt Lake (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.