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Harvard receives $200 million gift for new climate institute

Thursday - Harvard University announced yesterday that it had received a $200 million gift from Melanie and Jean Eric Salata, which it will use to establish the Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability, providing a campus hub for multidisciplinary research and education about climate and the environment.

US Navy holding climate change war games

Wednesday - THE US Navy next week will host an open-source table-top wargame to experiment with how climate change could affect a future conflict, a service official said today.

Is moss a climate change superhero in disugise?

Tuesday - Ask most gardeners what they think of moss and the chances are you will get a string of expletives in return.

New England Medical Journal weighs in climate change

17 Jun 22 - The New England Journal of Medicine kicks off a series of articles Thursday with an examination of the effects of air pollution on children’s health.

Carbon tariffs are coming. Here’s how the U.S. is preparing

17 Jun 22 - The world’s first carbon border fee was always expected to roil nations that export their emissions through polluting goods. Now it could go further than originally proposed.

This CRISPR pioneer wants to capture more carbon with crops

15 Jun 22 - Plants are the original carbon capture factories—and a new research program aims to make them better ones by using gene editing.

‘Aggressive’ policies needed to curb airline emissions and meet Paris goals: report

15 Jun 22 - One highly touted way of reducing one’s carbon footprint is to cut down on fossil fuel use in everyday life. For many Americans, this can mean finding transportation alternatives to air travel.

Industry-linked sustainability standard allows clothing giants to ramp up emissions

10 Jun 22 - More than a decade ago, the clothing world’s ultimate would-be do-gooder, Patagonia, partnered with Walmart to clean up the fashion industry’s environmental image. The reason was obvious: The garment...

Prometheus Materials uses algae-based cement to make masonry blocks

10 Jun 22 - Colorado-based Prometheus Materials has developed masonry blocks from a low-carbon cement-like material grown from micro-algae.

US landfills are getting a second life as solar farms

9 Jun 22 - When landfills get capped and grassed over, they have the appearance of lush, rolling hills. Despite their green appearance, however, these sites are known as “brownfields”—a term for an...

L.A. is banning most gas appliances in new homes

3 Jun 22 - Citing the climate crisis, the Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to ban most gas appliances in new construction, a policy that’s expected to result in new homes and businesses coming equipped...

The US has fallen way behind on climate goals

1 Jun 22 - The US is doing a pretty horrible job of following through on promises it’s made to tackle climate change, according to two separate new studies.

Yes, you can save lives by planting trees, a new study says

1 Jun 22 - It’s hard not to love trees. They provide us with shade during the scorching heat of summer, help clean the air and water, and improve our physical and mental well-being. Now, a recent study has...

How mass shootings, ecofascism and climate change got tied together

30 May 22 - Two recent mass shootings in communities of color are renewing fears among environmental groups and climate activists that a growing number of young men are adopting racist right-wing ideologies to...

U.S. proposal could change the way oil companies report their carbon footprint

30 May 22 - The officially disclosed carbon footprints of Canada's largest oil companies could balloon in size if tough new climate rules proposed earlier this year by a U.S. regulator come into effect.

Carbon credit standards body Verra suspends blockchain, crypto tokenization

27 May 22 - Yesterday Verra, the Washington-based non-profit that sets voluntary carbon credit standards, said it is immediately stopping the practice of creating blockchain tokens or instruments based on...

The U.S. has spent more than $2 billion on a plan to save salmon. The fish are vanishing anyway.

26 May 22 - The U.S. government promised Native tribes in the Pacific Northwest that they could keep fishing as they’d always done. But instead of preserving wild salmon, it propped up a failing system of...

Massachusetts climate change case against Exxon can proceed, court rules

26 May 22 - A lawsuit by the state of Massachusetts accusing ExxonMobil of misleading the public about climate change can go forward, the state's highest court has ruled. Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court on...

How San Francisco cracked the urban composting code

25 May 22 - California’s environmental achievements are something to behold. The state ranks first in the U.S. for growth in solar power generation and battery storage. It’s the national leader in cumulative...

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