Equilibrium & Sustainability

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The consequences of a “snow drought” are still affecting some areas of the West, following a period of warm and dry weather last month that caused the snow to melt faster, according to federal meteorologists.  Although California’s Sierra Nevada has gotten enough snow this season to avoid being labeled as such, the same cannot be said for regions in the northern Rocky…

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Tourism to Yellowstone National Park produces 1.03 megatons — more than 1.03 billion kilograms, or 2.3 billion pounds — of carbon dioxide emissions each year, a new study has found. Almost 90 percent of these emissions can be linked to transportation to and from the destination, according to the study, published on Wednesday in PLOS Climate.…

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A judge in a federal district court has given the last go-ahead to a multi-billion-dollar settlement between public water providers impacted by persistent chemicals and the company 3M, as announced by the parties on Monday. Under the conditions of the deal, the chemical maker based in Minnesota will give these water suppliers from $10.5 billion to $12.5 billion, based on how much contamination there is and…

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Nearly half of American prisons are located downstream from water sources that are likely contaminated with cancer-linked “forever chemicals,” a new study has found. Due to insufficient water quality testing in and around such sites, officials have only found that 5 percent of U.S. carceral institutions are situated in watersheds that definitively contain these toxic…

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Texas’s public schools are withdrawing billions of dollars that had been invested with asset manager BlackRock — a firm the state accused of boycotting fossil fuels. On Tuesday, Aaron Kinsey (R), head of the state board of education, announced that his agency was withdrawing $8.5 billion from management by BlackRock. The company’s “dominant…

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