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  • 04.18.21

    Noxious Neighbors: The EPA Knows Tanks Holding Heavy Fuels Emit Harmful Chemicals. Why Are Americans Still at Risk?

    This article was produced in collaboration with Berkeley Journalism’s Investigative Reporting Program. Brittany Liscord was at her job at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine in 2018 when, out of nowhere, she received a warning from a colleague. It was about the massive petroleum storage tanks near her home. “It came up that I […]
  • 04.17.21

    Chemours Says it Will Dramatically Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Aiming for Net Zero by 2050

    The U.S.-based multinational chemical company Chemours says it will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years on a path to effectively eliminating all emissions by mid-century.   An Inside Climate News assessment finds the company could achieve two-thirds of its near-term emissions reduction goal by curbing the release of just two pollutants at one […]
  • 04.17.21

    Texas Politicians Aim to Penalize Wind and Solar in Response to Outages. Are Renewables Now Strong Enough to Defend Themselves?

    Texas lawmakers are pushing legislation aimed at what they see as the culprit in the massive power outages and more than 100 deaths during February’s winter storm: wind and solar power. The bills would make wind and solar power plant owners pay for replacement power that would be ready if their plants underperformed, along with […]

NY Times - Global Warming and Climate Change

  • 04.18.21

    Despite Tensions, U.S. and China Agree to Work Together on Climate Change

    The two countries said they would treat global warming “with the seriousness and urgency that it demands.”
  • 04.18.21

    Listen to Climate Change Podcasts

    Understanding the climate crisis is tough. Let these audio storytellers help you understand the problems, and potential solutions.
  • 04.17.21

    Biden and Suga Agree US and Japan Will Work Together on 5G

    The subtext of the meeting was responding to China’s influence and its aggressive actions in the Indo-Pacific and beyond, and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga resisted being drawn into a rivalry.

The Guardian - Keep it in the Ground

  • 04.18.21

    The wisdom of water: 12 ways to use blue spaces to improve your health and happiness

    From relaxing baths to seaside swims, water can be a balm in difficult times. Catherine Kelly, the author of a new book on blue spaces, shares her tips

    It was after her mother died that Catherine Kelly learned the healing power of water. Following instincts that she did not yet understand, she moved to live alone by the sea in County Mayo, on the west coast of Ireland, and over the next few years began to heal. “It’s an ebb and flow that water gives us that allows us to connect with ourselves. It’s an allowing,” she says.

    After eight years studying the therapeutic effects of nature, she has written a book called Blue Spaces, packed with ideas about how to make the most of being in or near water. You don’t have to live near the coast to benefit. “There’s being in it, being next to it, thinking about it,” she says. Nor does it matter how much water is available. From raindrops to the ocean, urban fountains to canals and fast-moving rivers, there is a blue space for everyone. And although the phrase “blue space” typically refers to natural waters, Kelly says the possibilities for meaningful connection are the same whether it is the sea or your shower.

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  • 04.18.21

    Supermarket ‘bags for life’ must cost more to cut plastic use, urge campaigners

    UK’s ‘bag for a week’ habit is no green alternative – rather, it has created more problems for the environment

    Green campaigners have urged higher prices for so-called bags for life after dramatic sales increases at some retailers since the ending of sales of single-use plastic carrier bags.

    Marks & Spencer sold six times as many bags for life in 2019 as the year before, up from 13.4m to 82.6m, according to figures from Greenpeace and the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). Iceland tripled its sales, to 107.3m from 34m the previous year.

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  • 04.18.21

    Vodka, toothpaste, yoga mats … the new technology making items out of thin air

    An exhibition at London’s Science Museum shows how far carbon capture research has come

    Tackling climate change may bring unexpected benefits, London’s Science Museum will reveal next month. A special exhibition on carbon capture, the fledgling technology of extracting greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and emissions from factories, will display bottles of vodka, tubes of toothpaste, pens and yoga mats made from carbon drawn out of thin air.

    In addition, the exhibition – Our Future Planet – will showcase prototypes of the gas-harvesting machines that can provide this carbon. They include the Lackner artificial tree which mirrors the actions of living plants by breathing in carbon dioxide and exhaling oxygen. This Heath Robinson-like device – made up of dangling panels of carbon-absorbing material – was built by Klaus Lackner at Arizona State University and will be the first to be displayed in Britain.

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