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Newsom calls for California to conserve land, coasts to capture carbon and fight climate change

Gov. Gavin Newsom said California will enlist its natural resources in the state’s fight against climate change by establishing new land conservation and carbon sequestration goals over the next decade.
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Behavioral contagion could spread the benefits of a carbon tax

It’s not too late to fight climate change with a long-overdue policy that would have surprisingly broad impact, an economist says.
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Biodiversity

Twitter posts show that people are profoundly sad – and are visiting parks to cheer up

Research that measures the public mood based on Twitter posts shows that it's currently at its lowest point in a decade. One exception: when people visit parks and green spaces.
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Misleading coronavirus video, pushed by the Trumps, spreads online

Social media companies took down the video within hours. But by then, it had already been viewed tens of millions of times.
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With coronavirus antibodies fading fast, vaccine hopes fade, too

Recent studies indicate that the human body does not retain the antibodies that build up when people are infected with the coronavirus, meaning there may be no lasting immunity to the virus, even with a vaccine.

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Climate

SF, other California cities permitted to sue oil industry over climate change, judge rules

Eight California cities and counties, including San Francisco and Oakland, want billions of dollars from fossil fuel companies, alleging they caused major climate problems, like rising seas and extreme weather.
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California sues EPA for suspending pollution enforcement during coronavirus pandemic

California, along with eight other states, sued the EPA for suspending enforcement of air and water pollution monitoring and reporting during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Pollution returns to Houston, as coranavirus restrictions loosen

Houston's air pollution is returning to normal levels, following a period of cleaner skies during the stay-at-home orders put in place to slow the spread the coronavirus.

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Recycling takes a hit in coronavirus California as plastic waste piles up

The coronavirus pandemic has set back efforts to combat plastic pollution, as environmentally conscious Bay Area residents are forced to abandon their good habits while efforts on the state level to reduce waste face uncertainty.
Biodiversity

Here we go again: Hopeful, fake animal news keeps spreading amid pandemic

Fake stories may seem like harmless fun—but in the long run, they undermine conservation efforts, scientists say.
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As pollution abates and skies clear, coronavirus shutdown gives glimpse of life with less fossil fuel

Whether it's blue skies over Beijing, satellite imagery showing emissions dropping in Milan or air monitors in Houston recording less ozone than normal, mankind's sudden hunkering down in response to the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in visibly cleaner air with remarkable speed.

Biodiversity

Coyotes are being seen on the empty streets of San Francisco

While families' cats and dogs are enjoying the upside of spending days with their owners working from home during the coronavirus shutdown, wild coyotes in San Francisco are reportedly also taking advantage of the benefits of a suddenly empty city.
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Bay Area group sues Coke, Pepsi, other food giants over plastic pollution: ‘Poisoning everything’

A Bay Area environmental group sued some of the world's biggest food, beverage and product manufacturers Wednesday, accusing them of polluting the world's oceans and waterways, including San Francisco and Monterey bays, with millions of tons of plastic.

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Where's Trump? He hasn't tweeted about climate in 350 days

President Trump hasn't used Twitter to malign climate science in almost a year. It's seen by some as a sign that he acknowledges the risk of rejecting science in an election cycle.
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Revealed: quarter of all tweets about climate crisis produced by bots

Draft of Brown study says findings suggest ‘substantial impact of mechanized bots in amplifying denialist messages’
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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

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Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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