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‘The losses could be profound’: floods wreak havoc on wildlife

For 900 years, Lugg and Hampton wildflower meadows in Herefordshire have bloomed into a wash of colour in spring. These fertile meadows were highly prized, and the Norman lords who owned them used the hay crop to help fund Hereford’s…

Uncertain climate future could disrupt energy systems

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) An international team of scientists has published a new study proposing an optimization methodology for designing climate-resilient energy systems and to help ensure that communities will be able to meet future energy needs given weather and climate variability. Their findings were recently published in Nature Energy.

Gov. Cuomo To Ram Green Energy Plants Down Locals’ Throats

Gov. Andrew Cuomo deserves credit for his handling (so far) of the coronavirus pandemic. But not so for his push to eliminate residents’ ability to decide for themselves if they want industrial-scale wind and solar projects in their towns. Upstate…

Researchers Study How Forests Are Changing in Response to Global Warming – Noozhawk

Warm sunshine streams through the canopies of two blue oaks in central California. (Anna Trugman) As the climate is changing, so too are the world’s forests. From the misty redwoods in the west to the Blue Ridge forest of Appalachia,…

States Nix Plastic Bag Bans To Avoid Viral Spread, Contamination

States that introduced “green” regulations that taxed single-use plastic grocery bags in an effort to eventually annihilate them are now welcoming them back as health officials caution of possible contamination with reusable bags. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said Thursday…

Bison in northern Yellowstone proving to be too much of a good thing

(Oregon State University) Increasing numbers of bison in Yellowstone National Park in recent years have become a barrier to ecosystem recovery in the iconic Lamar Valley in the northern part of the park.

The coronavirus pandemic versus the climate change emergency | TheHill – The Hill

Protecting public health was a core function of governments long before the expansion of the state in the 20th century. “Great fears of the sickenesses here in the City, it being said that two or three houses are already shut…

Activist Judge Orders Review Of Pipeline Moving Oil For 3 Years

A judge with United States District Court for the District of Columbia ordered a review and could bring operations to a halt of a pipeline in North Dakota that has been successfully operating for the past three years since President…

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PANDEMIC: Virus and floods: Deadly double blow in rural America

Dozens of counties across the Midwest and Great Plains face a double threat from the coronavirus and major flooding in coming months, a looming crisis that could hamper efforts to protect communities from inundation and evacuate residents, according to an analysis released yesterday.