FEMA Says at Least 7 People at the Disaster Agency Have the Coronavirus
by Christopher Flavelle and Zolan Kanno-Youngs on 2020-03-28 in Global Warming, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Quarantines, Disasters and Emergencies, Federal Emergency Management Agency, American Federation of Government Employees
Union officials at FEMA say they would like to know where they work in order to warn other employees who might be exposed and to avoid putting the public at added risk.
Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Find Opposition Within: Staff Scientists
by Coral Davenport on 2020-03-27 in Global Warming, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, United States Politics and Government, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Government Employees, Environmental Protection Agency, Trump, Donald J, Wheeler, Andrew R
Federal scientists and lawyers, told to undo regulations that some have worked on for decades, have embedded data into technical documents that environmental lawyers are using to challenge the rollbacks.
How to Take Care of Your Lungs
by Zoë Schlanger on 2020-03-27 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Lungs, Air Pollution, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Global Warming, Environment
If you’re one of millions of Americans exposed to air pollution, you may be at a greater risk of catching the coronavirus — and of having a more severe infection.
- In Negotiations, Givers Are Smarter Than Takers
E.P.A., Citing Coronavirus, Drastically Relaxes Rules for Polluters
by Lisa Friedman on 2020-03-26 in Global Warming, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Environmental Protection Agency, Wheeler, Andrew R, United States Politics and Government, Air Pollution, Water Pollution
The agency said it would not penalize companies that violate rules on monitoring and reporting pollution discharges.
In Coronavirus, Industry Sees Chance to Undo Plastic Bag Bans
by Hiroko Tabuchi on 2020-03-26 in Global Warming, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Plastic Bags, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Hygiene and Cleanliness, Containers and Packaging, American Chemistry Council, Health and Human Services Department, National Institutes of Health
Backers of single-use plastic bags, battered by a series of bans nationwide, are using the health scare to argue their bags are cleaner and safer.
Australia’s Record Heat Means Another Blow to Great Barrier Reef
by Richard Pérez-Peña on 2020-03-26 in Global Warming, Great Barrier Reef (Australia), Australia, Reefs, Coral, Fish and Other Marine Life, Indigenous Australians
For the third time in five years, abnormally warm water has caused a “mass bleaching” of coral, and some of it will not survive. Scientists say global warming is killing reefs worldwide.
Pablo Escobar’s Hippos Fill a Hole Left Since Ice Age Extinctions
by Asher Elbein on 2020-03-26 in Endangered and Extinct Species, Hippopotamuses, Animals, Mammals, Conservation of Resources, Paleontology, Environment, Escobar, Pablo, Colombia, North America, Australia, South America, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Research, your-feed-science, Lundgren, Erick, Rowan, John
Invasive herbivore mammals seem to restore functions missing in some food webs and ecosystems since the Pleistocene era.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Wins a Victory in Dakota Access Pipeline Case
by Lisa Friedman on 2020-03-25 in Global Warming, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Pipelines, Native Americans, Water Pollution, Army Corps of Engineers, Earthjustice, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation (ND-SD)
A federal judge on Wednesday struck down permits for the pipeline and ordered a new environmental review of the project.
Coronavirus Doesn’t Slow Trump’s Regulatory Rollbacks
by Lisa Friedman on 2020-03-25 in Global Warming, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), United States Politics and Government, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Epidemics, Environmental Protection Agency, Trump, Donald J
The administration is pushing ahead with efforts to roll back environmental protections and impose new limits on how science can be used for making rules.
Climate and the $2 Trillion Stimulus Package
by Lisa Friedman and Alexander Villegas on 2020-03-25 in Stimulus (Economic), Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Drought, Global Warming, Environment, United States Politics and Government
Also this week, how drought can help the coronavirus spread
5 Hurricane Response Lessons That Apply to Coronavirus
by Adam Sobel on 2020-03-25 in Weather, Hurricane Sandy (2012), Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
A fierce hurricane and a deadly pandemic are very different disasters, a storm expert writes, but there are common elements that can guide our response to the current crisis.
Jane Goodall Is Self-Isolating, Too
by James Gorman on 2020-03-25 in Goodall, Jane, Monkeys and Apes, Epidemics, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Animal Cognition, van Lawick, Hugo, Africa, Cambridge (England), China, Tanzania, your-feed-science
She’s in England, in the house she grew up in, and she has a few thoughts about chimpanzees, the coronavirus pandemic and the loo paper shortage.
Greta Thunberg Says It’s ‘Extremely Likely’ That She Had Coronavirus
by Somini Sengupta on 2020-03-25 in Global Warming, Environment, Thunberg, Greta, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
The Swedish climate activist said she was recovering and urged young people to stay at home, even if they don’t feel sick, to protect those who are more vulnerable.
As Natural Disasters Strike, a New Fear: Relief Shelters May Spread Virus
by Christopher Flavelle on 2020-03-21 in Global Warming, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Disasters and Emergencies, Evacuations and Evacuees, Floods, American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Hawaii, Utah
The Red Cross has issued new guidelines for its shelters, screening people for symptoms and keeping bed six feet apart. That strategy will soon be tested.
How the Coronavirus Crisis May Hinder Efforts to Fight Wildfires
by Kendra Pierre-Louis on 2020-03-20 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Wildfires, Fires and Firefighters, Forests and Forestry, Bureau of Land Management
As many firefighters should be preparing for wildfire season, they are grappling with the fact that how they live and work could spread the coronavirus.
Expect a Soggy U.S. Flood Season, but Less Severe Than Last Year’s
by John Schwartz on 2020-03-20 in Floods, Global Warming, Environment, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service, Army Corps of Engineers
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects major to moderate flooding for 23 states, but not as bad as last year’s ruinous spring.
Climate Voters Still Want More From Biden
by Lisa Friedman on 2020-03-20 in Global Warming, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Presidential Election of 2020, United States Politics and Government, Hydraulic Fracturing, Biden, Joseph R Jr, Sanders, Bernard
Joseph R. Biden Jr. keeps winning, and winning voters who say they care about climate change. But some of the most ardent climate activists still are not with him.
Coronavirus Halts Street Protests, but Climate Activists Have a Plan
by Shola Lawal on 2020-03-19 in Global Warming, Demonstrations, Protests and Riots, Thunberg, Greta, Environment, Trump, Donald J, United States Politics and Government, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
With elections in the United States and key summit talks this year, organizers are working to keep climate change on the public agenda.
Fires Left These Wallabies Nothing to Eat. Help Arrived From Above.
by Matthew Abbott on 2020-03-19 in Wallabies, Wildfires, Endangered and Extinct Species, Helicopters, New South Wales (Australia), Australia, Conservation of Resources
Tons of carrots and sweet potatoes have been dropped from a helicopter in Australia to feed the threatened marsupials.
Where the Virus and Climate Intersect
by Brad Plumer and John Schwartz on 2020-03-18 in Global Warming, Environment, Airlines and Airplanes, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
Should Airline Bailouts Come With Conditions? And, Climate as a ‘Threat Multiplier’
Coronavirus Restrictions Force Cancellation of Arctic Research Flights
by Henry Fountain on 2020-03-16 in Global Warming, Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC), Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Wegener, Alfred, Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Arctic Ocean
The Mosaic expedition has canceled a series of research flights after the Norwegian government imposed travel restrictions related to coronavirus.