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Here’s what we’ve learned about hurricanes since Sandy

2017 has been a wild year for hurricanes - and as a result scientists - according to Rebecca Leber - understand a lot more about how climate change affects extreme weather.

It turns out we often ask what we can learn from various catastrophic weather events and other ecological disasters:

    • According to Joe Romm at ThinkProgress, Hurricane Sandy was a wakeup call that the GOP, Donald Trump, and the media refuse to answer.
    • Of course, catastrophes don't just happen on the east coast. The west coast is vulnerable as well, and Nicholas Pinter of UC Davis says states like California need to think about and improve their flood management strategies.
    • Scientists have stuff to learn too; in particular, they are researching what ocean acidification means for marine ecosystems.
    • Finally, Amy Davidson Sorkin of the New Yorker asks what Donald Trump learned from his post-Hurricane Harvey visit to Texas.
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The Socialist win in Bolivia and the new era of lithium extraction

An apparent victory for Evo Morales’s Movement Toward Socialism shows that tomorrow’s green energy won’t look much like the old oil empires.

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How should the media talk about climate change?

Genevieve Guenther, a former Renaissance scholar, studies how we discuss global warming—and how we don’t.
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The West Coast wildfires are apocalypse, again

In a year of lost normality, the fires’ outlandish size and reach signal that normal is gone for good. Yet these fires are not the end of the world.
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Celebrity endorsement of environmental causes: Does it work?

Famous people are often lauded for using their public image to raise awareness of environmental issues and causes. But do these campaigns make any difference?
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B.C. election: where the NDP, Greens and Liberals stand on climate and environment issues

As Sonia Furstenau's Greens pledge to end oil and gas subsidies and Andrew Wilkinson's BC Liberals promise to expand LNG, John Horgan's NDP sticks to the middle road.

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Deforestation threatens to wipe out a primate melting pot in Indonesia

An evolutionary crucible in Indonesia that's given rise to a unique array of primate is at risk of disappearing due to rapid deforestation, a new study warns.

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Fire burns Pantanal’s upland heart and threatens nature’s fragile balance

2020’s record Brazilian fires, which devastated the Pantanal wetlands, also reached the Amolar Mountains in recent weeks, a refuge for jaguars and other wildlife, and home to traditional Indigenous villagers.