Inside Climate News - Today's Climate

  • 08.04.21

    US Forest Fires Threaten Carbon Offsets as Company-Linked Trees Burn

    Forests in the United States that generate the carbon offsets bought by companies including BP and Microsoft are on fire as summer blazes rage in North America. Corporate net-zero emission pledges rely on such projects to compensate for the carbon dioxide generated by companies that are unable to make sufficient cuts to their actual emissions. […]
  • 08.04.21

    FEMA Knows a Lot About Climate-Driven Flooding. But It’s Not Pushing Homeowners Hard Enough to Buy Insurance

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been collecting a lot of information about flood risks across America, including the increased risk of flooding linked to climate change. But the agency has not effectively used that new knowledge to persuade more Americans to buy flood insurance, according to a new report from the General Accountability […]
  • 08.03.21

    Despite One Big Dissent, Minnesota Utilities Approve of Coal Plant Sale. But Obstacles Remain

    A plan to sell, rather than close, the largest power plant in North Dakota has received approval from the boards of cooperative utilities across rural and suburban Minnesota. Of the 28 utilities, only one voted against the proposal last week, but it was the largest of the group, Connexus Energy, based in the north suburbs […]

NY Times - Global Warming and Climate Change

  • 08.04.21

    Democrats Seek $500 Billion in Climate Damages From Big Polluting Companies

    Under a draft plan Democrats are circulating, the Treasury Department would tax a handful of the biggest emitters of planet-warming pollution to pay for climate change.
  • 08.04.21

    How Liberalism Can Succeed

    The “better” in Biden’s “Build Back Better” slogan is vital for success.
  • 08.04.21

    Southwest Wildfires Endanger Saguaros

    Fires accelerated by climate change, along with invasive plants and urban sprawl, threaten the saguaros, a keystone species of the Sonoran Desert and a celebrated symbol of the Southwest.

The Guardian - Keep it in the Ground

  • 08.04.21

    Scottish forests could save red squirrel from extinction

    Researchers found 20 areas where the mammal would survive even if grey squirrels colonised all of Britain

    Twenty forest strongholds in Scotland would save the red squirrel from extinction even if grey squirrels were to colonise the whole of Britain, according to research.

    Since their introduction from North America by Victorian enthusiasts, grey squirrels have pushed red squirrels out of much of the country, with reds outcompeted by the bigger greys and also succumbing to the squirrelpox virus carried by the non-native squirrel.

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  • 08.04.21

    Repairing and reusing household goods could create thousands of green jobs across the UK

    The Green Alliance thinktank found more than 450,000 jobs could be created by minimising waste

    Reusing and repairing household goods, from washing machines to phones, and recycling throwaway consumer items such as plastic bottles, could create hundreds of thousands of green jobs across the UK, a thinktank has found.

    The UK creates thousands of tonnes of unnecessary waste each year, some of which is still exported, because of a failure to value resources and invest in the infrastructure needed to re-purpose manufactured goods.

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  • 08.04.21

    Country diary: fill your nose with the cornucopia of July scents

    Wolsingham, Weardale, North Pennines: Smell can be so specific – the fragrance of meadowsweet blossom reminds me of my late aunt Pat

    The hottest day of summer so far, in an exceptionally fine week for haymaking. Long windrows of mown grass pattern the meadow, shimmering in the heat haze, and the still, humid air is saturated with the fragrance of drying hay. A day to celebrate one’s sense of smell, especially now, when its loss is recognised as an early symptom of Covid. We take deep, reassuring breaths.

    Fifty years ago, when I was a botany undergraduate, a lecturer taught me that a nose well-attuned to the odours of plant species could be a valuable asset. Compare crushed hedge woundwort (nauseating) with marsh woundwort (pleasantly fruity), he advised, and their identity will never be in doubt again.

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