September 27, 2021

Children Will Experience Three Times as Many Climate Disasters as Their Grandparents, Study Says

If the planet continues to warm at its current pace, the average 6-year-old will live through roughly three times as many climate disasters as their grandparents, a new first-of-its-kind study says. That means today’s children will see twice as many wildfires, 1.7 times as many tropical cyclones, 3.4 times more river floods, 2.5 times more crop failures and 2.3 times as many droughts as people born in 1960.

The Washington Post

The Fires That Raged on This Greek Island Are Out. Now Northern Evia Faces a Long Road to Recovery

Wildfires are not uncommon on Greece’s Evia Island, but this year, during the country’s worst heat wave in 30 years, they swelled to massive proportions. Starting in August, the fires raged for 10 days, burning hundreds of thousands of acres and devouring a third of the island’s pine forests and olive groves. Now that the blazes are out, residents face a long road to recovery.

Inside Climate News

Warming Trends: Katherine Hayhoe Talks About Hope, Potty Training Cows, and Can Woolly Mammoths Really Fight Climate Change?

A startup wants to genetically revive the woolly mammoth, claiming it will benefit the climate, among other things. Some scientists are skeptical. A new study suggests that cows can be easily potty trained, with potential environmental boons. And melting sea ice is isolating a Norwegian polar bear population, leading to a decline in genetic diversity. That and more in this week’s Warming Trends.

Inside Climate News

September 24, 2021

After Ida, Louisiana Struggles to Tally the Environmental Cost. Activists Say Officials Must Do Better

Big hurricanes are big pollution events, especially when they hit fossil fuel hubs, as was the case with Hurricane Ida. The storm unleashed oil and chemical spills and prompted the venting and flaring of hazardous gases, something scientists say will only get worse as the planet warms. It’s especially concerning for the Black, Brown and Indigenous communities often living next to these facilities.

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September 23, 2021

Inside Clean Energy: Natural Gas Prices Are Rising. Here’s Why That Helps the Cleanest (and Dirtiest) Electricity Sources

Natural gas prices have surged, hitting $5 per million BTUs in the United States this month, about double the price of six months ago and the highest September price since 2008. The trend is likely to lead to price hikes across the economy, including in the power sector. So what is causing the unusual spike and which energy sources stand to gain? That and more in the latest Inside Clean Energy.

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