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Carbon Offsets Alone Won't Make Flying Climate-Friendly

Carbon Offsets Alone Won’t Make Flying Climate-Friendly

Jet A-1, a straw-colored, kerosene-based fuel used in most big airplanes, is a difficult substance to replace. It’s packed with energy; per unit of weight, at least 60 times as much as the lithium-ion batteries used to propel electric cars. It’s also terrible for the climate. So as the aviation industry has gradually climbed aboard …

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The Climate Anxiety Discussion Has a Whiteness Problem

The Climate Anxiety Discussion Has a Whiteness Problem

Sarah Jacket Ray has spent her career etching out an academic niche at the intersection of environmental issues and social justice. In the late 2010s, as concern around the climate crisis finally began to swell toward today’s crescendo, Ray, a professor of environmental studies at California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt, turned her focus toward a …

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That Weird Smell in Your House Might Be Mold.  Here's How to Check

That Weird Smell in Your House Might Be Mold. Here’s How to Check

As climate change leads to increased flooding and more severe freezes, added moisture and humidity means that more homes and businesses are susceptible to mold growth. Mold can lead to a host of illnesses, ranging from asthma and upper respiratory tract symptoms to organ damage and cognitive difficulties. Michael Berg, technical director with Eurofins Environment …

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The Supreme Court Is Jeopardizing Federal Climate Action

The Supreme Court Is Jeopardizing Federal Climate Action

Today, in a ruling on a nonexistent plan with nonexistent harms to the people who brought the suit, the Supreme Court took an opportunity to curb the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate power sector carbon emissions. In a summer of big decisions from the US Supreme Court, West Virginia v. Environmental Protection …

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A Warming Climate Takes a Toll on the Vanishing Rio Grande

A Warming Climate Takes a Toll on the Vanishing Rio Grande

Meanwhile invasive Russian olive and tamarisk trees have moved into beneath the canopy, all fire-prone species. Fires in the bosque were once virtually nonexistent; now they routinely break out. In 2017, the Tiffany fire in southern New Mexico roared across the parched landscape, leaving more than 9,000 acres of riparian cottonwood forest a charred ruin. …

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