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Saturday Stories: Vaccines Will Work, The Vaccine Whisperer Hilda Bastian, And The Secret Life of SARs-CoV2

Posted February 27, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Angela L. Rasmussen, in the New York Times, explains how yes, the vaccines will work to stop the spread.
Julia Belluz, in Vox, interviews the inimitable Hilda Bastian, the scientist who has been right on COVID vaccines every step of the way. 

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Analysis: How Exxon Is Being Forced To Accept The Reality Of Bad Fossil Fuel Investments

Posted February 26, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 8 minsLast August, ExxonMobil warned that it may need to remove 20 percent of its oil and gas proved reserves from its books. While that was a shocking number from the oil major, reality proved to be even more of a shock to the company. On F…

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Fossil Freeze: Deadly Texas Catastrophe Shows How Natural Gas Systems Can Fail when Demand Spikes

Posted February 26, 2021 by Sharon Kelly

Read time: 16 minsAs temperatures across Texas plunged in mid-February, memes showing frozen wind turbines — some including misleading photos from Europe in 2015 — spread rapidly on social media.Tags: texasRick Perrynatural gas pipelinesextreme we…

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From Pollution to the Pandemic, Racial Equity Eludes Louisiana’s Cancer Alley Community

Posted February 25, 2021 by Julie Dermansky

Read time: 12 minsMary Hampton, president of the Concerned Citizens of St. John the Baptist Parish, a community group in Louisiana fighting for clean air, opted to do everything in her power to avoid getting the coronavirus after Robert Taylor, the gro…

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From Capture to Culture: Aquaculture in the US

Posted February 24, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 7 minsAs the Biden administration turns to environmental concerns, one of its top priorities will be how to better protect the world’s oceans. With more than 80 percent of the world’s fish stocks at or near collapse, some marine conservation…

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‘No Safe Amount’: Environmentalists Sound Alarm Over Texas Refineries’ Release of Hundreds of Thousands of Pounds of Pollutants During Storm

Posted February 23, 2021 by guest

Read time: 3 minsBy Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams

Texas oil refineries released hundreds of thousands of pounds of pollutants including benzene, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, and sulfur dioxide into the air as they scrambled to shut down during la…

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Saturday Stories: Which Vaccine Should You Get, And Summertime

Posted February 20, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, in The Guardian, discusses which vaccine you should get.James Hamblin, in The Atlantic, on what summer might look like (in the US mind you, here in Canada, given our exceedingly slow pace of vaccination, this might not apply)

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Why the US Rejoining the Paris Climate Accord Matters at Home and Abroad — 5 Scholars Explain

Posted February 20, 2021 by guest

Read time: 7 minsBy Morgan Bazilian, Colorado School of Mines; Deb Niemeier, University of Maryland; Edward R. Carr, Clark University; Kristie Ebi, University of Washington, and Walt Meier, NASA

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Fire at Oil and Gas Waste Site Raises Safety Concerns Around Possible Radioactive Accidents

Posted February 18, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 12 minsOn the evening of February 1, a fire erupted at a West Virginia facility that processes radioactive oilfield waste generated from nearby fracking operations, injuring two workers. A video of the fire captured by local news station WTR…

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Environmental Groups Fight Back Against Alberta’s ‘Anti-Energy’ Inquiry

Posted February 17, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 6 minsAn 18-month inquiry led by the province of Alberta into environmental groups opposed to Canadian tar sands is nearing completion, but a Canadian NGO wants the CA$3.5 million inquiry disbanded, alleging that it was improperly establishe…

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Analysis: The Natural Gas Industry Is Trying To Deny How Affordable Renewable Energy Is

Posted February 17, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 10 minsFossil fuel industry supporters and climate deniers are pushing a new climate falsehood when it comes to renewable energy: that natural gas offers a more affordable future. And they’re focusing their misinformation campaign on New Jer…

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Climate Deniers Backed Violence and Spread Pro-Insurrection Messages Before, During, and After January 6

Posted February 16, 2021 by Sharon Kelly

Read time: 12 minsOn the evening of January 6, 2021, the day of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, former coal mining executive Don Blankenship, who ran against Donald Trump as a third-party candidate in the 2020 election, began an all-caps Twitter …

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Environmental Activists in Louisiana Call on Senator Cassidy to ‘Do No Harm’

Posted February 16, 2021 by Julie Dermansky

Read time: 8 mins“It took courage for Senator Cassidy to vote against Trump,” Sharon Lavigne, the founder of the faith-based grassroots organization RISE St. James, said about the Louisiana Republican after the impeachment hearing of the former preside…

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted February 13, 2021 by Anonymous

Sort of a lousy day, really — stupid cold, and Trump is found GUILTY but he skates away without any penalties so far. Well, anyway, here’s some funny tweets just to lighten the mood for Valentine’s Day:

Just fit in to some of my old clothes from 20 years ago. Feeling pretty proud.
It’s a scarf by the way but its a start.

— mariana Z (@mariana057) January 29, 2021

Just gonna leave this here… pic.twitter.com/VZ8wXkOOVS

— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) February 10, 2021

😂😂
pic.twitter.com/sESspGCxxs

— Mystery Solvent (@MysterySolvent) February 11, 2021

Cats, y’all…pic.twitter.com/cmIhWmeGmJ

— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) February 10, 2021

Well well, how the turntables…

📹: Imgur user Chingelmarie pic.twitter.com/kHWvi0OkxO

— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) February 11, 2021

Life goals: Find someone who loves you even half as much as this dog loves opera. 🔊 🆙

📹: Imgur user MonStar1203 pic.twitter.com/neVHObBNzc

— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) February 1, 2021

Cute.🐯🐾⛄️ pic.twitter.com/XAl5hQ1EAJ

— Andrei (@AndreiAndrei63) January 24, 2021

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Saturday Stories: No Herd Immunity Without Vaccines, Hygiene Theatre, And Sleepwalking Into Disaster

Posted February 13, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Michaeleen Doucleff, in NPR, explains how a small town in Brazil has tragically shown us that without vaccines, herd immunity is impossible.Derek Thompson, in The Atlantic, on the waste of resources and the disinformation that is hygiene theatreBrooks…

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Appalachian Fracking Boom Was a Jobs Bust, Finds New Report

Posted February 11, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 7 minsThe decade-long fracking boom in Appalachia has not led to significant job growth, and despite the region’s extraordinary levels of natural gas production, the industry’s promise of prosperity has “turned into almost nothing,” accordin…

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Shell’s ‘Delusional’ Net Zero Strategy Commits $8 Billion to Fossil Fuels

Posted February 11, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 4 minsShell’s new net zero strategy is “grotesque” and includes an “impossible” reliance on tree-planting, campaigners have claimed.

The oil major today revealed an “accelerated” strategy to reduce oil production and decarbonise its product…

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Fossil Fuel Air Pollution Linked to 1 in 5 Deaths Globally, New Study Reveals

Posted February 9, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 5 minsFossil fuel air pollution is responsible for roughly one in five deaths worldwide, a much higher death toll than previously thought, according to a new study published Tuesday.

Poor air quality from burning fossil fuels such as coal …

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Saturday Stories: The Australian Response, The Brazilian Variant, And The Russian Vaccine

Posted February 6, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Damien Cave, in The New York Times, on how Australia is maintaining near normalcy of life in the time of COVID19
James Hamblin, in the Atlantic, on the Brazilian variant that’s currently rampaging through a city that had been thought to be immune due …

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Living With Natural Gas Pipelines: Appalachian Landowners Describe Fear, Anxiety and Loss

Posted February 5, 2021 by guest

Read time: 7 minsBy Erin Brock Carlson, West Virginia University and Martina Angela Caretta, Lund University

More than 2 million miles of natural gas pipelines run throughout the United States. In Appalachia, they spread like spaghetti across the regi…

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£335: The Price of Tullow Oil’s Environmental Failings — and a Boy’s Funeral

Posted February 4, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 8 minsFollowing a disputed presidential election at the end of 2007, violence broke out in Kenya that saw thousands of people displaced from their homes and left more than 1,000 dead.

Among the displaced was Joseph Loree, a 58-year-old fath…

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$1 Trillion in Oil and Gas Pipelines Worldwide Could Become Stranded Assets, New Report Warns

Posted February 4, 2021 by Sharon Kelly

Read time: 9 minsOn January 7, 2021, Energy Transfer was notified by its insurer, Westchester Fire Insurance Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that it had lost a $250,000 surety bond for the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) — a bond that Iowa, one of the…

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New Mexico Families in Oil and Gas ‘Waste Zone’ Seek Help

Posted February 3, 2021 by guest

Read time: 12 minsBy Jerry Redfern

This story originally appeared in Capital & Main and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story.

“Something just blew up!”

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Campaigners Claim ‘Historic Win’ as France Found Guilty of Climate Inaction

Posted February 3, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 4 minsThe French state has been found guilty of climate action in what campaigners have dubbed “the case of the century”. 

Today the Paris administrative court concluded France has failed to do enough to meet its own commitments on the clim…

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Opinion: Bakken Oil Trains Unsafe at any Speed due to Volatile Oil

Posted February 2, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 12 minsOn December 22, 2020, a train carrying over 100 tank cars of Bakken oil derailed and caught fire in the small Washington town of Custer. This accident highlights how the regulatory system has failed to protect the public and — in the …

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Exclusive: Whistleblower Accuses Exxon of ‘Fraudulent’ Behavior for Overvaluing Fracking Assets For Years

Posted February 2, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 7 minsExxonMobil announced a $19.3 billion write-down on Tuesday, a big hit to a company reeling from depressed oil and gas prices and a rapidly changing global energy market.

The write-down reduces the value of the assets on Exxon’s books…

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Saturday Stories: Vaccines Alone Aren’t Enough, Women And Vaccines, Why Every Country Should Be Aiming At #COVIDZero, J&J And Novavax

Posted January 30, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Angela Rasmussen, in Slate, on how we can’t rely on vaccines alone to end this pandemic (this is especially true right now in Canada where our vaccination program is barely off the ground)
Alice Lu-Culligan and Akiko Iwasaki, in the New York Times, on…

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Evidence Shows Oil Industry Flaring in Texas Being Done Without Permits

Posted January 29, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 7 minsIn 2019 and 2020, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) conducted three helicopter surveys over the oil fields of West Texas. Flying over flare stacks at more than three hundred oil and gas drilling sites, EDF staff used infrared camera…

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How U.S. Crude Oil Exports Are Hastening the Demise of the Oil Industry

Posted January 28, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 12 minsWhen Congress lifted the export ban on U.S. crude oil in December of 2015 to allow for exports beginning in 2016, the oil industry celebrated. However, looking back at the impact of lifting the 40-year-old ban, it appears the move has…

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Alberta Inquiry Steps into a Past Era’s Dark Denial

Posted January 27, 2021 by David Suzuki

Read time: 4 minsThat anyone today could deny the overwhelming and incontrovertible evidence for human-caused climate disruption is shocking. You don’t even need a science background to see its worsening effects occurring worldwide, from record-high te…

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Oil Industry Inflates Job Impact From Biden’s New Pause on Drilling on Federal Lands

Posted January 27, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 7 minsOn Wednesday, President Biden signed an executive order directing his Department of Interior to hit pause on entering new leases for oil and gas drilling on federal lands, the latest in a string of climate-related directives aimed at c…

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Back to normal

Posted January 27, 2021 by Anonymous

What a relief it is to just have normal politics-as-usual going on everywhere these days – blaming Trudeau for stuff that isn’t his fault, blaming O’Toole for stuff that IS his fault, watching Biden taking over the US government, its all good these day…

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Regulators Discuss LNG-by-Rail Safety Concerns — After Approving New Rule To Allow Transporting LNG by Rail

Posted January 26, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 12 minsNew regulations were announced by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) in July 2020 allowing the transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail.

That same month, PHMSA released the interim report …

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Saturday Stories: Anti-Vaxxer COVID Playbook, A Potentially Scarier Variant, And Ontario’s Abysmal Response To Date

Posted January 23, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Scott Gavura, in Science Based Medicine, on the anti-vaxx campaign to erode confidence in COVID vaccines.Julia Belluz and Umair Irfan, in Vox, on the new South African COVID variant that may challenge current vaccines.André Picard and Adalsteinn Brown…

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Scenes from a Locked-Down Washington D.C. as Biden Takes the Reins

Posted January 22, 2021 by Julie Dermansky

Read time: 11 minsA few hours before President Joe Biden was inaugurated, I talked to a supporter of President Donald Trump in Washington D.C. who was on her way to celebrate Trump’s inauguration at The Ellipse, a federal park near the White House. She…

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Cheaper Solar Power Means Low-income Families Can Also Benefit — With the Right Kind of Help

Posted January 21, 2021 by guest

Read time: 6 minsBy Galen Barbose Eric O’Shaughnessy, and Ryan Wiser of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Until recently, rooftop solar panels were a clean energy technology that only wealthy Americans could afford. But prices have dropped, thanks…

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Two Major Pacific Northwest Fossil Fuel Projects Dealt Massive Setbacks In One Day

Posted January 20, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 6 minsTwo enormous fossil fuel projects in the Pacific Northwest suffered devastating setbacks on Tuesday, severely dimming their prospects of ever moving forward.

On President Donald Trump’s last full day in office, the Federal Energy Reg…

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Nah nah nah nah Goodbye

Posted January 19, 2021 by Anonymous

Cartoon for @chronicleherald #trump #BidenHarrisInauguration #BidenHarris #TrumpTreason pic.twitter.com/t5Wm5V3OSX

— Michael de Adder (@deAdder) January 19, 2021

And so after four years as a failed president, tomorrow Donald Trump will return to his previous career as a failed businessman.

— Victor Laszlo (@Impolitics) January 19, 2021

It feels a bit like Christmas Eve, but you already know what you’ll get when you open the present. A restoration of American democracy, decency, and hope.

— Dan Rather (@DanRather) January 19, 2021

I’m like a little kid on Democracy Eve

— Tom and Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) January 19, 2021

would he settle for me launching water balloons filled with cat piss at him as he’s wheeled out of town in a garbage can https://t.co/QtqNmum4ri

— kilgore trout, brad r’s brother (@KT_So_It_Goes) January 15, 2021

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Saturday Stories: The Myths Of Pandemic Fatigue, COVID Is Absolutely Controllable, And On Being A Female Expert

Posted January 16, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

If you’re not already following Dr. Popescu, you should be.
Stephen Reicher and John Drury, in the BMJ, on how adherence to COVID recommendations is reliant more on resources and less on motivation or energy.Gideon M-K, in Medium, with the plain truth …

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What happened on 1/6, and what will happen next

Posted January 14, 2021 by Anonymous

Here’s a map I found that illustrates the Jan 6 Trump Insurrection: The New York Times has an excellent interactive article which describes how the attack on the US Capital building went, and here’s an article from the Washington Post describing what W…

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