10 in 2 - Week of January 8th - take a trip to Venus; I will pay the fare

...so here we go:


  1. New York City is taking on the oil industry on two fronts, announcing a lawsuit Wednesday that blames the top five oil companies for contributing to global warming and saying the city will sell off billions in fossil fuel investments from the city's pension funds. (The Intercept)

  2. Warming temperatures are having a profound and potentially devastating impact on one of the most important green sea turtle populations in the world. Scientists were surprised to find that "virtually no male turtles" are being hatched in a key breeding ground in the northern Great Barrier Reef. (NPR)

  3. Weird weather report part one. On Sunday, Ain Sefra, a desert town in Algeria known as the "Gateway to the Sahara," and one of the hottest places in the world, experienced a substantial amount of snow for the third time in 40 years. Some reports say parts of the area got nearly 15 inches. (CNN)

  4. Weird weather report part 2. In its hottest December ever recorded, Alaska was a stunning 15.7°F above the 20th century average. And the year ended with Arctic sea ice hitting an all-time record low. While the East Coast had a cool December, Alaska baked. Last Tuesday, Anchorage hit 48°F, warmer than southern cities from Atlanta and New Orleans. (Think Progress)

  5. It’s the height of summer in Cape Town which is gripped by a catastrophic water shortage. Unless the city adopts widespread rationing, the government says, the taps “will be turned off” on April 22, 2018, because there will be no more water to deliver. This would make Cape Town the first major city in the world to run out of water. (Quartz Media)

  6. Governors from several coastal states ramped up pressure on the Trump administration to exempt their waters from an offshore drilling plan, hours after the Interior Department granted Florida’s request to opt out. So far this has only taken the form of sharply worded tweets, but Sectretary Zinke has promised to meet with all of the affected governors. (Reuters)

  7. Environmentalists accused of shutting off pipeline valves in Minnesota will likely be the first defendants in the United States to use the “necessity defense” for environmental reasons  which allows defendants to argue that they committed a crime to prevent a greater harm from occurring. It will be interesting to see if a legal precedent will be set, so keep an eye on the “Valve Turner” case. (The Daily Beast)

  8. Stephen Hawking warns Earth could become as hot as Venus if we do not cut greenhouse gas emissions. Venus is by far the hottest planet in the solar system with an average surface temperature of 864 degrees Fahrenheit. In his new show, “Stephen Hawking's Favorite Places” he quips "Next time you meet a climate-change denier, tell them to take a trip to Venus; I will pay the fare." (EcoWatch)

  9. In a unanimous vote, state regulators agreed Thursday to a plan that will see the closing of the last nuclear energy power plant in California. Environmental groups hailed the vote but want assurances that greenhouse gas emissions will not rise as a result. (San Diego Union Tribune)

  10. 4,000 reindeer die in traffic accidents in Finland every year but herders are spraying their reindeer with reflective paint to help drivers see them in the dark. The special spray is being tested on their fur and antlers to see how it holds up in different weather conditions, and will hopefully save the lives of both humans and the animals. (BBC)


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