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58% of infectious diseases made worse by climate change, study finds (Aug 9 2022 - Indiatoday)
The study found 1,006 unique pathways in which climatic hazards, via different transmission types, led to pathogenic diseases.

A huge side benefit of the new climate bill (Aug 12 2022 - New York Times - Climate Section)
Subscriber-only Newsletter Climate Forward Air pollution sickens and kills millions every year. Here’s how the new measure will help tackle the problem. The climate and tax bill expected to pass...

A victory at whose expense? Climate activists grapple with political compromise. (Aug 10 2022 - Washington Post - Climate and Environment)
This is the moment climate activists had been working toward. After years of protests and political fights, Congress is poised to pass its largest-ever climate bill: a record $369 billion that...

After passage of climate bill, long road awaits (Aug 8 2022 - Washington Post - Climate and Environment)
In some ways, it’s a peculiar time for Congress to be heaping tax credits onto the electric vehicle industry. Sales of electric vehicles are skyrocketing and recently hit record highs, according...

Another wave of extreme heat targets Europe, prompting alerts (Aug 9 2022 - Washington Post - Climate and Environment)
It has been barely three weeks since a historic spate of extreme temperatures baked western Europe, smashing all-time records in Britain. Now a new heat wave is building over the continent, with...

Antarctica’s 'sleeping giant’ risks melting, threatens spike in sea levels (Aug 10 2022 - Washington Post - Climate and Environment)
Scientists say the window for protecting the world’s largest ice sheet from significantly shrinking is narrowing, with troubling new predictions that it has the potential to unleash sea level rises...

Arctic warming 4 times faster than rest of planet: Climate study (Aug 11 2022 - Aljazeera)
Finnish researchers say climate models have underestimated the pace of warming in the Arctic region. The Arctic has warmed nearly four times faster than the rest of the planet during the last 40...

As Historic Climate Bill Heads to Biden’s Desk, Young Activists Demand More (Aug 12 2022 - New York Times - Climate Section)
The bill will cut U.S. emissions, but not nearly enough. It’s “like losing 20 pounds when you need to lose 100 pounds” one expert said. WASHINGTON - For the septuagenarian lawmakers who wrote the...

As temperatures rise, industries fight heat safeguards for workers (Aug 9 2022 - Washington Post - Climate and Environment)
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - In the nearly two decades she has worked in South Florida’s plant nurseries, baking under greenhouse plastic covers, Sandra Ascencio has seen more than her share of misery. ...

Blinken Presses Congo Leaders to Slow Oil-and-Gas Push in Rainforests (Aug 10 2022 - New York Times - Climate Section)
The secretary of state’s efforts led to the U.S. and the Democratic Republic of Congo agreeing to have a team look at environmental conservation. KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo - Pushing...

Buy now or wait? What the new electric vehicle credits mean for you. (Aug 10 2022 - Washington Post - Climate and Environment)
With the nation’s most significant climate bill likely to become law in days, many Americans might be wondering how it could affect them. The sweeping legislation contains a slew of incentives...

Due to climate change, Nevada says goodbye to grass (Aug 7 2022 - Cbsnews)
In Las Vegas, Nevada, it's come to this: climate change has helped make water ever more scarce, so under a new Nevada law, the grass has got to go. "When we look at outdoor water use in Southern...

Electric Cars Too Costly for Many, Even With Aid in Climate Bill (Aug 8 2022 - New York Times - Climate Section)
Battery-powered vehicles are considered essential to the fight against climate change, but most models are aimed at the affluent. Policymakers in Washington are promoting electric vehicles as a...

Europe's drought could be the worst in 500 years, warns researcher (Aug 10 2022 - Euronews)
The European Commission Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC) has warned that the current drought could be the worst in 500 years. And it has predicted that severe drought will worsen in Europe,...

Federal court reinstates ban on new coal sales on public land (Aug 12 2022 - Washington Post - Climate and Environment)
A federal judge on Friday ordered the Interior Department to pause the issuing of new coal leases, handing a victory to climate advocates who for years have fought to restore an Obama-era...

Flash flood in Death Valley strands about 1,000 people in national park (Aug 6 2022 - Washington Post - Climate and Environment)
Death Valley National Park was closed Saturday after exceptional amounts of rain drenched the park Friday, triggering flash floods that left about 1,000 visitors and park staff stranded. The park...

Flash floods kill 550 in Pakistan in heaviest rains in decades (Aug 5 2022 - Reuters)
A man rides bicycle along a flooded road, following heavy rains during the monsoon season in Karachi, Pakistan July 25, 2022. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro ISLAMABAD, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Flash floods caused...

Ford Raises Prices of F-150 Lightning Electric Truck, Citing Rising Material Costs (Aug 9 2022 - New York Times - Climate Section)
Demand for electric vehicles has been far stronger than the supply of battery materials like lithium, nickel and cobalt. Ford Motor on Tuesday became the latest automaker to raise the price of...

In photos and videos: Seoul’s dramatic scenes of floods (Aug 9 2022 - Washington Post - Climate and Environment)
This browser does not support the video element. Photography SEOUL - At least eight people have died after a record amount of rain fell over South Korea on Monday and Tuesday, including in the...

Iraq broils in dangerous 120-degree heat as power grid shuts down (Aug 7 2022 - Washington Post - Climate and Environment)
BAGHDAD - Extreme heat is paralyzing Iraq, forcing shutdowns in the overstretched power grid as authorities extend public holidays to protect employees from 125-degree temperatures. Iraq ranks...

Massachusetts just passed a massive climate and clean energy bill (Aug 11 2022 - Washington Post - Climate and Environment)
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) on Thursday signed a major climate and clean-energy bill that contains sweeping policies targeting renewables, transportation and fossil fuels - a move that...

Northern Mexico has a historic water shortage. These maps explain why. (Aug 9 2022 - Washington Post - Climate and Environment)
Water has become a sacred commodity in northern Mexico. Reservoirs have been hitting the bottom of their basins. Taps have been running dry for millions of people in the city of Monterrey, where...

NYTimes: Arctic Warming Is Happening Faster Than Described, Analysis Shows (Aug 11 2022 - New York Times - Climate Forward)
The warming at the top of the globe, a sign of climate change, is happening much faster than previously described compared with the global average, scientists said Thursday. The rapid warming of...

Rhine River drops to record lows, restricting shipping and exacerbating the European energy crisis (Aug 6 2022 - buff.ly)
The water level on the Rhine River as measured by the Emmerich gauge in northern Germany is at a record low for this time of year. If it keeps going down at this rate, the all-time record that was...

Satellite data finds landfills are methane 'super emitters' (Aug 11 2022 - GO)
Landfills are releasing large amounts of planet-warming methane gas into the atmosphere from the decomposition of waste and are a significant contributor to such emissions in urban areas, a study...

We built a fake metropolis to show how extreme heat could wreck cities (Aug 11 2022 - Washington Post - Climate and Environment)
Extreme heat is deadly for humans and not great for infrastructure, either. Most of the mechanical, electrical and architectural systems we count on every day were built to handle what the climate...