Looking to the Climate Future #129

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Deepnews Digest #129

Looking to the Climate Future

Editor: Christopher Brennan
The past weeks have seen disastrous weather events, from scorching heat waves in the U.S. and Canada to flooding in Europe, linked to the effects of climate change. For a subject that touches every person on Earth, our algorithm can help identify stories of struggle from around the world as well as efforts by some in power to try to move society away from carbon emissions. There’s a lot to take in, and these stories highlighted by our model add something to the conversation.

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Yale 360

Once a Rich Desert River, the Gila Struggles to Keep Flowing

The Gila was once a vibrant desert river, providing a lifeline for the riparian habitat and wildlife that depended on it in the U.S. Southwest. But population growth, agricultural withdrawals, and, increasingly, climate change have badly diminished the river and threaten its future.

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The Economist ($)

A Greek island is to host an experiment in low-carbon living

A island in the central Aegean hopes to become Greece’s first carbon-free tourist destination. Under a deal with the government, Volkswagen, a carmaker, has donated several new electric vehicles for use by Astypalea’s public services; it will sell others at cost price to its 1,200 year-round residents. In return, the government has bumped up subsidies for islanders to buy electric cars and will build a hybrid solar and wind-fuelled power plant to replace a cluster of polluting diesel-fired generators.

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Mother Jones

Democrats Promised “No Climate, No Deal.” But They Haven’t Decided What That Means.

From a distance, they were a swarm of black and yellow—T-shirts, signs, and flat brim caps all fusing into an agitated squall near the White House on a steamy Friday morning in early June. More than 60 young activists wearing the uniform of the Sunrise Movement, a youth-led climate group, snaked their way around the building’s perimeter, chanting and hoisting signs to remind the president, “Our future is nonnegotiable.”

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Science News

The first step in using trees to slow climate change: Protect the trees we have

Between a death and a burial was hardly the best time to show up in a remote village in Madagascar to make a pitch for forest protection. Bad timing, however, turned out to be the easy problem

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BBC

F1 boss says hydrogen could be future

Hydrogen-powered cars could be the future of Formula 1, according to F1 managing director for motorsports Ross Brawn.

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Editor’s Note:

Initiatives such as the EU’s Fit for 55 have focused on emissions standards for cars, though changes around the world impact vehicles beyond those on regular roads. Here our algorithm highlighted a piece from the world of sports that you may have missed. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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Mongabay

Atmospheric carbon dioxide and warming shaped past Indian monsoons: study

Scientists reconstructed the South Asian summer monsoon rainfall going back to 0.9 million years, using sediment cores extracted from the Bay of Bengal.

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South China Morning Post

Alibaba, Tencent-backed second-hand e-commerce firms boosted by decarbonisation push

AiHuiShou has raised US$227 million through an IPO in New York and Tencent-backed Zhuanzhuan has raised about US$550 million through private equity fundraising rounds

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Quartz

The era of polluting the atmosphere for free is coming to a close

The price of carbon has never been higher. In April, a metric ton of carbon in Europe traded above $50 for the first time — and then kept rising, smashing through the ceiling set over the last decade. Global carbon prices have followed suit, breaking national records from the US to China.

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The Tyee

Canada Spent $23 Billion to Support Pipelines in Just Three Years

Canadian pipelines have received over $23 billion in support from federal and provincial governments over the past three years, according to a new report from the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

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Nieman Lab

If you’re not a climate reporter yet, you will be: Covid-19 coverage offers lessons for reporting on the climate crisis

The degree of interdisciplinary collaboration with the science desk is new, and it could prove a model for how news organizations cover the climate crisis.

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Editor’s Note:

Important shifts have happened not only in action against climate change but in how we talk about it. Here our algorithm highlighted a piece from Wolfgang Blau on how journalism needs to cover the issue. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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Associated Press

Oil drilling digs deeper under Biden’s watch

More than 2,100 oil permits have been approved since January despite President Joe Biden’s campaign pledges to end new drilling on federal lands. While a drilling ban would reduce emissions, it could also hinder bipartisan cooperation on clean energy, analysts say.

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MIT

Waging a two-pronged campaign against climate change

If nuclear energy is to play a pivotal role in securing a low-carbon future, researchers must not only develop a new generation of powerful and cost-efficient nuclear power plants, but provide stakeholders with the tools for making smart investment choices among these advanced reactors. W. Robb “Robbie” Stewart, a doctoral candidate in the MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE), is working on both these problems.

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NY Times

Opinion | It Seems Odd That We Would Just Let the World Burn

I spent the weekend reading a book I wasn’t entirely comfortable being seen with in public. Andreas Malm’s “How to Blow Up a Pipeline” is only slightly inaptly named. You won’t find, anywhere inside, instructions on sabotaging energy infrastructure. A truer title would be “Why to Blow Up a Pipeline.” On this, Malm’s case is straightforward: Because nothing else has worked.

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Grist

A $100 billion promise holds the Paris Agreement together. Now, it’s coming apart.

For decades, rich and poor countries were trapped in a stalemate over how to deal with the carbon-dioxide coated, rapidly overheating planet. The United States and other developed countries — responsible for more than half of the world’s CO2 emissions to date — refused to cut emissions unless poorer countries chipped in. For their part, developing countries, led by China and India, argued that it was unfair to be asked to cut back on the fossil fuels that had already brought rich countries electricity, washing machines, and relative economic prosperity.

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Nature

Climate change made deadly heatwave 150 times more likely

The devastating heatwave that struck parts of Canada and the United States late last month would have been extremely unlikely without global warming, researchers have concluded.

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Editor’s Note:

There is of course a difference between climate and weather, though scientists closely examine extreme weather events and global warming. Here our algorithm highlighted Quirin Schiermeier speaking to researchers. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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Lexology

Energy Tech: Electric Vehicles and Decentralising Energy Storage Systems

Electronic vehicle (EV) adoption is an important part of the transition to a low carbon energy future, but rapid EV uptake will create drastic changes in electricity demand, potentially resulting in voltage imbalance and the need for network reinforcement. However, the EV itself may provide part of the solution. With vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, EVs’ batteries become a storage device when parked.

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Forbes

Discovery Of Mediterranean Sea Hotspot Could Transform Our Understanding Of Climate Change

A recent expedition off Israel’s coast that was part of a long-term collaboration among the University of Haifa’s Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Inter-University Institute of Marine Research uncovered what researchers described as a biologically diverse paradise, including a rich food web based on methane, hundreds of deep-water sharks and the largest concentration of shark eggs ever found.

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Bruegel

Fit for 55 marks Europe’s climate moment of truth

The European Commission’s long-awaited ‘Fit for 55’ package, intended to facilitate a European Union greenhouse gas emissions cut of 55% by 2030 compared to 1990, has as its core mission to turn the 2020s into a transformative decade for climate action. If agreed and implemented, the Fit for 55 proposals (Figure 1) would both deepen and broaden the decarbonisation of Europe’s economy to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Without the package, under current EU climate legislation, Europe will only achieve a 60% emissions reduction by 2050.

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The Conversation

‘Megadrought’ along border strains US-Mexico water relations

The United States and Mexico are tussling over their dwindling shared water supplies after years of unprecedented heat and insufficient rainfall.

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The Narwhal

What’s behind the driest year for Lake Ontario since 1966? | The Narwhal

On Wolfe Island in Lake Ontario, Mark Mattson has always seen water levels rise and fall from his home.

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