Climate change could be triggering heart defects in babies

Climate change could be triggering heart defects in babies

It’s been known for some time that babies whose mothers are exposed to air pollution have a higher chance of being born with birth defects. However, new research has emerged showing that in addition to the risks from air pollution, mothers who are exposed to extreme heat during the early stages of their pregnancy have […]

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Six States Back Colorado River Water Sharing Plan, Arizona on the Fence

Six States Back Colorado River Water Sharing Plan, Arizona on the Fence

Tomorrow is the deadline for a deal among the seven states that share water from the Colorado River, and one state, Arizona, is holding out.  The water plan agreed to by the other states back in December, confronts the long-running drought in the region, the resulting dwindling supply of water from the River, and how the states can ensure river water does not get overused.  Arizona was the only state that required the plan be approved by its Legislature, which according to the Associated Press, has made the negotiations on the drought contingency plan more complex. What if Arizona does not meet the deadline?  Then the Department of Interior will allegedly ask the other states for their views on how to divide the limited pool of water, and then the federal government will rule unilaterally.  

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National Parks Picking Up

National Parks Picking Up

With the shutdown over, for employees of our country’s National Parks, the tough clean up job is just getting started.  Sadly the toll of the shutdown on our natural heritage may have been greater than feared in some locations.  For example, Joshua Tree National Park suffered damage from vandalism that will be irreparable for the next 200 to 300 years, according to former park superintendent Curt Sauer.  The Trump Administration kept many parks open for most or all of the shutdown, but volunteers who helped clean up trash and service bathrooms in popular parks like Joshua Tree could not keep up with routine maintenance, much less stop the vandals.  

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Polar Express — Bitter Cold Air Hits Midwest

Polar Express — Bitter Cold Air Hits Midwest

If you ever wondered what a polar vortex looks like from above, this is it.  Grab a blanket and bundle up.  The midsection of the country — even places like Minnesota that are accustomed to cold air — are bracing for the worst cold weather that has been seen in a generation.  Temperatures could break […]

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One last chance to revive Oppy

One last chance to revive Oppy

NASA’s Opportunity rover reached Mars in 2004 for what was intended to be a 90-day mission to analyze soil and rocks and help scientists better understand the Red Planet. To the pleasant surprise of “Oppy’s” engineers, the rover was able to recharge its solar battery and was able to explore Mars for 14 years, sending back troves of data to Earth. Oppy began suffering “amnesia” (or, the aging of its software system) and ceased communicating with NASA  last June after a massive dust storm. However, before NASA officially puts Oppy to sleep, they will attempt to make contact one last time. 

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PG&E files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

PG&E files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

It’s been a long road for Pacific Gas and Electric, after facing possible murder charges for its role in California’s recent wildfires as well as lawsuits from survivors, the utility has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. As PV Magazine explained, the filing is a financial move that allows PG&E to reorganize its debts, and does not involve […]

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