April 6, 2021

Projected Surge of Lightning Spells More Wildfire Trouble for the Arctic

With the Arctic warming at up to three times the pace of the global average, more lightning storms will invade the High North in a vicious circle that speeds up warming further, a new study found. The increased lightning strikes will ignite wildfires that release carbon dioxide and accelerate the transition of flat mossy tundra to brush and forest landscapes that absorb more solar heat energy, researchers warn.

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Want to Buy a Climate-Friendly Refrigerator? Leading Manufacturers Are Finally Providing the Information You Need

Last month, one of our reporters tried to buy a climate-friendly refrigerator but instead got a carbon bomb. Climate-friendly refrigerators are increasingly available but it’s been nearly impossible to identify them from fridges that use HFCs—potent greenhouse gases. Now, the Environmental Protection Agency and leading manufacturers are making it easier to tell which is which.

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A Top U.S. Seller of Carbon Offsets Starts Investigating Its Own Projects

The Nature Conservancy, a major environmental nonprofit and a top U.S. seller of carbon offset credits, is conducting an internal review of its offset portfolio following concerns that the projects aren’t actually helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as intended, Bloomberg reports. The nonprofit has helped develop dozens of projects that generate credits for financial firms like BlackRock and JPMorgan Chase.

Bloomberg

April 5, 2021

After Hurricane Harvey, a Heated Debate Over Flood Control Funds in Texas’ Harris County

Many on Houston’s heavily Latino East Side who are still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Harvey feel let down after county officials revealed a budget shortfall in relief funding. At a county commissioners’ meeting last week, residents complained that the funding map looked the same as always, with affluent white communities receiving far more funding than communities of color.

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April 2, 2021

A North Dakota Town Is Evacuated as Governor Declares a Statewide Emergency Due to Wildfires

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum declared a statewide emergency Thursday as wildfires led to the evacuation of Medora, a small town of about 130 people near the state’s Montana border. North Dakota officials have received reports of more than 140 wildfires this year, with over 30,000 acres burned in total. That’s a big difference from the 9,205 acres that burned across the state during all of last year.

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Big Meat and Dairy Companies Have Spent Millions Lobbying Against Climate Action, a New Study Finds

Top U.S. meat and dairy companies, along with livestock and agricultural lobbying groups, have spent millions campaigning against climate action and sowing doubt about the links between animal agriculture and climate change, according to new research. The study also said that the biggest global meat and dairy companies aren’t doing enough to curb their greenhouse gas emissions.

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