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10/12/2021

Raging Flood Waters Driven by Climate Change Threaten the Trans-Alaska Pipeline

Amid a looming threat of flooding around the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, a syndicate of oil companies is seeking authorization for a project to protect the pipeline. The increasing urgency to fortify sections of pipeline against floodwaters foreshadows a future in which infrastructure will face increasing assaults from a warming climate.

(Inside Climate News)

At Least 85 Percent of the World’s Population Has Been Affected by Human-Induced Climate Change, a New Study Shows

An analysis of more than 100,000 examples of extreme weather that could be tied to global warming showed that at least 85 percent of the world’s population has experienced crop failures, floods, heat waves or other climate-related events. The findings, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, add to a body of evidence showing that climate change is disrupting human life around the globe, the Washington Post reports.

(The Washington Post)

With a Warming Climate, Coastal Fog Around the World Is Declining

Fog is essential for plants, animals, agriculture and human health in coastal zones around the world. But many scientists believe that fog is declining. While the reasons for the decline are hard to decipher, climate change could be at play. And the stakes are high for ecosystems that depend on fog, like California’s redwood forest.

(Inside Climate News)

Restoring Utah National Monument Boundaries Highlights a New Tactic in the Biden Administration’s Climate Strategy

The debate about conserving the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments has long centered on Indigenous peoples. But with the Biden administration’s climate agenda, preserving those lands takes on new meaning, as the president points to the role of conserving and preserving nature in achieving ambitious climate goals. 

(Inside Climate News)

Inside the Massive and Costly Fight to Contain the Dixie Fire

Nine of California’s 20 largest fires have occurred since 2020, according to Cal Fire, the state’s agency responsible for fighting fires. The Dixie Fire, which burned nearly 1 million acres, has shown that as wildfires have grown in size, so has the price tag for fighting fires, the New York Times reports. Officials spent $610 million over three months to contain the state’s second-largest wildfire.

(The New York Times)

Warming Trends: A Delay in Autumn Leaves, More Bad News for Corals and the Vicious Cycle of War and Eco-Destruction

A new report shows why countries with degraded environments often also face violence, and vice versa. Climate change is expected to heighten these problems. Also, two young activists have written a children’s book about climate change, and Google Flights now lets customers compare trips by greenhouse gas emissions. It’s all in the latest Warming Trends. 

(Inside Climate News)

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