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Last week, a federal judge canceled the sale of 80 million acres of oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico citing climate change. The ruling said the federal government failed to consider the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that would result from the development. The decision was a major victory for environmentalists, who had sued the Biden administration to block the largest-ever auction for drilling rights in the Gulf’s history. The case was brought by several environmental groups, including Friends of the Earth, Healthy Gulf, the Sierra Club, and Center for Biological Diversity.
Drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico | Credit: vphill/Flckr
About a year ago, a computer hacker tried to contaminate a drinking water system in a small Florida city by gaining access to a remote monitoring program. Once inside the utility’s computers, he tried to adjust the amount of sodium hydroxide, or lye, to 100 times its normal level, which could have poisoned people. The intrusion was detected, and no one was harmed.
Credit: IT Security Guru
One image we’ll likely associate with the pandemic will be the number of ships waiting to dock in ports like Long Beach and Los Angeles, as supply chains choke with huge demand for goods combined with labor shortages to unload and haul away all the stuff people buy. Those container ships burn dirty bunker fuels as they idle, which add climate warming gases to the atmosphere and send toxic air pollution into nearby urban areas.
An illustration of Stillstrom's offshore charging station | Credit: Maersk Supply Service
Redwood forests of the Lost Coast—about five hours north of San Francisco—used to be the sacred lands of several Indigenous tribes until they were forcibly removed by European settlers. Much of the area was logged and Native people were denied access to land they had stewarded for generations. That is until last week, when the nonprofit Save the Redwoods League reunited the forest with descendants of its original inhabitants.
Credit: Max Forster