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Cleveland Wants 'Climate Justice.' Can the Biden Administration Help?
"The fight against climate change might be going in a new direction with the biden administration. Top officials say that it is also a campaign for economic and racial equity. Npr's dan charles has been looking into what this means in practice. Hi dan thanks for being here. It's good to be here okay. So there's this idea now of attacking two things at once. Climate change and also social inequity. How do you do that. Well that is what. I wanted to know. And i got some interesting answers. No l. in cleveland. Why cleveland well. Couple of reasons i. It is one of the poorest cities in america it is also one of the city's that's created what it calls a climate action plan and a few years ago officials in cleveland decided to rewrite that plan with equity in mind which sounds like what the biden administration is promising. Cleveland was kind of writing the blueprint for this and they started with conversations in low income neighborhoods and black neighborhoods. Which is kind of new. Kimberly foreman who's executive director of a group in cleveland called environmental health. Watch says the debate about environmental policy. Climate policy has often been disconnected from those communities the little elitist or heavily focused on technology. Which is not getting down to. The grassroots are getting down to the people who are most impacted. The city set up a bunch of community meetings asking people. What are you concerned about in your neighborhood. And i would imagine that some of the things that people are concerned about had absolutely nothing to do with climate change. Yes at first glance at least so for instance. They went to a neighborhood called. And one of the people who showed up was cindy mumford. And when i went to the meeting they really gave. It wasn't one of those. Just sit down things when you're just listening to someone present. What was ms mumford concerned about in her neighborhood. Explain that she took me on a little walking tour in the rain. She and her neighbor across the street. Debra lewis who grew up in it is a community that was devastated by what i will can only call tenement housing.
Poorly Timed Traffic Lights Can Make Climate Change Worse
"All drivers know the feeling. You're cruising down the road. Making good time by a traffic light ahead. Turns red you have to stop and wait even if there are no other cars at the intersection. The delay is frustrating and bad for the climate. The vehicle is not going anywhere travelling at all. but it's still burning fuel. That's bob issue of inr. Ix a transportation analytics company his team studied a week of traffic data for more than two hundred thousand intersections about two thirds of all the traffic signals in the us. They found that. The average signal caused more than eighty hours of delay. Each day in some places it was more than one hundred forty hours. Many delays are unavoidable because of heavy traffic pedestrian user trains. But piss you says the data reveals the need to better coordinate traffic lights. What we were able to do was identify which signals could may be another look. He says re timing signals or installing lights that automatically adapt to traffic conditions could help reduce ways for lighting and this is something that local jurisdictions can do that they have the power to do and that can cut carbon pollution right
UN Blasts World Leaders for Failing to Seal Financial Climate Deal
"Ahead of climate change. The un has warned that world leaders a still far away from securing a deal to limit the disastrous effects of global heating with less than five months to go before a key summit in glasgow. Time is running out said patricia espinosa. It was formerly foreign minister of mexico but now leads the un on climate policy. She said although advances had been made the g. Seven meeting in cornwall. Last weekend progress had not been made on honoring past commitments to find one hundred billion dollars a year to help developing countries invest in green technologies the paris climate agreement in two thousand fifteen pledged that nations would try to limit temperature rises to less than one point five degrees centigrade by drastically limiting fossil fuel emissions the principal cause of global heating. Glasgow will be the first opportunity to assess the impact of the promises. Made in paris and to implement new measures to avert a global catastrophe honoring the pledge is seen as critical if developing countries to come into line with plans to cut emissions and take costly steps necessary to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels at the g seven that was commitments to get the talk before cop twenty six but lack of detail remained about precisely how much money wealthier nations would be. Willing to give
Citgo to Pay $19.7M for Louisiana Spill Environmental Damage
"Sixto petroleum's agreed to pay nearly twenty million dollars after a spill in two thousand six at a Louisiana refinery the justice department announced the nineteen point seven million dollar settlement which will go for environmental restoration projects around the Lake Charles refinery waste water treatment facility that's where two point two million gallons spilled into thousand six polluting some one hundred fifty miles of shoreline killing birds and fish contaminating their habitats and disrupting shipping and recreation use of a nearby river and lakes the payment is in addition to ninety seven million dollars already ordered in penalties and fines after six goes wastewater tanks overflowed during the storm I'm Jackie Quinn
This New Bio-Fuel Reduces Airline Carbon Emissions
"Global aviation injects as much greenhouse gas emissions as the sixth highest emitting country but a new type of aircraft fuel maybe about to dramatically cut air line greenhouse gas emissions. It's called sustainable. Aviation fuel vice president of environmental affairs at airlines for america. Welcome to climate. Cast my pleasure to be here. Thank you so. What exactly is sustainable. Aviation fuel made of well the wonderful thing about sustainable aviation fuel and the acronym is south is that it can be made out of almost anything. That has a carbon content other than fossil fuels. So if you think about municipal solid waste or you think about crop. Wastes like corn stover or woody waste from legal logging. Those types of things can be turned into jet fuel and you can use essentially the carbon content of those to replace fossil fuel and have a much cleaner sort of recycling process of carbon in the air it out putting it in those renewable materials and bringing it back in again. So how much cleaner. How much can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from most flights. Well right now. The processes that we've worked so hard to get approved as safe and environmentally friendly can bring you up to eighty percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction relative to conventional jet fuel and we're working with fuel producers to increase that percentage even more tell us about the sustainable skies act. That's working its way through congress. What it's about is having. The government provide a blenders tax credit. That would help support fuel blenders to put this kind of fuel in with conventional jet fuel making it more cost effective right now. There's very little supply of staff so we really need the government to help bridge that
B.C. Has a Blueprint to Save Its Oldest Forests
"Jordan heath. This is the big story. Sarah fox is the bbc investigative reporter for our friends at the narwhal. Sarah hi how are you doing. I'm doing really well. how about you. i'm well thanks ya do. You want to explain as we get started for people who don't live anywhere near bc. And i've never seen it. What is old growth forest. Exactly and What does it look like sure. So old growth forest. There's kind of the the official definition. And then there's a y you think of when you hear the words old growth for us so the official definition is that on the coast where where the growing season is longer in tends to be wetter. That trees that are older than two hundred and fifty years are considered to be old growth in other parts of the province. It's trees that are one hundred and forty years old. But i think when when people think of old growth imagine those kind of icon ick photographs of these enormous cedar. Douglas fir trees that are as tall. Skyscrapers in is wide as a boss. The the old growth forest because the trees are so large the kind of the light filters through them in a different way they're draped in mosses and lichens and just kind of fallen logs. Over centuries have become nurse logs for for other trees but the the will growth force are much more than the trees. Of course there. Hot spots for bio-diversity their home to all kinds of species including a species at risk of extinction that to depend on these forests on the interior of b. species like a caribou on the south west mainland part of bc. We've got the spotted owl here on the island and other areas. We've got the marbled murrelet bird and of course these old forests are huge stores of carbon and they filter water. They have many many environmental
Making Hot Sauce and Working to Save Wetlands
"A family in Louisiana world famous for their Tabasco sauce is helping to conserve wetlands the idea along Avery island is to protect the region from hurricanes and floods we've been making Tabasco sauce here four four hundred fifty two years Harold took Osborn is CEO of mackel Haney company Roshen fight there is in the marshlands it works well in south Louisiana we like a slow pace at which we can slow things down it has a really positive affect plant manager heath Romero says the strategy is to grow grass forms a barrier so it catches the sentiment behind it you get the other grasses that take off and as it builds up you know you reclaim March Osborne says the effort is probably a standoff but Avery island is slowly rising I'm a Donahue
Illinois EPA Refers Plant Owner for Pollution, Environment Violations After Fire
Debunking Top Sustainable Living Myths and Misconceptions
"Buying less is actually the most sustainable thing you can do right. So just starting their We've talked before about doing your wardrobe audit and stuff like that. Start with what you have already and then consider buying something else again whenever never tell you to stop buying completely. We realistic right no. It's not realistic. It's the same one of the myths. That will probably even talk about people trying to fit all their trash in a jar. Yem i mean that looks like super cool from an aesthetic perspective but when you think about the reality of it it's just not possible. It's daunting exactly. Yeah we can tell you to buy less. And i think it's really worth being more mindful about your purchases. What do i need. this Is something. I'm willing to stay. I'm willing to have with me in my house for a long time. Like i was trying to think about that. We've had to buy new furniture lately and There's a fine line between wanting to have something for a long time and then getting aeko anxiety about whether or not you're gonna love it forever. So like i know that those two things are conflicting trying to drive yourself crazy but go for the class sex right when you're purchasing clothing or anything gopher stuff that's not overly trendy honestly when you think about aesthetics and things that you like the most i guarantee you most of it is pretty classically. You're never going to go wrong there. So yes do it exactly. You've heard us soaked quite a bit about this community last talking about it. On the chad buying secondhand is very very sustainable. In dima sustainable thing you can do because you're giving a discarded product second live on. It's often less expensive always much less expensive than the buying a brand new thing and actually just today. There was an article came out in fast company. I've seen That you know secondhand especially in fashion is on the
Extreme Heat in the West to Send Temps to Triple Digits
"The west is broiling. Excessive heat warnings are in effect again today from phoenix where today's forecast was one hundred. Twenty degrees to eastern montana where some farming towns braced for highs close to one hundred ten. Npr's kirk siegler reports. There is little relief in sight. For the drought stricken region. How hot is it. It's like opening an oven when you're baking pie. Captain scott. douglas is a paramedic with the phoenix. Fire department the city is open sixty six cooling refuges and hydration stations at parks libraries and pools. It's hot and people say it's a dry heat. And i'm like well you know what when it gets two hundred seventeen hundred and eighteen degrees. It doesn't matter if it's dry. Moist phoenix broke records last year. For hitting a hundred degrees or higher for more than one hundred and forty four days last year was also a record wildfire year and much of the west and every day. There's a headline screaming. This summer could be worse arizona. Lawmakers are holding a special session this week to consider a hundred million dollar emergency bill for firefighting and prevention in nevada were invasive grasses and drought have fueled record range fires lately. Firefighters have been dealing with one hundred degree temperatures for the past two weeks. Paul peterson is the fire management officer for the federal bureau of land management. They're typically we wouldn't have a heat and winds until mid july. So i'm hoping that's not an indication of what we're going to see in the future. He's hoping that the monsoon rains arrive this summer. They were no-show last year. Meteorologists are blaming this blistering event on a heat. Dome stubborn high pressure ridge. That's blocking cooler systems. Nikolai rymer is with the national weather. Service in billings. Montana where the forecast. Hi today june fifteenth is one hundred six. We are very close to the hottest temperatures that we've ever recorded here rhymer says scientists can't pinpoint any one heat wave like this on climate change but he says the record drought and extremely low humidity. Right now is making the heat. Even worse
Enbridge Wins Minnesota Court Ruling on Oil Pipeline Permit
"The minnesota court of appeals has up held approvals of permits for the line. Three oil pipeline. The move is seen as a win. For enbridge energy the company behind the project but indigenous groups and their allies. Fighting construction are not backing down mike. Mohan reports in a two one decision. The court said state regulators acted properly when giving their consent align three which is being built to replace an aging oil pipeline that runs across northern minnesota winona. La duke is one of the leading tribal advocates speaking out against lying three. She says the state including governor at him walls has let them down. I am so dismayed by. The court of appeals and we will stand in resistance with thousands of others. This summer is young. She says the ruling will result in more people arrested or heard with opposition surfacing along the construction route last week. Protestors held their largest gathering yet resulting in arrests after people locked themselves to equipment. Meanwhile the duke says they're pleading with a biden administration to intervene canada-based end bridge says lion three creates thousands of jobs that high degrees of safety are being applied to construction and maintenance installation of line. Three is nearly sixty percent complete and the court noted its presence while troublesome too many groups and tribal members is less of an environmental risk than the current line. But luke says it's a direct threat to natural resources. Tribes rely on watersheds are now subject to bridges aggression and destruction. Even if this decision is appealed to the minnesota supreme court opponents. Worry that would take a long time before a ruling is issued. They say that's why they want. President joe biden to take action with construction moving forward now. is mike moen
Is Eating Local Really More Sustainable?
"Researchers alexander stein and fabien. Santini just published a fascinating paper on the sustainability of local food systems in the political discussion. They write the promotion of local food. Systems and short supply. Chains is sometimes presented as a means to increase the resilience of the food system. And it's also suggested as a means to improve the environmental footprint of the food system and quote so in their paper. They've reviewed scientific literature on the environmental social and the economic aspects of sustainability and. They reached some surprising conclusions. First off is eating local actually easier on the environment. When consumers tried to eat local they often focus on how far their food has to travel from its source to their plates. You might remember a popular book called the hundred mile diet which exemplified this approach. Barbara kings hovers bestselling animal vegetable. Miracle is another example and one assumption behind this trend is that eating locally will lower the carbon footprint of our diets however this is not necessarily the case for one thing shipping large quantities foods in cargo ships or trains may actually burn less fossil fuel than transporting the same amount of food across much shorter distances in hundreds of small trucks and now just consider thousands of consumers driving two farms one by one in their cars to pick up their local food. This thinking also assumes that transporting food is the only or even the primary factor in how much carbon is emitted in the production of that food but in fact food production can produce a lot of greenhouse gases prior to this final leg of the journey in fact stein in santini conclude that the carbon footprint of diet depends a lot more on what types of foods you choose then. It doesn't how many miles they travel to reach your plate.
How to Cut the Internets Big Carbon Footprint
"Covid nineteen pandemic lockdowns. I begin many people stop commuting to the office and traveling because nobody was driving or flying we actually saw a pretty significant improvement in air quality and emissions as well but rene oh bringer of the university of maryland says the shift to working and hanging out at home comes with environmental impacts of its own since lockdowns began. Internet usage has soared more video calls and streaming media have increased the demand on internet data centers. These data centers require a lot of power. So they have a big impact on the climate even before the pandemic the accounted for about one percent of global electricity use over says people can reduce the carbon caused by their internet use for example by turning off video in an online meeting but she says the biggest change needs to come from the companies that operate data centers shifting towards more renewable or less carbon intensive. Electricity can really help reduce the environmental footprint. Some data centers are already moving in this direction. But she says it may take regulation and consumer pressure to ensure that as internet traffic grows. Its climate impact shrinks
The Solar Home Factory Is Building Affordable, Sustainable Homes
"At the lake. Tunnel solar village in geneva new york. Each home has solar panels and is so efficient. It's net zero meaning. It generates as much energy as it uses. Ceo ryan wallace at the solar home factory says the houses in the village all sold before his team had even broken ground. What was so exciting about that. Was seeing just a tremendous pent up enthusiasm so now. His team is working to make climate-friendly housing accessible to more people including renters they're next development will include seventy two net zero apartments and wallace hopes to build more. He says for net zero buildings to appeal to housing authorities and municipalities. Cost need to stay low. So his team is producing them in a factory with labor and material waste and next year they plan to scale up the factory so they can build thousands of affordable net zero units each year. The thing about sustainable housing is it's not just a badge of pride it really means that it costs less to live and so if you can put that amazing value in the hands of people who could use it the most you can have some of the most significant impact in our
Two Artists Want G-7 Leaders to End E-Waste
"As president biden and the other g seven leaders from some of the world's wealthiest economies prepare to meet for a weekend summit in the english. County of cornwall. One of the biggest attractions is a two story. Sculpture that has emerged from the hills nearby. it's a reproduction of the faces of all seven leaders in the style of mount rushmore but instead of stone the sculptors material is discarded electronics. And he has named his work mount recycle more. Npr lennon correspondent. Frank langfitt cornwall and joins us now. Hey frank ohio hi so are you like literally next to the sculpture right now. What does it look like. It's fascinating and it's also become this big tourist attraction there will be sixty seven people here staring at it and what the artist has done is. He's basically like if you think example. If you look at boris johnson. His face is made of old samsung phone backings. And he's got all these old phones that is supposed to be his hair including all these wires and then right in front of me is joe. Biden joe biden. Skin basically is all these green circuit boards from inside computers. And not you'll just across. The bay is where the g. seven is meeting starting tomorrow morning. I'm just amazed that these faces are recognizable. very recognizable. everybody can tell exactly who these people are. And what do you take is the sculptors political point here. Well i think it's very it's an environmental point and i was just talking to him on the phone before you and i started talking his name's joel rush and this is how he put the messages. We have to find a way of dating with this electrical. Waste that we're producing because it we haven't got ways of Taken a pause again. We haven't got waste repairing it. We haven't got ways of getting rid of it. It's not just one nation to to give all that waste or another nation. It's a world problem. And how about all the people taking this visual in right. Now how are they reacting. It's really interesting. i think people are fascinated by obviously. It's artistically it's very very interesting but in terms of the environmental message. That joe was just mentioning. I mean i think it really resonates with people. I was talking to him named jonni let she teaches politics and i asked her what struck the most for me. It's the it's joe biden's circuit boards because they are things that we don't even see is invisible and we don't give any thought when we using this stuff
Why Warm Nighttime Temperatures Can Be Dangerous
"After a sweltering summer afternoon in washington. Dc a cool evening can provide a much needed break from the heat but during heatwaves not only does it get hot during the day but it stays hot at night so people don't get a break from it. The heat builds up in the humidity bills up day after day. Steve walls recently retired from his position. As director of environmental programs at the metropolitan washington council of governments. He says prolonged exposure. To extreme heat is not only uncomfortable it can be deadly especially for the elderly and people with heart or lung problems. Some people stay safe by closing the windows and running the a. c. but many low income people do not have air conditioning at home. They don't get a break from the high heat at night and so it builds the stress in it increases the health risk to the population. He says low income neighborhoods also tend to be hotter because they often have fewer trees and more stretches of concrete and black asphalt which absorbed heat so as the climate warms.
Senate Pressed BLM Nominee on Biden's Oil and Gas Lease Freeze
"The woman president biden has chosen to lead much of his ambitious climate agenda on. Us public lands appear before the senate today for her confirmation hearing montana environmentalist tracy stone manning has been tapped to be the next director of the bureau of land management it controls energy development and other activities on a tenth of all the land in the us. Here's npr's kirk siegler as montana's former top environmental regulator and chief of staff for that state's former democratic governor tracy stone. Manning did develop a reputation for bipartisan. Dealmaking which she repeatedly referenced in her first appearance before the us senate. I think that my career has shown that the only way to get things done in the country and specifically in the west is to work together stonings nomination marks a dramatic reversal from the agency's previous director. William perry penalty who hailed from rural wyoming in once suggested the. Us government shouldn't even own public land. She's from a liberal pocket of montana and more reflective of who's been gaining power and influence and much of the west lately people from cities. New mexico's martin. Heinrich is a senior democrat on the committee. The trump administration pulled penalties nomination before it could question him. Last year has been without a confirmed director for good reason in some cases for almost four and a half years that should not continue one day longer. Republicans though seize the opportunity to grill stone manning about president biden's freeze on new oil and gas leasing on public lands. They also argued her campaigning. Last year and a half of democrats was evidence. She's a polarizing pick. She shot back urging the committee to examine her entire career of brokering compromises. She said unheeded. Public land's battles elections can be tough. I was supporting my former boss. Governor bullock but the election is over and i will honor the outcome of that election but the ranking republican on the committee wyoming senator john barrosso said stone manning's recent tweets reveal a bias against energy companies. Ranchers loggers based on her record. I'm concerned the miss stone. Manning does not fill the bill. Her career has been defined by her support for policies that restrict multiple use activities on public lands and upper down vote on stone manning's nomination is expected in the coming days within need go before the full senate
Carbon Dioxide Levels Hit a Dangerous Milestone
"Scientists say the annual peak of carbon dioxide in the air has reached a dangerous milestone. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the average carbon dioxide level for May was 419.1 parts per million. That's 50% higher than when the industrial Age began. And the 10 Year rate of increase has also set a new record coming out of ice age. It took 6000 years for carbon dioxide levels to jump about 80 parts per million. They've already risen that much since 1979 Princeton University climate scientists might Glop, Mannheimer says the world is approaching a point where exceeding the Paris targets and entering a climate danger zone becomes almost inevitable. I'm
Drought-Stricken Nevada Enacts Ban on 'Non-Functional' Grass
"Drought stricken Nevada enacts a ban on non functional grass. Nevada will be the first state to enact a permanent ban on certain categories of grass Governor Steve Cecil Act signed legislation Friday that will outlaw about 31% of the grass and the Las Vegas area. Beginning in 2027. The band applies to so called non functional turf. Including grass and office parks in street medians added entrances to housing developments. A drought is drying up the Colorado River that serves as the region's primary water source. Lake Mead and Lake Powell. The two reservoirs store in Colorado River water are both projected to shrink to levels this year that would trigger the region's first ever official shortage declaration, triggering reductions to water allocated to Nevada and Arizona. I'm Mike
How Extreme Heat Can Ground Hot Air Balloons
"Each year people traveled a hot air balloon festivals to see giant colorful balloons floating up into the sky. Some people even take a ride just being in the air in a balloon is so different than anything else. It's just very peaceful. Jason jones with the balloon federation of america and he owns a ballooning company near kansas city. He says the basic science behind ballooning is simple. Warmer air is less dense than cooler air. So it rises. It's literally just heating the inside air of the balloon hotter than the ambient temperature to get the balloon to lift so on warmer days. The air inside. The balloon has to be heated. Even more that means running. The balloon's burner. More and on an already hot day the heat it throws off can make passengers uncomfortable and when it's really hot out the he needed to take off and fly can even damage the balloon. We start to cancel flights if we believe it's going to be ninety five degrees or hotter at flight time two years ago a heatwave forced all the balloons to stay grounded during a michigan festival and as the climate warms extreme heat is growing more common in many regions so there could be more hot days when balloons must stay deflated on the ground instead of rising skyward
Drinking Water out of Thin Air
"So rob welcome. You're the chief. Revenue officer of source global. Which is created the world's first renewable drinking water system water. Something we clearly all need to survive. So how should we think about the problem of accessible. Clean drinking water. Thanks alex and nick. It's nice to be with you the way that we think about the problem i think is first recognizing drinking water is not a problem to pay for that instead. He's like Melvin when we look at the problem we really look at where the existing models which are affectively remini era technologies that access clean drinking water distributed to pay big cities. Where isn't that working effectively. And so i believe there's about forty percent of people in the world about two point one billion who don't have access to clean water where i live and is a significant todd of that about eight hundred million died have even access to basic water. Many any type of water within a thirty minute commute from where i live and in astrology. I you look at one million households in australia. The not so by utilities that leave on fobs that let remind communities. That's the basis of the wash problem compounded on that is actually the impact. That problem has on the people so outcomes beyond just water but looking at things like gender women and girls spend two hundred million hours every day collecting water from their families. Health statistics employment statistics education statistics in rural and remote areas like hugely limited by that fundamental water constraint. And then you've got the environmental problems that stemmed from that they they have a trillion single use. Plastic bottles of water used every year. It's a billion dollar market in australia. That's growing at a at a high right. And so that's effectively the types of water problems that that were set out to solve.
Brazil’s Amazon Deforestation Reaches Record Level for May
"Says deforestation in the Amazon region increased by 40% in the year to me, 1180 square kilometres of rainforest were lost. Meanwhile, a separate report is warning that illegal logging is set to get worse. As the Amazon enters the dry season. I got more details from our Americas editor Candice Pet Well, this is the third consecutive months of these record figures of deforestation in the Amazon is really raising serious questions about President Jair Bolsonaro's commitments to fighting deforestation. Environmentalists argue that the deforestation levels have been increasing because his policies and his environment minister have been slowly dismantling the legal protection measures. That police and control deforestation in the Amazon. The minister himself is under investigation by prosecutors for alleged involvement in the export of illegal would, for example, to be sold to the European Union and the United States. The Environment Ministry is also frozen funding to the environmental policing body and frozen their normal ability to patrol and monitor deforestation. President Bolsonaro has promised to eradicate illegal deforestation in the Amazon by 2030. Is that even realistic? Well, it's certainly contradicts a lot of what he's been saying. So far since he got into office in 2019. He's repeatedly advocated to develop Mentalist policy for the Amazon has argued the region needs economic development, not protection as some kind of giant reserve as he puts it. So these latest statements have been seen with great skepticism in Brazil. A by his opponents. There's been
Prescribed Burning in Numbat Habitat Under Fire
"Scientists have been worried about numbers and the continuing use of prescribed fire on the landscape. So they've written to the premier of western australia. This is professor kingsley. Dixon at curtin university the letter that we wrote as the lewin group which is essentially the winning with group the western version. It's got very distinguished. People lot professor fiona stanley which we all know trying to the year was deepen. Gripe concerns over what happened in march of the deliberate burning through prescribed burning of one of the two k. locations for one of the world's threaten mammals at the number and what's happened to the number that number were widespread from eastern strive to western australia. We were the last best in they win. Extinct years ago newsouth wild. You've just had the first animals repatriated from the colonies here. But what happened to the number now is it's hanging on for grim death in the few last areas why we've cleared old thirty percent of the west. We have introduced foxes and cats with altered the ecosystem in nineteen sixty seven. They started a process of intensive burning by twenty seventeen that has been enhanced to where we now burn more than two hundred thousand of the remnant vegetation. Its target driven. And that's what let letter to the premier saying scientists the particular value of just a target burning wilderness burning remote from infrastructure and human lives and properties does not make sense and we were tragically told by the department. There are no extinctions happening as a result of prescribed any. We don't want to wait for that. But the number and the comfort guys tion of that and which was an aerial incendiary at high intensity so the whole area had to go out within two to three hours walls catastrophic. we've also through. Some very detailed spatial would looked at the intensity and we now have about two thirds of the area reduced to be number that's rely on fallen old hollows. That's their home and the wonderful to live in them. We're still yet to detect earning number but the local up bill lamb. Who has none bets on. His property has known bats. An estimated between fifteen sixty animals went up
Biden Suspends Drilling Leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
"Biden is suspending all oil and gas leases issued for the arctic national wildlife refuge. I remember when the trump administration auction these off at the very end of his term. What what happened to them right. That was back in january right. Before the administration left office it auctioned off nine leases that would allow whoever owned them to drill for oil and gas on specific tracks of national wildlife refuge in alaska But on tuesday the biden administration that it would suspend all of those in review them to decide whether they should be allowed to proceed and biden said during the campaign that he opposes drilling in anwar the wildlife refuge in alaska but these leases were awarded as part of a program approved by congress back in two thousand seventeen so he can't just cancelled them because the companies the hold them could sue the administration if he did that so the suspension is just a temporary measure in the interior department will need to find some kind of legal or environmental reason why these leases shouldn't be allowed to proceed or else reinstate them at some point so we're not going to have an immediate halt to all the drilling right. There hasn't been drilling happening. They're they're more for exploration at this stage So it's not all teen in any actual equipment happening there but it would delay and hold any plans that any company had to develop their
Court Rules Shell Needs to Do More to Cut Carbon Emissions
"The first time in history a judge has ordered large polluter to reduce co two. That's the plaintiff in a lawsuit against royal dutch. Shell after a dutch court ordered the oil company to cut its carbon emissions forty five percent by twenty thirty shell says it will appeal the decision and has already working to reduce emissions but for climate activists outside the courthouse and across the world. The decision alone a victory. I'm npr. Chief meteorologist paul. Our and today on climate cast. What does a court ruling in. The netherlands mean for companies and similar lawsuits in the us maggie pillow. So is an attorney with vincent and elkins. She focuses on climate change risk management and environmental litigation. Hi maggie welcome back to climate cast. Hi paul thanks for having me. Back so maggie. This looks the first time. A company has been legally required to align its policies with the paris. climate accord's how big is this ruling. Think this ruling is significant because the company in question here shell actually has its own very significant climate policies including a goal to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by twenty fifty and we have a court stepping in and saying. You're not going far enough fast enough when you need to be doing more. What's what's the impact or the message to other fossil fuel producers here and to investors. So i think the big thing for producers to be thinking about is that the conversation about climate and climate strategy is something that's going to be happening on many fronts and it the legal system in legal challenges are get another lever in that process. You're an attorney mega. That works in this area. When you saw this ruling what what were some of your first thoughts. I frankly was a little bit surprised by the ruling as i said earlier shall has been seen as pretty progressive in the types of climate goals. It has been making and week or two before this ruling came out. Shell actually got over. Eighty eight percent shareholder support for its own transition policy which it had put your vote at its annual meeting
Farmers Are Feeling the Pain as Drought Spreads in the Northwest
"Nicole burg's wheat is so short and sparse. She doesn't think that combine can reach it without eating. Rocks combines don't like dirt and rocks at all like it. They don't like to eat them. They'll get indigestion. Berg is a dry land wheat farmer in the sweeping horse heaven hills of southeast washington state. She puts out one head amid a sea of wheat. See how the we had his curled like that and then you break into it you might have some berries down here but this will be empty all empty. There's no week in inside the we'd head. The berg's aren't the only one suffering. The region is bone dry from near the canadian border. Clear to the edge of nevada and the drought is spreading west over the cascades. Jeff mardi is a drought expert for the washington state department of ecology. He says despite good snowpack it hasn't been this dry since the nineteen twenty s. You know the story of the your gatien haves and have nots. Meaning those folks who Get their water from rivers or storage are probably going to be fine For their your gatien needs but the dry land users and the folks that have cattle that depend on forage on the ranch lands. They may be more challenged looking ahead. Marty says the warming climate mean more rain for the north west but also much less snowpack that melts sooner. That could stress water supplies even more this spring. It's also been windy here. Further drying out the landscape like a blow dryer on the east end of the columbia river gorge cattle rancher. Gary has is having a hard time to recently. Sold seventy mother cows with calves at their sides. To another operator out of wyoming. They had many more good cavs in them and he hated to see them go but he has no grasp to keep them.
Study Blames Climate Change for 37% of the World's Heat Deaths
"A new study blames climate change for some of the world's heat deaths. Here's our Shelly Adler more than one third of the world's heat deaths each year or do directly to global warming. That's according to the latest study to calculate the human cost of climate change. Dozens of researchers who looked at heat deaths in 732 cities around the globe from 1991 to 2018 calculated that Nature climate change found about 35% of heat deaths in the U. S can be blamed on climate change. That's a total of more than 1100 deaths a year in about 200 cities. I'm surely
Biden Administration Wants Agriculture Subsidies to Help Fight Climate Change
"American taxpayers spend lots of money on farmers record forty six billion dollars last year that helps to keep farmers in business when the weather or the markets might otherwise put them under now. The biden administration wants agriculture subsidies to do something new help fight. Climate change can that work frank. Morris of member station k. C. you are looked into it. Farmers have an uneasy relationship with climate change or creates about ten percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in the us. Most farmers hate to admit it's a problem and they certainly don't want to invite new regulations. But those like richard oswald standing just out of the rain in a shed on the missouri farm where he grew up. Clinches is personal and well. We've got a problem with climate and i've been living in the middle of one of the biggest problems missouri had and that's the flooding on the missouri river that's been brought about by climate change oswald in his son firm about two thousand acres on the missouri river weather permitting where we're standing right now. There was five feet of water here in two thousand nineteen flowing water for months and the same thing happened in two thousand eleven.
Where Are We in the Hydrogen Hype Cycle?
"I spent a lot of time thinking about technologies that are in their early days today. But where you can just feel the momentum or in some cases the hype building it's generally pretty unscientific exercise as you can imagine. I mean how do you measure the level of hype around a particular technology but one of my little hacks to make it. At least marginally quantitative is use google trends which lets you track. The volume of google searches over time for particular words or phrases so today's episode is all about hydrogen and particularly green hydrogen. So here's what google trends has to tell us the hype around the term green hydrogen really only started to build in late twenty nineteen early twenty twenty. So it's pretty recent but it's been on a steady upward trajectory worldwide. Since then but more interesting perhaps is the geography of these searches. Denmark is far and away the country with the most search activity around green hydrogen more than double the next country according to google. The top ten is rounded out with in order nepal united arab emirates australia singapore new zealand oman norway the uk and canada. The us is number twelve in case you are wondering so setting aside nepal for a second. Maybe somebody can explain what's going on and hydrogen in nepal to me but apart from that the list basically makes sense. I think you could basically group. The country's into three categories. The first group is europe and especially northern europe which is home to i think the most early government support for green hydrogen and where the market indeed may actually take off i.
Most Australian Frogs Intolerant of Human Modified Habitats
"How many different species of frog did you studied. Get your results. I studied a title of eighty-seven spacey's she's almost a third of australia's total number folk. Spacey's we've got about two hundred and four here. Yeah just over two hundred forty. And where did you go round new south wales or where else it was actually. Oh based off citizen science data so data from all across australia we had one hundred and twenty six thousand reports of folks from over thirteen. Thousand participants incredible. Did you ask these citizen scientists. Well that's actually pretty simple. Today was get out there. Get out the frog day app. Press record whenever they had a frog calling and then that's it they just send it off to the australian museum. One of us here listens to it and identifies all the folks that are in that recording. And then they send it to an jones to broadcast it. Yes sometimes they do. Yeah so north. Track to tell how much humans affect frogs and sometimes unfortunately interfering with their ecosystems handed you get that sort of information out so it's all about compiling all that information that we had and then looking at a species of frog and asking. Where does this for lack to live relative to all the environment that's available to it so if it spending a lot of time near the city's and it actually it's range covers all the way from cds to farms farce. Then we can say that. It's actually quite tolerant. But if it's range say is in the city but it only really lives in pockets of forest in the city. We can say that it's quite intolerant. And how many of them are threatened with possibly extinction well we found that almost seventy percent and potentially even more were intolerant of human modified environments so quite large percentage of our folks
What Farmers Need to Be Modern, Climate-Friendly and Profitable
"With me today. Is beth ford. The ceo of land-o-lakes a farming cooperative that works across the united states and in dozens of countries around the world. And she's gonna share with us her vision about how to create a better future for farmers. That's both environmentally and economically sustainable. Hi thank you so much for being here face for the invitation. I'm looking forward to the conversation. Let's first talk about the broadband issue. At how big of a problem is this. And how does it affect the farming community. Both as as you said as families and as businesses so the estimates have been that eighteen million americans lack broadband access. Fourteen million are in rural america. Now having said that the broadband. I'm trying to remember what the name of the organization is did a study and they actually say the numbers more like forty two million and the reason is the is inaccurate. So what could happen is let's have a seven eleven and a town in that has wifi or broadband access because they laid a line it would show up on the map though that largely has broadbent and it does not in so it's a significant issue. Think about the education of your children. I know you have three. I have three and they're you know many of them were doing remote schooling will. What's happening on the farm. This is legitimately. what's occurring. Is that the teacher from the town. Is driving paper homework out to the farms to give them the homework so that they can continue to go to school and and that's just one example of many and so this is a major challenge because if we don't have basic wiring we can say we. We need like a nineteen thirties rural electric initiative where we go across the country. And we make this. This should be a right. This should be something that is a basic like mail delivery electrcity. This should not be Just for those who have and the scale of it is estimated to be eighty to one hundred billion dollars to close this gap but the challenge of that is that You get the funding and then how is it implemented
Big Oil Companies Take Some Big Hits on Climate Change
"I'm looking here to list of the biggest corporations based on their market capitalisation what the company is worth overall. Exxon ranks thirty third which is pretty big. It's a big company but it used to be number one. Exxon is worth a fraction of. What some big tech companies are these days in fact. Exxon is worth a lot less than exxon used to be worth. It faces big uncertainties because of climate change and that is the context for a meaningful shareholder. Move a tiny hedge fund managed to place two new directors on exxon's board and maybe more in an attempt to shift exxon's business strategy toward renewable energy. it's one of many oil companies under pressure. So we're gonna discuss this with. Npr's camilla dominance. Good morning. Good morning what happened to exxon well. A brand new hedge fund started last year with the express purpose of putting new members on exxon's board over the intense opposition of exxon's current leadership. This hedge fund argued that one exxon had made bad investments. That's part of the reason why they are not the corporate titan that they used to be like you mentioned they also said fundamentally. The exxon doesn't have a good plan for preparing for a world that tackling climate change and. I'll emphasize here. These are investors making an a financial argument other investors right. They're not saying exxon needs to stop burning oil because it's bad for the planet. This argument is look. The world might stop buying oil because of concerns over climate change so exxon better have something else to sell them. It'd be bad business not to prepare for that. And this tiny fund persuaded enough other shareholders to join them that they actually one at least two of these seats in in this election.
Court Orders Shell to Slash CO2 Emissions in Landmark Climate Ruling
"Royal Dutch Shell. NPR's Jeff Brady explains the district Court in The Hague, where shall is based ruled the oil company must reduce climate warming greenhouse gas emissions 45% by the end of the decade, based on 2019 levels. Sarah Shah, from friends of the Earth International called the decision a massive victory that likely will prompt others to file similar cases. And all hope is really that this bird it will trigger a wave of climate litigation is big polluters to force them to stop extracting and burning fossil fuels. Shell spokesperson says The company already is investing billions in low carbon energy, including electric vehicle charging hydrogen, renewable energy and bio fuels. The company calls the decision disappointing and says it plans to appeal. Jeff Brady NPR news This is NPR
Sustainable Swaps for an Eco-Friendly Summer
"Least you want to get us started with kind of like a home outdoor pick. Yeah this is an interesting one. We have shared by this on our tiktok and instagram. If you want to check out an actual video this one recommendation is actually comes. Thanks to my husband. Who randomly found this product in our local store which is a job along so essentially. This is a fire log made from recycled coffee. Grounds at the brand is called java log and it's full Pine mountain java it's super cooler yengo whiteout vija it burns like the real thing and essentially what it is. It's over sleigh agreement alternative to the fires for the fires. You enjoy i. I am so captivated by faris. I know there are environmental impacts. Right when we're burning staff in terms of carbon dioxide and stuff like that all the chemicals start go into environments but this is just another more green more friendly auction for you. That'll cool yeah. I never really thought. I mean either. I never thought about that. I mean you've seen. I've seen some other lake. Logs made out of differ materially coffee grounds. That's so cool. Yeah again using waste to do something useful with it. I always love products like that. And so would they do. Would they say that. Obviously there fire looks cleaner than horwood and produce as image eighty percent less carbon monoxide. Up to seventy five percent less particular matter you can see more of the nerdy information on their website as well yes and that goes back to what you just mentioned which some people are gonna win their out campaign or if they're in somebody's backyard they feel a little bit guilty about the environmental impacts of fires. But like you just mentioned it looks like this is a way to potentially cut down on some of those carbon emissions and the stuff. It's getting into the air. I know my neighborhood in seattle there of course on next door. Everybody's favorite place right. Not a few people always like angry. Things like who's burning a fire kind of thing so like i think this is a nice example where you could say well verna fire but i also use somebody that was really go friendly. So hey why not.
Cryptocurrency Has Raised Environmental Concerns Local Governments Are Stepping In
"It was big news when he lawn. Mosque said tesla would accept bitcoin as payment for cars but just a few days later he abandoned the policy citing the rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels to run the computers. The general bitcoin similar concerns have us jurisdictions now writing. New rules for so called crypto. Minors meghan my scott ski reports. This video shows the space that bitcoin mining company called block used to occupy in a former plywood mill. Just outside of missoula montana jason von. The former site manager says entering. The building was almost like stepping into a giant erector set and most of its steel and metal. There's just like hundreds of thousands of little blinking light. Someone those lights were on racks and racks of computers. They used to generate the crypto currency. Bitcoin by solving complicated mathematical problems that requires intense amounts of computational power and electricity and hyper wlac grew rapidly to become one of the largest bitcoin mining operations in north america concerns about how much energy it used. Drew the attention of missoula's county commissioners these say at its peak. The data center used as much energy as about a third of all households in the county. They started crafting. New regulations missoula counties sustainability program manager. Diana mineta we thought quite a lot about this not wanting to prohibit this industry in the county but wanting to figure out. How do we make this compatible with. The county is values in the county schools. 'specially the goals related to climate. Change the new. Rules require crypto currency companies to develop or by renewable energy equal to the amount they use jason bond with hyper block says the rules along with a pandemic dip in. Bitcoin value drove his company to bankruptcy. Just as it was preparing to expand its operations by three times