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Ron DeSantis Pushes Coastal 'Resilience' While Doing Little To Tackle Climate Change

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The Florida governor has made the environment a priority, dedicating millions to water quality and coastal infrastructure. But critics say he ignores the biggest threat: carbon emissions.

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White House Is Preparing To Give Back California's Smog-Busting Powers

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California may regain the right to set its own vehicle emissions standards as part of the Biden administration's push to reverse Trump-era environmental policies.

Biden Taps A Former Top Scientist At NOAA To Lead The Weather And Climate Agency

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Rick Spinrad previously served as the agency's top scientist. His nomination at a difficult period for NOAA, which spent the Trump administration mired in scandal and without a permanent leader.

California Governor Moves To Ban Fracking By 2024

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Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered state officials to halt issuing new fracking permits by then as he looks to phase out all oil extraction by 2045.

John Kerry Says Climate Change Is An 'Existential' Crisis

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John Kerry, Biden's special envoy for climate, says climate change is an existential crisis. "And the question is, are we behaving as if it is? And the answer is no."

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U.S., China Agree To Cooperate On Climate Crisis With Urgency

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The world's two biggest carbon polluters agreed to cooperate to curb climate change with "seriousness and urgency" days before President Biden hosts a virtual summit of world leaders on the issue.

Hundreds Of Companies Call For U.S. To Slash Carbon Emissions

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In a move to curb climate change, an open letter from companies including Apple and Walmart calls on the Biden administration to cut U.S. emissions to at least half of 2005 levels by 2030.

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From Bad To Worse: La Soufrière Continues To Erupt

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Experts predict the volcano eruption on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent will last for days, even weeks. Officials urge people to seek safety as rescuers search for those who haven't evacuated.

Volcano On St. Vincent Could Experience Larger Eruption

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The ongoing eruption at La Soufrière on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent is expected to be as big, if not bigger, than the last time it had a major eruption in 1979.

State Of Emergency, Evacuations In Florida County Over Wastewater Pond Leak

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The governor declared a state of emergency for Manatee County, Fla., after officials were alerted to a leak in a wastewater pond.

Biden Moves To Make It Illegal (Again) To Accidentally Kill Migratory Birds

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The changes will restore protections that were taken away under former president Donald Trump. But they will take time, and wildlife advocates say many bird species already face a risk of extinction.

It's Not Just Texas. The Entire Energy Grid Needs An Upgrade For Extreme Weather

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The Texas blackout is a reminder that climate-driven extreme weather stresses the U.S.'s power system in many ways. Much is needed to harden the grid for the future as the number of outages increase.

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Search For Coyote Continues After Several Attacks In The San Francisco Bay Area

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At least five people have reported being bitten. The unusual behavior has residents worried and wildlife authorities working overtime to capture the animal.

Colette Pichon Battle: How Can We Prepare For The Next Hurricane Katrina?

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Sea level rise will displace millions by 2100 — and the Louisiana bayous, where Colette Pichon Battle lives, may disappear entirely. She describes how we can avert the worst when disaster strikes.

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Interior Nominee Deb Haaland Faces Tough Questions On Climate Goals

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Despite Biden's ambitious climate plan, Haaland told lawmakers the country would not abandon fossil fuels "overnight." If confirmed, she would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary.

Pillagers Of Tropical Forests Can't Hide Behind Clouds Anymore

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Environmental watchdogs now can detect deforestation even when it's hidden from sight by rain and clouds. They're using data from radar on a European satellite.

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