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07/08/2019

Ravaged by Drought, a Honduran Village Faces a Choice: Pray for Rain or Migrate

Like many developing countries, Honduras has contributed relatively little to the greenhouse gas emissions heating the planet. And yet, projections suggest it is especially imperiled by climate change. ICN reporter Georgina Gustin talks with farmers in El Rosario, a community struggling with a lack of rain and unsure how it will survive.

(InsideClimate News)

As Ticks Spread, New Disease Risks Threaten People, Pets and Livestock

Since 2013, the Asian longhorned tick has popped up in at least 11 U.S. states, mostly in the Northeast. As the new species is still feeling out its range in North America, other established ticks are expanding theirs as the climate changes and the planet warms—with consequences for humans and livestock.

(InsideClimate News)

A Climate Disaster Is Happening Every Week, UN Warns

Though most draw little international attention, climate disasters are happening at a rate of one per week, according to the UN. Large numbers of "lower impact events" causing death, displacement and suffering are occurring much faster than predicted, the UN has warned, saying work is urgently needed to prepare developing countries.

(The Guardian)

Record-Crushing Heat Torches Alaska as Anchorage Hits All-Time High of 90

The temperature in several southern Alaska cities soared higher Thursday than at any other time on record. Anchorage hit a high temperature of 90 degrees, topping the city's previous record by five degrees. 

(Washington Post)

U.S. Biofuel Quotas Would Get Modest Bump Under EPA Proposal

The Trump administration advanced plans to modestly raise U.S. biofuel-blending targets, leaving both oil industry representatives and biofuel proponents dissatisfied. Trump has touted a commitment to boosting ethanol, but the EPA has frequently waived biofuel quotas for oil refineries.

(Bloomberg)

Ancient Life Awakens Amid Thawing Ice Caps and Permafrost

For a few exceptional species, thawing ice caps and permafrost are starting to reveal an astonishing biological resilience. Researchers in a warming Arctic are discovering organisms, frozen and presumed dead for millennia, that can bear life anew. 

(Washington Post)

One to Fight Climate Change: Plant a Trillion Trees

Swiss scientists found that planting a trillion trees, covering an area roughly the size of the United States, could suck up nearly 830 billion tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. That's about as much carbon pollution as humans have emitted in the past 25 years.

(Associated Press)

As Floods Keep Coming, Cities Pay Residents to Move

Cities like Nashville are buying homes of residents in flood-prone areas and prohibiting future development. "Rebuilding out of harm's way can help avoid future devastation in a way that flood insurance cannot," said David Maurstad, head of the National Flood Insurance Program.

(The New York Times)

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