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  By Bruce Finley The Denver Post Federal forest firefighter Ben McLane got a visceral feel for the West’s intensifying wildfire predicament when his 20-man Hotshot crew rolled into Colorado last summer and faced the lightning-sparked Pine Gulch blaze — flames racing across bone-dry land and,...
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By Aman Azhar March 15, 2021 For Vicki Cruz, a social worker who lives in the Magnolia Park section of Houston, her health situation couldn’t have gotten a whole lot worse since she came down with Covid-19 over Christmas.  And then it did, when a hard freeze and snowstorm hit Texas last ...
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    As the Biden administration begins the daunting job of rebuilding U.S. climate policy, it has gotten help from an unexpected, and perhaps unlikely, source—the federal courts. In Biden’s first few weeks in office, federal judges scrapped the Trump administration’s weak power plant pol...
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Posted by on in Animals
TOKYO » Scientists have discovered the ultimate case of regeneration: Some decapitated sea slugs can regrow hearts and whole new bodies. This “wonder of nature,” reported in a biology journal on Monday, could eventually help scientists better understand and tackle regeneration of human tissue. One...
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  By Matthew Brown and John Flesher The Associated Press BILLINGS, MONT. » The Biden administration on Monday reversed a policy imposed under former President Donald Trump that drastically weakened the government’s power to enforce a century-old law that protects most U.S. bird species. ...
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By Hannah Levitt Bloomberg News Wells Fargo & Co. joined rivals in pledging to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades. The fourth largest U.S. lender said Monday it aims to reach that goal, which includes its financed emissions, by 2050. It will also deploy $500 bi...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
EMISSIONS By Stanley Reed © The New York Times Co. During more than three decades in the oil and gas business, Andy Lane has managed the construction of enormous facilities for extracting and transporting natural gas, in places such as Trinidad and Indonesia. Now he is working in his nat...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
By Matthew Brown and Iris Samuels The Associated Press BILLINGS, MONT. » Payments for dead wolves. Unlimited hunting of the animals. Shooting wolves from the air. Wolf hunting policies in some states are taking an aggressive turn, as Republican lawmakers and conservative hunting groups push t...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
The Greek Island Where Renewable Energy and Hybrid Cars Rule Islands, which usually lack fossil fuel resources, have become places for experimentation with new energy sources. Tilos is now the first island in southern Europe to build a hybrid power station with battery storage. By Kerin Hope Marc...
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    At more than 70 years young, Wisdom, the world’s oldest known banded wild bird, is taking on the challenge of motherhood again. An egg laid by Wisdom, a Laysan albatross, late last year on a speck of land in the Pacific Ocean hatched at the beginning of last month, the U.S. Fish and...
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By Candice Choi The Associated Press NEW YORK » Instead of finishing your leftovers, you let them go bad and buy takeout. It’s a familiar routine for many — and indicative of habits that contribute to a global food waste problem that a new United Nations report says needs to be better m...
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By Lesley Evans Ogden © The New York Times Co. As they prowl the oceans, sharks aren’t just hunting. Some of them are glowing. And now researchers have identified the largest glow-in-thedark species with a spine — on land or sea — that has ever been found. A study published last week in Frontiers...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
The company wants to walk away from almost 200 mining permits in four states, potentially leaving thousands of acres of environmentally damaged land. By James Bruggers March 3, 2021 A federal bankruptcy judge in West Virginia could soon decide whether to allow the Blackjewel coal min...
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By Clifford Krauss © The New York Times Co. HOUSTON » Darren Woods rarely makes headlines even though he is the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, the oil company that some people consider a top environmental villain and others think of as a vital engine of the U.S. economy. Few have taken serio...
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Posted by on in Energy Efficiency
By Paul J. Weber and David Koenig The Associated Press AUSTIN, TEXAS » The recent blackouts that left 4 million Texas customers without electricity and heat during a deadly winter freeze also unplugged plants that could have generated more power, which was needed urgently as the state’s ...
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By Hiroko Tabuchi and Brad Plumer © The New York Times Co. Around the world, governments and automakers are promoting electric vehicles as a key technology to curb oil use and fight climate change. General Motors has said it aims to stop selling new gasoline-powered cars and light trucks by 20...
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By Bruce Finley The Denver Post For drivers, shifting from gas to a zero-emissions electric vehicle means weighing steeper up-front costs against climate benefits and long-term money saved. EVs don’t need gas, and studies have found they typically require less maintenance, with no oil changes...
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  By Jack Ewing © The New York Times Co. Volvo Cars one-upped larger rivals such as General Motors Co. and added momentum to the movement toward electric vehicles Tuesday by saying it would convert its entire lineup to battery power by 2030, no longer selling cars with internal combustion en...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
By Liam Denning Bloomberg Opinion Six billion? Six shmillion. Exxon Mobil Corp.’s annual filing with the SEC, which dropped late Thursday, reveals the company debooked 6.3 billion barrels of oil equivalent in 2020, or almost 30% of its proved reserves. That’s a lot of oil and gas gone. Except...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
By Ali C.M. Watkins Biz West/Prairie Mountain Publishing Boulder County companies are weaving sustainable practices into their business models and paving avenues for their customers to do the same. City and county resources and a common love for recreation that characterizes the area are propellin...
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