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Jun 11, 2020. 12 comments

Study Suggests It's Time to Bring Back Sea Otters, Which Is Obviously a Good idea

Study Suggests It's Time to Bring Back Sea Otters, Which Is Obviously a Good idea

There were once hundreds of thousands of sea otters in the Pacific Northwest. Indigenous people hunted them sustainably for thousands of years. But in the 1740s, with the advent of the Pacific Maritime Fur Trade, people began hunting them at a far larger scale, selling their thick, luxurious fur for increasing profits. By the late 19th century, they were almost extinct.

A new study weighs the...

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Jun 11, 2020. 14 comments

The Economic Theory That Could Fuel a Climate Change Revolution

The Economic Theory That Could Fuel a Climate Change Revolution

Addressing climate change will require massive investments in everything from shoring up dams that

aren’t ready for future rainstorms to wind farms and workers. It’s a huge shift that will require reorienting the economy and the way the world works.

It’s a reflexive response to ask how the world could ever come up with the money to do all that and not go into major debt. But that reflex is...

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Jun 10, 2020. 7 comments

Siberian Officials Say Huge Diesel Spill Has Reached a Sensitive Arctic Lake

Siberian Officials Say Huge Diesel Spill Has Reached a Sensitive Arctic Lake

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major diesel spill from a power plant in Siberia has reached a fragile freshwater lake that leads to the Arctic Ocean, according to regional officials. That could create an ecological catastrophe.

Speaking to reporters earlier this week, Krasnoyarsk Territory Governor Alexander Uss said the spilled fuel has reached Lake Pyasino.

“This is a beautiful lake about 70 kilometers [43 miles] long,”...

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Jun 10, 2020. 18 comments

Trump’s Latest Rollback Will Allow Hunters to Shoot Wolf Pups and Bear Cubs in Their Dens

Trump’s Latest Rollback Will Allow Hunters to Shoot Wolf Pups and Bear Cubs in Their Dens

The Trump administration is finalizing a rule that will put animals in Alaska’s national preserves—including black bears, wolves and coyotes—in

danger . The change will allow hunters to use cruel tactics, including luring hibernating bears out of their dens with bacon and donuts and entering wolf dens with artificial light to slaughter mothers and their pups. It’s their latest attempt to slip...

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Jun 09, 2020. 10 comments

Tropical Depression Cristobal Could Make Historic Lake Superior Landfall

Tropical Depression Cristobal Could Make Historic Lake Superior Landfall

This has been the year of

murder hornets , massive locust invasions on two continents, and a sudden start to Atlantic hurricane season, among other oddities (not to mention the deadly pandemic). So perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that Lake Superior is set to see its first post-tropical cyclone ever recorded, and yet here we are.

Tropical Depression Cristobal is currently churning over the...

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Jun 09, 2020. 6 comments

These Weird-Ass Sea Creatures Live In ‘Snot Palaces’ That Capture Carbon

These Weird-Ass Sea Creatures Live In ‘Snot Palaces’ That Capture Carbon

Imagine the grossest home you’ve ever been to. Your beer-can littered college dorm room? The apartment of an ex-boyfriend who slept on a smelly, stained mattress on the floor? No matter what you’re thinking of, giant larvaceans’ homes probably top it.

These transparent marine invertebrates are related to plankton and look like giant tadpoles, with bulbous heads and wiggly, flat tails. They’re...

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Jun 09, 2020. 14 comments

BP CEO Calls Plan to Lay Off 10,000 Workers the 'Right Thing'

BP CEO Calls Plan to Lay Off 10,000 Workers the 'Right Thing'

The coronavirus pandemic has been a wild ride for the oil industry as it struggles to grapple with cratering demand for its main product. The biggest hits have been to small firms and middle-tier oil companies, but Big Oil is feeling the impacts, too.

In an email to staff on Monday that was also published on LinkedIn, BP CEO Bernard Looney announced the company would be laying off 10,000...

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Jun 04, 2020. 16 comments

Catastrophic Diesel Fuel Spill in Siberia Prompts State of Emergency

Catastrophic Diesel Fuel Spill in Siberia Prompts State of Emergency

Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared a state of emergency after an estimated 20,000 tons of diesel fuel poured out of a fuel tank and into a nearby river. The spill—possibly the worst of its kind in the Arctic region—is being attributed to melting permafrost, yet another sad impact of climate change.

The diesel spill happened last Friday afternoon at a power station near the Siberian...

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May 30, 2020. 14 comments

What's the Deal With All These Cicadas?

What's the Deal With All These Cicadas?

It’s like clockwork. Seasons change. Fads come and go. And, once every 17 years,

millions of cicadas emerge from the ground to scream. And scream. And scream.

This year, experts expect as many as 1.5 million cicadas per acre to emerge across parts of Virginia, North Carolina, and West Virginia after stewing underground for the better part of two decades. To put that into perspective, the last...

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May 22, 2020. 16 comments

Infrastructure Weak: Michigan Dam Collapse Vividly Captures the Dangers of Trump Deregulation

Infrastructure Weak: Michigan Dam Collapse Vividly Captures the Dangers of Trump Deregulation

The dam failures that

flooded entire swaths of Michigan on Wednesday didn’t just happen by chance. Boyce Hydro, the company that owns the two dams, has a history of ignoring federal regulations designed to prevent disasters like the floods from happening.

Yet just a day before their collapse, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to encourage further deregulation as part of his...

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May 18, 2020. 5 comments

The Arctic Is Unraveling as a Massive Heat Wave Grips the Region

The Arctic Is Unraveling as a Massive Heat Wave Grips the Region

It wouldn’t be spring in the climate change era without a massive heat wave in the Arctic.

Freakishly warm air has billowed up from Siberia over the Arctic Ocean and parts of Greenland, and the heat will only intensify in the coming days. The warmth is helping to spread widespread wildfires and to kickstart ice melt season early, both ominous signs of what summer could hold.

The Arctic has been...

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May 08, 2020. 3 comments

An Oil Spill and the Coronavirus Are Creating a Crisis in Ecuador's Amazon

An Oil Spill and the Coronavirus Are Creating a Crisis in Ecuador's Amazon

Imagine being told to shelter at home due to a global pandemic, only to have your home, drinking water, and food stores destroyed. It would be a nightmare, but that is exactly what happened for indigenous people in the Ecuadorian Amazon after a massive oil spill polluted two major rivers.

Indigenous leaders told Earther that attempts to contain the oil has been inadequate as has aid sent to...

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May 02, 2020. 5 comments

Siberian Wildfires Have Burned an Area More Than Three Times the Size of Delaware

Siberian Wildfires Have Burned an Area More Than Three Times the Size of Delaware

It’s spring in an era of rapid climate change so that means Russia is being lit up by monster fires. But in an era of coronavirus, a confluence of factors has made the wildfires even worse.

Russia has had a rough go of it this year. It set a record for its

hottest winter ever and Moscow basically skipped the season entirely. The heat has continued into spring, and now, the Siberian...

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May 02, 2020. 13 comments

We Should Bail Out Fossil Fuel Workers, Not the Industry

We Should Bail Out Fossil Fuel Workers, Not the Industry

This May Day, workers in pretty much every sector are struggling. In the wake of the covid-19 pandemic, the U.S. is almost surely facing Depression-era levels of unemployment. Fossil fuel workers are no exception.

On Thursday, the Federal Reserve announced changes to its emergency Main Street lending program which look a lot like a lifeline for struggling the oil and gas industry. That might...

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May 02, 2020. 20 comments

Shell: OK, We May Actually Be Fucked This Time

Shell: OK, We May Actually Be Fucked This Time

The coronavirus has sent oil demand plummeting, and it may never return to where it once was. In a stunning admission, Shell CFO Jessica Uhl told investors she sees “major demand destruction that we don’t even know will come back.”

There are countless metrics that show how absolutely bonkers and unheard of the current crisis is. Oil traded for negative dollars last week. Demand has dropped...

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May 01, 2020. 3 comments

NASA Space Lasers Offer 'Fantastically Detailed' Look at the World's Ice Loss

NASA Space Lasers Offer 'Fantastically Detailed' Look at the World's Ice Loss

The ice sheets are melting, and a new study research relies on state-of-the-art technology to reveal where the biggest losses are happening. It’s pretty freaking cool even if the results are bad news.

The findings, published in Science on Thursday, use space lasers to create a detailed view of the planet’s biggest pieces of ice. The team of researchers, which includes scientists from NASA and...

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May 01, 2020. 4 comments

The Seafloor Is Absolutely Littered in Microplastic

The Seafloor Is Absolutely Littered in Microplastic

Plastic garbage

floating on the ocean may draw the most outrage, but it accounts for just 1 percent of the 10 million tons of plastic that get into the world’s oceans every year. The rest of it ends up in the deep ocean, and new research has revealed where it’s accumulating.

Microplastic pollution is piling up on the ocean floor more than ever before, according to a study published in Science...

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May 01, 2020. 3 comments

These 5 Charts Show How the Coronavirus Is Affecting Global Energy Demand and Emissions

These 5 Charts Show How the Coronavirus Is Affecting Global Energy Demand and Emissions

As the global economy comes to a standstill amid the coronavirus, energy demand is set to drop a record amount.

The International Energy Agency released a report on Thursday that shows how this pandemic—which has killed at least 228,625 around the world—is affecting the energy sector. Due to lockdowns and the economic slump, IEA projects that energy demand will shrink by 6 percent in 2020....

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Apr 30, 2020. 5 comments

The Courts Are Failing Us on Climate Change

The Courts Are Failing Us on Climate Change

As governments have failed to take necessary action to contain the climate crisis and more evidence has become available showing that oil companies have spent decades lying to the public and shareholders, climate lawsuits

have  become  increasingly  common . Despite this, a new report from the Environmental Law Institute shows judges—while sympathetic to the gravity of the climate...

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Apr 30, 2020. 9 comments

Coronavirus Could Change Our Relationship With Trash

Coronavirus Could Change Our Relationship With Trash

The coronavirus caused Lauren Singer to do something she hasn’t done in eight years: she created waste.

Singer is one of the activists most associated with the waste-free movement. She first went viral in 2014 when her annual direct trash production was so small, it fit in a single mason jar. Since then, she’s opened a mecca for waste-reducing strivers, a shop called Package Free in...

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