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Biden To Move Quickly On Climate Change, Reversing Trump Rollbacks

Biden To Move Quickly On Climate Change, Reversing Trump Rollbacks

Biden To Move On Climate, Reversing Trump Rollbacks : Inauguration Day: Live Updates President Biden has set his sights on more than 100 Trump administration environmental rollbacks as well as plans to rejoin the international climate accord.President Biden is moving quickly on climate change on his first day in office, saying he plans to sign a sweeping executive order to undo many of the Trump administration's environmental rollbacks. Biden's pledge to rejoin the international Paris climate accord tops his list of immediate steps. Former President Donald Trump announced the U.S....

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Millions Of Homes Are At Risk Of Wildfires, But It's Rarely Disclosed

Millions Of Homes Are At Risk Of Wildfires, But It's Rarely Disclosed

Why Wildfire Risk Isn't Disclosed To Most Homeowners In the West Many homeowners who lost everything in a wildfire had no idea they were at risk. Only two states require disclosing wildfire risk to buyers in the house hunting process.Jennifer Montano watches her two kids' faces as they quietly clamber out of the car in their driveway in Vacaville, Calif. It's been a week since the children were last home, but where their house once stood, there's ash and rubble now. In August, the Montanos' house was destroyed by the LNU Lightning Complex Fire, one of more than 10,000 structures lost in...

October 21, 2020
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The Killer At Home: House Cats Have More Impact On Local Wildlife Than Wild Predators

The Killer At Home: House Cats Have More Impact On Local Wildlife Than Wild Predators

What does an outdoor cat do all day? According to new research, it could be taking a heavy toll on local wildlife. A tracking study of more than 900 house cats shows when they kill small birds and mammals, their impact is concentrated in a small area, having a bigger effect than wild predators do. "Even though it seems like their cat isn't killing that many, it really starts to add up," said Roland Kays, a scientist at North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. (Full disclosure: Kays isn't a cat or dog person but a "ferret person.") Kays and...

April 18, 2020
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Antarctica And Greenland Are Losing Thousands Of Gigatons of Ice — That's A Lot

Antarctica And Greenland Are Losing Thousands Of Gigatons of Ice — That's A Lot

NASA Satellite Details How Fast Polar Ice Is Melting And Raising Sea Levels A new NASA satellite is providing a detailed look at how much polar ice is melting, raising sea levels around the world.As the climate has warmed, Antarctica and Greenland have lost enough ice in the last 16 years to fill Lake Michigan, from a new NASA mission. Put another way, more than 5,000 gigatons of ice has melted (a gigaton equals one billion metric tons or enough to fill 400,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools), which drove up sea levels around the world. The findings show how the massive ice sheets at the far...

April 30, 2020
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