August 23, 2018

Climate Change Is Making Trees Bigger, but Weaker

Rising global temperatures are leading to longer growing seasons for trees, which helps them grow faster at the same time that heat and air pollution are making wood weaker, according to a new study. That may mean trees break more easily and won't soak up greenhouses gases as well as before.

Air Pollution Is Shortening Your Life

Air pollution is shortening your life expectancy by months or even years, depending on where you live, according to a new study. Worldwide, outdoor air pollution reduces the average life expectancy by a year. The effect is larger in some countries, with an average Egyptian's life span reduced by 1.9 years.

August 22, 2018

How Energy Companies Are Turning the Law Against Protesters

In at least 31 states, lawmakers and governors have proposed recent bills and orders that target protests, particularly opposition to pipelines. Activists say their First Amendment rights are under assault. Nicholas Kusnetz looks at the impact of new laws, the involvement of energy companies and recent arrests.

Chinese Traders Ditch U.S. Coal for Domestic Supply as Tariffs Loom

Some Chinese coal traders are shifting from U.S. imports to domestic supplies to avoid hefty new tariffs, Reuters reports. New U.S. tariffs on $16 billion of goods are expected to start this week, and Beijing, in response, has pledged tariffs on a similar amount of U.S. imports including metals, fuel and coal.

Betting on Utah for Tar Sands Oil?

Utah has long been an afterthought in the country's oil industry, but energy companies are taking a closer look at the state's oil sands. The heavy oil produced from tar sands is one of the most carbon-intensive fuels and a major contributor to climate change.

A Dwindling Catch Has Alaskans Uneasy

Red salmon, a summertime pleasure that feeds residents through the winter and buoys the state economy, has failed to show up this season in many of Alaska's rivers. Some scientists suspect it has to do with warming water temperatures.

August 21, 2018

Activists Have a New Strategy to Block Gas Pipelines: States' Rights

Environmental activists are invoking states' rights as they try to block construction of oil and gas pipelines. In New York, construction of the Constitution Pipeline has stalled, and activists are making similar arguments in Oregon, arguing that states have the power to deny permits for pipelines.

August 20, 2018

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