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HISTORY: A great empire rose and fell with climate change

Nearly 3,000 years ago, the beginnings of an enormous civilization began to spread across the Middle East. By the eighth century B.C., the Neo-Assyrian Empire would stretch from present-day Turkey to Egypt and would become one of the most powerful empires in human history.

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ACTIVISM: Thunberg hitches a wind- and solar-powered ride to Madrid

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who boycotts air travel because of its outsized carbon footprint, announced yesterday that she will travel to the U.N. climate talks in Madrid on a low-emissions sailboat.

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CLIMATE IMPACTS: Clinics thrown into crisis during intentional blackouts

When a utility shut off electricity to prevent wildfires in California, community health centers were forced to make a choice: Use their generators to refrigerate lifesaving medications or power their vital medical records systems.

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ENERGY TRANSITIONS: Just one new coal plant is planned — and it’s on the ropes

Time is running out on plans to build a new coal plant in Kansas. The Holcomb 2 plant, an 895-megawatt unit planned by Sunflower Electric Power Corp., is the only new coal-fired power plant on the drawing board in America today.

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IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY: Questions encircle Perry’s effort to shape Naftogaz

When Energy Secretary Rick Perry traveled to Ukraine in May for the inauguration of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, he carried a list of names that included a Pulitzer Prize-winning energy expert and longtime political donors.

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CAMPAIGN 2020: Candidates co-star in cinematic version of climate debate

The Weather Channel’s prime-time special on climate change last night didn’t break news on how the 2020 presidential field would approach the issue, but it was notable in the way it presented the debate — as well as for its potential audience.