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How climate change helped fuel the U.S. lumber shortage

Bitcoin? Blasé. Gold? Going out of style. "The hottest commodity on the planet," according to Dustin Jalbert, an economist at th...
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A disability should not be a death sentence during a natural disaster

Out of the airplane window I saw a smoke plume in the distance towering thousands of feet above the burning forest floor. It was the 2019 Shady F...
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California is primed for a severe fire season, but just how bad is anybody’s guess

Weather events, human behavior and even luck will dictate whether 2021 goes down in the record books like 2020, when California wildfires burned ...
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Swift action to cut methane emissions could slow the Earth’s warming by 30 percent, study finds

Such reductions could have a crucial impact in the global effort to limit warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) compared to preindustr...
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Flooding tells ‘two different stories’ in Michigan

Climate disruption is revealing economic inequality.
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This might be the Senate’s most important climate vote ever

Halting the Trump rollback would mark a return to sanity — and should be just a start.
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Poor communities will likely need to be compensated as a result of climate change policies, study says

Lawmakers and scientists must come together to make sure policies aimed at mitigating climate change do not increase global poverty, according to...
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Washington joins Oregon, California, B.C. in passing low-carbon fuel standard

Changes may soon arrive at a gas pump near you thanks to new fuel standards that just landed on Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk.
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Biden releases money in push to modernize US electric grid

The president has said he wants the nation to produce 100% clean energy by 2035.
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After Fukushima, a fundamental renewable energy shift in Japan never happened. Could global climate concerns bring it today?

The power of entrenched utilities kept coal and nuclear-electricity on the grid, but a sake brewer in the prefecture devastated by the disaster i...
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Ford plans to develop and produce electric vehicle batteries

Saying that it wants to control the key technology for electric vehicles, Ford plans to open a battery development center near Detroit by the end...
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With seas rising, stalled research budgets must also rise

From 1900 to 2000, the ocean along the U.S. East Coast rose at twice the annual rate of the pace in the previous 19 centuries, according to a rec...
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