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Thursday, May 28, 2020
What Michael Moore’s new film gets wrong about renewable energy

What Michael Moore’s new film gets wrong about renewable energy

In the film Planet of the Humans, producer and director Jeff Gibbs and executive producer Michael Moore take aim at renewable energy technologies and the environmental organizations such as 350.org and the Sierra Club that promote them. The film’s premise is that green tech is not so green and that turning to this technology as…
Climate Change Made 2019 The Warmest Year On Record

Climate Change Made 2019 The Warmest Year On Record

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Waggonwaybreen / Waggonway Glacier debouches into Magdalenefjorden in Albert I Land at Spitsbergen / ... [+] Svalbard, Norway. (Photo by: Arterra/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Universal Images Group via Getty Images The annual temperature in 2019 was the highest on record for Europe, the new European State of the Climate 2019 shows. The continent…
A U.S. oil-producing region is leaking twice as much methane as once thought

A U.S. oil-producing region is leaking twice as much methane as...

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Satellite data show that more than twice as much methane is leaking from a vast U.S. oil- and natural gas-producing region than previously estimated. From May 2018 to March 2019, a European Space Agency satellite measured an average of 2.7 teragrams of methane emitted each year from the Permian Basin, which spans more than 160,000…
Another disaster is ready to catch the US unprepared: Drought

Another disaster is ready to catch the US unprepared: Drought

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Enlarge / Dry years are ahead. As the Colorado River slowly dwindles, groundwater resources are depleted, and wells are being dug ever deeper, the specter of drought looms in the US—particularly, but not exclusively, in the arid Southwest. Preparing for gradual changes like these is not sexy or popular. But there is a huge amount…
Climate change made a southwestern U.S. drought one of the worst in 1,200 years

Climate change made a southwestern U.S. drought one of the worst...

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The drought in southwestern North America that lasted from 2000 to 2018 is among the most severe to strike the region in the last 1,200 years, a new study finds. Tree ring–based reconstructions of past climate reveal just one drier 19-year period: a powerful “megadrought” in the late 16th century. The recent drought, researchers say,…
Xbox, PS5 and the climate crisis: Next-gen video games could be worse for the planet

Xbox, PS5 and the climate crisis: Next-gen video games could be...

Cleopatra did not prepare for her empire to be swallowed by the ocean. The Sphinx, an icon of her kingdom, choked on water. The queen of Egypt could only watch on as her great cities drowned. Farmlands became sea beds. Citizens were swept away by the hostile, rising tide. The port of Nekhen sunk into…
The largest Arctic ozone hole ever measured is hovering over the North Pole

The largest Arctic ozone hole ever measured is hovering over the...

A curious confluence of atmospheric events has produced the largest ozone hole ever measured over the Arctic. A powerful polar vortex has trapped especially frigid air in the atmosphere above the North Pole, allowing high-altitude clouds to form in the stratosphere, where the ozone layer also sits. Within those clouds, chlorofluorocarbons and hydrochlorofluorocarbons already high…
These women endured a winter in the high Arctic for citizen science

These women endured a winter in the high Arctic for citizen...

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Hilde Fålun Strøm and Sunniva Sorby are taking citizen science to the extreme. In August, the two women moved into a tiny hunting cabin on the high-Arctic Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. The hut, dubbed Bamsebu, is the only shelter for 140 kilometers. Polar bears prowl the area. It’s not unusual for the winter chill to…
How Hurricane Maria’s heavy rains devastated Puerto Rico’s forests

How Hurricane Maria’s heavy rains devastated Puerto Rico’s forests

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Wind may be the usual suspect for knocking down trees during hurricanes, but a new survey of forest damage in Puerto Rico after back-to-back hurricanes in 2017 highlights the power of a strong downpour. When Hurricane Irma passed off the coast of Puerto Rico on September 6, 2017, the storm brought heavy rains but minimal…
Australia’s wildfires have now been linked to climate change

Australia’s wildfires have now been linked to climate change

Human-caused climate change made southeastern Australia’s devastating wildfires during 2019–2020 at least 30 percent more likely to occur, researchers report in a new study published online March 4. A prolonged heat wave that baked the country in 2019-2020 was the primary factor raising the fire risk, said climate scientist Geert Jan van Oldenborgh, with the…

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