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02/18/2021

US Needs to Brace Itself for More Deadly Storms, Experts Say

The United States needs to get better at dealing with increasingly frequent deadly weather, experts said, as Texas and other states battled winter storms that left millions shivering without power and resulted in at least two dozen deaths, the Associated Press reports. The devastating storms this week showed how government officials have failed to prepare for the growing threats of climate change.

(Associated Press)

Inside Clean Energy: Explaining the Crisis in Texas

Some conservatives blamed the massive blackouts caused by deadly winter storms this week on the shift to clean energy, when the crux of the problem is in fact the extreme weather. Yet there are legitimate concerns about how a cleaner grid would deal with extreme conditions. So what can we learn from the power disruptions in Texas? It’s in the latest Inside Clean Energy.

(Inside Climate News)

‘Now It’s Coming Back to Bite Them’: Democrats See an Opening in GOP Oversight of Texas Grid

For Texas Republicans, trying to undermine the Democrats who lead the state’s largest cities has been a blood sport for years. They have sought to overrule local officials on disputes involving everything from pandemic restrictions and plastic bag bans to protections for immigrants. But this week, the collapse of the state’s power grid gave Democrats a chance to turn the tables, The New York Times reports. 

(The New York Times)

California Lawmakers Propose Ban on Fracking by 2027

California lawmakers introduced a bill this week that would ban all fracking in the state by 2027, the latest evidence that California officials are more proactively taking on the powerful oil and gas lobby that environmentalists say have long held too much sway in the state, the Associated Press reports. The legislation comes as California also moves to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035.

(Associated Press)

‘We Have to Go’: Climate Change Is Driving Increased Migration From Central America

Natural disasters, exacerbated by the warming climate, are more frequently forcing people to uproot and migrate to new homes, CBS reports. Known as climate migration, the most straightforward example happened last fall, when around 10,000 people attempted to migrate north after back-to-back hurricanes Eta and Iota devastated several Central American countries.

(CBS News)

Facebook to Label Climate Change Posts Like Covid, Vote Content

Facebook will begin labeling some user posts that mention climate change in the same way it has annotated posts discussing elections and Covid-19, a sign the social network is taking climate-related misinformation more seriously, Bloomberg reports. The labels will direct users to an information center, showcasing articles, data and online groups vetted by the social media platform.

(Bloomberg)

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