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  • 09.25.22

    Exxon’s Long-Shot Embrace of Carbon Capture in the Houston Area Just Got Massive Support from Congress

    Imagine a clean energy future, and you might picture giant turbines twisting in the wind, or electric vehicles zipping quietly down the highway. Fossil fuels become relics, or disappear altogether. ExxonMobil has a different vision. In this story of the future, oil refineries continue to distill crude. Fossil fuel-burning power plants churn away, too. Oil […]
  • 09.25.22

    A Plan To Share the Pain of Water Scarcity Divides Farmers in This Rural Nevada Community

    In central Nevada, on the edges of the small town of Eureka, farm fields unfold for miles between the Sulphur Spring Range and Diamond Mountains.  Green crop circles fill up the remote land. Tractors roam slowly across open fields. Black cattle dot dusty playas. This is Diamond Valley, a high-desert basin with 26,000 acres of […]
  • 09.24.22

    Calculating Your Vacation’s Carbon Footprint, One Travel Mode at a Time

    SOLUTIONS A Calculator To Plan Climate Friendly Travel Planning a vacation? A new tool lets you calculate the carbon cost of your trip, taking into consideration distance traveled, mode of transportation and accommodation type.  Created by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, the Travel and Climate tool lets […]

NY Times - Global Warming and Climate Change

  • 09.25.22

    Dodging Blackouts, California Faces New Questions on Its Power Supply

    Extreme heat is testing the way energy is generated, delivered and traded — and raising the prospect of perpetual emergencies.
  • 09.25.22

    Vestigios del pasado emergen del agua en Europa por las olas de calor y la sequía

    Pueblos, barcos nazis y puentes romanos que habían estado sumergidos en el agua han resurgido este año a medida que los ríos y los embalses se secan.
  • 09.24.22

    E.P.A. Will Make Racial Equality a Bigger Factor in Environmental Rules

    The agency is creating an office of environmental justice to address the disproportionate harm that climate change has caused in low-income areas and communities of color.

The Guardian - Keep it in the Ground

  • 09.25.22

    The safeguard mechanism: Australia’s emissions trading scheme in all but name

    From the time it was created, the mechanism has been subject to obfuscation. Labor is about to try and make it work, but it won’t be smooth sailing

    Climate policy can sometimes seem like it is being spoken in a different language. Take the issue of the moment in Australia: the safeguard mechanism.

    For people deeply embedded in the mechanics of how governments plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the safeguard mechanism has become a reasonably familiar subject since it was introduced by the Coalition six years ago – even though the Morrison government and its predecessors didn’t like to talk about it much.

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  • 09.25.22

    Flood gardens to combat drought and biodiversity loss, says Natural England

    Experts say ditching concrete and creating mini wetlands could help water systems cope better with effects of extreme weather

    This year has seen one of the driest summers on record, with most of the country still officially in drought. Millions of people in England are under hosepipe bans because of water shortages, and reservoir and river levels remain low.

    The solution to this? People should flood their gardens and create bogs in order to stop the effects of drought and reverse biodiversity loss, according to the head of Natural England.

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  • 09.25.22

    How birds of prey are exposing a toxic time bomb

    Researchers are finding chemicals that have not been fully tested for their environmental impact in eagles, owls and falcons – a sign of widespread, persistent pollution

    Rui Lourenço first started collecting feathers because they were beautiful. Below the birds’ cliff-side nests in rural Portugal, he would find their shed feathers and bring them back to his ecology lab at the University of Évora. “It was just the typical curiosity of a naturalist,” he says. “Especially the flight feathers, they’re large, they’re soft, they have really interesting patterns.”

    One day, a colleague asked if she could check them for toxic chemicals. As top predators, raptors’ concentration of chemicals is particularly high due to a phenomenon called biomagnification in which concentrations increase as you go up the food chain. This means that monitoring them can help reveal what substances are polluting the natural world. Lourenço now regularly sends feathers for analysis. “They work as an alert system not only for predators, but for the environment and humans,” he says.

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