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Chevron must pay for environmental damage in Ecuador, court rules | Mongabay.com

‘…In the 151-page ruling, the court denied Chevron’s claim of violation of constitutional rights. Chevron will now have to pay $9.5 billion for the repair and remediation of social and environmental damage that – according to audits and expert reports – were a result of oil company operations in the Amazonian provinces of Sucumbíos and Orellana.’

Source: Chevron must pay for environmental damage in Ecuador, court rules | Mongabay.com

Oil industry wants government to build seawall to protect refineries from climate change effects | The Oregonian

‘PORT ARTHUR, Texas — As the nation plans new defenses against the more powerful storms and higher tides expected from climate change, one project stands out: an ambitious proposal to build a nearly 60-mile “spine” of concrete seawalls, earthen barriers, floating gates and steel levees on the Texas Gulf Coast.’

Source: Oil industry wants government to build seawall to protect refineries from climate change effects | The Oregonian

Past and future global transformation of terrestrial ecosystems under climate change | Science

‘Impacts of global climate change on terrestrial ecosystems are imperfectly constrained by ecosystem models and direct observations. Pervasive ecosystem transformations occurred in response to warming and associated climatic changes during the last glacial-to-interglacial transition, which was comparable in magnitude to warming projected for the next century under high-emission scenarios.’

Source: Past and future global transformation of terrestrial ecosystems under climate change | Science

‘The Biggest Climate Story No One Is Talking About’ | The New York Times

‘…Getting rid of coal power is a huge challenge. Even as Germany has scaled up wind and solar, it has also been shutting down its low-carbon nuclear plants. Coal — the most carbon-intensive energy source — has been largely left untouched, and now generates 40 percent of the country’s electricity. Much of that is from lignite, a low-grade and particularly dirty form of coal.’

Source: ‘The Biggest Climate Story No One Is Talking About’ | The New York Times

A Leader in the War on Poverty Opens a New Front: Pollution| The New York Times

‘Dr. Barber’s message to the community members in the church last week would have been largely recognizable to civil rights leaders of generations past, addressing issues of poverty and racism. But he and Mr. Gore were here in Greensboro to focus on another concern that many in the audience believed was just as insidious: pollution from North Carolina’s coal-powered electrical plants.’

Source: A Leader in the War on Poverty Opens a New Front: Pollution | The New York Times