Inside Climate News - Today's Climate

  • 07.07.22

    Inside Clean Energy: This Virtual Power Plant Is Trying to Tackle a Housing Crisis and an Energy Crisis All at Once

    Vicken Kasarjian is giddy as he describes a project that aims to address two of Richmond, California’s greatest problems: a lack of affordable housing and unreliable electricity. Kasarjian is the chief operating officer of MCE, a nonprofit electricity provider that serves parts of four Bay Area counties. MCE’s plan is to retrofit about 100 houses […]
  • 07.06.22

    In the US West, Researchers Consider a Four-Legged Tool to Fight Two Foes: Wildfire and Cheatgrass

    Cheatgrass first spread across the U.S. West in the 1800s, carried by settlers and in contaminated seed and straw. The spikey, droopy, almost hairy plant spreads like a weed, chokes out native grasses, and, once dry, lights up like kindling.  It’s now abundant in large swaths of the West, including an estimated one-fifth to one-third […]
  • 07.05.22

    California Released a Bold Climate Plan, but Critics Say It Will Harm Vulnerable Communities and Undermine Its Goals

    A public hearing last month turned into the latest flashpoint between California regulators and a coalition of environmental and social justice activists over how the state should achieve its ambitious climate agenda. In May, the California Air and Resources Board—or CARB—updated its so-called scoping plan, which acts as a blueprint for how the Golden State […]

NY Times - Global Warming and Climate Change

  • 07.07.22

    California Shows Why Fossil Fuels Are So Hard to Quit

    Dozens of state and local budgets depend heavily on tax revenue from oil, gas and coal to fund schools, hospitals and more. Replacing that money is turning out to be a major challenge in the fight against climate change.
  • 07.07.22

    Glacier Tragedy Shows Reach of Europe’s New Heat

    A collapse at the top of one of Italy’s tallest peaks offered the latest evidence of the deadly threat posed by rising temperatures.
  • 07.07.22

    Europe Seeing More Heat Waves Than Other Parts of the World

    A new study confirmed that European heat events are increasing in frequency and cumulative intensity over the last four decades.

The Guardian - Keep it in the Ground

  • 07.07.22

    UK dairy farmers warn of price rises amid chronic staff shortages

    Industry calls for roles to be added to job shortage list as eight in 10 report serious problems finding qualified workers

    Dairy farmers are warning that a chronic shortage of workers is hitting milk production and further fuelling food price inflation, and are calling for urgent action to stop the situation getting worse.

    Eight in 10 farm owners looking for workers said they had received very few or zero applications from people with the right experience or qualifications, in response to a survey by Arla Foods, the UK’s largest dairy co-operative.

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  • 07.07.22

    The bitter fight to stop a 2,000 mile carbon pipeline

    Three pipeline projects are in early stages of planning in Iowa. An alliance of farmers, Indigenous groups and environmentalists wants to stop them

    In August 2021, Sherri Webb found a letter in her mailbox about a new pipeline project. It would be a climate solution, the letter from Summit Carbon Solutions read, capturing planet-warming carbon dioxide and pumping it out of the state to be stored deep underground.

    The letter included an aerial map of Webb’s property and a word that immediately alarmed her: “easement”. To install the pipeline, planned to run underneath close to 2,000 miles of Iowa land, Summit wanted permission to dig underneath her farm, an 80-acre property near Shelby that has been in Webb’s family for over 100 years.

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  • 07.07.22

    A hawk-eye on Centre Court! A day with Wimbledon’s star pigeon-chaser

    Wayne Davis and his hawks have been scaring birds at the tennis championships and Canary Wharf for 15 years. But is his profession now under threat?

    If humans thought like hawks, we would only be thinking of our next kill. If we could see like hawks, we would have eyes the size of tennis balls, scanning the Earth for a rabbit or a slow-moving pigeon. If we could fly like hawks, we would swoop close to the ground, barely skimming buildings in a muscular sprint. If we could live like hawks, there would be no worry or despair, just the pleasurable fatigue of a successful hunt, digestion in a quiet copse, rising hunger and the hunt once again.

    But humans cannot think like hawks, so instead we project on to them our own characteristics. Which is how I come to find myself asking Wayne Davis of the Corby-based firm Avian Environmental Consultants whether he thinks he has a special bond with Rufus, his 15-year-old male Harris’s hawk. The 59-year-old Davis gives a creaky laugh at the thought. “The bond is just food, basically,” he says. “I’m beneficial to him. If he doesn’t actually catch anything, he still gets rewarded with food from me. He’s not coming back to me because he loves me or anything like that. It’s purely food.”

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