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07/19/2021

California Fire Prompts Evacuations; Oregon Blaze Balloons

The rapidly growing Tamarack Fire south of Lake Tahoe jumped a highway, prompting more evacuation orders Saturday, as critically dangerous wildfire weather loomed in the coming days, the Associated Press reports. That same day, the Bootleg Fire in Oregon grew significantly, reaching a size more than 100 square miles larger than the area of New York City.

(Associated Press)

Fourth Western Heat Wave Since June Bakes Northern Rockies

A summer of unrelenting heat in the western United States and Canada hit the northern Rockies this weekend, where temperatures reached the upper 90s and lower 100s, the New York Times reports. The heat wave, the fourth major one to hit the region since early June, is expected to peak on Monday but ease only slightly through the week.

(The New York Times)

Angela Merkel Calls for Climate Change Action as She Surveys Deadly German Flood Damage

Surveying the damage where shockingly destructive flooding in Western Europe left more than 180 people dead and thousands more missing, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for urgent action to fight climate change on Sunday, NBC News reports. Scientists have long said that global warming will lead to more of the kind of extreme weather that inundated Belgium and Germany last week.

(NBC News)

To Flee, or to Stay Until the End and Be Swallowed by the Sea

In the bayous of Louisiana, an Indigenous tribe on the Isle de Jean Charles faces a dire dilemma: relocate from their ancestral land or wait for the sea to engulf it, as scientists predict it will do within the next 50 years due to climate change. If tribal members decide to leave, the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw would become the nation’s first federally funded climate migrants.

(Inside Climate News)

A Lifeline for a Coal Plant Gives Hope to a North Dakota Town. Others See It as a Boondoggle

A North Dakota coal plant was facing closure until a buyer came forward with plans to retrofit it using carbon capture systems, a burgeoning technology that would suck carbon dioxide out of the air to be stored elsewhere. While some residents praised the move for saving jobs, others said it was only delaying the inevitable closure of the plant.

(Inside Climate News)

Eric Adams Said Next to Nothing About Climate Change During New York’s Recent Mayoral Primary

With little to say to voters about climate change and ties to real estate developers, environmental advocates worry about Eric Adams—New York City’s probable next mayor—and his plan for the city’s future in the face of climate change. Global warming didn’t play a major role in New York City’s mayoral primary election, but it will certainly loom large in the next mayor’s term.

(Inside Climate News)

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