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More California Blackouts To Avert Wildfires May Start Wednesday, PG&E Says

Tue, 2019/10/22 - 2:32pm

The utility giant warned over 200,000 customers in 16 California counties that gusty winds and low humidity may bring more proactive power shutoffs starting Wednesday.

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Trump Plan Weakens Protections For California Fish, Diverts Water To Farms

Tue, 2019/10/22 - 2:19pm

The move fulfills a Trump campaign promise to help California's farmers. But it ignores the warnings of federal biologists who were sidelined.

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Questions Raised Over Whether The Cannabis Industry Is Contributing To Air Pollution

Tue, 2019/10/22 - 1:58pm

There's new concern that the growing cannabis industry may be contributing to air pollution. But it's a tricky thing to study, since pot is still illegal under federal law.

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Fraud Case Against Exxon Could Impact Efforts To Curb Climate Change

Tue, 2019/10/22 - 1:21pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with InsideClimate News reporter Nicholas Kusnetz about a fraud case against ExxonMobil. The trial begins Tuesday and the outcome could impact efforts to curb climate change.

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Exxon Is On Trial, Accused Of Misleading Investors About Risks Of Climate Change

Tue, 2019/10/22 - 10:13am

New York's attorney general argues that Exxon used shady methods of calculating carbon costs, affecting its share price and defrauding shareholders. Exxon says the lawsuit is politically motivated.

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Trial To Begin: Did Exxon Mislead Investors On Climate Change?

Tue, 2019/10/22 - 2:02am

A civil trial against Exxon Mobil Corp. opens Tuesday in New York, based on accusations that the oil and gas giant misled shareholders about the risks it faces from climate change.

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National Parks Trying To Get A Handle On E-Bikes

Mon, 2019/10/21 - 1:27pm

Electric assisted bicycles are on trails in the national parks. Enthusiasts think that's a great thing, but some traditional riders and environmentalists see big problems ahead.

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Are Blackouts The Future For California?

Mon, 2019/10/21 - 1:27pm

Residents are wondering whether widespread power outages are the future and whether they're the only way to prevent wildfires. New technology may help prevent them if utilities are willing to invest.

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Tackling Low Oxygen In An Oregon Lake

Sun, 2019/10/20 - 4:59am

As the climate warms, many U.S. lakes are seeing more algal blooms, low oxygen levels and stressed-out fish species. One research team in Oregon hopes that pumping oxygen into the water can help.

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Could This Tree Be An Eco-Friendly Way To Wean Indonesian Farmers Off Palm Oil?

Sat, 2019/10/19 - 2:06pm

Palm oil plantations have led to widespread deforestation in Indonesia. But now some farmers are turning to a different crop — damar, a kind of anti-palm oil, grown in forest-based farms.

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New Movement Along Garlock Fault Line In California Could Mean Bigger Earthquakes

Fri, 2019/10/18 - 1:27pm

The bulging of the Garlock fault line in California can be seen from space and it's moving in ways never seen before, raising the question for Californians if it raises the risk of "The Big One."

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Video: Climate Activist Yanked From Top Of London Train Amid Melee

Thu, 2019/10/17 - 12:29pm

The actions snarled Londoners' morning rush hour, sparking frustration among people who rely on the train. Police have made at least 1,711 arrests in the climate activists' 12 days of protests.

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'Geography of Risk' Calculates Who Pays When A Storm Comes To Shore

Thu, 2019/10/17 - 11:27am

Journalist Gilbert Gaul says federal subsidies encourage developers to keep building on the coasts — despite accelerating and increasing risks from climate change.

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Trees That Survived California Drought May Hold Clue To Climate Resilience

Wed, 2019/10/16 - 9:08am

When it comes to surviving the warming climate, scientists are finding that some plants and animals have an edge. The hope is that these "super adapters" can help preserve their species.

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As The Climate Warms, Companies Scramble To Calculate The Risk To Their Profits

Wed, 2019/10/16 - 2:05am

Companies are trying to figure out the risks to their profits from a warming planet. Some of them are turning to high-tech tools of climate science.

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Trump Administration Moves To Expand Logging In Nation's Largest National Forest

Tue, 2019/10/15 - 3:24pm

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to end a nearly two-decade long limit on logging in Alaska's Tongass National Forest. Local officials have pushed for looser restrictions to boost the economy.

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The Deadly Fight To Protect Brazil's Amazon

Mon, 2019/10/14 - 12:54pm

Brazilian activists fighting to protect the Amazon from deforestation face violent opposition — sometimes, death. Scores of people fighting to protect the forest have been killed in recent years.

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Cargo Ship In Georgia Leaked Oil In Marsh After Overturning

Mon, 2019/10/14 - 12:54pm

A 400-person, 70-vessel recovery effort is working to minimize the potential environmental damage from a capsized cargo ship off the Georgia coast.

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Pumping Oxygen In A Lake To Try To Save Fish Facing Climate Change

Mon, 2019/10/14 - 7:01am

As the climate warms, many U.S. lakes are seeing more algal blooms, low oxygen levels and stressed out fish species. One team in Oregon hopes that pumping oxygen into the water can help.

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Death Toll Climbs After Typhoon Hits Japan

Mon, 2019/10/14 - 6:32am

More than 50 people are dead in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis, which dropped extreme amounts of rain over the weekend and caused catastrophic flooding in residential areas.

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