Inside Climate News - Today's Climate

  • 08.12.20

    On Climate, Kamala Harris Has a Record and Profile for Action

    InsideClimate News

    Joe Biden's pick for vice president recently introduced climate equity legislation into Congress and has advocated for holding fossil fuel companies accountable for climate pollution, though some environmentalists criticize her service as California's attorney general, claiming Harris did not go as far as other state law enforcers in pursuing litigation against the industry. 

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  • 08.12.20

    6 Former EPA Bosses Call for Agency Reset After Election

    Associated Press

    A group of former EPA leaders from both Democratic and Republican administrations unveiled a "road map" intended to guide the next administration, stating that the group was "concerned about the current state of affairs at EPA." Though the statement does not mention Trump directly, it critiques actions taken by his administration's EPA. 

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  • 08.12.20

    A Wildlife Refuge Under Siege at the Border

    High Country News

    During construction of the border wall, the Department of Homeland Security mixed concrete with water pumped from an Arizona aquifer, which the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge relies on to support endangered fish populations. This is one consequence of foregone environmental reviews on the border wall project, High Country News reports. 

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NY Times - Global Warming and Climate Change

  • 08.12.20

    With the Biden-Harris Ticket, Environmental Justice Is a Focus

    Climate change leaders said the choice of Harris signaled that Democrats will try to ensure that communities burdened by pollution would benefit from a transition to clean energy.
  • 08.12.20

    The Story Behind Our Story: Extreme Heat and Inequity

    Also this week, art and science come together in the Alps and a vice-presidential pick
  • 08.11.20

    Concrete, a Centuries-Old Material, Gets a New Recipe

    A building block in most construction projects, concrete is responsible for about 8 percent of global carbon emissions. Several companies are working to create a greener mix.

The Guardian - Keep it in the Ground

  • 08.13.20

    Large blue butterfly flutters in Cotswolds for first time in 150 years

    Painstaking conservation effort to accommodate insect’s complex lifecycle pays off

    The biggest reintroduction to date of the large blue has led to the rare butterfly flying on a Cotswold hillside where it has not been seen for 150 years.

    About 750 butterflies emerged on to Rodborough Common in Gloucestershire this summer after 1,100 larvae were released last autumn following five years of innovative grassland management to create optimum habitat.

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  • 08.13.20

    Moderate Tories join greens to call for fossil fuel car ban by 2030

    Centrists draw up report aimed at bringing the UK in line with official climate advice

    A group of moderate Conservative MPs has joined green groups in calling for the government’s ban on new fossil fuel vehicles to be brought forward by five years to 2030 as part of a plan to ignite a green economic recovery.

    The recently reformed caucus of centrist Conservatives has called on ministers to accelerate the shift to electric vehicles as part of a comprehensive green policy report aimed at bringing the UK in line with the official advice of the government’s climate tsars.

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  • 08.13.20

    Country diary: tiny toads star in their own fast-forward evolution movie

    Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: The action is on the ground, with hundreds of toadlets scurrying along the dark, damp track

    A mild southerly breeze, overcast, rain spitting into the leathery green of the dog-days – toad weather. The old railway line that runs down Wenlock Edge through Northway Wood cuts across the steep scarp slope. On an evening like this it is a quiet place. It hasn’t seen a train since the early sixties and has been used for taking out timber and walking since then, but as an open ride through woods it is a vibrant passageway for wildlife traffic.

    Small white butterflies flickering through seemingly random flight patterns along the edges of the track may be the very localised wood whites, Leptidea sinapis, expanding their range in Shropshire and characteristic of old railway lines and woodland rides. If they are, they are second-brood females looking for tall trefoils and vetch to lay eggs on, and it would be great to see a thriving population of them here. Southern hawker dragonflies zip through 90 degree turns without slowing down; buzzards float in the space between tree canopies; wasps hide under hogweed umbels; robins and wrens call from late-flowering honeysuckle; grey squirrels leap into hazel branches.

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