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How data gaps could put US territories like Guam and Puerto Rico at greater risk for climate change

A new federal report found that federal agencies frequently fail to collect the same amount of data about U.S. territories that they collect, and maintain, for states, which advocates say has wide implications for climate adaptation and mitigation. The report, authored by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, or GAO, examined federal...

Tue May 21, 2024 11:50
Landfills leak methane with impunity, new research shows

Any climate action plan that wants to quickly turn the tide of global warming has to tackle methane, which traps orders of magnitude more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide in the first years after it’s emitted. For this reason, the Environmental Protection Agency recently required oil and gas drillers to monitor for leaks of the potent greenhouse...

Tue May 21, 2024 11:31
Bottled water is full of microplastics. Is it still ‘natural’?

Is bottled water really “natural” if it’s contaminated with microplastics? A series of lawsuits recently filed against six bottled water brands claim that it’s deceptive to use labels like “100 percent mountain spring water” and “natural spring water” — not because of the water’s provenance, but because it is likely tainted with tiny plastic fragments....

Mon May 20, 2024 11:45
Oil companies contaminated a family farm. The courts and regulators let the drillers walk away.

The first sign of trouble bubbled up from gopher holes a stone’s throw from Stan Ledgerwood’s front door. The salt water left an oily sheen on the soil and a swath of dead grass in the yard. It was June 2017, and Ledgerwood and his wife, Tina, had recently built a home on the family farm, 230 acres of green amidst the rolling hills and long horizons...

Sun May 19, 2024 16:03
As fossil fuel plants face retirement, a Puerto Rico community pushes for rooftop solar

The coastal communities of Guayama and Salinas in southern Puerto Rico feature acres of vibrant green farmland, and a rich, biodiverse estuary, the protected Jobos Bay, which stretches between the neighboring townships. But this would-be tropical paradise is also the home of both a 52-year-old oil-fired power plant and a 22-year-old coal-fired power...

Sat May 18, 2024 16:03
Vermont passed a bill making Big Oil pay. Now comes the hard part.

Last July, heavy storms lashed Vermont with record rain, leaving roads torn asunder, communities submerged, and farms washed out. In response, state legislators made a historic move by introducing the Climate Superfund Act to hold Big Oil accountable for the damages spurred by the emissions generated by the extraction and combustion of its products....

Fri May 17, 2024 11:49

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