Friday, December 04, 2020
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Friday, December 04, 2020

It's 64 degrees in Chula Vista today. Here's the news—

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The Climate Debt the U.S. Owes the World

Bill McKibben, New Yorker (Tweet)

We can’t meet our moral and practical burdens simply by reducing our own carbon emissions; we also need to make amends.

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Oil Refineries See Profit in Turning Kitchen Grease Into Diesel

Clifford Krauss, New York Times (Tweet)

Struggling energy companies are increasing the production of renewable diesel, which can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Sale of Arctic Refuge Oil and Gas Leases Is Set for Early January

Henry Fountain, New York Times (Tweet)

The Trump administration, hastening its last-ditch effort to allow drilling there, said the sales would happen 30 days after an announcement is published in the Federal Register on Monday.

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Archaeologists Could Help Bring Otters Back From the Dead

Joshua Sokol, New York Times (Tweet)

The sea mammals vanished from Oregon’s coast long ago, but a technique from human archaeology offers a clue to restoring them.

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How Scientists Tracked Down a Mass Killer (of Salmon)

Catrin Einhorn, New York Times (Tweet)

Restoration projects had brought coho salmon back to creeks in the Seattle area. Then, in some streams, they were almost wiped out.

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Morning News Brief

NPR, NPR (Tweet)

Top Democrats back off demands for larger COVID-19 relief bill. Sources tell NPR that President Trump is considering a run in 2024. Plus, new reports say climate change is making people sick.

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Washington winters are rapidly warming up and feeling more Southern

Ian Livingston, Andrew Freedman, The Washington Post (Tweet)

Winters are becoming shorter, less severe and generally milder in Washington, thanks largely to climate change and urbanization.

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California wildfires erupt amid strong Santa Ana winds, threat could last into next week

Andrew Freedman, Diana Leonard, The Washington Post (Tweet)

Howling winds and desiccated vegetation are leading to a volatile situation in Southern California at the same time as coronavirus cases surge and people are told to stay at home.