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SEC adopts rule making companies disclose climate risks

Mar 7, 2024
The rules are softer than those initially proposed.
New SEC rules are intended to standardize reporting requirements on things like emissions and exposure to climate change-related disasters.
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Historic drought at the Panama Canal threatens global shipping

Mar 6, 2024
Many fewer vessels now traverse the canal daily. The water deficit is a global phenomenon that has been linked to climate change.
Water levels at the Panama Canal are among the lowest on record.
Courtesy Panama Canal Authority
Coal has increasingly been replaced by alternative fuel sources, like natural gas and renewables.
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How the budget fight in Congress threatens federal wildland firefighters' pay

Feb 21, 2024
Federal firefighters make as little as $15 an hour. A permanent boost has bipartisan support, but it’s tied up in Congress' budget fight.
Federal firefighters starting out in their careers may earn as little as $15 an hour.
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Small ski resorts face uphill battle with snow shortfalls

Jan 8, 2024
As climate change makes winter snowfall uncertain, selling lift tickets gets trickier — especially at smaller, locally owned resorts.
In the past, White Pine ski resort in Wyoming has been able to open by Dec. 1, but this year there was not enough snow for the resort to open by Christmas.
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Wetlands or housing? Climate change pressures shoreline development plans.

Dec 22, 2023
In California, a fight is brewing over whether to build middle-class homes or restore wetlands that could mitigate flood risk. 
The city of Newark, California, could move to restore wetlands instead of building hundreds of houses. The development could ease the housing shortage, but the land could mitigate flooding as the seas rise.
Courtesy Derell Licht

Georgia program offers solar panels to lower-income households

Dec 19, 2023
A Georgia program is seeking to alleviate the financial burden of solar installation to promote green energy.
Solar installer Nicole Lee takes a photo of a house she says is “solar-ready” thanks to its sturdy roof and up-to-date electrical system.
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Climate change effects likely to include long-term inflation

Nov 14, 2023
The fifth National Climate Assessment says climate change will continue to nudge household spending higher in many categories — including health, food and home repair.
In June, smoke from Canadian wildfires drifted over New York City and obscured the Manhattan skyline. Increased air pollution could lead to higher health care costs.
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We can charge phones wirelessly. What about electric vehicles?

Oct 30, 2023
Boosters of the technology say it could reduce the size — and cost — of EV batteries.
While current EVs require charging stations, proponents of wireless charging say the technology could reduce the size — and cost — of EV batteries.
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As weather gets less predictable, hydropower dams look to new forecasting techniques

Oct 24, 2023
"Forecast-informed reservoir operations" may help planners deal more effectively with flood or drought conditions.
Dams were built during a much different climate regime from the conditions we're experiencing and expecting. Operators of the facilities are seeking ways to adapt.
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