Month: June 2022

Yes, you can save lives by planting trees, a new study says

Yes, you can save lives by planting trees, a new study says

It’s hard not to love trees. They provide us with shade during the scorching heat of summer, help clean the air and water, and improve our physical and mental well-being. Now, a recent study has found that boosting urban greenery — including trees, shrubs, and other plants — could also save tens of thousands of …

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A new coalition is placing a big bet on carbon removal technology

A new coalition is placing a big bet on carbon removal technology

As global emissions continue to rise, the idea that the world will likely overshoot its climate targets is increasingly becoming a reality. In response, a growing contingent of companies have been looking to a technology known as “direct air capture,” or sucking carbon dioxide from the air, to help curb climate change. On Tuesday, this …

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In an era of drought, an obscure water contract is pitting California farmers against each other

In an era of drought, an obscure water contract is pitting California farmers against each other

This summer is not going to be easy for Matt Watkins. The 39-year-old farmer runs a citrus operation in Tulare County, on the southeast side of California’s Central Valley, and he irrigates his trees using water from a federal canal system. Earlier this year, the federal government informed farmers in his area that it would …

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Shareholders win majority support for climate proposals at Exxon, Chevron

Shareholders win majority support for climate proposals at Exxon, Chevron

Exxon and Chevron held their annual meetings for shareholders on Wednesday, where the companies were once again confronted by strong support for resolutions asking them to do more on climate change. This year, climate-related proposals at the two oil majors centered around three main issues: methane emissions, climate risks, and emissions targets. There was no …

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2 new bills aim to reduce plastic pollution in New York state

2 new bills aim to reduce plastic pollution in New York state

As New York state grapples with a plastic pollution crisis, legislators are taking aim at the problem with a new spate of policy proposals. Two bills introduced in the New York state assembly this month would place far-reaching requirements on plastic manufacturers, mandating that they pay for waste management and dramatically increase recycling rates, among …

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Indigenous Maasai in Tanzania face resettlement sites with ‘critical flaws’

Indigenous Maasai in Tanzania face resettlement sites with ‘critical flaws’

Located in the United Republic of Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its beautiful landscape and “Big 5” game — elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, and rhinoceros. Every year, the area’s attractions draw hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world. The park is also home to roughly …

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New study: Climate change will spread toxic mold to Midwest corn

New study: Climate change will spread toxic mold to Midwest corn

Climate change is expanding the reach of aflatoxin, a chemical produced by a gray-green mold that infects corn crops and could threaten widespread damage to the country’s lucrative Corn Belt. According to new research, aflatoxin has been primarily confined to the South. But as hot and dry weather moves northward, fungal infections will move with …

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Think climate action is expensive? Inaction could cost $178 trillion.

Think climate action is expensive? Inaction could cost $178 trillion.

For centuries, fossil fuels have been associated with prosperity, progress, and growth. But more and more economists say that the continued use of coal, oil, and gas is now driving the world in the opposite direction — toward a lower standard of living and a global economic slump. A new report from the consulting firm …

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The mental block preventing people from buying electric vehicles

The mental block preventing people from buying electric vehicles

In some ways, electric vehicles are everywhere these days: With gas prices soaring and climate warnings becoming more urgent, many drivers are searching online for EVs; major car companies like Ford have released electric versions of their classic models; and several states have introduced EV rebates. With all those incentives in place, perhaps it’s a …

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