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05/12/2021

Climate Emissions Shrinking the Stratosphere, Scientists Reveal

The thickness of the second-lowest layer of the atmosphere has contracted by over 1,300 feet since the 1980s due to warming temperatures in the troposphere, where humans live, which has expanded to squeeze the stratosphere, while increased CO2 actually cools the stratosphere, causing it to contract. This could affect satellites, radios and GPS navigation.

(The Guardian)

A U.S. Virgin Islands Oil Refinery Had Yet Another Accident. Residents Are Demanding Answers

Amid an ongoing EPA investigation, a U.S. Virgin Islands oil refinery had another accident that disrupted schools for the second time in less than a month. At a community town hall set for Thursday, worried residents hope to get some clear answers.

(Inside Climate News)

Cities Aren’t Making Climate Investments Where They Matter Most

Less than half of more than 800 cities surveyed have a plan to tackle climate change, according to the nonprofit CDP. Cities are responsible for three-quarters of global greenhouse gas emissions and consume about two-thirds of the world’s energy supplies, Bloomberg reports, making them vital in the fight against global warming.

(Bloomberg)

Hurricane Zeta Was a Category 3 storm—Not a Cat 2—When it Hit New Orleans, New NHC Report Says

The 27th of the 30 named storms that formed in the Atlantic last hurricane season was actually a Category 3 storm, not the previously reported Category 2, because its winds briefly topped 115 mph as it made landfall. The new designation results in one new record and one tied record being added to the long list of firsts for the season, NOLA.com reports. 

(NOLA.com)

Scientists Say This Bacteria Won’t Make You Sick and Could Be Good for the Planet

A team of scientists have created a possible alternative to plastic called “aquaplastic,” which uses E. coli, the bacteria responsible for some foodborne illnesses. The substitute plastic degrades in just 45 days and can be used as a plastic film or a bendable mold.

(The Washington Post)

Chemical Giants Hid Dangers of ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Food Packaging

DuPont and Daikin knew that the PFAS compound used in packaging like pizza boxes and fast food wrappers were connected to kidney disease, cancer and other adverse health effects, but did not alert the public or the FDA, the Guardian reports. The companies withheld data a decade ago showing the “forever chemicals” were connected with health problems.

(The Guardian)

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