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‘We Need to Hear These Poor Trees Scream’: Unchecked Global Warming Means Big Trouble for Forests

‘We Need to Hear These Poor Trees Scream’: Unchecked Global Warming Means Big Trouble for Forests

Tim Brodribb has been measuring all the different ways global warming kills trees for the past 20 years. With a microphone, he says, you can hear them take their last labored breaths. During blistering heat waves and droughts, air bubbles invade their delicate, watery veins, cracking them open with an audible pop. And special cameras can film the moment their drying leaves split open in a lightning bolt pattern, disrupting photosynthesis.Science, reviewed the last 10 years of research on tree mortality, concluding that forests are in big trouble if global warming  continues at the present...

April 25, 2020
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Inside Clean Energy: A California Utility Announces 770 Megawatts of Battery Storage. That’s a Lot.

Inside Clean Energy: A California Utility Announces 770 Megawatts of Battery Storage. That’s a Lot.

Battery storage is a vital part of a cleaner grid because it helps to fill in the gaps left by the fact that wind and solar are intermittent resources. And, like wind and solar, the growth of battery storage is closely tied to a decrease in its costs.it will work with developers to build seven lithium-ion battery storage projects that add up to an eye-popping 770 megawatts, which is more than all of the battery storage projects commissioned in the country last year and enough to power a small city. The projects each use four-hour battery systems.Sign up forInside the future of...

May 7, 2020
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Inside Clean Energy: A California Utility Announces 770 Megawatts of Battery Storage. That’s a Lot.

Inside Clean Energy: A California Utility Announces 770 Megawatts of Battery Storage. That’s a Lot.

Battery storage is a vital part of a cleaner grid because it helps to fill in the gaps left by the fact that wind and solar are intermittent resources. And, like wind and solar, the growth of battery storage is closely tied to a decrease in its costs.it will work with developers to build seven lithium-ion battery storage projects that add up to an eye-popping 770 megawatts, which is more than all of the battery storage projects commissioned in the country last year and enough to power a small city. The projects each use four-hour battery systems.Sign up forInside the future of...

May 7, 2020
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Biden Names Ocasio-Cortez, Kerry to Lead His Climate Task Force, Bridging Democrats’ Divide

Biden Names Ocasio-Cortez, Kerry to Lead His Climate Task Force, Bridging Democrats’ Divide

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May 13, 2020
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To Mask or Not? The Weighty Symbolism Behind a Simple Choice

To Mask or Not? The Weighty Symbolism Behind a Simple Choice

Sign up forOur stories. Your inbox. Every weekend. nonpartisan digital media and survey research company, recently highlighted this connection in that examined the ties between Covid-19-related safety practices of adults and their climate-change views. "Climate-concerned" respondents said they are worried about climate change and recognized the human role in causing it, while the "climate unconcerned" were those who noted they were "not too concerned" or "not concerned at all" about climate change.to lifting Covid-19 restrictions, with Republican-controlled states largely leading the push...

May 11, 2020
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Hospital Visits Declined After Sulfur Dioxide Reductions from Louisville-Area Coal Plants

Hospital Visits Declined After Sulfur Dioxide Reductions from Louisville-Area Coal Plants

Sign up forInside the future of energy.  the science used to establish federal air pollution regulations that have helped cities like Louisville clean up their historically dirty and deadly air quality.a current energy mix that is 80 percent coal and 19 percent natural gas. Indiana was still reliant on coal for 70 percent of its electricity in 2018, to the U.S. Energy Information Agency.. The study has 15 authors, including researchers from the University of California, Berkeley; Harvard University; University of Texas; and Propeller Health, in San Francisco.Across the country, electricity...

April 13, 2020
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EPA’s ‘Secret Science’ Rule Meets with an Outpouring of Protest on Last Day for Public Comment

EPA’s ‘Secret Science’ Rule Meets with an Outpouring of Protest on Last Day for Public Comment

" rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, 39 top scientific organizations and academic institutions joined together on Monday to warn that if finalized, the regulation would greatly diminish the role of science in decisions affecting the environment and the health of Americans.submitted to the EPA, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest scientific society, and a wide array of other professional groups and universities, strongly opposed the rule, which they said is "not about strengthening science, but about undermining the ability of the...

May 19, 2020
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In Louisiana, Stepping onto Oil and Gas Industry Land May Soon Get You 3 Years or More in Prison

In Louisiana, Stepping onto Oil and Gas Industry Land May Soon Get You 3 Years or More in Prison

sitting on his desk this week, those acts could soon be punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of three years in prison.to trespass on "critical infrastructure," a list expanded two years ago to include oil and gas facilities, amid a fight over an oil pipeline that terminates in St. James. The new bill will expand the list to include flood control infrastructure, and further stiffen the penalties for trespassing to three to 15 years if the parish or state is under an emergency order. Louisiana is under multiple such orders, including one for the storm that just roared across the state,...

June 10, 2020
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For the Sunrise Movement’s D.C. Hub, a Call to Support the Movement for Black Lives

For the Sunrise Movement’s D.C. Hub, a Call to Support the Movement for Black Lives

Sign up forOur stories. Your inbox. Every weekend. , which its website describes as "a 10-year plan to mobilize every aspect of American society to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030, a guaranteed living-wage job for anyone who needs one, and a just transition for both workers and frontline communities."during a November 2018 sit-in at Nancy Pelosi's office when they were joined by Ocasio-Cortez herself. .  . about the threat of climate change and to its consequences. Black communities are more likely to be located near and less likely to have access to or than white communities. in...

June 15, 2020
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Ignoring Scientists’ Advice, Trump’s EPA Rejects Stricter Air Quality Standard

Ignoring Scientists’ Advice, Trump’s EPA Rejects Stricter Air Quality Standard

The proposal to maintain the current standard for PM 2.5—microscopic particles known as fine particulate matter—in the face of alarming new science documenting its potentially deadly health effects, is a win for the fossil fuel industry. It comes amid a frenzy of major decision-making at the Environmental Protection Agency that critics say is designed to secure the Trump administration's pro-industry legacy in the face of an uncertain future. could be summarily reversed by the next Congress if Democrats were to retake the White House and Senate in November's election. It's not clear if the...

April 15, 2020
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