🎧 The World’s Biggest Problem | On the Media | WNYC Studios

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The messaging behind the Green New Deal; a former insider's look at Facebook's problems; a potential solution; and the godfathers of the modern newspaper column.

At Tuesday's State of the Union, President Trump continued to call for a wall at the southern border. Meanwhile, some Democrats point to the real crisis: climate change. A look at the messaging of urgency and hope around the Green New Deal. And, a former mentor to Mark Zuckerberg lays out his deep criticisms of Facebook. Then, a Facebook employee makes the case for one potential solution. Plus, a new documentary about Pete Hamill and Jimmy Breslin, two New York City reporters, who helped turn column writing into an art form.

1. Kate Aronoff [@KateAronoff], contributing writer with The Intercept, on how Democrats are selling the urgent need to address climate change. Listen.

2. Roger McNamee [@Moonalice], author of Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe, on the damage that Facebook has done. Listen.

3. Andy O'Connell [@facebook], manager of content distribution and algorithm policy at Facebook, on the network's new "Supreme Court" for content moderation.  Listen.

4. Jonathan Alter [@jonathanalter], filmmaker and journalist, on the legacy of two masterful newspaper columnists. Listen.

🎧 The Daily: Promise and Peril of the Green New Deal | New York Times

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The controversial proposal to combat global warming and economic inequality is transforming the political calculus around climate change.

Hopefully a major shift in the game theory will draw us at least to the left of center on this issue so we can get back to potentially reversing the effects of climate change. The sad part is that we likely will need something as drastic as this to make the requisite dent…

🎧 Gillmor Gang: Day Zero | TechCrunch

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Esteban Kolsky, Denis Pombriant, Keith Teare, Gené Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Saturday, February 3, 2018.

An entire episode on water and sustainability.

Without seemingly knowing it they dance around the idea of needing a mixed economy. It’s almost as if they only know about capitalism and competition and there are no other options out there. We need protections (read “regulations” if you’re a Republican) put in by a planning and forward thinking government and then we can use capitalism as the fulcrum to ramp up and accelerate potential solutions when competition will bring them about.

🎧 “The Daily”: A Dispatch From the Center of the Storm | New York Times

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As Hurricane Florence descended on a 300-year-old coastal town, it became clear to residents that this storm would be unlike any other in memory.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: When We Almost Stopped Climate Change | New York Times

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The U.S. had an opportunity to solve the climate crisis in the 1980s. What went wrong?

A great history of climate change over the past 30+ years. Interesting to see a lot of the needle move under Republicans while it’s come to a dead stop now.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: A New Climate Tipping Point | New York Times

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Last week, a long-awaited report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change showed that the worst consequences of global warming would occur even sooner than previously thought. Here’s the story behind the findings.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: The California Wildfires | New York Times

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What was once a seasonal concern has become a persistent, year-round threat across the state.

👓 What 2018 Election Results Mean for California Climate Policy | ColoradoBoulevard.net

Read What 2018 Election Results Mean for California Climate Policy by Ethan Elkind (ColoradoBoulevard.net)
The midterm elections produced some big wins for California (and therefore national) climate policy.

🔖 davidgchristian tweet: We humans have reduced the biomass of life on earth by 50%

Bookmarked a tweet by David Christian (Twitter)

👓 We’re (still) not being alarmist enough about climate change | Anil Dash

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What if we had another 9/11, and nothing happened? Living in New York City, the one fantasy sport that everybody plays is real estate; we all like to imagine what it would be like to be able to afford to buy a place. And sometime over the last year

🎧 Summer Series Episode 1: US Storm Edition | On the Media | WNYC Studios

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This summer we revisit some of our Breaking News Consumer's Handbooks. To mark the ramping up of hurricane season, the first episode in this mini-series is the US Storm Edition.

For media professionals, hurricanes offer the very best kind of bad news because the story arc is predictable and invariably compelling. In this summer series revisiting some of our Breaking News Consumer’s Handbooks, we examine the myths, misleading language, and tired media narratives that clog up news coverage at a time when clarity can be a matter of life and death.

Brooke speaks with Dr. Robert Holmes, National Flood Hazard Coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey; Gina Eosco, a risk communication consultant; and Scott Gabriel Knowles of Drexel University, author of The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risk in Modern America.

👓 We Aren’t Ready For Hurricanes Like Florence | Five Thirty Eight

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Despite Harvey and Rita and Sandy and Katrina and …
A FiveThirtyEight Chat

Hurricane Florence is headed for the Carolinas. What should the country do to prepare for storms that are getting stronger? NOAA / GETTY IMAGES cwick (Chadwick Matlin, features editor): Hello, everyone! We’re here to discuss the tremendously big, tremendously dangerous hurricane headed for the coast of the Carolinas. It has been a relatively quiet season — before Thursday, no named hurricane had made landfall in the contiguous 48 — but Hurricane Florence is piercing the calm. Many other sites have great graphics about Florence and the devastation it will likely cause, so we’re here to talk more about the science of what’s happening — and what governments should do about these destructive hurricanes that keep heading for our shores.

First question for you all: What about Florence is most striking for you?

👓 GOP lawmaker says rocks falling into ocean to blame for rising sea levels | TheHill

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A Republican lawmaker on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee said Thursday that rocks from the White Cliffs of Dover and the California coastline, as well as silt from rivers tumbling into the ocean, are contributing to high sea levels globally. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) made the comment during a hearing on technology and the changing climate, which largely turned into a Q&A on the basics of climate research.

The headline was just so sadly painful to me that I couldn’t resist reading. Unfortunately, reading didn’t help things…

👓 Climate Change Is Messing With Your Dinner | Bloomberg

Read Climate Change Is Messing With Your Dinner by Agnieszka de Sousa and Hayley Warren (Bloomberg.com)
The future of food looks like lots of lobsters, Polish chardonnay and California coffee.

This is a difficult story to tell, though the timelapse imagery here is relatively useful. If one had some extra money lying around, it certainly indicates which crops one could be shorting in the markets over the next few decades.

I can imagine Jeremy Cherfas doing something interesting and more personalizing with this type of story via his fantastic interviews on Eat This Podcast.

h/t Jorge Spinoza

👓 Small Businesses Cheer ‘New Sheriff in Town’ After Climate Pact Exit | New York Times

Read Small Businesses Cheer ‘New Sheriff in Town’ After Climate Pact Exit by Landon Thomas, Jr. (New York Times)
Local firms’ leaders around the country remain widely supportive of President Trump, even as some chief executives of big corporations pull away.

This may be the definition of mediocre reporting, and possibly worse because it was one of the biggest stories of the week. It’s nice to have a story telling us what the other parts of the country are feeling. What they’re completely missing here is “WHY do these people who really have no experience with the science think this is the correct direction?” Other than repeating sound bites they’ve heard (most likely politicians say) on television, what are their reasons for cheering? They need to be prodded several questions deep to find the real underlying reasons.

I suspect that most small businesses don’t have very solid reasons, if any at all, for their cheering.

Addendum: Even worse, I heard the head of the EPA reference this particular article to support his own arguments on Meet the Press this morning. Because of this it would have been even better if the underlying reason for their joy was covered.