Thursday, November 19, 2020
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Thursday, November 19, 2020

It's 59 degrees in Rancho Cordova today. Here's the news—

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These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?

Elizabeth Preston, New York Times (Tweet)

A biologist decided to investigate a shrimp parade that attracts thousands of tourists in a province of Thailand.

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Burning Fossil Fuels Helped Drive Earth’s Most Massive Extinction

Lucas Joel, New York Times (Tweet)

Massive volcanic eruptions ignited oil and coal deposits in Siberia in the events that led to the Permian-Triassic “Great Dying” event.

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Johnson Lays Out Ambitious Plan for a ‘Green Industrial Revolution’

Benjamin Mueller and Stanley Reed, New York Times (Tweet)

Goals include ending sales of gas and diesel cars by 2030, achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and, perhaps, pleasing a new sensibility in Washington.

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Pelosi Set To Be Reelected Speaker Despite House Losses

Deirdre Walsh, NPR (Tweet)

After Republicans unexpectedly picked up at least eight seats, House Democrats are still sorting out what went wrong but are still expected to reelect Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top lieutenants.

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Slew of rapidly intensifying hurricanes portends trouble in a warming world

Andrew Freedman, The Washington Post (Tweet)

Ten storms rapidly intensified this Atlantic season, some to a record degree.

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How climate change is complicating a Thanksgiving staple

Tatiana Schlossberg, The Washington Post (Tweet)

Heat waves, drought, warmer winters and erratic rainfall — all signs of climate change — are creating challenges for cranberry growers who have farmed the red fruit for hundreds of years.

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The Energy 202: So, how much did climate change matter in the 2020 election?

Dino Grandoni, The Washington Post (Tweet)

Environmental advocates say their message broke through, but there are limits to how climate change currently influences votes.

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Conspiracy theories, explained

Aja Romano, Vox (Tweet)

Americans are embracing dangerous conspiratorial beliefs, from QAnon to coronavirus denial.

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The case for a Native American secretary of the interior

Rachel Ramirez, Vox (Tweet)

Indigenous leaders call for Biden to name Deb Haaland to head the Department of the Interior. She would be the first-ever Native American Cabinet member.

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In 2020, both parties won over millions of new voters. Here are some of them.

Brianna Provenzano, Vox (Tweet)

From vote-switchers to first-time voters, here are a few of the new converts to both the left and right this election.

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Britain's Boris Johnson unveils plans for a 'green industrial revolution'

Karla Adam, The Washington Post (Tweet)

Johnson says that Britain will become the "Saudi Arabia of wind."