Is that an outlaw lawn? Las Vegas has a new approach to saving water


Curated News

A roundup of the most compelling current and/or timeless news stories about climate change this week, 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 2020. And, if you are interested in how the media understood and covered the incredible heat oppressing the Pacific Northwest this June and July, take a look at this very well analyzed and synthesized piece by Carbon Brief. 

Is that an outlaw lawn? Las Vegas has a new approach to saving water

By Henry Fountain Photo: Joe Buglewicz
With drought and growth taking a toll on the Colorado River, the source of 90 percent of the region’s water, a new law mandates the removal of turf, patch by patch.
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Biden has a $3 billion plan to supercharge america’s EV battery production

By Lauren Leffer Photo: Justin Sullivan / Staff (Getty Images)
The U.S. is hoping to reduce its dependence on other countries for key minerals amid the EV and energy grid transition.
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Devouring the rainforest

By Terrence McCoy and Júlia Ledur Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Bloomberg News
Cattle ranching, responsible for the great majority of deforestation in the Amazon, is pushing the forest to the edge of what scientists warn could be a vast and irreversible dieback that claims much of the…
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Massive wildfires helped fuel global forest losses in 2021

By John Muyskens, Naema Ahmed and Brady Dennis
Around the globe, 2021 brought more devastating losses for the world’s forests, according to a satellite-based survey by the University of Maryland and Global Forest Watch. Earth saw more than 97,500 square miles of tree…
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Ocean animals face a mass extinction from climate change

By Sarah Kaplan Photo: Caleb Jones/AP
Warming waters are cooking creatures in their own habitats. Many species are slowly suffocating as oxygen leaches out of the seas. Even populations that have managed to withstand the ravages of overfishing, pollution and habitat…
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States, environmental groups sue USPS over gas-powered trucks

By Zack Budryk
Sixteen states and a coalition of environmental groups on Thursday announced a lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for its decision to upgrade the majority of its fleet with fossil fuel-powered vehicles.
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Climate change will accelerate viral spillovers, study finds

By Carl Zimmer Photo: Adam Dean
Over the next 50 years, climate change will drive thousands of viruses to jump from one species of mammal to another, according to a study published in Nature on Thursday. The shuffling of viruses among…
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How social media companies’ climate disinformation problem is hidden

For decades, the fossil fuel industry has poured millions of dollars into spreading climate disinformation online and offline to drive public polarization and stall action on the climate crisis. That’s why the latest UN Climate…
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Earth Day is a Time for…Anger

By Bill McKibben Photo: Substack
Let’s note that Earth Day was born in 1970 not as a celebration, and not as an occasion for greenwashing press releases, and not as a moment for photo ops—but as a honking big protest.…
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Five charts that show why our food is not ready for the climate crisis

By Nina Lakhani, Alvin Chang, Rita Liu and Andrew Witherspoon Photo: The Guardian
The industrialization of agriculture in the last century boosted production around the world – but that success also made our food systems much more vulnerable to the growing climate crisis.
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