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Category Archives: Environmental Law

They’re Among the World’s Oldest Living Things. The Climate Crisis Is Killing Them

The New York Times – California’s epic wildfires in 2020 took deadly aim at the state’s most beloved trees. “In a relative instant, countless ancient redwoods, hundreds of giant sequoias and more than one million Joshua trees perished. The blackened wreckage sends a clear message. These trees are in the fight of their lives. “It’ll… Continue Reading

Ravens parallel great apes in physical and social cognitive skills

Pika, S., Sima, M.J., Blum, C.R. et al. Ravens parallel great apes in physical and social cognitive skills. Sci Rep 10, 20617 (2020). [Full text online – Free] “Human children show unique cognitive skills for dealing with the social world but their cognitive performance is paralleled by great apes in many tasks dealing with… Continue Reading

The UN released a stark new climate report

Mashable: “The UN released a stark climate report on Wednesday [December 9, 2020]. The Emissions Gap Report 2020 is an assessment of a wide chasm: the gap between where human-created carbon emissions are expected to be in 2030 versus the cuts actually needed to substantially limit global warming. The latest report underscores that the coronavirus… Continue Reading

A Political Obituary for Donald Trump

The Atlantic –  The effects of his reign will linger. But democracy survived. “To assess the legacy of Donald Trump’s presidency, start by quantifying it. Since last February, more than a quarter of a million Americans have died from COVID-19—a fifth of the world’s deaths from the disease, the highest number of any country. In… Continue Reading

CDC guidance on ventilation interventions

Ventilation – “CDC recommends a layered strategy to reduce exposures to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This includes using multiple mitigation strategies with several layers of safeguards to reduce the spread of disease and lower the risk of exposure. While it may not be necessary to apply every consideration to be protective, implementing multiple… Continue Reading

25 wildlife photos that show nature at its most beautiful, weird, and brutal

Mashable: “The Wildlife Photography Awards really is the gift that keeps on giving. A couple of months back we had the contest’s highly commended entries, then we had the overall winners, and now it’s time for the People’s Choice category. On Tuesday, London’s Natural History Museum — the organisation behind the competition — released a… Continue Reading

Air Pollution: Opportunities to Better Sustain and Modernize the National Air Quality Monitoring System

Opportunities to Better Sustain and Modernize the National Air Quality Monitoring System GAO-21-38: Published: Nov 12, 2020. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2020. “The national ambient air quality monitoring system measures air pollution levels at fixed locations across the country. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state, and local agencies cooperatively manage this system’s aging infrastructure. Our… Continue Reading

Here’s how the U.S. can lead the world on climate change innovation

Bill Gate – It’s time to create the National Institutes of Energy Innovation. “…There is a better way. To reduce duplication, focus the government’s efforts, and get the most innovation out of every dollar of funding, we should create a new organization: the National Institutes of Energy Innovation. This the most important thing the U.S.… Continue Reading

Doctors Release Their ‘Most Worrying Outlook’ on How Climate Change Is Ruining Our Health

Gizmodo – “The doctors are here to give the Earth its annual checkup, and they say it’s running a fever which is making people sick. They issued their findings showing all the ways climate change is affecting our health in the annual Lancet Countdown, published on Wednesday. “The indicators included in the 2020 global report… Continue Reading

The Social Life of Forests

The New York Times Magazine – Trees appear to communicate and cooperate through subterranean networks of fungi. What are they sharing with one another? “…Now a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia, Suzanne Simard, who is 60, has studied webs of root and fungi in the Arctic, temperate and coastal forests… Continue Reading

WMO Provisional Report on the State of the Global Climate 2020

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) – “Climate change continued its relentless march in 2020, which is on track to be one of the three warmest years on record. 2011-2020 will be the warmest decade on record, with the warmest six years all being since 2015, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Ocean heat is at record… Continue Reading