Infrastructure

"Canada Invokes 1977 Treaty With US As Dispute Over Pipeline Intensifies"

"The Canadian government has invoked a decades-old treaty with the United States in its latest bid to save a pipeline that critics warn could be environmentally catastrophic if it were to fail."

Source: Guardian, 10/07/2021

"Mapping California’s Oil Spill: Aging Pipes Line the Coast"

"Ever since a pipeline failure caused at least 126,000 gallons of oil to spill into the Pacific Ocean, threatening a fragile coastal ecosystem and forcing some of Southern California’s most popular beaches to close, officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been scrutinizing satellite imagery to track the oil’s spread."

Source: NYTimes, 10/06/2021

Month After Ida's Landfall, Louisianians Decry 'Third World' Conditions

"Reuters traveled the bayous of hard-hit Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes in recent days, speaking with more than 40 residents. All said they felt abandoned by state and federal officials. A few said they had not received any type of support from any level of government."

Source: Reuters, 10/05/2021

5 Midwest Governors Agree To Create Network To Charge Electric Vehicles

"The governors of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin are joining forces to build a new network for charging electric vehicles. The bipartisan plan aims to improve the region's economy while also reducing toxic emissions from cars and trucks."

Source: NPR, 10/05/2021

Climate Resiliency — When a Disaster Becomes a Cascade

It sometimes feels like journalists lurch from one catastrophe (or hurricane, flood, wildfire, heat wave) to the next. But that can mean missing the bigger story: Disasters, increasingly linked to climate extremes, are often interlocking events, in which one system failure causes the next and the next. The latest Backgrounder explores three case studies, and how news media can focus attention on steps toward resilience.

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How Climate Attribution Science Went Mainstream, and What It Means

A growing body of research shows the links between global warming and extreme weather. And that knowledge can help communities prepare, and assign responsibility for damages. Veteran climate journalist Bob Berwyn lays out the science of climate attribution — for heat waves, flooding, wildfires and, ironically, crop-killing freezes — and discusses its implications for future climate change policy.

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"Manchin Clashes With Fellow Democrats Over Fossil-Fuel Demands"

"Centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is insisting that natural gas be allowed to have a central role in President Biden’s clean energy agenda, which puts him on a collision course with Democratic lawmakers who worry he will have the power to water down what they see as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address climate change."

Source: The Hill, 10/04/2021

"China’s Power Cuts Shut Down Factories, Fuel Climate Goal Pushback"

"Last Friday, the lights went out across northeast China. Cars piled up at intersections under blacked-out stoplights. Residents took to social media to complain about needing to walk up dozens of flights of stairs to get home. Sales of candles increased tenfold, according to state media."

Source: Washington Post, 09/30/2021

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