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By Deborah Swearingen Boulder Daily Camera Two new community solar gardens will bring renewable energy to lowincome customers in Boulder County. Xcel Energy is partnering with Pivot Energy and Energy Outreach Colorado to build the combined 4-megawatt gardens at the Valmont Generating Station. The...
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By Candice Choi 12/16/2020 The Associated Press NEW YORK » U.S. regulators have approved a genetically modified pig for food and medical products, making it the second such animal to get the green light for human consumption. But the company behind it says there are no imminent plans to sell it fo...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
TNYT, Dec. 16, 2020   They are the only plant species in California honored and protected by national parks that bear their names. They attract crowds from around the world. But 2020 was not a good year for the coast redwood, the Joshua tree or the giant sequoia. Already under long-term thre...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
  Dino Grandoni Dec. 10, 2020 at 5:54 a.m. MST with Alexandra Ellerbeck Joe Biden just picked one of his most important — if unheralded — Cabinet members when it comes to enacting his agenda on climate change. Tom Vilsack, who ran the Agriculture Department for eight years under Presid...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
  A new report shows the scale of lending and underwriting to fossil-fuel companies since the signing of the Paris agreement. By Todd Gillespie December 9, 2020, 9:00 PM MST Almost five years after countries signed the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, financial institutions are s...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
By Mimi Madrid Columnist for The Denver Post Love thy neighbor or so the teaching goes. Unless you are an oil giant, then you can belch poisonous gas in thy neighborhood and walk away. Offer a string of weak apologies, pay out a $9 million settlement, and repeat business as usual. Suncor, the...
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Posted by on in Air Quality
By Aniruddha Ghosal The Associated Press NEW DELHI » India is facing two public health emergencies simultaneously: badly polluted air and the pandemic. And Surinder Singh, a bus driver in the capital New Delhi, is trapped between them both. In previous years, the government encouraged more pe...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
By Andrew E. Kramer © The New York Times Co. MOSCOW » With a momentary hiss of gas escaping a canister, the limp red balloon suddenly came to life, filled with helium. After a practiced twirl of her fingers, Anastasia Bukhiyeva, an employee at a party supply shop in Moscow, attached a s...
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By Liam Denning Bloomberg Opinion The Mukluk well, drilled in the unforgiving waters north of Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay, is the stuff of awful legend in oil circles. When it came up dry in 1983 after $2 billion had been sunk, some surmised oil had definitely been there at one point but perhaps shifted ...
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Posted by on in Food
By Zachary Small © The New York Times The installation of steak grown from human cells at the Design Museum in London was intended to criticize the meat industry’s rising use of living cells from animals. It ended up triggering a roiling debate about bioethics and the pitfalls of artistic critique. ...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
By Henry Fountain © The New York Times Co. The Arctic continued its unwavering shift toward a new climate in 2020, as the effects of near-record warming surged across the region, shrinking ice and snow cover and fueling extreme wildfires, scientists said Tuesday in an annual assessment of the ...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
By The Associated Press BILLINGS, MONT. » Payments to states in the U.S. West have plummeted for oil, natural gas and coal extracted from U.S. lands after low crude prices and the pandemic slowed drilling and mining in many areas in 2020, according to federal data. Nationwide, payments to states f...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
By Henry Fountain   © The New York Times Co. The Trump administration said Thursday that it would sell oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska in early January, further accelerating its last-ditch effort to allow drilling there. The Bureau of Land Management said...
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Posted by on in Food
Drought, pandemic and neglect create a disaster in southern Madagascar By Laetitia Bezain The Associated Press ANKILIMAROVAHATSY, MADAGASCAR » “It’s the hunger that killed him,” the grieving mother said. In this village in Madagascar’s extreme south, the 31-year-old Lasinatry lost her 3year-old ...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
Carbon capture can make money for oil giants, and scientists say we need it. Is the industry willing to invest enough? By Kevin Crowley and Akshat Rathi December 7, 2020, 3:00 AM MST Elk and pronghorn antelope migrate each fall through southern Wyoming, where the sparsely vegetated landscape ...
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Posted by on in Transportation
By The Associated Press DETROIT » Nissan said Friday that it will no longer support the Trump administration in its legal fight to end California’s ability to set its own auto-pollution and gas-mileage standards. The announcement is another sign that a coalition of automakers backing the outgoing ...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
By Jan M. Olsen The Associated Press COPENHAGEN, DENMARK » Denmark has decided to end all oil and gas activities in the North Sea by 2050 and has canceled its latest licensing round, saying the country is “now putting an end to the fossil fuel era.” The Danish Parliament voted late Thursday to e...
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Posted by on in Animals
By Sabrina Imbler © The New York Times Co. In the spring of 2018 at the Montreal Insectarium, Stéphane Le Tirant received a clutch of 13 eggs that he hoped would hatch into leaves. The eggs were not ovals but prisms, brown paper lanterns scarcely bigger than chia seeds. They were laid by a wi...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
By Mojtaba Sadegh, Ata Akbari Asanjan and Mohammad Reza Alizadeh The Conversation More than 4 million acres of California went up in flames in 2020 — about 4% of the state’s land area and more than double its previous wildfire record. Five of the state’s six largest fires on record were burning thi...
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Posted by on in Forestry
Forest officials say clearing swaths of trees will help in taking energy out of wildfire By Bruce Finley The Denver Post GOULD » Stunned by unprecedented megafires, Colorado is embracing logging — mowing holes up to 140 acres in beetleinfested lodgepole pines — in an effort to revive out-...
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