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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. 

Could Google’s carbon emissions have effectively doubled overnight?

By Bill McKibben Illustration: Alberto Miranda
A new report suggests the money that Big Tech companies keep in the banking system can do more climate damage than the products they sell.
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The true cost of the climate stalemate in Congress

By David Wallace-Wells Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Getty Images
How bad is the climate stalemate? In the United States, we have gotten used to legislative inaction, on climate as with much else. But even by those debased standards a failure to pass a major…
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Climate lawsuits poised for new Supreme Court fight

By Lesley Clark Photo: AP Photo
Climate liability lawsuits from state and local governments against fossil fuel companies are creeping closer to a new Supreme Court showdown.
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Pollution caused 1 in 6 deaths globally for five years, study says

By Kasha Patel Photo: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg News
In 2015, 1 in 6 deaths worldwide stemmed from poor air quality, unsafe water and toxic chemical pollution. That deadly toll — 9 million people each year — has continued unabated through 2019, killing more…
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Why do we swallow what big oil and the green movement tell us?

By Thomas L. Friedman Photo: Michael Hanschke/Reuters
It has long been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. By that definition, we’re the ones detached from reality if we…
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Registrations for electric vehicles soar, signaling mainstream acceptance

By Jayme Deerwester Photo: General Motors
Registrations for new EVs soared 60% in the first three months of 2022 even though new car registrations were actually down 18% on the whole, Automotive News and Car and Driver reported, citing Experian data.…
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Cutting air pollution from fossil fuels would save 50,000 lives a year, study says

By Steven Mufson Photo: Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post
Eliminating air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels would prevent more than 50,000 premature deaths and provide more than $600 billion in health benefits in the United States every year, according to a new study…
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1 in 6 Americans live in areas with significant wildfire risk

By John Muyskens, Andrew Ba Tran, Naema Ahmed and Anna Phillips Photo: Mapbox
When a wildfire tore through drought-stricken towns near Boulder, Colo., late last year, it reminded Americans that fire risk is changing. It didn’t matter that it was winter. It didn’t matter that many of the…
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Big Oil investors reject calls for stricter climate goals — so far

By Maxine Joselow Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Investors in three of the world's largest oil and gas companies this week rejected proposals for the firms to set stronger climate targets, as fossil fuel firms reap record profits following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
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House panel will investigate USPS plan to purchase 8.6 mpg trucks

By Jacob Bogage Photo: Nati Harnik/AP
State attorneys general and top environmental groups have already sued the Postal Service to block the $11.3 billion truck contract.
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Creaky U.S. power grid threatens progress on renewables, EVs

By Tim McLaughlin Photo: REUTERS/Carlos Barria
After decades of struggle, the U.S. clean-energy business is booming, with soaring electric-car sales and fast growth in wind and solar power. That’s raising hopes for the fight against climate change.
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Following record growth in 2021, renewables on track for new high

Photo: Pexels
The world added a record 295 gigawatts of renewable power in 2021 and is on pace to surpass that amount in 2022, according to a new analysis from the International Energy Agency.
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