Brazil’s Amazon: Deforestation ‘surges to 12-year high’

CURATED NEWS

Curated News

The curated news page contains a roundup of the most compelling current and/or timeless news stories about climate change, pulled from the most significant sources— newspapers, scientific studies, magazines, books, films, available video and audio streams, universities and organizations. 

  • If you are curious about last year’s top stories: here’s a link to the most pertinent climate change stories from the New York Times in 2021
  • If you are interested in how the media understood and covered the incredible heat oppressing the Pacific Northwest in June and July, 2021, take a look at this very well analyzed and synthesized piece by Carbon Brief. 
  • If you are wondering about how climate change change was discussed as part of the television media coverage on the devastating Hurricane Ian, you might be interested in what Media Matters discovered as they explored that issue. 
  • To start with, the scientific facts: "Scientists have repeatedly warned that global warming is making storms like Ian stronger and wetter and even proved the extent to which human-caused warming has increased the damage caused by specific storms. Already, a study has suggested that Ian dumped 10% more rain than it would have otherwise due to climate change. Compounding the intensity of the storm are rising sea levels which multiply what can be the most dangerous aspect of storms on the coast: storm surge. 
  • With few exceptions, the relationship between our warming planet and the characteristics of Hurricane Ian were not part of national TV news coverage. MSNBC aired the most connections to climate among the cable networks, with 17, followed by CNN with 15. MSNBC and CNN combined aired 32 segments that mentioned climate change in relation to Hurricane Ian, or 4%. More on Fox News climate mentions below. “Media Matters explored the 57 hours of media coverage (including 1,020 segments) focused on Hurricane Ian between September 24-28 and found that only 4% of coverage connected the storm to climate change. Of the 46 times climate change was discussed, 7 of those mentions, all appearing on Fox News, were in the context of climate denial.
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Brazil’s Amazon: Deforestation ‘surges to 12-year high’

By BBC
Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has surged to its highest level since 2008, the country's space agency reports.
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Air pollution where girl died in London ‘should have been treated as emergency’

Illegal levels of air pollution in the area where a nine-year-old girl lived and died should have been treated as a public health emergency, an inquest heard.
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For the Hopi Tribe, withering corn crops show impact of climate change

By Ian James
For 2,000 years, the Hopi have been growing corn in an arid landscape, relying on the rains. Now climate change threatens their farming traditions.
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Energy industry braces for Biden-era court clashes

Oil and gas trade groups are gearing up for a new round of courtroom battles as they watch how far President-elect Joe Biden will go to regulate activities like hydraulic fracturing.
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Report: Illinois utility fails to deliver on smart meter benefits

The public advocacy group Illinois PIRG says ComEd has dragged its feet on offering tools or programs to help customers unlock savings from smart meters.
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Ohio bill would ban new large solar and wind projects for up to three years

The bill’s sponsors voted last year to gut state clean energy standards while subsidizing nuclear and coal bailouts.
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