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August 12, 2020

Dear Reader,
 

Another summer, another spate of wildfires across the West. As fires become larger and burn more intensely, in part because of higher temperatures fueled by climate change, there is an increasing need to understand how wildfires behave and predict where they will spread. Two years ago, in the midst of one of the worst fire seasons in California’s history, we spoke with a scientist who chases wildfires to do just that. Check out the From the Archive section to read more about his daring work.

Andrea Thompson, Associate Editor, Sustainability
@AndreaTWeather

Climate

How Climate Change Strategies That Use Biomass Can Be More Realistic

Current plans for drawing down carbon dioxide call for more trees, grasses and crop residues than Earth can spare

By Eric Toensmeier,Dennis Garrity

Conservation

Aardvarks Are Ailing amid Heat and Drought

Climate change is expected to bring more frequent droughts and heat waves to Africa’s Kalahari Desert. And aardvarks might not be able to cope. Jason G. Goldman reports.

By Jason G. Goldman | 03:21

EARTH

How to Mine the Oceans Sustainably

Deep-sea minerals, including nickel, copper, manganese and cobalt, are crucial to building clean-energy technologies

By Michael W. Lodge

Environment

Methane Cloud Sitting over U.S. Southwest Threatens Indigenous Residents

An EPA proposal to weaken pollution controls could make the ongoing threat worse

By Jean Chemnick,E&E News

Environment

Trying to Tame the Klamath River Filled It with Toxic Algae

The Karuk tribe and its allies are working to undo damage from a century of river development

By Jeremy Deaton,Nexus Media

Climate

Inside Joe Biden's Network of Climate Advisers

The presidential candidate is getting advice from old guard Democrats, liberal activists and union favorites

By Adam Aton,E&E News

Climate

America Is Preparing for the Wrong Arctic Crisis

The first U.S. coordinator for the Arctic is mostly a veteran of Afghan war diplomacy—but the issues in the far North aren’t primarily military ones

By Victoria Herrmann

Environment

Amazon Deforestation Falls Where Land Is under Indigenous Control

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s government, meanwhile, has worked to erode Indigenous protections and ownership

By Jean Chemnick,E&E News

EARTH

Our Planet, Our Choice

By Andrea Gawrylewski

Climate

The U.S. Needs to Address Its Climate Migration Problem

With rising seas threatening coastal communities, federal watchdog warns the government’s scattershot approach needs revising
By Daniel Cusick,E&E News
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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The negative impacts of methane have been widely acknowledged for years, so it's frustrating and disappointing to see the administration go in a different direction."

Gretchen Watkins, United States chairwoman for Shell, The New York Times

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FROM THE ARCHIVE

This Scientist Chases Wildfires to Better Predict Fire Behavior

To know what a wildfire might do next, researchers need to know how an inferno interacts with the atmosphere

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