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This blanket permit makes it easier to build pipelines. Advocates are suing to stop it.

Environmental advocacy groups are taking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to court over a permit that’s crucial for the construction of oil pipelines. A coalition of environmental advocacy organizations filed the lawsuit on Monday against the Army Corps, the federal agency that oversees civil works projects, over Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP12) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana.  A nationwide permit is a blanket...

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How weird, bouncy cell signals can help track wildfire smoke

This story was originally published by Wired and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. As massive bushfires raged across eastern Australia in January 2020, a deadly haze settled over Melbourne, an obvious signal for residents to stay indoors. Bouncing over their heads, though, was a less conspicuous signal: Cellular data was flying through the air in an odd pattern, one that scientists may be able to...

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How Berkshire Hathaway fed investors a flawed narrative about their climate progress

When Gregory Abel addressed investors at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting on Saturday, he painted a rosy picture of the company’s climate plans. Abel, who Warren Buffet has just named as his successor to run the multinational conglomerate, is currently CEO of subsidiary Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a holding company that owns several large utilities as well as oil and gas assets.  Abel told investors that the group...

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Why not turn airports into giant solar farms?

This story was originally published by Wired and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The next time you’re staring out a plane window during takeoff or landing, give the airport a scan. You’ll see hangars and other support buildings and, of course, the terminal. But mostly, you’ll see lots of empty space. Airplanes, as many aeronautical engineers have noted, like open spaces—for obvious reasons,...

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Is your home in a flood-prone zone? In most states, you won’t find out until after you buy.

Over the past two decades, the annual cost of flood damage in the United States has quadrupled. And as global temperatures continue to rise and extreme weather events intensify, scientists estimate such damage to homes could increase another 60 percent over the next 30 years. Yet despite these alarming numbers, many homeowners in the U.S. remain unaware of the risks their properties face: More than half of states do not have, or have...