IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: New York City floods again after third 100-year storm in two years; From Minneapolis to Mexico, bizarre extreme heatwaves set new September records; Home insurance bubble could burst as climate disasters strain insurance markets; PLUS: Norway almost 100% EVs... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): In Michigan, not-so-sunny prospects for solar farms; More than 100 dolphins dead in Amazon as water hits 102 degrees Fahrenheit; There’s a lesson to take from China’s abandoned electric cars; Gas Furnaces Face 95% Efficiency Standard With Final DOE Rule; UAE's Jaber says oil, industrial firms to commit to decarbonization at COP28... PLUS: Truck stops upgrade to recharge electric vehicles and their drivers... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- GOP Debate #2 a ridiculous festival of denial and disinformation:
- Republicans Fight Over Who Loves Fossil Fuels The Most At Second GOP Debate (Huffington Post)
- The U.S. is pumping oil faster than ever. Republicans don’t care. (Politico):
GOP presidential candidates are blaming pump prices on President Joe Biden’s clean energy policies, even though the U.S. is churning out record amounts of oil.
- A ‘war on American energy’? So why is oil production near record highs? (Washington Post)
- VIDEO: Trump in Detroit as Sock Puppet for Fossil Fuel Industry (Climate Crocks)
- Bizarre September heat wave shatters records:
- Runners off the blocks: Minneapolis marathon canceled hours before start time (USA Today)
- After race was called off, hundreds ignored warnings and ran the course (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
- Global climate vaults into even rarer territory, with more to come (Axios):
There have been so many temperature records set this year that some of the words we use to describe them — 'unprecedented,' 'record' and 'unusual' — are losing their punch...[T]he past few days in September have registered the largest temperature anomalies so far this year.
- Why September’s record-warm temperatures have scientists so worried (Washington Post)
- New York City dries out after record rains, floods:
- Record rain in New York City generates ‘life-threatening’ flooding, overwhelming streets and subways (CNN)
- Why New York City Keeps Flooding (NY Times):
All drainage systems have their limitations and New York City’s is 1.75 inches of rainfall per hour. Unfortunately for many New Yorkers, the storm that deluged the region on Friday dropped more than two inches between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. — and then kept on coming. The limit on the capacity of the city’s network of drains, pipes and water-treatment plants is the main reason New Yorkers across all five boroughs suffered through flooding.
- VIDEO: Gov. Hochul, MTA address subway flooding (CBS News York)
- New York begins drying out after being stunned and soaked by record-breaking rainfall (AP):
New York City began drying out Saturday after being soaked by one of its wettest days in decades...Record rainfall — more than 8.65 inches — fell at John F. Kennedy International Airport...Parts of Brooklyn saw more than 7.25 inches, with at least one spot recording 2.5 inches in a single hour, turning some streets into knee-deep canals and stranding drivers on highways.
- First Street: Calculating impact of rising flood risks to U.S. infrastructure:
- City Sewers Can’t Handle Climate Change’s Intense Rains (E&E News)
- 25 percent of all critical infrastructure in the US is at risk of failure due to flooding, new report finds (CNN)
- First Street: Home insurance bubble about to pop:
- Insurance premiums could surge in these American cities because of climate disasters, new data shows (CNN)
- VIDEO: Homes in parts of the U.S. are "essentially uninsurable" due to rising climate change risks (CBS News)
- Democrats avert GOP government shutdown, FEMA replenished:
- Defunding dodged: FEMA flood insurance continued until November (Shreveport Times)
- Congress Passes Legislation To Extend National Flood Insurance Amid Shutdown Concerns (National Mortgage Professional)
- FEMA Needs More Money to Keep Up with Disasters. Instead It Faces a Potential Government Shutdown (Scientific American)
- Biden Admin. releases offshore leasing five-year plan:
- Biden backs new offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Scaled-back plan disappoints all sides (AP)
- Biden calls for up to 3 offshore oil leases in Gulf of Mexico, upsetting both sides (NPR)
- Biden's 5-year offshore oil plan to have historically few lease sales, none in 2024 (Reuters)
- Ireland rejects new fossil fuel infrastructure:
- Ireland Makes Rare Decision to Deny LNG Port for Climate Reasons (Bloomberg):
The country’s top planning body turned down a proposal for a liquefied natural gas import facility, which would have helped keep the island hooked on fossil fuels for years.
- Ireland Rejects LNG Terminal Project on Climate Grounds (Rig Zone)
- Ireland doesn’t need LNG for energy security - Green minister (Sunday Business Post)
- Norway's transition to EVs nearly complete
- Norway: Plug-In Car Market Share Hits Record 93% In September 2023 (Inside EVs)
- Norway: 87% of new car registrations were battery electric in 2023 (Robbie Andrew/CICERO)
'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
- In Michigan, not-so-sunny prospects for solar farms (Grist)
- More than 100 dolphins dead in Amazon as water hits 102 degrees Fahrenheit (CNN)
- There’s a lesson to take from China’s abandoned electric cars (Electrek)
- Gas Furnaces Face 95% Efficiency Standard With Final DOE Rule (Bloomberg)
- NYC Flooding Renews Calls for Safer Basement Apartments (Bloomberg)
- UAE's Jaber Says Oil, Industrial Firms To Commit To Decarbonization At COP28 (Reuters)
- Enviros Demand Emergency Rules To Protect Rare Whales From Ship Collisions (AP)
- What A Chicken-Size Bird Can Tell Us About A Shrinking Prairie (Washington Post)
- At Canada's Largest Atlantic Puffin Colony, Chicks Are Dying Of Starvation (CBC)
- Truck Stops Upgrade to Recharge Electric Vehicles (and Their Drivers) (NY Times)
- Illinois: 5 Dead After Crash, Chemical Leak In Downstate Teutopolis (Chicago Sun-Times)
- Rising Temperatures Are Wreaking Havoc Year-Round (gift link, 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.