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In the 06/26/2020 edition:

For Some California Farmers, a Virus-Driven Drop in Emissions Could Set Back Their Climate Efforts

The state’s cap-and-trade program funds ‘climate smart’ agriculture programs. But with emissions down, funding for those programs may be threatened.

The drop in greenhouse gas emissions that accompanied the coronavirus stay-at-home orders might seem like the lone silver lining of the Covid-19 pandemic. But in California, the reduced demand for petroleum-based fuel has had one paradoxical consequence: Revenue from the state's system for limiting carbon emissions plummeted last month, putting many of the "climate smart" agricultural programs it funds in jeopardy.

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Two Louisiana Activists Charged with Terrorizing a Lobbyist for the Oil and Gas Industry

The women were protesting construction of a massive, $9.6 billion plastics and petrochemical complex in a region already fouled by cancer-causing chemicals.

Two Louisiana environmental activists face up to 15 years in prison after they were arrested Thursday for terrorizing an oil and gas lobbyist by leaving a box of plastic "nurdles" on his front porch. 

Anne Rolfes and Kate McIntosh with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade turned themselves in at 8:30 a.m. and were held for nearly nine hours by Baton Rouge police, their attorney, Pam Spees, said Thursday evening.

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