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Second Circuit Climate Change Ruling Affirms Dismissal of State-law Claims – JD Supra

In the past four years, state attorneys general or municipalities have brought 21 lawsuits based on state-law claims (e.g., nuisance, trespass, consumer fraud) seeking to hold fossil fuel companies liable for costs allegedly resulting from climate change. Of these 21…

Does Biden’s American Jobs Plan go big enough on climate change? – Al Jazeera English

At first glance, United States President Joe Biden’s giant American Jobs Plan seems like an environmentalist’s dream: enormous investment in electric vehicles, big tax incentives for renewable energy and widespread improvements to the ailing US power grid. The initiative would…

WHOI and NOAA release report on U.S. socio-economic effects of harmful algal blooms

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) Harmful algal blooms (HABs) occur in all 50 U.S. states and many produce toxins that cause illness or death in humans and commercially important species. However, attempts to place a more exact dollar value on the full range of these impacts often vary widely in their methods and level of detail, which hinders understanding of the scale of their socio-economic effects.

Should We Use Technology to Slow Global Warming? | | SBU News – Stony Brook News

Without a major slowing of global warming, humans and nature will face increasingly dire consequences. Nine of the hottest years in human history have occurred in the past decade as documented on Climate.gov. Without a major shift in this climate trajectory, the future…

What can we learn from vanishing wildlife species: The case of the Pyrenean Ibex

(Pensoft Publishers) The sad history of the Pyrenean Ibex (Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica) is a powerful example of species loss due to causes related to human activity. DNA analyses of Pyrenean Ibex found evidence that, after a demographic expansion about 20,000 years ago, its population went through a bottleneck caused by hunting, inbreeding and other factors, which ultimately caused its extinction. Their research is published in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Zoosystematics and Evolution.

A sun reflector for earth? – EurekAlert

NEW YORK, APRIL 5, 2021 — Nine of the hottest years in human history have occurred in the last decade. Without a major shift in this climate trajectory, the future of life on Earth is in question. Should humans, whose…

Overfishing of Atlantic cod likely did not cause genetic changes

(Rutgers University) Overfishing likely did not cause the Atlantic cod, an iconic species, to evolve genetically and mature earlier, according to a study led by Rutgers University and the University of Oslo – the first of its kind – with major implications for ocean conservation.

Hidden diversity of coral more important for conservation than previously thought

(California Academy of Sciences) Researchers say that our framework for classifying coral species needs to be expanded to capture ecological diversity and protect reef environments after discovering surprising differences between cryptic coral species.

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Asteroid that killed the dinosaurs gave birth to the Amazon rainforest

The asteroid that hit Earth 66 million years ago eliminated plant-trampling dinosaurs and rained fertilising ash on South America’s rainforests, letting flowering plants take over what used to be mostly coniferous forests