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In California’s Klamath Basin, drought has long fueled tensions between growers, who depend on the water for irrigation, and the Klamath Tribes, who hold two protected fish species as sacred. So when the government cut off access to water for irrigation this summer, it reignited a decades-old feud between the groups over who gets to use what water remains. Is there a solution? Not long ago, one was on the table. Why did it vanish?

Also this week, a new study published in the scientific journal Nature confirmed the fear that many climate scientists had long been warning about: That the Amazon rainforest is now starting to release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than the trees can suck up, thanks to deforestation and fires. “There is no doubt,” the Amazon is now a “source” of planet-warming emissions, the lead author of the study told Inside Climate News.

The Government Cut Off Water to Farmers in the Klamath Basin. It Reignited a Decades-Old War Over Water and Fish
BY: ANNE MARSHALL-CHALMERS
Drought has long fueled tensions between growers, who depend on the water for irrigation, and the Klamath Tribes, who hold two protected fish species as sacred.
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Planes Sampling Air Above the Amazon Find the Rainforest is Releasing More Carbon Than it Stores
BY: GEORGINA GUSTIN
The study, which found greater depletion of carbon storage in the heavily deforested eastern Amazon, confirmed previous research that used satellites or hands-on measuring techniques.
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Thawing Permafrost has Damaged the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and Poses an Ongoing Threat
BY: DAVID HASEMYER
The pipeline operator is repairing damage to its supports caused by a sliding slope of permafrost, and installing chillers to keep the ground around it frozen.
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A Delta in Distress
BY: LIZA GROSS
Global warming endangers the viability of the most crucial water resource for California’s cities and agricultural industry, state officials warn.
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Many Nations Receive Failing Scores on Climate Change and Health
BY: KATIE LIVINGSTONE
A new report says the European Union and the United States, among others, need to go much farther in addressing human health impacts in their national climate change commitments.
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EPA Struggles to Track Methane Emissions From Landfills. Here’s Why It Matters
BY: JAMES BRUGGERS, PHIL MCKENNA, AMY GREEN & ROBERT BENINCASA
Amid reports of “super emitters,” experts say getting the emissions numbers right is essential to curbing a potent climate pollutant.
Houston’s Mayor Asks EPA to Probe Contaminants at Rail Site Associated With Nearby Cancer Clusters
BY: AMAN AZHAR
Sylvester Turner’s request comes after Texas health officials found elevated incidences of leukemia and numerous cancers in the city’s predominantly Black Fifth Ward.
Inside Clean Energy: Lawsuit Recalls How Elon Musk Was King of Rooftop Solar and then Lost It
BY: DAN GEARINO
Tesla’s 2016 purchase of SolarCity helped to set the stage for today’s U.S. rooftop solar market.
A Colorado Home Wins the Solar Decathlon, But Still Helps Cook the Planet
BY: PHIL MCKENNA
Air-source heat pumps perform well in cold climates. Why do they rely on a potent greenhouse gas?
ICYMI
For Farmworkers, Heat Too Often Means Needless Death
BY: LIZA GROSS
Advocates say the case of an undocumented Oregon worker during the record-breaking Pacific Northwest heatwave exposes the deadly toll of failed U.S. immigration law.
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TODAY'S CLIMATE


Germany’s Worst Rainfall in a Century Leaves Over 100 Dead and Many More Missing
(CNN)

Oregon Wildfire Displaces 2,000 Residents as Blazes Flare Across the American West
(Reuters)

EU’s Sweeping Climate Plan Includes a Gasoline Car Ban, a Carbon Border Tax and More
(BBC)

Biden to Restore Protections for Tongass National Forest in Alaska
(The New York Times)

Extreme Heat Could Kill Nearly All Young Salmon in the Sacramento River, Officials Say
(CNN)
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