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July 16, 2021
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  • As anticipated, the Biden administration said it will issue protections for the Tongass National Forest in Alaska with an eye toward promoting new recreational activities in the region and eliminating the carbon emissions connected to felling the old-growth trees, a reversal of former President Donald Trump’s most prominent public lands decision to promote road development in the forest. The restrictions will include a ban on large-scale old-growth logging and a potential block on road development on 9 million of the forest’s 16.7 million acres. (The Washington Post)
  • After record-breaking rainfall, a devastating flood in western Germany and the surrounding areas has resulted in a death toll of over 100 people, and at least 1,300 missing as the rescue mission continues. (Bloomberg) Climate scientists, who have long linked human-generated emissions to extreme weather but have said it is too soon to say anything definitive about the flood, said they are shocked by the scale of the devastation, saying they did not expect disaster records to be broken so substantially this soon, or over such a wide area. (The Guardian)
  • Higher temperatures have led to 20,000 more workplace injuries than are recorded in California’s official data, through causing accidents like falling, being hit by vehicles or mishandling machines, according to a new working paper led by R. Jisung Park, a professor of public policy at the University of California at Los Angeles. The study, which was cited in congressional testimony, shows that these injuries are concentrated among poor workers, exemplifying how climate change is further exacerbating economic inequality, in this case via lost wages and higher medical bills. (The New York Times)
  • In German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to the White House, she and President Joe Biden butted heads once again on the wisdom of allowing the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to operate, but Biden said that “good friends can disagree.” The two leaders did emerge from the meeting with a partnership focused on climate action, energy technologies and energy transitions in emerging economies. (Politico)

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