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03/19/2020

NASA Data Reveals Greenland Lost 600 Billion Tons of Ice Last Summer

Greenland lost 600 billion tons of ice last summer due to an exceptionally warm season, according to a new study by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California, Irvine. "We knew this past summer had been particularly warm in Greenland," said the study's lead author. "But the numbers really are enormous."

(The Hill)

Oil and Gas Companies Want to Drill Within a Half-mile of Utah’s Best-known National Parks

The Interior Department has received over 230 nominations for oil and gas leases covering more than 150,000 acres across southern Utah, The Washington Post reports. That push would bring drilling as close as a half-mile from some of the nation's most famous protected sites, including Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

(The Washington Post)

Inside Clean Energy: Coronavirus May Mean Halt to Global Solar Gains—For Now

The coronavirus outbreak will likely slow solar projects this year, according to a new forecast. Ohio may be a clean energy laggard, but it's planning to build the state's largest solar array. And this Pennsylvania nuclear power plant is getting a lifeline. It's all in the latest Inside Clean Energy by Dan Gearino.

(InsideClimate News)

Climate Gentrification Threatens Miami's Last Affordable Housing

In low-lying Miami, fear over rising sea levels is prompting landowners to jack up rents, including at a trailer park that serves as Miami's last patch of affordable housing. The new property owner is raising rent for the 800 people living there by almost 50 percent. Now they're fighting in court.

(CBS News)

California Is a Climate Leader. But Here’s Why It Needs to Move Even Faster

A pair of recent reports say that California must move twice as quickly to attain its ambitious goal of cutting climate pollution by 40 percent from 1990 levels. Yet the state's public utilities commission is considering cutting power-sector emissions by just 25 percent this decade, a much slower pace than the previous decade.

(Los Angeles Times)

Don't Let Coronavirus Stall Climate Action, Warns Architect of Paris Climate Deal

Governments must not let the coronavirus pandemic derail action on climate change, an architect of the landmark Paris Agreement warned on Wednesday, saying the vulnerabilities laid bare by the virus could serve to spur a more concerted response.

(Reuters)

China’s Rethink on Car Pollution May Signal a Retreat on Climate

To offset the financial devastation brought about by the coronavirus outbreak, China is said to be debating whether to ease restrictions on the amount of harmful particles that vehicles emit from their tailpipes, Bloomberg reports. But the measure will likely come at a cost to efforts to protect the environment.

(Bloomberg)

EPA Faces Possible Coronavirus Outbreaks at Multiple Offices

An employee who works at the Environmental Protection Agency regional office in Helena, Montana, tested "presumed positive" for COVID-19, according to the agency and an internal email obtained by The Hill.

(The Hill)

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