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  • 01.21.21

    Biden Signs Sweeping Orders to Tackle Climate Change and Rollback Trump’s Anti-Environment Legacy

    In the early hours on Wednesday, as the sun was setting on one presidency and rising on another—but long before it would actually peek over the horizon—two men did two very different things. Departing President Donald J. Trump, who four years ago promised to drain the swamp, rescinded an ethics order, clearing the way for […]
  • 01.21.21

    The US Rejoins the Paris Agreement, but Rebuilding Credibility on Climate Action Will Take Time

    On the world stage, the most significant stroke of the pen President Joe Biden used to start rebuilding U.S. climate policy after his inauguration was his formal declaration that the nation would rejoin the 2015 Paris climate agreement.  The climate crisis, he said in his inauguration speech to a global audience, is one of several […]
  • 01.21.21

    Arctic Drilling Ends on Day One as Biden Cancels Keystone XL, Signaling a Larger Shift Away From Fossil Fuels

    American efforts to curb climate change have long avoided measures that would rein in the production of oil and gas, instead relying on reducing consumption of fossil fuels in power plants and automobiles. This dichotomy allowed the nation to catapult into place as the world’s top oil and gas producer, even as domestic greenhouse gas […]

NY Times - Global Warming and Climate Change

  • 01.21.21

    What Will Happen to Your Next Home if Builders Get Their Way?

    A lobby is trying to block building codes that would help fight climate change.
  • 01.21.21

    Biden, in a Burst of Climate Orders, Rejoins the Paris Agreement

    The president also canceled the Keystone XL pipeline and ordered federal agencies to begin the process of reinstating environmental regulations reversed under the Trump administration.
  • 01.20.21

    Northwest’s Salmon Population May Be Running Out of Time

    The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office found that some salmon species are “on the brink of extinction.” Habitat loss, climate change and other factors are to blame, it said.

The Guardian - Keep it in the Ground

  • 01.21.21

    Building a green economy could stop ‘nightmare’ degradation of Amazon

    US scientist Thomas Lovejoy says the rainforest’s rich biodiversity has been undervalued compared to economic activities such as farming and mining

    The Amazon will be transformed into a “highly degraded nightmare” unless a sustainable biodiversity-based economy develops which properly values ecosystem services and products produced by the rainforest, a leading scientist has warned.

    Prof Thomas Lovejoy, the “godfather of biodiversity”, said if agro-industrial economic developments such as cattle farming, palm oil production and mining continue, the rainforest’s hydrological cycle will be “in tatters”, with global weather systems severely disrupted.

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  • 01.21.21

    Biden raises hopes of addressing climate crisis as Cop26 nears

    President has vowed to rejoin Paris agreement, cut fossil fuel reliance, and invest in low-carbon growth

    Joe Biden’s pledges of strong action on the climate crisis have buoyed international hopes that 2021 can be a breakthrough year, resetting the world on a greener path to net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

    Climate experts cheered the inauguration of the new US president, who has vowed to rejoin the Paris agreement, rethink US reliance on fossil fuels, and devote hundreds of billions of dollars in stimulus spending to low-carbon economic growth.

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  • 01.21.21

    Country diary: the power of water in the valley

    St Dominic, Tamar valley: Rainfall may have destroyed the weir, but there are still old methods present to pump water back uphill

    The beat of a hydraulic ram reverberates along the deep ditch, running fast with spring water towards a little tributary originating from beneath Viverdon Down. The water joins other streams along the incised course through steep woods and pastures before meeting the tidal Tamar, more than two miles downstream. Last month’s exceptional run-off along this network of streams contributed to the destruction of the National Trust’s weir, which channelled water along a leat to Morden Mill’s historic water wheel and the more recent hydroelectric plant.

    Hydro-rams used to be common in the dissected hilly countryside. They used the water’s momentum to pump a proportion of the flow uphill to storage tanks or reservoirs, which then gravity-fed farmsteads and field drinking troughs. Mains water supplies gradually ousted these slow, but low-maintenance, machines.

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