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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.
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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.

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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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Scientists are using Twitter to measure the impact of climate change

A new study used Twitter posts to measure the frequency of minor and recurring floods - also known as nuisance flooding - along the United States' East and Gulf Coasts.

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Ninth Circuit to decide if pollution cases go to California or federal courts

A federal appeals court seemed inclined Wednesday to allow some California cities and counties to sue oil companies for allegedly deceiving the public for decades about their industry's impact on greenhouse gases and climate change.

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Barnaby Joyce suggests God is the solution to climate change in bizarre Christmas video

The Member for New England made his comments in a bizarre video he posted to Twitter on Christmas Eve, with the caption 'Merry Christmas.'
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Plastic-munching mealworms may be key to helping clean environment

Mealworms can eat and digest plastic and could potentially be deployed en masse to help rid the world of plastic garbage.

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SNL’s Greta Thunberg Goes After Trump: Don’t ‘Step to Me’ or Else

Kate McKinnon debuted her hilarious Greta Thunberg character tonight to mock Trump after the real-life president cyberbullied the teen online this week. (Greta is the last minute of this six-minute show open.)

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