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Biden’s Recovery Plan Bets Big on Clean Energy

New York Times Summary President Biden’s next big thing would fuse the rebuilding of America’s creaky infrastructure with record spending to fight climate change, a combination that, in scale and scope, represents a huge political shift, even for Democrats who have been in the climate...


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Congressional Dems tout clean energy

One Illinois Summary Illinois congressional Democrats insisted Tuesday that climate change is a public-health issue and, by extension, an economic issue demanding immediate action with the new Biden administration. U.S. Rep. Sean Casten of Downers Grove led five colleagues Tuesday in an...


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McKenna Urges Engineers to Design to Support Feds’ Policy Goals

Daily Commercial News Summary Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna made it clear during a recent address to engineers that the government will be using a tightly focused policy lens when it spends on infrastructure in future. McKenna told members of the...


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UN report: Increased warming closing in on agreed upon limit

Yahoo! News Summary The world is getting closer to passing a temperature limit set by global leaders five years ago and may exceed it in the next decade or so, according to a new United Nations report. In the next five years, the world has nearly a 1-in-4 chance of experiencing a year that...


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Special Committee on the Climate Crisis Publishes "The Case for Climate Action"

Special Committee on Climate Crisis Summary The climate crisis threatens our lives and livelihoods. The evidence is clear: we must flatten the warming curve, and fast. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),1,2 the U.S. National Climate Assessment,3,4 and other reports give us...


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McMaster co-signs charter with Canadian universities to address climate change

McMaster University Daily News Summary McMaster has joined several other leading Canadian universities by pledging to work together on climate change initiatives across invested assets. The unified effort, which involves 15 signatories including McGill, te University of British Columbia...


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A Heat Wave in Antarctica Melted 20% of an Island's Snow in 9 Days

CNN Summary A nine-day heat wave scorched Antarctica's northern tip earlier this month. New NASA images reveal that nearly a quarter of an Antarctic island's snow cover melted in that time -- an increasingly common symptom of the climate crisis. The images show Eagle Island on the...


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The World Can Make More Water From the Sea, but at What Cost?

New York Times Summary Desalinated seawater is the lifeblood of Saudi Arabia, no more so than at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, an international research center that rose from the dry, empty desert a decade ago. Produced from water from the adjacent Red Sea that is...


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Photo of Sled Dogs Walking Through Water Shows Reality of Greenland's Melting Sheet Ice

James Griffiths, CNN Summary Steffen Olsen, a scientist with the Danish Meteorological Institute, was on a routine mission in northwest Greenland to retrieve oceanographic and weather monitoring tools placed by his colleagues on sea ice when he ran into a problem. He couldn't see them --...