Locust Swarms, Some 3 Times the Size of New York City, Are Eating Their Way Across Two Continents
Giant swarms of locusts are spreading across East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East, devouring crops that feed millions of people and threatening the regions with famine. Some scientists say global warming is contributing to proliferation of the destructive insects.
As Natural Disasters Strike, a New Fear: Relief Shelters May Spread Virus
As the U.S. rushes into disaster season, dealing with coast-to-coast storms, wildfires and flooding, federal officials now have an added crisis to worry about: How to stop tightly packed disaster-response shelters from becoming hot spots of coronavirus transmission.
(The New York Times)
Coronavirus and Climate Change Could Stretch FEMA Past Its Limit
With the Federal Emergency Management Agency now leading the coordination of the federal response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., and spring flood season just around the corner, some public health experts worry the agency—already short staffed by about 1,400 personnel—is stretched too thin.
Market Headwinds Buffet Appalachia’s Future as a Center for Petrochemicals
A proposed $5.7 billion ethane plant in Ohio could play a major role in the plastic industry's vision of transforming Appalachia into a major petrochemical hub. But the coronavirus pandemic, a crashing economy and cratering oil prices are all casting doubt on the plant's future and the industry's vision.
American Climate Video: On a Normal-Seeming Morning, the Fire Suddenly at Their Doorstep
Daniel Hill helped save his grandparents' home from the deadly 2018 Camp Fire. But the fire burned his parents' home to the ground. Climate change is making the state warmer and drier, leading to larger and more frequent fires and extending the fall fire season.
Coal Is Now the World’s Most Expensive Fossil Fuel
Coal, the dirtiest and usually the cheapest option for energy, is now the world's most expensive fossil fuel, Bloomberg reports. Oil's epic collapse over the past month means the global crude benchmark is now priced below the most widely traded coal contract on an energy-equivalent basis.
Traffic and Pollution Plummet as U.S. Cities Shut Down for Coronavirus
Satellite data shows that, in cities across the U.S., traffic on roads and highways—and subsequently pollution—has fallen dramatically over the past week as the coronavirus outbreak forces people to stay at home and everyday life grinds to a halt.
(The New York Times)
Warmest Oceans Ever Force Tuna Titan to Start Protecting Fish
As warming oceans threaten fish populations, a major global seafood producer that owns the Chicken of the Sea and John West brands is confronting the canned tuna industry over its responsibility to rein in climate change.