I’m going to do all this reading and research anyway… might as well share what I learn!

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August 31 2018

a dirty power plan, Kentucky’s expensive coal-fired electricity, disease danger days rise in El Paso, heading toward “hot house’ earth, algal blooms impact Florida, Interior Secretary blames “environmental terrorist groups” for California fires

In Salon former Sierra Club President Carl Pope reviews the Trump administration proposal to replace Obama’s Clean Power Plan with a program that will “freeze modernization of the nation’s power sector, let pollution kill more Americans, require the use of unnecessarily expensive coal power, and increase climate risk.” This is despite the fact “that 25 states will exceed their maximum potential emission reduction goals under the rule and 16 more are on track to meet those goals.” Philip Bump notes in the Washington Post that the Trump administration is taking this action just as evidence of the rise of extreme weather is everywhere (heat, fires and now the thickest ice in the arctic breaking apart [as reported in the Guardian]). He concludes that Trump’s actions “paint a picture of a country that’s living through climate change and deciding not to do anything about it.” Or, as USA Today editorializes, “The Trump administration is committed to saving coal, when what it really needs to do is save the planet.”

In the New York Times Brad Plumer notes that the Trump administration proposal is reducing the estimated cost of carbon emissions from around $50 (the Obama administration’s estimate that many economists conclude is too low) to less than $10. This change will have to be defended in court, where the Trump administration experienced a string of defeats in August (I guess evidence is a pesky annoyance for the deregulistas). Michael Gerrard of Columbia University summarizes the inadequacy of the Trump plan in the New Yorker…

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August 15 2018

a hot world on fire, feeding cows seaweed to fight climate change, attributing extreme weather to climate change, sea level rise threatens the Internet

The New York Times reports on the heat waves that have appeared all over the globe this year; the U.S., Japan, Africa, Europe and even the arctic. The article includes interviews with people who are experiencing these weather extremes. Grist summarizes a month of weather extremes in an article entitled The World is Hot, on Fire, and Flooding. The Guardian reports that wildfires are changing in frequency and physical intensity, including remarkable video of the “fire tornado” that struck Redding, CA, as part of the Carr Fire (the Los Angeles Times has more details on this remarkable geophysical phenomenon). The Guardian also summarizes impacts around the world, including fires in northern Sweden that have caused the Swedes to request fire-fighting assistance from other nations. President Trump responded to this disaster with an ignorant, false and thoughtless tweet about environmental laws that have resulted in a lack of water to fight fires (Peter Gleick explains in the Washington Post why the President’s tweet is nonsense).

David Leonhardt notes in the New York Times that in California “seven of the 12 most destructive wildfires on record have occurred in the last three years.” The Los Angeles Times reports on the Mendocino Complex Fire, which has supplanted the Thomas Fire of eight months ago as California’s largest wildfire. The San Jose Mercury News describes how the damage done by these fires has escalated as more and more people have moved into fire-prone regions…

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NEWS
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VIEWS

I’m going to do all this reading and research anyway… might as well share what I learn!

August 31 2018

a dirty power plan, Kentucky’s expensive coal-fired electricity, disease danger days rise in El Paso, heading toward “hot house’ earth, algal blooms impact Florida, Interior Secretary blames “environmental terrorist groups” for California fires

In Salon former Sierra Club President Carl Pope reviews the Trump administration proposal to replace Obama’s Clean Power Plan with a program that will “freeze modernization of the nation’s power sector, let pollution kill more Americans, require the use of unnecessarily expensive coal power, and increase climate risk.” This is despite the fact “that 25 states will exceed their maximum potential emission reduction goals under the rule and 16 more are on track to meet those goals.” Philip Bump notes in the Washington Post that the Trump administration is taking this action just as evidence of the rise of extreme weather is everywhere (heat, fires and now the thickest ice in the arctic breaking apart [as reported in the Guardian]). He concludes that Trump’s actions “paint a picture of a country that’s living through climate change and deciding not to do anything about it.” Or, as USA Today editorializes, “The Trump administration is committed to saving coal, when what it really needs to do is save the planet.”

In the New York Times Brad Plumer notes that the Trump administration proposal is reducing the estimated cost of carbon emissions from around $50 (the Obama administration’s estimate that many economists conclude is too low) to less than $10. This change will have to be defended in court, where the Trump administration experienced a string of defeats in August (I guess evidence is a pesky annoyance for the deregulistas). Michael Gerrard of Columbia University summarizes the inadequacy of the Trump plan in the New Yorker…

read more
August 15 2018

a hot world on fire, feeding cows seaweed to fight climate change, attributing extreme weather to climate change, sea level rise threatens the Internet

The New York Times reports on the heat waves that have appeared all over the globe this year; the U.S., Japan, Africa, Europe and even the arctic. The article includes interviews with people who are experiencing these weather extremes. Grist summarizes a month of weather extremes in an article entitled The World is Hot, on Fire, and Flooding. The Guardian reports that wildfires are changing in frequency and physical intensity, including remarkable video of the “fire tornado” that struck Redding, CA, as part of the Carr Fire (the Los Angeles Times has more details on this remarkable geophysical phenomenon). The Guardian also summarizes impacts around the world, including fires in northern Sweden that have caused the Swedes to request fire-fighting assistance from other nations. President Trump responded to this disaster with an ignorant, false and thoughtless tweet about environmental laws that have resulted in a lack of water to fight fires (Peter Gleick explains in the Washington Post why the President’s tweet is nonsense).

David Leonhardt notes in the New York Times that in California “seven of the 12 most destructive wildfires on record have occurred in the last three years.” The Los Angeles Times reports on the Mendocino Complex Fire, which has supplanted the Thomas Fire of eight months ago as California’s largest wildfire. The San Jose Mercury News describes how the damage done by these fires has escalated as more and more people have moved into fire-prone regions…

read more

IN BRIEF: PAST
CLIMATE NEWS

MORE MY TAKES