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Summer's record-high temperatures threaten to scorch the economy

–Climate News
13 hours ago

A brutally hot weekend has cities across the Midwest and East Coast bracing for potentially record-breaking temperatures. Two people have died, including a 32-year-old former NFL champion who succumbed to heat stroke in Arkansas.

Sawdust Might Be One Answer to the World’s Plastic Problem

–Yahoo
13 hours ago

(Bloomberg) -- A technology startup near Ontario’s leafy border with Michigan says it has the answer to the world’s plastic pollution problem: sawdust.Origin Materials is getting ready to pay sawmills in the area $20 a ton for the scraps left over in the process of turning logs into lumber, which it

Central Banks Stepping up the Fight Against Climate Change

–Climate News
13 hours ago

Central banks, guardians of financial systems, consider multiple factors when determining policy; today, as countries suffer the effects of severe weather, central banks feel impelled to include the risks associated with climate change. Groups such as the Network for Greening the Financial System, which unites central banks to address climate-change financial risks and aids the private sector toward achieving a more sustainable future, allow central banks to pool their resources to combat this threat.

Plastic straws, scourge of oceans, meets its match – in seaweed straws

–Climate News
23 hours ago

Plastic straws may seem harmless, but if everyone in your neighborhood threw away a plastic straw once a day for one week, you would all accumulate a lot of plastic waste. Straws don’t decompose, and seabirds and animals ingest plastic. A startup called Loliware has designed “The Straw of the Future” – which is made of […]

Norwegians Eat Less Red Meat to Fight Against Climate Change

–Climate News
2 days ago

About one in four Norwegians say they choose to eat less meat to contribute to climate change measures, writes NRK. Although most Norwegians give priority to waste sorting as their primary contribution to climate measure, the drop in red meat sales is still remarkable. According to figures from the analysis by Nielsen, over 600 tonnes …

Swiss Alpine resorts grapple with climate change

–Reuters
2 days ago

The prospect of searing heatwaves driving holidaymakers to cool mountains and children asking grandparents about their memories of snow is focusing minds in Alpine ski resorts on the implications of climate change.

Air pollution linked to increase in newborn intensive care admissions: Study

–Yahoo
2 days ago

Washington D.C. [USA], July 20 (ANI): Infants born to women exposed to high levels of air pollution in the week before delivery are more likely to be admitted to a newborn intensive care unit (NICU), suggest the recent findings. Depending on the type of pollution, chances for NICU admission increased

With more extreme heat, air conditioning becomes a matter of life and death

–PBS
2 days ago

According to NASA, last month was the hottest June documented in the past 139 years. And the National Weather Service forecasts record highs, at potentially deadly levels, through the coming weekend. How is climate change related to the extreme heat, and how can individuals and governments prepare for more days of it? William Brangham talks to Astrid Caldas of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

AirSniffler is a Lightweight, Affordable, Wearable Air Pollution Monitor

–Pollution News
3 days ago

If you want to buy yourself a lightweight, affordable, wearable air pollution monitor then you should check this new device, it is called airSniffler which has taken to Kickstarter to raise the needed funds to make the jump into production. Designed by a team of engineers based in the United Kingdom the airSniffler measures and …

EPA rejects challenge of pesticide linked to brain damage

–Associated Press
3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency rejected a key legal challenge Thursday to a pesticide linked to brain damage in children, saying environmental groups had failed to prove that a ban was warranted. The agency's defense of continued use of the widely used bug-killer chlorpyrifos could set the stage for a pivotal federal court decision on whether to overrule the EPA and force the agency to ban it. "To me, this starts the clock on the use of chlorpyrifos on food crops in the US," said former senior EPA attorney Kevin Minoli. Scientists say studies have shown that chlorpyrifos damages the brains of fetuses and children. The pesticide has been used nationally on dozens of food crops, but California - the nation's largest agricultural state - and a handful of other states have recently moved to ban it. The agency said the environmental groups had failed to prove that the pesticide wasn't safe. Last summer, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the EPA to ban all sales of the pesticide. The court decided to reconsider that ruling with a slate of 11 judges, who gave the EPA until this month to respond to the environmental groups' arguments for banning chlorpyrifos. The EPA under the Obama administration had initiated a ban, but the agency reversed that decision shortly after President Donald Trump took office. The EPA defense Thursday showed that "as long as the Trump administration is in charge, this EPA will favor the interests of the chemical lobby over children's safety," said Ken Cook, head of the Environmental Working Group environmental advocacy organization. In a statement, the EPA said it was separately speeding up a regular agency review of the pesticide's continued use, and expected a decision on that well ahead...

Killer heat could alter Florida living

–Gainesville.com
3 days ago

Life as we know it would completely change if no action is taken to reduce heat-trapped emissions over the next century, according to a study by The Union

Do we need an Apollo program for climate change?

–YALE
4 days ago

If America can put humans on the moon, then it should be able to solve the scientific and technical problems posed by climate change. Political challenges then would remain to be addressed.

Midwest Floods May Lead Illinois to New Solutions

–Climate News
4 days ago

The Midwest floods of 2019 have caused hardship and loss but, Illinois has not seen much in the way of damages. Part of the reason is because Illinois has strong floodplain management regulations, something Governor Pritzker is expected to keep...

EPA halts surprise inspections of power, chemical plants

–The Hill
4 days ago

SURPRISE! NO MORE SURPRISE INSPECTIONS: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is getting rid of a policy that let pollution enforcement officials drop in at power and chemical plants for unannounced inspections.

Health Care and Green Energy Dominate the Fastest-Growing Jobs of 2019

–Yahoo
4 days ago

The fastest-growing jobs in the U.S. will come from green industries and the health care sector. Here’s how much they pay. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies

Corporate America Fuels Demand for Renewable Energy

–VOA News
4 days ago

As the federal government retreats from dealing with climate change, major parts of corporate America are moving forward anyway. Some of the largest companies in the United States are pushing for renewable energy, when even local authorities are not. VOA's Steve Baragona has more.

USDA suppresses climate change plan

–Politico
5 days ago

A document prepared in 2017 shows USDA has a plan to study and respond to global warming but it hasn’t been made public.

Hemp used for construction gains popularity in U.S.

–UPI
5 days ago

Natural materials builders in the United States have seen interest grow in "hempcrete," a renewable building material made with hemp that can take the place of traditional drywall, insulation and siding.