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‘Heat Dome’ Leads To Sweltering In Mexico, Central America And US South

"Extreme heat in Mexico, Central America and parts of the U.S. South has left millions of people in sweltering temperatures, strained energy grids and resulted in iconic Howler monkeys in Mexico dropping dead from trees."

Source: AP, 05/24/2024

Senate Dems Open Inquiry Into Trump’s $1 Billion Request of Oil Industry

"Senate Democrats opened an investigation on Thursday into former President Donald J. Trump’s meeting with oil and gas executives last month to determine whether Mr. Trump offered a “policies-for-money transaction” when he asked for $1 billion for his 2024 campaign so he could retake the White House and delete President Biden’s climate regulations."

Source: NYTimes, 05/24/2024

New PFAS Drinking Water Rule Promises Local Stories

New federal regulations governing a group of “forever chemicals” under the Safe Drinking Water Act — a rule years in the making — have important implications for local drinking water supplies and, per the latest TipSheet, local environment reporting. A look at the problem with PFAS, the complicated route to its regulation and more than a dozen story ideas and reporting resources.

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Mangroves Protect Communities From Storms. Half Are At Risk, Report Finds

"Half of the world's mangrove ecosystems, with trees whose roots stretch down into brackish water, are at risk of collapse. That's according to the first assessment from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, a leading scientific authority on the status of species and ecosystems. The new report finds that sea level rise fueled by climate change is the biggest risk."

Source: NPR, 05/23/2024

Colo. Gov. Vetoes Bill To End State Incentives For ‘Advanced Recycling’

"Gov. Jared Polis vetoed legislation on Friday that would have banned state incentives for projects to process waste through pyrolysis and gasification — techniques to break down plastics using heat applied in low-oxygen environments."

Source: CPR, 05/23/2024

"Fast-Rising Seas Could Swamp Septic Systems In Parts Of The South"

"On the worst days, when the backyard would flood and the toilet would gurgle and the smell of sewage hung thick in the air, Monica Arenas would flee to her mother-in-law’s home to use the bathroom or wash laundry."

Source: Washington Post, 05/23/2024

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