Thursday, March 11, 2021
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Thursday, March 11, 2021

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Youth climate activists try to revive federal lawsuit with a different strategy

Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian

Twenty-one young people sued the government six years ago, asserting a constitutional right to a sustainable climate and asked the federal court to order the United States to prepare an energy plan that transitions the country away from fossil fuels. Now, their attorneys are asking a U.S. District Court judge to allow them to amend their suit to seek a more limited outcome: a ruling that the nation’s fossil fuel-based energy system is unconstitutional.

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Heavy rains lead to crippling floods in Hawaii. Scientists warn of more occurrences due to climate change.

Doyle Rice, USA Today

Days of torrential rain have caused catastrophic flooding across Hawaii this week, which officials and climate scientists say are occurring more frequently as the planet warms.

Western states chart diverging paths as water shortages loom

Sophia Eppolito and Felecia Fonseca, AP News

As persistent drought and climate change threaten the Colorado River, several states that rely on the water acknowledge they likely won’t get what they were promised a century ago. But not Utah.

Republican lawmakers approved an entity that could push for more of Utah’s share of water as seven Western states prepare to negotiate how to sustain a river serving 40 million people. Critics say the legislation, which the governor still must sign, could strengthen Utah’s effort to complete a billion-dollar pipeline from a dwindling reservoir that’s a key indicator of the river’s health.

Newsletter by Eric McDaniel.