Shell Gets Greener, Even as Climate Advocates Say, ‘Go Faster’

Royal Dutch Shell, though still reliant on profits from fossil fuels, is investing more in renewable energy. Critics say the changes have to come quicker.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #great-britain, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #limejump-ltd, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #royal-dutch-shell-plc, #solar-energy, #sonnen-gmbh, #ubitricity-gmbh, #wind-power

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What Is a Megadrought?

Yes, the West is in extreme drought. But for part of the region, conditions have been bad for decades, rivaling periods in the distant past.

#california, #drought, #global-warming, #western-states-us

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Climate Change Batters the West Before Summer Even Begins

Global warming has been fueling disasters in the region for years. Now, an early heat wave and severe drought are threatening lives and leaving water in perilously short supply.

#agriculture-and-farming, #arizona, #california, #colorado, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #hoover-dam, #lake-mead, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #temperature, #water

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How Climate Change Has Battered the West Before Summer Even Begins

Global warming has been fueling disasters in the region for years. Now, an early heat wave and severe drought are threatening lives and leaving water in perilously short supply.

#agriculture-and-farming, #arizona, #california, #colorado, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #hoover-dam, #lake-mead, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #temperature, #water

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Federal Judge Says Biden Cannot Pause New Leases for Drilling on Public Lands

President Biden suspended new oil and gas drilling leases on federal lands. A judge in Louisiana ruled those leases could not be temporarily halted.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #decisions-and-verdicts, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #louisiana, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Texas Power Grid, Strained Last Winter, Now Faces an Early Heat Wave

Regulators have asked residents to start conserving energy after demand hit a June record just one week into the month.

#electric-light-and-power, #electric-reliability-council-of-texas, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #texas, #weather

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Deb Haaland Wants to Restore National Monuments Slashed by Trump

Deb Haaland has advised the president to reinstate former boundaries at Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, and also in a marine area off New England.

#bears-ears-national-monument-utah, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cox-spencer-j-1975, #environment, #global-warming, #grand-staircase-escalante-national-monument-utah, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #native-americans, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #utah

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G7 Nations Take Aggressive Climate Action, But Hold Back on Coal

President Biden pushed climate action after four years in which Donald Trump rejected cooperation with allies. But leaders failed to set an expiration date for burning coal.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coal, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #group-of-seven, #international-energy-agency, #manchin-joe-iii, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Angela Merkel Makes a Low-Key Farewell at the G7 Summit

The German chancellor, known for her commitment to compromise, is eager to revive deal-making on multilateral policy, joining the world’s top democratic leaders one last time. Can she be replaced?

#european-union, #germany, #global-warming, #group-of-eight, #group-of-seven, #group-of-twenty, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government

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Biden Plans to Restore Protections to Tongass National Forest in Alaska

The administration says it will “repeal or replace” the rule that opened up more than half of Tongass National Forest to logging.

#alaska, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #dunleavy-mike-j, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #logging-industry, #murkowski-lisa, #tongass-national-forest-alaska, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilderness-areas

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Biden Must Stop the Line 3 Pipeline in Minnesota

The fight over the pipeline will be, at least for now, where Biden’s climate commitment will be judged.

#alberta-canada, #army-corps-of-engineers, #boston-mass, #canada, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #enbridge-inc, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #indigenous-people, #keystone-pipeline-system, #minnesota, #mississippi-river, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #oregon, #pipelines, #superior-wis, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wisconsin

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Glacier Blood? Watermelon Snow? Whatever It’s Called, Snow Shouldn’t Be So Red.

Researchers are starting to investigate the species that drive alpine algal blooms to better understand their causes and effects.

#algae, #alps-mountains, #french-alps, #frontiers-in-plant-science-journal, #glaciers, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #mountains, #research, #snow-and-snowstorms, #your-feed-science

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For Lease: Windmill Space in the Atlantic Between Long Island and New Jersey

The proposed lease sale is part of the Biden administration’s push to develop 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2030.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-ocean-energy-management-regulation-and-enforcement, #energy-and-power, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #oceans-and-seas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #wind-power

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E.P.A. to Review Rules on Soot Linked to Deaths, Which Trump Declined to Tighten

The Biden administration says it will consider tougher limits on a deadly air pollutant that disproportionately affects low-income and minority communities.

#air-pollution, #american-lung-assn, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #harvard-university, #lungs, #medicine-and-health, #regan-michael-s-1976, #respiratory-diseases, #trump-donald-j

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Our Response to Climate Change Is Missing Something Big, Scientists Say

Yes, planting new trees can help. But intact wild areas are much better. The world needs to treat warming and biodiversity loss as two parts of the same problem, a new report warns.

#biodiversity, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions

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Keystone XL Pipeline Project Is Canceled

The embattled project to carry oil from Canada to Nebraska had been on life support since President Biden’s first day in office and stalled by legal battles for years before that.

#350-org, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #enbridge-inc, #energy-transfer-partners-lp, #global-warming, #indigenous-people, #keystone-pipeline-system, #nebraska, #obama-barack, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #republican-party, #tc-energy-corp, #trump-donald-j

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Collapse of Infrastructure Talks Puts Climate Action at Risk

The chances of pushing climate legislation through Congress, a long shot from the beginning, now appear even more uncertain.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #browner-carol-m, #democratic-party, #energy-efficiency, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #markey-edward-j, #politics-and-government, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Exxon Mobil Defeated by Activist Investor Engine No. 1

The energy giant’s stunning loss was the work of a tiny hedge fund that believes investing for social good is also good for the bottom line.

#blackrock-inc, #boards-of-directors, #engine-no-1-gp-llc, #exxon-mobil-corp, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hedge-funds, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #shareholder-rights-and-activism, #state-street-corporation, #vanguard-group-inc

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Biden Aims to Bolster U.S. Alliances in Europe, but Challenges Loom

The good will President Biden brings on his first trip abroad papers over lingering doubts about U.S. reliability and the cost that Europe will be expected to pay.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cold-war-era, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #europe, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #group-of-seven, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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To Fight Climate Change, Replace Fossil Fuels at Home and Work

To slow global warming, we need to electrify vast parts of our economy and power it with clean energy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #electric-light-and-power, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heating, #home-appliances, #labor-and-jobs, #united-states-economy

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Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere Hits Record High Despite Pandemic Dip

Global emissions dropped last year, but the decline wasn’t nearly enough to halt the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

#carbon-dioxide, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #mauna-loa-volcano-hawaii, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #research, #scripps-institution-of-oceanography

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Line 3 Protest Tests 2 of Biden’s Campaign Pledges

The Line 3 pipeline would carry oil from Canada across Minnesota, crossing sensitive waterways as well as tribal lands. On Monday, protesters gathered to try to stop construction.

#alberta-canada, #army-corps-of-engineers, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #enbridge-inc, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #mccarthy-gina, #minnesota, #native-americans, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #united-states-politics-and-government

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FEMA Disaster Aid Often Widens Racial Disparities

The federal government often gives less help to Black disaster survivors than their white neighbors. That’s a challenge for President Biden, who has vowed to fight both inequality and climate change.

#black-people, #disasters-and-emergencies, #discrimination, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #finances, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #income-inequality, #lake-charles-la, #race-and-ethnicity, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #research, #whites

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Offshore Wind Farms Show What Biden’s Climate Plan Is Up Against

The U.S. has fallen way behind Europe partly because of an old shipping law and opposition from homeowners and fishing groups.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #canada, #dominion-energy, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #merchant-marine-act-of-1920-jones-act, #orsted-as, #ships-and-shipping, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #wind-power

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California Looks at Curbing Construction in Wild Fire-Prone Areas

The state’s insurance regulator endorsed proposals that could reshape the real estate market, the latest sign of climate shocks hitting the economy.

#building-construction, #california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #homeowners-insurance, #insurance, #napa-calif, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #wildfires

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A Million Years of Data Confirms: Monsoons Are Likely to Get Worse

The annual summer monsoon in South Asia begins this month. A new study points to more destructive storms.

#bay-of-bengal, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #india, #indian-ocean, #monsoons, #rain, #research, #science-advances-journal, #south-asia

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The Western Drought Is Bad. Here’s What You Should Know About It.

Answers to questions about the current situation in California and the Western half of the United States.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #drought, #global-warming, #reservoirs, #water, #weather

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The Life and Death of Your Jeans

A new book enters that category known as “fashion horror stories.” Something to consider before you shop.

#bedat-maxine, #books-and-literature, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fashion-and-apparel, #global-warming, #jeans-apparel, #labor-and-jobs, #sustainable-fashion, #sustainable-living, #unraveled-the-life-and-death-of-a-garment-book, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #your-feed-fashion

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Biden Aims to End Arctic Drilling. A Trump-Era Law Could Foil His Plans.

The administration suspended leases that were auctioned in the waning days of the Trump White House. But a 2017 law requires another sale.

#alaska, #arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #drilling-and-boring, #environment, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves

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A 20-Foot Sea Wall? Miami Faces the Hard Choices of Climate Change.

A proposal to construct barriers for storm surge protection has forced South Floridians to reckon with the many environmental challenges they face.

#army-corps-of-engineers, #biscayne-bay-fla, #environment, #floods, #florida, #global-warming, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #miami-fla, #water

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Here Are America’s Top Methane Emitters. Some Will Surprise You.

Oil and gas giants are selling off their most-polluting operations to small private companies. Most manage to escape public scrutiny.

#carbon-dioxide, #conocophillips, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hydraulic-fracturing, #methane, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #private-equity

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The ‘Mean Greens’ Are Forcing Exxon to Clean Up Its Act

Diversifying beyond oil and gas will benefit everyone.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #energy-and-power, #exxon-mobil-corp, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

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Biden Suspends Drilling Leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The decision effectively blocks oil and gas drilling in one of the largest tracts of undeveloped wilderness in the United States.

#arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

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Western States Face Excessive Heat Warnings and Advisories

Temperatures in Northern California could hit 107 on Tuesday and areas across Washington could reach the lower 100s, the National Weather Service said.

#california, #global-warming, #las-vegas-nev, #montana, #national-weather-service, #nevada, #washington-state, #weather, #western-states-us

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More Than a Third of Heat Deaths Are Tied to Climate Change, Study Says

Sweeping new research found that heat-related deaths in warm seasons were boosted by climate change by an average of 37 percent.

#deaths-fatalities, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heatstroke, #income-inequality, #nature-climate-change-journal, #research, #vicedo-cabrera-ana-maria

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Here’s the Arctic Station That Keeps Satellites Connected

The world’s northernmost tracking base, on a Norwegian island, plays a crucial role in supporting research on climate change.

#global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #photography, #your-feed-photojournalism

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Elise Stefanik and the Young Republicans Who Sold Out Their Generation

Elise Stefanik’s rise — and the fall of several young House colleagues — is an omen for a party struggling to reach a 21st-century electorate.

#conservatism-us-politics, #curbelo-carlos-1980, #elections-house-of-representatives, #gaetz-matt, #generation-z, #global-warming, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #millennial-generation, #presidential-election-of-2020, #stefanik-elise, #trump-donald-j, #youth

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Big Setbacks Propel Oil Giants Toward a ‘Tipping Point’

A surprising mix of environmentalists, pension fund managers and big money investors have scored startling victories against oil and coal, opening new battle fronts in the climate fight.

#australia, #energy-and-power, #engine-no-1-gp-llc, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #milieudefensie-nonprofit, #netherlands, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #royal-dutch-shell-plc, #shareholder-rights-and-activism, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states

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Why Biden Isn’t Cracking Down on Fossil Fuels

Environmental activists had high hopes when he entered office, but have found his record mixed.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Flying and Climate: Airlines Under Pressure to Cut Emissions

The airline industry might not be able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for decades because most solutions are not yet viable.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #bioenergy-and-biofuels, #carbon-dioxide, #europe, #european-union, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #kirby-scott-1967, #neste-oyj, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #united-airlines, #united-states

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Biden’s Fossil Fuel Moves Clash With Pledges on Climate Change

Over the past month the Biden administration has defended three significant oil and gas projects, raising concerns among environmentalists that climate policy is being undermined

#alaska, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #conocophillips, #drilling-and-boring, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #national-petroleum-reserve-alaska, #native-americans, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Activists Crashed Exxon’s Board, but Forcing Change Will Be Hard

The tension between climate goals and lifting Exxon Mobil’s profits could make it difficult for activists to make progress.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #boards-of-directors, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #carbon-dioxide, #chevron-corporation, #executives-and-management-theory, #exxon-mobil-corp, #fink-laurence-d, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #stocks-and-bonds, #woods-darren-w-1965

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E.P.A. to Modify Trump-Era Limits on States’ Ability to Oppose Energy Projects

In recent years, states have used the Clean Water Act to block pipelines and other fossil fuel projects. The Trump administration tried to curb that power.

#clean-water-act, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #regan-michael-s-1976, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water-pollution

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Biden Administration Defends Huge Alaska Oil Drilling Project

The administration says the country must pivot away from fossil fuels but backed a project set to produce more than 100,000 barrels of oil each day for 30 years.

#alaska, #alaska-natives, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #conocophillips, #drilling-and-boring, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #national-petroleum-reserve-alaska, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #reserves-natural-resources, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves

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Shell Must Reduce Emissions, Dutch Court Rules

A company spokesman called the decision “disappointing” and said Shell expected to appeal, but the ruling could add pressure on the energy industry to accelerate its move away from fossil fuels.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #milieudefensie-nonprofit, #netherlands, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #royal-dutch-shell-plc

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Exxon Mobil Faces Off Against Activist Investors on Climate Change

The oil company will hold a contested election for four board seats at its annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #engine-no-1-gp-llc, #exxon-mobil-corp, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hedge-funds, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #stocks-and-bonds, #woods-darren-w-1965

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Biden Opens California Coast to Wind Farm Development

The idea of building wind farms along the Pacific coast has long been dismissed as impractical. But the administration says it’s feasible.

#global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions

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Biden Doubles FEMA Program to Prepare for Extreme Weather

At the outset of hurricane and wildfire season, the Biden administration is doubling to $1 billion a fund that helps communities prepare for disasters.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #united-states-politics-and-government

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It’s Crunch Time and Biden’s Climate Gambit Faces Steep Hurdles

He wants to require power companies to replace fossil fuels with clean energy. It’s a broadly popular idea but its path in Congress is perilous.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #barrasso-john, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #carbon-dioxide, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #house-of-representatives, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In the Russian Arctic, the First Stirrings of a Very Cold War

Though the Russian military has little in common with liberal Western politicians or environmental groups like Greenpeace, it is taking ice melt in the Far North seriously.

#arctic-council, #arctic-ocean, #arctic-regions, #defense-and-military-forces, #global-warming, #oceans-and-seas, #russia

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