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Scientists Are Pursuing Flood-Resistant Crops, Thanks to Climate-Induced Heavy Rains and Other Extreme Weather

Last week, heavy rains in Yellowstone National Park wiped out miles of roads, closing the park and swamping nearby Billings, Montana. This week, heavy monsoons and flooding impacted millions of people in Bangladesh and India, causing fatalities. Record rainfall in southeastern China also caused a deluge, resulting in landslides and evacuations.
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When it Comes to Reducing New York City Emissions, CUNY Flunks the Test

On East 68th Street, tucked away on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the Thomas Hunter Hall building slowly hums a sigh of relief. The Hunter College students have graduated, leaving the neighborhood to chic elderly residents, doctors and nurses in scrubs, and construction workers busy renovating the subway station. The people outside the building’s impressive facade have no idea that it is one of the worst emitters of greenhouse gases, in the city agency with the worst record for emissions reduction.
NEW YORK CITY, NY

With Increased Nutrient Pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, Environmentalists Hope a New Law Will Cleanup Wastewater Treatment in Maryland

The Chesapeake Bay Program reported on Wednesday that Maryland’s wastewater treatment facilities, operating in violation of discharge permits, contributed significant increases in nitrogen and phosphorus pollution last year in the bay. The yearly analysis helps guide the program, a regional partnership between government agencies at all levels, environmental groups...
MARYLAND STATE

Inside Clean Energy: E-bike Sales and Sharing are Booming. But Can They Help Take Cars off the Road?

Note: Dan Gearino will be back next week. Talk to Kiran Herbert and you might start to think that e-bikes cure cancer. She’s not just a writer and content manager at the bicycle advocacy group PeopleForBikes. She is a self-proclaimed e-bike evangelist on a mission to see electric bicycles spread across her home state of Colorado, then across the country and around the world.
COLORADO STATE

Warming Trends: How Hairdressers Are Mobilizing to Counter Climate Change, Plus Polar Bears in Greenland and the ‘Sounds of the Ocean’

When a client sits down in Paloma Rose Garcia’s chair for a haircut, one of the most popular topics of conversation is the weather. The Sydney, Australia-based hairdresser and owner of Paloma Salon said her clients often bring up the hot temperatures, the nearby floods or the bushfires that burned across the country, clouding the summer sky for months a few years ago.
ENVIRONMENT

China Ramps Up Coal Power to Boost Post-Lockdown Growth

At the end of 2021, authorities in the northern Chinese province of Shanxi fined one of China’s biggest coal companies for illegally mining at more than 50 sites. Jinneng Holding Shanxi Coal Industry had flouted strict production limits, introduced following a series of mining accidents across the country. In one month, Jinneng dug up 400 percent more coal at one mine than had been permitted.
ENERGY INDUSTRY

Biden’s Been in Office for More Than 500 Days. He Still Hasn’t Appointed a Top Official to Oversee Coal Mine Reclamation

Environmentalists and representatives from coal mining communities across the nation on Tuesday pressed the Biden administration to finally appoint someone to head the Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, after more than 500 days in office. From Kentucky to Wyoming, the activists also delivered a petition...
KENTUCKY STATE

In an Attempt to Wrestle Away Land for Game Hunters, Tanzanian Government Fires on Maasai Farmers, Killing Two

Tanzanian security forces fired gunshots at Maasai farming communities on Friday during what appears to be an eviction operation aimed at clearing land for the establishment of a game-hunting preserve, according to witnesses, photographs, videos and non-governmental organizations familiar with the situation. In the videos, the sound of gunfire can...
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