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Hounded by Wildfires, Californians Rethink Their Willingness to Rebuild

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Since the Camp Fire, Mr. Singer and his wife, Shannon, have been renting an apartment in Chico, about 20 miles away, while navigating the various headaches — insurance, zoning, construction, planning — required to rebuild their home. They have also started a nonprofit, Paradise Stronger, which utilizes their background in......

Survey Finds Majority of Voters Support Initiatives to Fight Climate Change

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A majority of registered voters of both parties in the United States support initiatives to fight climate change, including many that are outlined in the climate plans announced by President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr, according to a new survey. The survey, which was conducted after the presidential election, suggests that......

Trump Opens Habitat of a Threatened Owl to Timber Harvesting

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Conservationists said that assertion was unsupported by the agency’s own evidence. In December, the Fish and Wildlife Service ruled that the northern spotted owl should actually be reclassified, as endangered rather than threatened, but the agency said it would not take steps to do so because it had “higher priority......

Toyota to Pay a Record Fine for a Decade of Clean Air Act Violations

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Toyota Motor is set to pay a $180 million fine for longstanding violations of the Clean Air Act, the U.S. attorney’s Office in Manhattan announced on Thursday, the largest civil penalty ever levied for a breach of federal emissions-reporting requirements. From about 2005 to 2015, the global automaker systematically failed......

A Late Burst of Climate Denial Extends the Era of Trump Disinformation

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WASHINGTON — President Trump’s Twitter megaphone may be silenced, but his administration’s disinformation flows on. David Legates, a climate denialist installed last year by the Trump administration to oversee scientific work on climate change, has posted a series of debunked reports that appear to claim to represent research on global......

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