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MAY 3, 2022


Dear Friends:

As a country is destroyed in front of our eyes – the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII – we are terrorized and incredulous. We are also alarmed by the energy and climate consequences as well as the dire predictions of the recently released IPCC Report.

Belle, Victoria, and the Climate Team

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UKRAINE

By Brad Plumer, Lisa Friedman and David Gelles

Rising oil prices and increased demand for expanded production come at a time when scientists say nations must sharply cut the use of fossil fuels.

Environmentalists say now is the time to choke off Russia’s oil and gas profits. But the White House has difficult choices to make.

Countries aren’t doing nearly enough to protect against the disasters to come as the planet keeps heating up, a major new scientific report concludes.

By Rebecca Santana and Curt Anderson

FOSSIL FUELS, RENEWABLE ENERGY

But a recent study from the Yale School of the Environment published in Nature Communications found that the total indirect emissions from electric vehicles pale in comparison to the indirect emissions from fossil fuel-powered vehicles.

By Lisa Friedman

GREENHOUSE GASES

WILDFIRES – FOREST MANAGEMENT


Unhealthy forests in need of beneficial management (see attachment)

By Kurtis Alexander

Making matters worse, scientists say, is the overcrowding of California’s forests. A century-old policy of fighting wildfires, instead of allowing them to burn, has thwarted a natural process of forest thinning. The subsequent build-up of vegetation has created both a dangerous amount of tinder for fire and a situation detrimental to the health of the trees.

REGULATING CARBON EMISSIONS

By Jody Freeman

BIODIVERSITY 

The region is nearing a threshold beyond which its forests may be replaced by grasslands, with huge repercussions for biodiversity and climate change.

By Catrin Einhorn and Nadja Popovich

ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS

By Ezra Klein

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