Climate Crisis Weekly Stories September 23

The Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and more than 35 other industry and environmental organizations, including the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in April to set national targets to curb the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in refrigerators, air conditioners, and other appliances.

The EPA delivered today. It’s the first time the federal government has set national limits on HFCs. It’s also the Biden administration’s first concrete regulatory step to tackle emissions since the US’s announcement that it would slash emissions 50% by 2030.

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories August 9

The world’s largest-ever report about climate change was published today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations group of nearly 200 leading climate scientists that looked at more than 14,000 scientific papers. It’s pretty grim – but far from hopeless. There are things we all can and must all do. As US Senator Ed Markey says, “We can’t agonize – we must organize.”

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories August 6

The Edward Hyatt hydroelectric power plant at Lake Oroville, California, was shut down yesterday for the first time since it opened in 1967 because of low water levels due to drought. Lake Oroville is California’s second-largest reservoir.

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories April 22

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The US-hosted Leaders Summit on Climate kicks off today. Keep an eye on these three countries.
  • Los Angeles City Council unanimously approves a Global Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories November 21, 2020

  • How can Americans break through the partisan divide when it comes to talking about the climate crisis?
  • Scientists rank five types of soft drink containers from best to worst for the environment.
  • Small farmers globally are particularly vulnerable to the climate crisis. Here’s the help they’re getting.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories November 14, 2020

  • The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season breaks the record for the number of named storms with 29. Why?
  • We look at three state environmental amendments and initiatives that were passed by voters.
  • What’s regenerative farming, and how could it help reduce climate change? Woody Harrelson tells us.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories November 7, 2020

  • Why would a state that is extremely vulnerable to climate change vote for Donald Trump?
  • Small Island Developing States lead the fight against climate change — and usually suffer the most.
  • The president of the Oakland Firefighters Union talks about what it’s like to face wildfires firsthand.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories October 31, 2020

Just in case you didn’t notice, the US election is next week, on Tuesday, November 3. We at Electrek ran a Climate Crisis Weekly roundup on October 10 with the headline, “Humanity’s future rests on American voters.” Someone on the subreddit r/JoeBiden declared, “Tech website Electrek backs Biden for president.” Our reaction to that? We’ll take it.

And here’s why. Electrek is for electric vehicles, green energy, slowing and eventually reversing climate change, and protecting and renewing the environment. And we’ll hop on whatever e-bus we have to ride in order to get closest to the goal of progressing those things.

So instead of rounding up the week’s climate change stories, we’ve done something different this week. Some of us in the 9to5 network explain — each with a unique perspective, from all over the US (and world) — why we back Joe Biden in the 2020 US presidential election. In short, it’s because he’s the e-bus that gets us closest to our destination. Because we believe, with a passion, in what we write about.

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories October 24, 2020

  • Naturalist and TV presenter Steve Backshall illustrates animals’ evolution due to climate change.
  • Air pollution killed a half-million newborn babies globally in 2019, according to a new report.
  • Young people living in the Arctic Circle describe the climate change they see now in a BBC My World film.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories October 17, 2020

  • Many Americans say they don’t quite understand the “Green New Deal,” so we demystify it here.
  • The percentage of Americans that are alarmed about the climate crisis has doubled in five years.
  • Regardless of how you feel about Greta Thunberg, the documentary I am Greta is a must-watch.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories October 10, 2020

  • The US presidential election is almost here and voting has started. For the earth’s future, it’s everything.
  • Vice President Joe Biden releases the first political ad exclusively about climate change in the US.
  • Prince William and Sir David Attenborough launch the biggest environmental award ever, at $50 million.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories October 3, 2020

  • Greenland’s ice is melting faster than at any time in the past 12,000 years, according to a new study.
  • Sir David Attenborough’s A Life on Our Planet debuts on Sunday to help us better understand climate change.
  • The Environmental Defense Fund launches the Climate Authenticity Meter to evaluate businesses’ climate goals.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories September 26, 2020

  • The biggest climate summit of 2020 took place this week, with more than 350 events.
  • Which countries take climate change the most seriously? The ones who’ve experienced it.
  • What if the US joined the EU and China in making a pledge to fight climate change?
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories September 19, 2020

  • The world’s wildlife population has declined by more than two-thirds in the last 50 years — WWF
  • As much as 80% of the European Union’s electricity could be fossil fuel-free by 2030.
  • Here’s why a new study of sea urchins will provide great insight into the effects of climate change.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories September 5, 2020

  • The UN secretary-general urges G20 nations to ditch coal completely in a climate conference.
  • Planting seagrass needs to play an important part in reducing emissions. Here’s why.
  • Writer Andrew McCormick asks, “The sitting president has no climate plan. Why isn’t that headline news?”
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories August 29, 2020

  • Climate change is causing warmer waters, and it’s making hurricanes more dangerous.
  • Pop-up “corona cycleways” in European cities could result in health benefits of $3 billion a year.
  • What’s in the US Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis report?
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories August 22, 2020

  • The NOAA Weather Prediction Center thinks Death Valley may have broken a global heat record.
  • An environmental science professor describes how climate change affects her students’ mental health.
  • Trump plans to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. These animals would be destroyed.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories August 15, 2020

  • Mauritius suffered a really bad oil spill — and as feared, it’s killing its marine life.
  • Carbon dioxide emissions make oceans more acidic, and that’s not good for marine creatures.
  • Maine’s lobster fishery lost its sustainability certification due to the endangerment of the Right Whale.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories August 8, 2020

  • Most US states are cutting emissions without federal help. Here’s who’s succeeding and failing.
  • A Chilean photographer’s images of Patagonia’s glaciers reveal a starkly different landscape from a century ago.
  • Bill Gates posts a blog on lessons from the pandemic that should guide our response to the climate crisis.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories August 1, 2020

  • Two new groundbreaking, comprehensive studies prove that reducing air pollution saves lives.
  • UN Secretary-General António Guterres has new youth leaders to advise him on climate action.
  • July 29 was International Tiger Day, which highlights the importance of protecting the species.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories July 25, 2020

  • Polar bears live on Arctic sea ice, and it’s melting fast.
  • Many African, Asian, and Latin American countries meet the UN’s sustainable development goals.
  • Oceana launches Ship Speed Watch, an online tool to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories July 18, 2020

  • Influencers such as Greta Thunberg, Joaquin Phoenix, and Greenpeace call for EU leaders to “face the climate emergency.”
  • The fast-food giant Burger King has taken a novel approach to reduce methane emissions.
  • A new study finds that tree planting does not always boost ecosystem carbon stocks.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories July 11, 2020

  • The latest IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has been released, identifying the species most at risk of extinction.
  • Vermont becomes the first state in the US to pass a ban on food waste.
  • Colorado State University raises its 2020 hurricane forecast in July from 19 named storms up to 20.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories July 4, 2020

  • The Plastic Free Foundation launched Plastic Free July in 2011. Here’s how you can make a difference permanently.
  • Think you’re not in a flood zone? Double check with this comprehensive new data website.
  • Three things we can do to improve resilience efforts against rising sea levels — NRDC
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories June 27, 2020

  • The Siberian town of Verkhoyansk set a high-temperature record last Saturday.
  • It was also the warmest month of May on record, with temperatures of 1.1F (0.6C) above the 1981-2010 average.
  • Facebook’s refusal to fact check has thrown the door wide open for climate-change deniers.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories June 20, 2020

  • After a decades-long recovery program, giant tortoises return to their Galápagos island.
  • Florida youths’ climate court case was dismissed, but they will appeal.
  • Pandemics are a result of the destruction of our environment, says the UN, WHO, and WWF.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories June 13, 2020

  • The 2020 Environmental Performance Index is out — who’s No. 1?
  • Here’s a roundup of great reads to learn more about links between racism and the environment.
  • Germany, the largest emitter in Europe, submits its climate plan to the EU.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories June 6, 2020

  • Electrek rounds up commentary from black experts on climate, COVID, and racism in the US.
  • Tropical Storm Amanda batters El Salvador and Guatemala with heavy rain and flooding.
  • New Jersey will become the first state to teach climate change in the K-12 curriculum.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories May 30, 2020

  • Is planting trees enough to slow climate change? No. Here’s why.
  • World health leaders wrote to G20 leaders asking them to address the climate crisis in recovery plans (and they did).
  • Indigenous leaders in Peru and Ecuador are calling for a halt to oil drilling in the Amazon.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories May 23, 2020

  • A new analysis shows that CO2 has dropped 17% due to the pandemic lockdown.
  • NOAA releases its hurricane predictions as Cyclone Amphan bashes India and Bangladesh.
  • Yesterday was the International Day for Biological Diversity. What’s the significance?
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories May 16, 2020

  • NASA science writer Alan Buis explains why sea-level rise is real, even though you can’t see it.
  • Joe Biden names Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and John Kerry as co-chairs of his Climate Task Force.
  • Australian scientists say they have figured out how to make coral heat-resistant.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories May 9, 2020

  • The New York Times compiled a list of all the environmental policies Trump has killed.
  • The League of Conservation Voters board chair on why the 2020 US election is vital for Earth.
  • Montana fossil-fuel leases are set aside by a federal judge because the BLM did no environmental analysis.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories May 2, 2020

  • A new poll found that those who are climate deniers also tend to dismiss coronavirus.
  • Pakistan’s government creates more than 60,000 tree-planting jobs.
  • US presidential candidate Joe Biden discusses the climate crisis with Jay Inslee on his podcast.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories April 25, 2020

  • How did high-profile US politicians acknowledge Earth Day? Their responses are telling.
  • The Florida Aquarium has reproduced coral, which may save the world’s third-largest coral reef.
  • Climate change undercuts improvements in air quality, says the American Lung Association.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories April 18, 2020

  • After its election, South Korea will be the first country in East Asia to pledge to reach net zero.
  • High pressure caused a dramatic melting of Greenland’s ice sheet in the summer of 2019.
  • Don’t want solar panels on your roof? Embed these cool recycled panels in your pavement instead.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories April 11, 2020

  • New studies of our oceans see two potential pathways amid climate change — which will we take?
  • India’s lockdown due to COVID-19 has resulted in some drastic pollution reductions.
  • Bill Gates on the coronavirus and how learnings can help solve climate change.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories April 4, 2020

  • A WHO climate change researcher explains how climate change and the coronavirus are linked.
  • The crucial COP26 in Glasgow has now been postponed to mid-2021 due to the coronavirus.
  • Sir David Attenborough: “The natural world produces the comfort that can come from nothing else.”
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories March 28, 2020

  • Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has suffered its third mass bleaching in five years.
  • The Welsh government will plant a national forest that will span the length and breadth of the country.
  • Vehicle emissions drop in March due to COVID-19, but what happens when driving returns?
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories March 21, 2020

  • Social distancing doesn’t have to be boring — it can also help the planet. Here’s how.
  • Coronavirus masks are clogging up Hong Kong’s beaches and nature trails.
  • It sounds more than a bit odd, but the coronavirus lockdown may save lives by reducing air pollution.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories March 14, 2020

  • Bears across the globe are waking up from hibernation early due to warm temperatures.
  • Greta Thunberg listens to the coronavirus science — and moves climate-crisis strikes online.
  • Phones, tablets, and laptops will be included in Europe’s “Right to Repair” law to cut waste.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories March 7, 2020

  • How a couple created a tiger reserve in India by buying land and letting forest grow back.
  • Hey, New Yorkers: ’80s rocker Billy Idol wants you to stop “idling” your fossil-fuel cars.
  • American station in Antarctica records the warmest February in 53 years.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories February 29, 2020

  • The EPA rolls back yet another climate-protecting rule — this time it’s deregulating HFCs.
  • Here’s why every Uber/Lyft trip should be electric and pooled asap.
  • Paris Agreement architect Christiana Figueres explains why there’s hope — and why protest is vital.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories February 22, 2020

  • The Lancet and the Union of Concerned Scientists flag up how climate change is hurting children.
  • This search engine is not only secure, it also supports ocean cleanup and emissions reduction.
  • Why all media outlets need to follow the Guardian‘s lead and drop fossil-fuel advertising.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories February 15, 2020

  • Scientists on an Antarctic expedition found that chinstrap penguin populations have plummeted.
  • Half of US pollution deaths occur in states where the pollution didn’t start, according to a new study.
  • Globally, air pollution from fossil fuels costs $8 billion per day.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories February 8, 2020

  • What Donald Trump said (and didn’t) say about climate change, energy, and EVs in his State of the Union speech.
  • Nine leading environmental organizations released a statement about Trump’s environmental track record (spoiler: they’re not impressed).
  • The bumblebee population is in decline across North America and Europe due to rising temperatures.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories February 1, 2020

  • Joe Biden said that “there’s not a single solitary scientist that thinks” the Green New Deal can work. 57 scientists responded that he’s wrong.
  • An endurance swimmer swam beneath the Antarctic ice sheet to highlight climate-change effects.
  • Wildlife experts in Australia work to rescue animals after the bushfire crisis.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories January 25, 2020

  • US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he’s more worried about Iran than climate change.
  • Why Bernie Sanders’ expensive, radical plan to tackle the climate crisis just might work.
  • Not everyone at Davos is “elite”: Meet the youth climate activists who slept in tents in the snow.
  • And more…

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Climate Crisis Weekly Stories January 18, 2020

  • Two islands in an Indonesian Unesco world biosphere reserve have disappeared due to rising seas.
  • Microsoft announces it will be carbon negative by 2030.
  • Australian firefighters saved the world’s last remaining “dinosaur trees” from the bushfires.
  • And more…

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