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05/19/2020

New Studies Show Global Warming Increasing Frequency of the Most-Destructive Tropical Storms

Climate change is driving up the frequency of the most powerful tropical cyclones, and the biggest increases are in already hard-hit areas like the American Southeast, the Caribbean and some coastal Asian countries, recent federal research shows. The findings come as residents watch Tropical Storm Arthur spin toward the Carolina coast ahead of the official start of the hurricane season.

(InsideClimate News)

India, Bangladesh Brace for One of the Biggest Tropical Storms in a Decade

Officials in India and Bangladesh were scrambling on Tuesday to move tens of thousands of villagers away from coasts expected to suffer widespread damage from a massive cyclone, a task complicated by efforts to fight coronavirus. Super Cyclone Amphan, which is one of the biggest storms the countries have faced in about a decade, is expected to hit India's coast on Wednesday.

(Reuters)

Americans See Climate as a Concern, Even Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Americans' positions on climate change have remained largely unshaken by the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis, according to a new national survey that showed acceptance of the reality of global warming at record highs in some categories. The findings surprised researchers, who expected coronavirus worries to displace ones about global warming.

(The New York Times)

ICYMI: The Largest Arctic Science Expedition in History Finds Itself on Increasingly Thin Ice

With nearly 600 specialists from 20 nations, the MOSAiC expedition is the most expensive Arctic expedition in history. Modeled after Fridtjof Nansen's journey 127 years ago, researchers drifted toward the North Pole in an icebreaker to study everything from fish below the ice to the clouds above it. But the warming climate they went to study—and now the coronavirus—threaten to end their mission.

(InsideClimate News)

PG&E Says Wildfire Victims Back Settlement in Bankruptcy

Pacific Gas & Electric said Monday that thousands of homeowners and businesses had overwhelmingly approved a $13.5 billion settlement for wildfires caused by the utility's equipment, one of the last major hurdles in its effort to resolve its bankruptcy. The deal requires the utility to begin compensating, as early as August, the roughly 70,000 victims who lost homes or other property to the fires.

(The New York Times)

Biden White House Would Yank Keystone XL Permit, Campaign Says

If elected president, Joe Biden would rescind the permit allowing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to cross the border into the U.S., a move that would effectively kill the controversial project, his campaign told POLITICO. President Trump last year signed a cross-border construction permit for the stalled project, which would carry 830,000 barrels of crude oil from Canada to the U.S.

(Politico)

Spain Set to Sign ‘Net Zero’ Law, Joining Other Wealthy European Nations

Spain is set to approve a bill on Tuesday setting out a path to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 by offsetting emissions with measures such as carbon capture or planting trees, Reuters reports. The country will join a handful of wealthy European nations, including Sweden, Britain and France, that also passed laws promising to go net-zero by mid-century. 

(Reuters)

EU Plans to Plant 3 Billion Trees in 10 Years to Help Thwart Plummeting Biodiversity

The European commission will launch a sweeping effort to tackle the global biodiversity crisis on Wednesday, including a call for 3 billion trees to be planted in the EU by 2030 and a plan to better protect the continent's last primeval forests, The Guardian reports.

(The Guardian)

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