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Cannabis is a climate villain, thanks to federal prohibition

Cultivating weed can be an emissions-heavy industry, and requiring each state to grow its own is making it worse
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Melting ice in Arctic linked to bowhead whales holding off annual migration

Researchers in Canada find that population did not bother making the 6,000km roundtrip in 2018-2019.
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Also roaring back from pandemic: Earth-warming emissions

Global warming emissions are expected to spike this year as the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic and economies begin to recover.
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The predictable economic effects of climate change have started to appear

The United States had years to prepare for the new economic reality. It often chose not to.
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‘Within minutes I was weeping’: The US pastor using scripture to mobilize climate action

Religious leaders, who know how to relate to communities on an emotional level, may be best positioned to convince people to support climate acti...
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Cities confront climate challenge: How to move from gas to electricity

Ending the use of fossil fuels to heat homes and buildings is a key challenge for cities hoping to achieve net-zero emissions. Nowhere is that mo...
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Americans want more renewable energy. Can ‘community choice’ help them get it?

Frustrated by slow uptake of renewable power sources, some communities are taking their power needs into their own hands.
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Investment firms and lenders join net zero pledges

As part of his climate week, President Biden wants to convince private finance firms to agree to net zero targets and to agree on directing capit...
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Coal is set to roar back, and so are its climate risks

To slow down climate change, new coal projects need to end. A global forecast this week shows demand rising sharply.
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Hungry, hungry microbes in tree bark gobble up methane

Bad news: Trees emit methane, a greenhouse gas. Good news: Some are home to bacteria that can't get enough of it.
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Food systems drive a third of greenhouse gas emissions, study estimates

Experts say that reform is needed to make food systems more sustainable, and to function within the Earth's planetary boundaries.
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A Biden climate order fails, leaving agencies grasping

On his first day in office, President Biden signed an executive order reinstating a flood protection policy that former President Trump had revok...
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