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Facing a Health Crisis, Cities Implore Courts to Limit Pollution

The coronavirus is a case study in the limits of federalism. Where the federal government has declined to gather and distribute masks, gloves and ventilators, states and cities have been forced to compete for medical supplies, paying exorbitant prices to secure needed equipment. Where the federal government has been slow to ramp up testing, states andREAD MORE


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This Man Wants to Make You a Tower Climbing Grease Monkey

Neal Gyngard scales 300-foot-tall wind turbines for a living. He loves his job, and he wants you to come along for the ride. Gyngard (far right) with the Flat Top Wind Farm crew in Priddy, Texas. Source: Neal Gyngard Thanks to the coronavirus, we are rapidly heading toward a recession. Lawmakers are scrambling for ways to keep theREAD MORE


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Want to Stop Climate Change? Educate Girls.

Greta Thunberg, who famously missed school to protest climate change, recently met Malala Yousafzai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize fighting to make sure girls could get an education. The photo op quickly went viral. Quipped Yousafzai, “She’s the only friend I’d skip school for.” Behind the banter was a telling truth — the battle to stem climateREAD MORE


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As California Forests Heat Up, Birds Are Flocking to Higher Ground

Forests are critical to slowing climate change because they soak up huge amounts of heat-trapping carbon dioxide. Birds help keep forests healthy by eating insects that spread tree-killing diseases. Birds also scatter seeds that give rise to new trees. If birds leave, the forests could be in trouble. “Without birds, forests would be more vulnerable toREAD MORE


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In Mississippi, the Costs of Coastal Flooding Are Adding Up (VIDEO)

“A lot of people are just selling out and getting out.” Ankle-deep in the overflow of the river that drew her here two decades ago, Calinda Crowe looked across her land, envisioning the future. She didn’t like what she saw. “You wake up to this,” she said, gesturing toward the water submerging everything but the concrete foundationREAD MORE


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It Ain’t Easy Selling Green

For decades, manufacturers sold better living through chemistry. Many consumers are now reluctant to buy into green branding. When Morgan Poor gave birth to her son, she and her husband shopped around for the perfect diaper, hoping to find one that was both effective and environmentally friendly. They tried a few so-called “niche” brands, like SeventhREAD MORE


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Offshore Drilling Has Become a Liability for the GOP

Every year, the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce puts out an advocacy agenda. Much of it reads like Mitch McConnell’s to-do list — cut regulations, lower taxes, rein in the minimum wage — with one notable exception. Coastal businesses are a hard “no” on offshore drilling. “The number one priority for us is protecting our natural resources, our beachREAD MORE


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The Simple, yet Elusive, Key to Fighting the Climate Crisis

A new scientific report finds human behaviors are driving the extinction of non-human species at a rate so severe that the subsequent disappearance of life will soon be a threat to human health and prosperity. Habitat destruction on land, over-fishing in the seas and overconsumption across much of the globe, among other things, now threaten toREAD MORE


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The Killer Argument for a Profoundly Dangerous Climate Fix

The UN Environment Assembly recently considered a proposal to research solar geoengineering, as it’s known, an outlandish scheme to cool the Earth by blanketing the heavens with aerosols — chemicals that would reflect a small measure of sunlight back into space, lowering the average global temperature. The measure failed, not because countries were wary of investigating geoengineering, butREAD MORE


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Cars Are Giving Millions of Children Asthma

Children spend a lot of time outdoors playing tag, shooting hoops or climbing trees. If they live in cities, they might run around near busy roads. Parents always teach their kids to watch out for oncoming cars and never run into the street — but no one tells them not to breathe. Just being outside near traffic canREAD MORE


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How a Few Small Fixes Could Stop Climate Change

When thinking about new ways to tackle climate change, University of Oxford researcher Thom Wetzer first points out how a modest rise in temperature could push the Earth to a tipping point that yields dramatic climate change. A little warming, for example, could cause Arctic permafrost to melt, unleashing enough heat-trapping methane to cook the planet.READ MORE


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Climate Change Is Costing the Air Force Billions

Greg Brudnicki, mayor of Panama City, Florida, has lived in the community for 55 years and said he has never seen a storm like Hurricane Michael. The cyclone barreled through the Florida panhandle in October, flattening beach neighborhoods and piling 20 years’ worth of debris on Panama City alone. Tyndall Air Force Base, located 12 milesREAD MORE


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These Lawyers are Creating an ALEC for Climate Change

For the last forty-odd years, the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, has been a mainstay of the conservative movement and major force in shaping state laws. The organization brings together state lawmakers and corporate leaders to draft business-friendly policies that are then ferried to statehouses around the country. ALEC is a primary reason why Iowa,READ MORE


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Filling Potholes Cuts Pollution

New research shows that fixing roads is a great way to tackle climate change. A crack in a road. Source: Pixabay With Democrats in control of the House of Representatives and Republicans in control of the Senate, Congress is unlikely to produce any significant legislation on divisive issues like climate change. However, lawmakers may tackle the carbon crisisREAD MORE


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Consumers Don’t Know Jack About Electric Cars (VIDEO)

Drivers overestimate the cost and underestimate the benefits of going electric. This article is part of a series about barriers to the widespread adoption of electric cars. The telephone should have been an instant hit. It revolutionized human communication overnight, and yet it took decades to catch on. AT&T president Theodore Vail blamed meager sales onREAD MORE


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Meeting Paris Agreement Targets Would Create 24 Million Jobs Globally

A rapid transition to clean energy would create, not eliminate, jobs. A construction worker. Source: Pexels This month, when diplomats met in Poland to negotiate the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the United States took on the role of the villain. The United States, which plans to formally withdraw from the pact, rejected a landmark scientific reportREAD MORE


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Seed by Seed and Bus By Bus (VIDEO)

Communities across the U.S. are working on climate solutions. Source: Pexels Wildfires, sea level rise, air pollution, asthma — you don’t have to go far to find communities living with climate change impacts. But there are also climate solutions everywhere you look. This summer, the Freedom to Breathe Tour visited communities across the country that are working toREAD MORE


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Climate Change Is Creating an Affordable Housing Crisis in Miami (VIDEO)

“People are being displaced from neighborhoods where they settled years or decades ago.” Miami, Florida. Source: Pixabay Miami ranks among the most valuable real estate markets in the country. Palatial homes astride warm, teal waters sell for millions. But it’s not Miami’s ocean-front neighborhoods where property values are rising fastest. Housing costs are climbing more rapidly in neighborhoodsREAD MORE


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Trees Are Migrating West to Escape Climate Change

Go west, young sapling. Source: Pixabay An individual tree has roots and, of course, it doesn’t move. But trees, as a species, do move over time. They migrate in response to environmental challenges, especially climate change. Surprisingly, they don’t all go to the Poles, where it is cooler. As it turns out, more of them head west,READ MORE


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A Power Boost for Formula E

All-electric race cars are getting faster and lasting longer. The 2018 Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix, July 15, 2018. Source: Nexus Media Cars zipped past at blistering speeds, only slowing to round the hairpin turns etched into the waterfront course in New York City. Spectators lined up at the edge of the roadway, close enough to seeREAD MORE


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Will Climate Change Make the Next World Cup Too Hot to Handle?

Qatar is hosting the first winter edition of the World Cup in 2022. Doha, Qatar. Source: Pixabay After four weeks of fanfare, the 2018 World Cup has come to a close. France’s victory in Sunday’s final marked the end of a summer filled with thrilling victories, surprise defeats, national pride (and disappointment), penalty kick-induced panic and many otherREAD MORE


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Televised Sports Capture Climate Change Along the Course

Scientists used archived footage of the Tour of Flanders to study how trees are responding to warmer weather. Source: Pexels Pieter De Frenne is a big cycling fan who likes to watch coverage of the Tour of Flanders, a one-day bicycle race held every spring in Belgium. He is also the consummate scientist. So it’s not surprisingREAD MORE


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Thanos Revives Centuries-Old Debate About Overpopulation

Spoiler alert: genocide is never the answer. Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. Source: Marvel Studios Internet history was made on Monday as Reddit, one of the most popular websites in the United States, banned half the members of a discussion group dedicated to Thanos, the villain of Avengers: Infinity War. In one fell swoop, some 300,000 users gotREAD MORE


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Heartland Institute Wants to Abolish EPA for 50-State Committee

What could go wrong? Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington, DC. Source: Environmental Protection Agency Yesterday, the Heartland Institute’s environment page— on which materials are typically ordered chronologically with new posts at the top — reposted a policy brief from 2014. The proposal? Replacing the EPA with a “Committee of the Whole of the 50 state environmental protection agencies.”READ MORE


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Water, Water Everywhere, Any Drop to Drink

Next generation solar technology could drive down the cost of scrubbing salt from seawater. Source: Pexels A winter of exceptionally meager snowfall has revived California’s water woes. Snowpack typically supplies the state with much of its water during the spring and summer, but this year, snow is in short supply, spurring Gov. Jerry Brown to instateREAD MORE


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Cosmos Offers Clues to the Fate of Humans on Earth

“Climate change is not our fault. Not doing something about it — that will be our fault.” The Milky Way galaxy, home to Earth’s solar system. Source: Pixabay Astrophysicist Adam Frank sees climate change through a cosmic lens. He believes our present civilization isn’t the first to burn up its resources — and won’t be the last. Moreover, he thinks it’s possibleREAD MORE


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A Holistic Approach to Disaster Recovery

Saving lives means meeting more than basic needs. Haitian women sit on rubble from a collapsed building in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the region on January 12, 2010. Source: U.S. Air Force Jianguo “Jack” Liu believes that all natural disasters bring universal truths with them. By this he means they all carry the potential toREAD MORE


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In a Warming World, Deadly Bacteria Are More Resistant to Antibiotics

As the planet heats up, bacteria are growing more deadly. E. coli bacteria. Source: NIAID Tom Patterson became ill in 2015 while vacationing in Egypt. He was felled by Acinetobacter baumannii, an often deadly bacterium resistant to every antibiotic his doctors tried. Patterson, a University of California San Diego psychiatry professor, should have died, but didn’t. Experimental infusionsREAD MORE


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The World Cup of Climate Change

In the game of tackling climate change, who would be the champion? Source: Pexels The World Cup starts today. Billions of people around the world are expected to tune in to the greatest show on earth. Everyone from economists to an octopus have tried to predict who will win. Germany, Brazil and Spain are early favoritesREAD MORE


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American Geophysical Union Goes Net Zero

AGU is deploying a slate of cutting-edge clean-energy technologies in a dramatic overhaul of its Washington, DC headquarters. Workers install an open staircase in AGU’s headquarters. The staircase will reduce the use of elevator, which consumes a great deal of energy. Source: AGU The American Geophysical Union (AGU), a nonprofit professional scientific organization whose members come fromREAD MORE


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Interfaith Leaders Bless Electric Vehicles (VIDEO)

“Commitment to walking upon the Earth softly means reducing our carbon footprint.” Source: Pixabay On a recent Monday morning, Rabbi Abraham drove to Newark, New Jersey to bless some electric cars. He pulled into the lot behind Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, parked his Chevy Volt beside two Teslas and headed inside. It may sound unusual, butREAD MORE


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Healthcare Starts with a Healthy Environment

A free online tool is helping healthcare providers go green. Source: Pixabay Patients, doctors and nurses at facilities in Escambia County, Florida, know what they’ll get when they turn on any faucet in the buildings — cold water. Yet nobody seems to mind, since the county saves about $14,000 a year by shutting off its hot water. It wasREAD MORE


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Fossil Fuels’ Dirty Secret: Climate Action or Not, Things Look Bad

“There is no walking out from the energy transition.” Source: Pixabay Ten years ago Blockbuster CEO Jim Keyes said he wasn’t worried about digital streaming. “I’ve been frankly confused by this fascination that everybody has with Netflix,” he said. Blockbuster’s head of digital strategy echoed this sentiment, asserting the company was “strategically better positioned than almostREAD MORE


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China’s Global Infrastructure Initiative Could Bring Environmental Catastrophe

An interview with conservation biologist William F. Laurance Source: Pexels Humans are ravaging tropical forests by hunting, logging and building roads, and the threats are mounting by the day. China is planning a series of massive infrastructure projects across four continents, an initiative that conservation biologist William Laurance described as “environmentally, the riskiest venture ever undertaken.” InREAD MORE