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May 19, 2021

Dear Reader,

I was in New York when Hurricane Sandy hit, watching in disbelief the television coverage of the tremendous floodwaters submerging parts of the city I knew well. I was lucky that my neighborhood was not badly affected, but the homes and businesses of thousands of New Yorkers were significantly damaged. At the time, the role of climate change in exacerbating the disaster was a common question—a new study provides at least a partial answer, and it shows how much rising temperatures are already costing us. 

Andrea Thompson, Associate Editor, Sustainability
@AndreaTWeather

Climate

Climate Change Added $8 Billion to Hurricane Sandy's Damage

New research shows how much warming is costing society by exacerbating disasters

By Andrea Thompson

Biology

First Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Released in U.S. Are Hatching Now

As Aedes aegypti mosquitoes increase their range because of warming climate, genetic manipulation of the disease-carrying species could gain wider appeal

By Donavyn Coffey

Environment

'Tree Farts' Increase Carbon Emissions in Ghost Forests

Trees killed off by encroaching seawater because of sea-level rise are a previously unappreciated source of greenhouse gases

By Valerie Yurk,E&E News

Climate

What I Learned in Space about the Climate Emergency

It’s the planet’s greatest threat, and fighting it should be our 21st-century moon shot

By Scott Kelly

Climate

World's Oldest Cave Paintings Are Fading--Climate Change May Be to Blame

Repeated shifts between wet and dry conditions boost the growth of salt crystals that destabilize the rock canvas

By Chelsea Harvey,E&E News

Energy

Methane Power Could Come from Lakes and Reservoirs

The gas is making climate change worse. Can we harness it instead?

By Julia Rosen

Climate

Exxon Mobil's Messaging Shifted Blame for Warming to Consumers

An analysis of the fossil fuel company’s documents also found it tried to downplay the dangers of climate change

By Maxine Joselow,E&E News

Climate

A New Book Manages to Get Climate Science Badly Wrong

In Unsettled, Steven Koonin deploys that highly misleading label to falsely suggest that we don’t understand the risks well enough to take action

By Gary Yohe

Energy

Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 Are Possible, Landmark Report Says

The International Energy Agency outlines the steps needed to overhaul energy systems to meet global warming goals

By Benjamin Storrow,E&E News

Climate

Republican Infrastructure Counterproposal Mostly Eliminates Climate Spending

Climate has emerged as a key sticking point in talks between President Biden and Republican leaders

By Adam Aton,E&E News
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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Our reliance on oil and gas is not only fueling climate change, but as the primary material used in the production of throwaway plastics is also devastating our oceans."

Sam Fankhauser, professor of Climate Change Economics and Policy at the Smith School, University of Oxford via CNBC

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FROM THE ARCHIVE

Inside Mount Saint Helens, Scientists Find Clues to Eruption Prediction

From underneath Mount Saint Helens, a new picture of volcanic “plumbing” is emerging, with important clues for predicting deadly eruptions

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