IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Summer of Extremes --- Heat and floods strike simultaneously across the Northern Hemisphere; Corporate media mostly ignores climate change in extreme weather disaster coverage; PLUS: Another major insurer ditches Florida in the middle of hurricane season... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): For those who live and work outside, there is little escape from deadly heat; Wildfires tear through towns in Greece as thousands flee seaside resorts; In Phoenix, heat becomes a brutal test of endurance; How big is the solar PV waste stream, really?; John Kerry hails China's 'incredible' job on renewables, warns on coal; Scientists concerned over impact of rising Florida water temps on corals; Fossil fuel workers are dying inhaling gases, despite U.S. warnings to Big Oil; 9th Circuit denies bid by greens and tribes to block Nevada lithium mine
... PLUS: A shipping rule backfires, diverting sulfur emissions from the air to the ocean... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Summer of Extremes: simultaneous heat waves, floods strike across Northern Hemisphere:
- What is making 2023 likely the hottest year recorded (AFP):
Higher global temperatures make heatwaves longer and more intense. Despite being the main driver, climate change is one variable that humans can influence by reducing emissions from fossil fuels.
- The 10 Hottest Days Ever Put People and Livelihoods at Risk (Bloomberg)
- Simultaneous Heat Waves Around the World Push People and Nations 'to the Edge' (NY Times, 6/27/2022)
- Summer of Extremes: simultaneous heat waves strike across Northern Hemisphere:
- China logs 52.2 Celsius/126 Fahrenheit as extreme weather rewrites records (Reuters/MSN)
- The Tour de France already has a winner: ice vests (Financial Review)
- Europe heatwave: People advised to avoid direct sunlight in 15 cities across Italy (Sky News)
- "Relentless" heat wave spreads across southern U.S. (Axios)
- 100-degree days for weeks? See where streaks have broken records. (Washington Post):
As of Wednesday, residents in El Paso, have experienced a record-breaking 27 consecutive days of 100-plus-degree heat, surpassing the 21-day streak in 1980.
- Phoenix ties record with 18 consecutive days of high temperatures of 110-plus (Axios)
- Sixfold Increase in Historical Northern Hemisphere Concurrent Large Heatwaves Driven by Warming and Changing Atmospheric Circulations (American Meteorological Society)
- Summer of Extremes: torrential storms, floods strike across Northern Hemisphere:
- Days of torrential rain in South Korea leave at least 37 dead in landslides and floods (ABC Australia)
- Pennsylvania: Children lost in flooding as US endures extreme weather (ABC News):
"A wall of water came to them; they did not go into the water," Brewer said of the Sheils family.
- North Carolina: One person reported dead, one other rescued after both swept away in flooding (WLOS-Asheville)
- Climate models underestimated extreme weather events:
- VIDEO: Dr. Mann on global heat records and natural disasters with Jen Psaki (MSNBC)
- 'We are not prepared': Disasters spread as climate change strikes (Politico)
- What this summer's weather reveals about climate change (Axios):
"In a linear system, changes occur in a straight line. If climate impacts were linear, each 0.1°C increase in temperature would produce the same increment of damage," [Andrew Dessler, a climate scientist at Texas A&M University] tells Axios in an email. He notes, however, that the built and natural worlds each have thresholds, beyond which severe impacts can occur.
- What this summer's weather reveals about climate change (Axios)
- Vermont Floods Show Limits of America's Efforts to Adapt to Climate Change (NY Times)
- Corporate media mostly ignores climate change in extreme weather coverage:
- Only 10 percent of national TV news segments about the catastrophic flooding in the Northeast mentioned climate change (Media Matters):
National TV news broadcasters --- ABC, CBS, and NBC --- and major cable news networks --- CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News --- covered the Northeast flood event for more than 5 hours and 41 minutes across 171 segments...Fox's coverage mentioned climate change once to deny the role it played in the flooding.
- Another major insurer exits the state of Florida:
- AAA pulls back from offering insurance in Florida, following Farmers (CBS News):
"Unfortunately, Florida's insurance market has become challenging in recent years," the company said in a statement emailed to CBS MoneyWatch. "Last year's catastrophic hurricane season contributed to an unprecedented rise in reinsurance rates, making it more costly for insurance companies to operate."
- VIDEO: Florida's Insurance Crisis Hits Presidential Campaign (Climate Crocks)
- A big name insurer flees Florida, prompting more criticism toward GOP (Politico)
- FEMA warns Disaster Relief Fund will soon be out of money:
- FEMA disaster fund set to run out of money before peak of hurricane, wildfire seasons (Axios/MSN)
- FEMA disaster fund could run dry during peak hurricane season (E&E News)
- FEMA Stretched Beyond Climate Response as Disasters Balloon (Bloomberg)
- Brazil: Amazon rainforest deforestation drops by a third:
'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
- For Californians who live and work outside, there is little escape from deadly heat (LA Times)
- Wildfires tear through towns in Greece as thousands flee seaside resorts (Sky News)
- In Phoenix, Heat Becomes a Brutal Test of Endurance (NY Times)
- Solar PV: How Big is the Waste Stream, Really? (Climate Crocks)
- Climate change spells 'terrifying' future: UN rights chief (France 24)
- John Kerry Hails China’s ‘Incredible Job’ On Renewables, Warns On Coal (Washington Post)
- Scientists Concerned Over Impact of Rising Fla. Water Temps on Coral Health (Reuters)
- Fuel Workers Are Dying Inhaling Gases – Despite US Warnings To Big Oil (Drilled/Guardian)
- 9th Circuit Denies Bid By Greens And Tribes To Block Nevada Lithium Mine (AP)
- Mountain Valley Pipeline Turns To Supreme Court (E&E News)
- In N. Birmingham EPA Studies ‘Cumulative Impacts’ Of Pollution And Racism (Inside Climate News)
- A Shipping Rule Backfires, Diverting Sulfur Emissions From the Air to the Ocean (Inside Climate News)
- As Climate Shocks Multiply, Designers Seek Disaster-Proof Homes (NY Times)
- The Great Plains: Bringing Back an 'American Serengeti' (The Revelator)
- Grid Transformer Supply Crunch Threatens Clean Energy Plans (Bloomberg)
- Rough years ahead [as new El Nino arrives] (Nature)
- Complete Series: Farmers Under Attack for Supporting Clean Energy (Climate Crocks)
- These are the places most at risk from record-breaking heat waves as the planet warms (CNN)
- 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)
- 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.