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Aussie Firefighters Save World's Only Groves Of Prehistoric Wollemi Pines

Thu, 2020/01/16 - 12:30pm

Fire swept through the canyons where the rare trees had outlived the dinosaurs. For days, the smoke was so thick that no one knew whether the careful plan to protect them had worked.

(Image credit: New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service via Reuters)

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Microsoft Pledges To Remove From The Atmosphere All The Carbon It Has Ever Emitted

Thu, 2020/01/16 - 12:25pm

The tech giant, which says it has been "carbon neutral" for years, is vowing to go "carbon negative" — by cutting emissions, planting trees and investing in new carbon removal technology.

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2019 Was The 2nd-Hottest Year On Record, According To NASA And NOAA

Wed, 2020/01/15 - 1:21pm

Last year's data collected by the agencies is the latest confirmation that the Earth is steadily getting hotter. The planet is now almost 1 degree Celsius warmer than it was in the mid-20th century.

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World's Largest Asset Manager BlackRock To Build Around Sustainability In Investments

Tue, 2020/01/14 - 2:14pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Larry Fink — CEO of BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager — about his plan to put climate sustainability at the center of the company's investment strategy.

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World's Largest Asset Manager Puts Climate At The Center Of Its Investment Strategy

Tue, 2020/01/14 - 1:22pm

"We believe that sustainability should be our new standard for investing," BlackRock CEO Larry Fink says. The investment giant's move puts pressure on companies to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

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Racist Housing Practices From The 1930s Linked To Hotter Neighborhoods Today

Tue, 2020/01/14 - 12:38pm

A study of more than 100 cities nationwide shows neighborhoods subjected to discriminatory housing policies nearly a century ago are hotter today than other areas.

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Hopi Look To Tourism, Ranching For Income After Coal Power Plant Closure

Tue, 2020/01/14 - 3:00am

The coal power plant that provided about 80% of the Hopi Nation's budget closed last month. Tribal leaders are now trying to figure out how to replace the revenue, which was their economic lifeline.

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Volcanic Eruption In Philippines Causes Thousands To Flee

Mon, 2020/01/13 - 1:25am

Some 13,000 people were evacuated from the area surrounding Taal Volcano, about 45 miles south of the capital, Manila. Authorities warned that a second explosive eruption could come in hours or days.

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Australian Prime Minister To Launch Inquiry Into Handling Of Wildfires

Sun, 2020/01/12 - 1:22pm

"There are things that I could have handled on the ground much better," the PM said. Many have linked the deadly fires to climate change and blamed conservative Australian governments for inaction.

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Australia's Wildfires Are Releasing Vast Amounts Of Carbon

Sun, 2020/01/12 - 5:00am

The Australian bushfires are emitting huge amounts of climate warming carbon into the atmosphere. Normally, new vegetation that grows back would recapture it, but that may be changing.

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Deadly Storms Sweep Through Southern United States, Leaving At Least 11 Dead

Sat, 2020/01/11 - 4:52pm

Violent thunderstorms got underway in Texas and Oklahoma on Friday, dumping rain and bringing high winds before moving east and northeast. Deaths were reported in five states.

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With Their Land In Flames, Aboriginals Warn Fires Show Deep Problems In Australia

Sat, 2020/01/11 - 6:42am

As massive fires continue to consume Australia, aboriginal elders like Noel Butler say officials need to listen to natives about fire control.

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Australians Debate What To Do About Climate Change

Sat, 2020/01/11 - 5:48am

In the midst of the devastating wildfire season, Australians are still having a hard time finding common ground on what to do about climate change.

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California Reservation's Solar Microgrid Provides Power During Utility Shutoffs

Sat, 2020/01/11 - 5:00am

California utility PG&E continues planned power outages to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires. One Native tribe's solar-powered microgrid is proving to be a lifeline for rural communities.

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How Australian Wildfire Emissions May Impact Global Climate

Fri, 2020/01/10 - 2:13pm

The Australian bushfires have released an enormous amount of climate-warming carbon dioxide emissions. But emissions from wildfires have a complicated effect on the broader global climate.

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Trump Administration Proposes Major Changes To Bedrock Environmental Law

Thu, 2020/01/09 - 8:48am

The move would ease approval for major infrastructure projects. It could mean federal agencies won't need to consider climate impacts of things like pipelines and highways.

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Trump Officials To Overhaul National Environmental Policy Act

Thu, 2020/01/09 - 3:10am

Under expected new rules, federal agencies won't have to consider climate impacts of major infrastructure projects. The move aims to speed the OK for things such as oil and gas pipelines and highways.

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Coastal Towns Worry About Storm Surges Damaging Tourist Sites

Tue, 2020/01/07 - 5:25am

Many of the country's most historic communities are along the coast. And as coastal storms become more powerful, that history is increasingly at risk of being washed away.

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A 3-Decade-Long Water Dispute Heads To The Supreme Court

Tue, 2020/01/07 - 4:07am

Georgia and Florida have been waging a decades-long legal battle over water resources. It's a problem likely to intensify in other areas as the climate warms.

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'Scary Moms' Are Part Of The Citizen War Against Pollution In Pakistan

Mon, 2020/01/06 - 10:59am

Environmental advocates in smog-choked Lahore say the Pakistani government has long downplayed the problem of air pollution. That might be changing.

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