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An over-20-year battle has come to end along the Southern California coast, after a state commission rejected a proposal for a desalination plant to turn seawater into drinking water for residents of Orange County. The California Coastal Commission unanimously denied a permit application from Poseidon Water, which had hoped to build a 50-million-gallon-a-day facility in Huntington Beach, south of Los Angeles.
Last week, a campaign was launched in Florida to protect the public’s right to clean water and to fight corruption—and it all has to do with sugar.
Cleaner air in Europe and North America has led to a surprising result—more hurricanes in the Atlantic. Particulate air pollution from things like cars, trucks, factories, and energy production has been reduced by about 50 percent from 1980 to 2020 in those regions. A new study from NOAA says that the lower contamination levels have allowed oceans to absorb more heat, which can fuel storm production.
When you’re going out to eat, how do you decide what to order? You might consider price, calories, or just have a hankering for a favorite dish, but would you factor in the climate crisis and the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the food? That was the premise of a study by researchers at the University of Würzburg in Germany who wanted to see if restaurant menu design might influence the likelihood of a diner opting for a low-carbon dish.