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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

California not counting methane leaks from idle wells

California claims to know how much climate-warming gas is going into the air from within its borders. It’s the law: California limits climate pollution and each year the limits get stricter.

Western flames spread, California sees its largest 2022 fire

Crews battling the largest wildfire so far this year in California braced for thunderstorms and hot, windy conditions that created the potential for additional fire growth Sunday as they sought to protect remote communities.

Most major nations lag in acting on climate-fighting goals

For most of the major carbon-polluting nations, promising to fight climate change is a lot easier than actually doing it. In the United States, President Joe Biden has learned that the hard way.

Racial Disparities in Air Pollution Where Most Americans Live Worse Than...

An analysis of racial disparities in urban air pollution reveals starker differences than previously understood in the communities where most Americans live. Compared to earlier studies, researchers found more substantial increases in concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) comparing census tracts with no Black residents with census tracts with a small percent of Black residents.

Following Visit to the Salton Sea, Dr. Ruiz & U.S. Energy...

Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) and U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm brought national attention to the clean energy opportunities at the Salton Sea and the need to protect the community’s public health.

There’s still a way to reach global goal on climate change

If nations do all that they’ve promised to fight climate change, the world can still meet one of two internationally agreed upon goals for limiting warming. But the planet is blowing past the other threshold that scientists say will protect Earth more, a new study finds.

New vehicles must average 40 mpg by 2026, up from 28...

DETROIT (AP) — New vehicles sold in the U.S. will have to average at least 40 miles per gallon of gasoline in 2026, up from about 28 mpg, under new federal rules unveiled Friday that undo a rollback of standards enacted under President Donald Trump.

New corporate climate change disclosures proposed by SEC

Companies would be required to disclose the greenhouse gas emissions they produce and how climate risk affects their business under new rules proposed Monday by the Securities and Exchange Commission as part of a drive across the government to address climate change.

Hot poles: Antarctica, Arctic 70 and 50 degrees above normal

Earth’s poles are undergoing simultaneous freakish extreme heat with parts of Antarctica more than 70 degrees (40 degrees Celsius) warmer than average and areas of the Arctic more than 50 degrees (30 degrees Celsius) warmer than average.

An Explosion of Non-Degree Course Offerings

In 2012, the Columbia Mailman School launched the first academic public health program in climate and health anywhere. Now, the School is launching an intensive summer bootcamp that gives participants the latest science on the health impacts of climate change, along with practical approaches to mitigation and adaptation that they can apply to their professional work.