Author: Noah Hughes

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U.N. chief warns we’re on a ‘highway to climate hell’

Last month, world leaders gathered in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt for COP27 to discuss the current state of climate change and how to address it. Government heads are facing calls to cut emissions further and follow through on the promise to offer financial assistance to developing countries that are already facing the devasting impacts of rising […]

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How forest thinning waste could fund California wildfire prevention

Reducing catastrophic wildfire is one of the state’s most challenging climate problems. A recent study by researchers at UCLA and the University of Chicago found that wildfire carbon emissions from the 2020 fire season alone were more than double the amount of overall emissions reduced in California from 2003 to 2019.  The state set a goal of treating 1 […]

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Save money and reduce climate change

Speakers at a recent Power Forum sponsored by the Willits Economic Localization group shared new information about Mendocino County’s local transition to a carbon-free future, advice for coping with power outages, and how to save money on energy. Keith Rutledge of Renewable Energy Development Institute (REDI) in Willits and Geof Syphers, CEO of Sonoma Clean […]

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Climate Change Denial Makes an Untimely Comeback

When researchers set out to study the effects of disinformation on global populations, they discovered something surprising: a huge resurgence in climate denial in 2022. In the past year, climate science has been clearer than ever. Three recent reports from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have warned that we must make urgent changes. […]

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How metal-munching microbes help the rare, toxic element tellurium circulate in the environment

New technologies often mean elements start moving through the environment in new ways. Take lead plumbing: it helped provide access to fresh water for the masses, but left a toxic legacy that remains to this day. As we transition away from fossil fuels, we are turning to technologies reliant on rare elements that had few uses […]

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Forests could absorb nearly all New England’s carbon, report says

A major new report suggests that with a handful of strategies New England’s 32 million acres of forests, which cover about three-quarters of the region, could eventually come close to absorbing 100 percent of all the carbon produced by the six states. The report, “New England’s Climate Imperative,” commissioned by the conservation nonprofit the Highstead Foundation and led […]

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Kenyan Teen Hopes to Catch FIFA’s Attention — Not for His Soccer Skills

Lesein Mutunkei, an 18-year-old from Kenya plants 11 trees for every goal he scores on the football field — one for each player on his team.

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