Climate Change and the Elections: Five Takeaways | The New York Times

‘…In the Trump era, much of the action to fight climate change has been happening at the state level. On that front, the results were mixed: Several key climate policies on the ballot, including a carbon tax in Washington State and an aggressive renewable power target in Arizona, were defeated soundly. But Democrats who favor clean energy also took control of a number of key governorships and state legislatures, opening doors for expanded action.’

Source: Climate Change and the Elections: Five Takeaways | The New York Times

Up Against Big Oil in the Midterms | The New York Times

‘…Spending on the Washington initiative broke all records in the state. In Colorado activists were outspent 40-1. Every time you turned on the TV in those states, a commercial warned that these ballot measures would destroy the economy. There apparently wasn’t enough airtime available to soak up all the money, so if you were driving the highways around Denver you’d pass trucks towing billboards denouncing any effort to restrict fracking.’

Source: Up Against Big Oil in the Midterms | The New York Times

Head of Alberta regulator to resign in January after $260-billion oilpatch cleanup estimate leads to apology | National Observer

‘The president of Alberta’s fossil fuel industry regulator will resign in January, after the organization publicly apologized for the alarm caused by its $260-billion estimate of financial liabilities in the province’s oilpatch.’

Source: Head of Alberta regulator to resign in January after $260-billion oilpatch cleanup estimate leads to apology | National Observer

Interior is undoing a legacy of national park stewardship in Alaska | High Country News

‘Now, the Trump administration’s Interior secretary is attempting to dismiss the fundamental rules of stewardship established by the National Park Service. The National Park Service regulations currently prohibit predator control — selective killing of bears, wolves, and other predators — and unscientific and inhumane killing methods. Zinke is attempting to rescind these regulations. This is being done with no legal and scientific basis, minimal stakeholder involvement, and a hasty public process. One hundred and eight scientists, current and retired wildlife and resource managers, and many of the nation’s large carnivore experts, most with extensive experience in Alaska, have joined in sending a letter to Zinke adamantly opposing his action.’

Source: Interior is undoing a legacy of national park stewardship in Alaska | High Country News

Venice Flooding 2018 Shows Need in Italy For Flood Barriers | Fortune

‘…At least 11 people have died across Italy due to severe weather in the past days, including landslides and flooding, according to The Weather Channel. Roughly half of Italy has been impacted by the extreme weather, and more than 5,800 firefighters have been activated to answer more than 7,000 emergency rescue calls across the country.’

Source: Venice Flooding 2018 Shows Need in Italy For Flood Barriers | Fortune

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