Thursday, December 31, 2020
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Thursday, December 31, 2020

It's 27 degrees in Okaton today. Here's the news—

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The Climate Desk Looks Ahead to 2021

Mark Shimabukuro, New York Times (Tweet)

After a year when climate-related disasters seemed to become the norm, the team will be monitoring a 2021 that is pivotal for the world.

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What We Learned About California in 2020

Jill Cowan, New York Times (Tweet)

Wednesday: The year’s almost over. It’s been illuminating.

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Sale of Arctic Drilling Leases Draws an Unusual Taker. It May Be the Only One.

Henry Fountain, New York Times (Tweet)

With a deadline looming and weak interest from oil companies, the state of Alaska may step in and buy leases in the hope of reassigning them later. Some analysts saw that as a long shot.

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Looking ahead to 2021

Mark Shimabukuro and Claire O’Neill, New York Times (Tweet)

Also this week: Your New Year’s climate resolutions

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74 Facts for 2020

Times Insider Staff and Clay Hickson, New York Times (Tweet)

Each day, our editors collect the most interesting, striking or delightful facts to appear in articles throughout the paper. Here are 74 from the past year that were the most revealing.

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Even If It's 'Bonkers,' Poll Finds Many Believe QAnon And Other Conspiracy Theories

Joel Rose, NPR (Tweet)

Misinformation about the election and the coronavirus is also gaining a foothold in American society, according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll.

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Nearly snowless, 2020 sets records for heavy rain and clean air in Washington

Ian Livingston, The Washington Post (Tweet)

The year ranked among the top 10 warmest and wettest in D.C. while air quality was the best in decades.

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Youth voter turnout in Georgia runoffs shows signs of sustained enthusiasm post-November

Michelle Ye Hee Lee, The Washington Post (Tweet)

Through get-out-the-vote efforts in person and on TikTok, young voters are rivaling the early turnout in the general election in Georgia.

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Fires, floods, hurricanes, and locusts: 2020 was an epic year for disasters

Umair Irfan, Vox (Tweet)

A record number of billion-dollar disasters struck the US in 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The worst idea of 2020

Brian Resnick, Vox (Tweet)

Let “natural herd immunity” as a pandemic relief strategy be extinguished with the end of 2020.

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The glimmers of hope that were overshadowed by a grim 2020

Rick Noack, The Washington Post (Tweet)

2020 wasn't all bad.