These Wetlands Helped Stop Flooding From Sandy. Now a BJ’s May Move In.

A group of Staten Island residents concerned about climate change is challenging the project.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #bjs-wholesale-club-inc, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #environmental-conservation-department-nys, #floods, #hurricane-sandy-2012, #land-use-policies, #mariners-harbor-staten-island-ny, #oddo-james-s, #rose-deborah-l-1951, #wetlands, #zoning

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Biden Pledges Ambitious Climate Action. Here’s What He Could Actually Do.

If elected, Joe Biden and his allies are preparing to pass climate change legislation, piece by piece — knowing full well that the candidate’s $2 trillion plan would be a tough sell.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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White House Releases New Plan for Seismic Tests in Arctic Refuge

The survey would bring heavy trucks looking for signs of oil reserves into one of the most remote and pristine parts of the United States.

#alaska, #arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #arctic-regions, #drilling-and-boring, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #polar-bears, #wilderness-areas

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Acorn Woodpeckers Fight Long Bloody Territorial Wars

More than 40 of the birds, in coalitions of three or four, may fight for days over oak trees in which to store their acorns.

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#behaviorsociety, #environment, #the-sciences

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Fix, or Toss? The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Gains Ground

Both Republicans and Democrats are pursuing laws to make it easier for people to fix cellphones, cars, even hospital ventilators. In Europe, the movement is further along.

#apple-inc, #consumer-protection, #deerecompany, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #home-appliances, #law-and-legislation

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Europe Moves to Protect Nature, but Faces Criticism Over Subsidizing Farms

The proposal would protect 30 percent of the continent’s land and water by 2030.

#agriculture-and-farming, #biodiversity, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #land-use-policies, #united-nations-convention-on-biological-diversity

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A Debate Pledge to ‘Transition’ From Oil Puts Climate at Center of Campaign Finale

Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s debate statement that he would “transition” the country away from oil gave President Trump an opening and thrust climate change center stage.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #debates-political, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Climate Portion of Final Trump-Biden Debate Revolved Around Ending Oil, Wind ‘Fumes’

One of the most substantive debate exchanges on the topic to date highlighted stark differences between the candidates

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#climate, #environment, #sustainability

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U.S. Cities’ Actions Fall Short of Lofty Climate Goals

Only 45 of the 100 largest municipalities have set clear targets for reducing emissions, but most are falling behind on them

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#climate, #environment, #sustainability

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The World Needs to Ramp Up Solutions for Greener Cooling

A proliferation in traditional air conditioning meant to protect people from intense heat could also exacerbate warming

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#environment, #sustainability

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Restoring Seagrass Brings Barren Bays To Life

Seeding empty bottom mud with marine grasses has brought back fish, shellfish, and cleaned the water

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#environment, #sustainability

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Belching Cows and Endless Feedlots: Fixing Cattle’s Climate Issues

The United States is home to 95 million cattle, and changing what they eat could have a significant effect on emissions of greenhouse gases like methane that are warming the world.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cattle, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #livestock, #meat, #methane, #texas, #your-feed-photojournalism

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River Ecosystem Restoration Can Mean Just Add Water

Planners returned water to Arizona’s Santa Cruz River’s dry bed in 2019, and various species began showing up the same day.

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#biology, #conservation, #earth, #environment, #policyethics, #sustainability, #the-sciences

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We Must Mobilize to Avert a Lonely Earth

The United States needs to repair the environmental damage that the Trump administration has wrought, both within the U.S. and across the world

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#environment, #sustainability

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Humans Make Wild Animals Less Wary

From mammals to mollusks, animals living among humans lose their anti-predator behaviors.

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#conservation, #environment, #evolution, #policyethics, #sustainability, #the-sciences

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By Calling Climate Change ‘Controversial,’ Barrett Created Controversy

Judge Amy Coney Barrett refused to answer numerous questions, but it was her avoidance of acknowledging climate change that particularly resonated.

#barrett-amy-coney, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #harris-kamala-d, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #thunberg-greta, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why a Historic Emissions Drop from COVID Is No Cause to Celebrate

The greenhouse gas reductions highlight the difficult road ahead to substantially limit global warming

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#environment, #health, #sustainability

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Restoring Farmland Could Drastically Slow Extinctions, Fight Climate Change

Returning strategic parts of the world’s farmlands to nature could help mitigate both climate change and biodiversity loss, a new study found.

#agriculture-and-farming, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #united-nations-convention-on-biological-diversity, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

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Under Trump, Criminal Prosecutions for Pollution Dropped Sharply

A new report finds an “alarming” drop in prosecutions over violations of the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, fundamental environmental laws.

#clean-water-act, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #fines-penalties, #justice-department, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Natural Disasters May Push Global Finances to the Brink

In the past 20 years, 20 climate-fueled disasters have caused damage to countries worth more than 10 percent of their GDP

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#climate, #environment, #natural-disasters, #sustainability

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Fracking Is Trump’s ‘Hail Mary’ Against Biden

President Trump has made fracking a “Hail Mary” attack on Joe Biden in the industrial Midwest, but three weeks before Election Day, it does not seem to be working.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #global-warming, #green-new-deal, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hydraulic-fracturing, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Environmentalists and Dam Operators, at War for Years, Start Making Peace

Facing a climate crisis, environmental groups and industry agree to work together to bolster hydropower while reducing harm from dams.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #american-rivers, #energy-and-power, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hydroelectric-power, #national-hydropower-assn, #natural-resources-defense-council, #nature-conservancy

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Florida Sees Signals of a Climate-Driven Housing Crisis

Home sales in areas most vulnerable to sea-level rise began falling around 2013, researchers found. Now, prices are following a similar downward path.

#environment, #florida, #florida-keys, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #miami-dade-county-fla, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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When the U.S. and China Fight, It Is the Environment That Suffers

The Trump administration’s moves to decouple the two economies means less leverage over Beijing’s green policies.

#air-pollution, #carbon-dioxide, #chengdu-china, #coal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #environment, #gansu-province-china, #general-assembly-un, #global-warming, #green-climate-fund, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hong-kong, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #japan, #liu-he-1952, #obama-barack, #outsourcing, #pacific-ocean, #paris-agreement, #pew-research-center, #pollution, #steel-and-iron, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Nobelist Talks CRISPR Uses

New chemistry Nobel Laureate Jennifer Doudna talks about various applications of the gene editing tool CRISPR.

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#biology, #chemistry, #environment, #health, #medicine, #policyethics, #sustainability, #the-sciences

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Would a Green New Deal Add or Kill Jobs?

A shift to renewable energy powered by a carbon tax would create millions of new jobs, but the amount of money it would return to U.S. residents in rebates could vary considerably

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#climate, #environment, #policyethics, #sustainability

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U.S. Wind and Solar Installation Are Smashing Records, But the Trend May Not Last

The renewable boom needs to continue in order to decarbonize the energy grid, but key tax incentives are ending

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#climate, #energy, #environment, #sustainability, #tech

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U.S. Wind and Solar Installations Are Smashing Records, but the Trend May Not Last

The renewable boom needs to continue in order to decarbonize the energy grid, but key tax incentives are ending

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#climate, #energy, #environment, #sustainability, #tech

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Inequality before Birth Contributes to Health Inequality in Adults

Improving newborn health is more essential now than ever

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#environment, #features, #health, #public-health, #sustainability

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Blue Whale Song Timing Reveals Time to Go

Blue whales off the California coast sing at night until it’s time to start migrating when they switch to daytime song.

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#conservation, #earth, #environment, #the-sciences

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Exxon’s Internal Plans Reveal Rising CO2 Emissions

As other oil majors have committed to net-zero emissions goals and invested in renewables, Exxon plans to increase drilling

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#climate, #environment, #sustainability

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New England’s Forests Are Sick. They Need More Tree Doctors.

Climate change is taking a toll on woodlands in the Northeast.

#berkshires-mass, #drought, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #invasive-species, #land-use-policies, #massachusetts, #new-england-states-us, #wildfires

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Judges Tell Trump His Officials Are Serving Illegally. He Does Nothing.

Three high-ranking administration officials have been found by courts to be working in violation of a 1998 law that governs how a president can appoint temporary officials.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bureau-of-land-management, #cuccinelli-kenneth-t-ii, #decisions-and-verdicts, #environment, #federal-lands, #pendley-william-perry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Hotter Days Widen Racial Gap in U.S. Schools, Data Shows

Higher temperatures are linked to worse test scores, but only for Black and Hispanic children. The likely culprit: a lack of air-conditioning.

#black-people, #education-k-12, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #income-inequality, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity

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Sloths Slowly Cavort By Day Now

The disappearance of their predators in a disturbed ecosystem has turned Atlantic forest sloths from night creatures to day adventurers.

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#conservation, #earth, #environment, #sustainability, #the-sciences

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Could the Amazon Save Your Life?

Scientists are looking at the medicinal potential of plants and animals in the region’s vast tropical forests.

#amazon-jungle, #brazil, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #environment

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Can Our Culture Survive Climate Change?

My daughter is named Y’Wara, which means the power that forces water downstream. Like the river, she will have to be strong.

#amazon-jungle, #environment, #global-warming, #guajajara, #indigenous-people, #maranhao-brazil, #women-and-girls

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Fires and Storms Push Demand for Emergency Shelter to a New High

The Red Cross has provided more nights of shelter to Americans this year than at any point on record, a sign of the widening human toll of climate change.

#american-red-cross, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #wildfires

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Denver Wants to Fix a Legacy of Environmental Racism

Historically, trees and city parks in America go to wealthy, white neighborhoods. Now, a program in Colorado’s capital is trying to correct that injustice.

#black-people, #denver-colo, #discrimination, #environment, #global-warming, #hispanic-americans, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #urban-areas

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At the End of the New Pier 26, a Surprise

This environmentally themed project features an unusual design, including soaring walkways that lead to an unexpected destination.

#architecture, #culture-arts, #design, #environment, #hudson-river, #hudson-river-park-manhattan-ny, #hudson-river-park-trust, #olin-partnership-limited, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #pier-26, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #tribeca-manhattan-ny, #wetlands, #wils-madelyn

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Ninety Percent of U.S. Cars Must Be Electric by 2050 to Meet Climate Goals

Any move away from gas-powered cars should also be accompanied by efforts to beef up public transportation

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#automotive, #environment, #sustainability

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How a More Conservative Supreme Court Could Impact Environmental Laws

The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett may make the court more skeptical of broad readings of agencies’ regulatory powers

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#environment, #policyethics, #sustainability

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E.P.A. to Promote Lead Testing Rule As Trump Tries to Burnish His Record

The E.P.A. will tout a new rule on testing lead in drinking water as President Trump’s latest environmental achievement, but water experts see only modest improvements at best.

#environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lead, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water-pollution

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Supreme Court Could Give Trump Second Chance at Environmental Rollbacks

Court losses are piling up for President Trump’s environmental deregulation agenda. But a second term in the White House could help them stick.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #presidential-election-of-2020, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Administration to Announce Plan to Open Tongass Forest to Logging

The effort to open the Alaskan wilderness area, the nation’s largest national forest, has been in the works for about two years.

#alaska, #environment, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #logging-industry, #tongass-national-forest-alaska, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilderness-areas

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Ocean Heat Waves Are Directly Linked to Climate Change

The “blob” of hotter ocean water that killed sea lions and other marine life in 2014 and 2015 may become permanent.

#environment, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #oceans-and-seas, #sea-lions, #temperature

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Gavin Newsom’s Trial by Wildfire

Twenty months into his term, California’s governor faces a pandemic and an environmental crisis. He speaks to Kara Swisher about his plan to save the “state of resistance.”

#california, #covid-19, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #environment, #fracking, #newsom-gavin, #pandemic, #wildfires

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California Plans to Ban Sales of New Gas-Powered Cars in 15 Years

The proposal would speed up the state’s efforts to fight global warming at a time when California is being battered by wildfires, heat waves and other consequences of climate change.

#automobiles, #california, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #environment, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #newsom-gavin, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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E.P.A. Rejects Its Own Findings That a Pesticide Harms Childrens’ Brains

The agency’s new assessment directly contradicts federal scientists’ conclusions five years ago that chlorpyrifos can stunt brain development in young children.

#babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #chlorpyrifos, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #pesticides, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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We’ll Have to Learn to Live With Smoke. Here’s Why.

There’s a huge fire debt in the West that must be paid off, experts say, either through controlled burns or out-of-control blazes. Either way, that means smoke.

#air-pollution, #environment, #global-warming, #portland-ore, #respiratory-diseases, #wildfires

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