Tuesday, December 08, 2020
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Tuesday, December 08, 2020

It's 31 degrees in Rushville today. Here's the news—

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Australia Gears Up for the Great Koala Count, Using Drones, Droppings and Dogs

Yan Zhuang, New York Times (Tweet)

The iconic marsupials are not easy to find, or count accurately, so officials will deploy a host of methods.

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Another Month on a Warming Planet: Record-Hot November

Henry Fountain, New York Times (Tweet)

European scientists reported that November’s global temperatures were the highest ever, surpassing the previous record, set in 2016 and 2019.

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How You Can Help Count and Conserve Native Bees

Michele C. Hollow, New York Times (Tweet)

Honeybees and their problems get the most attention, but scientists are using tactics learned from bird conservation to protect American bees.

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Xavier Becerra Brings Environmental Justice to Forefront

John Schwartz, New York Times (Tweet)

Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s choice to run the Department of Health and Human Services is the first state attorney general to create an environmental justice bureau

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Arctic Seismic Work Will Not Hurt Polar Bears, Government Says

Henry Fountain, New York Times (Tweet)

The announcement removes a major hurdle to approving a plan to hunt for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, part of a push to allow drilling there by the Trump administration.

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Earth just notched its warmest November, as 2020 closes in on record for hottest year

Andrew Freedman, The Washington Post (Tweet)

It's « almost certain » Europe will have its hottest year, with a good chance that the globe will too, in a clear sign of global warming's increasing influence.

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Mild weather pattern to swell over much of Lower 48 in December’s second week

Matthew Cappucci, The Washington Post (Tweet)

Temperatures could be 25 degrees above normal in the central U.S.

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California’s worst-ever wildfire season extends into December, with ‘critical’ fire risk

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

Strong, dry winds could cause extreme fire behavior from Sacramento to San Diego on Monday.

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Spread holiday cheer, not the coronavirus. Here’s how.

Katherine Harmon Courage, Vox (Tweet)

Experts on safer — and riskier — ways to see friends and family, keep kids busy, and give back in a raging pandemic.