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Climate Change News Digest for 10/4/23

This digest provides a selection of recent news articles relating to climate change and other environmental issues. Click on the title to read the full article from its original source.

Biden Said He Would Stop Drilling. Then Reality Hit.

By Lisa Friedman (New York Times)

The tug of war over one drilling lease in the Gulf of Mexico involving the president, Congress and the courts illustrates the limits of executive power.

‘Exceptional’ Antarctic melt drives months of record-low global sea ice cover

By Ayesha Tandon (Carbon Brief)

Global sea ice extent is at a record low for this time of year, due to rapid Antarctic sea ice melt and below-average Arctic coverage, new data reveals. Antarctic conditions this year have been “truly exceptional” and “completely outside the bounds of normality”, one expert said.

EVs Could Create Thousands of Jobs in Michigan and Revitalize Its Auto Industry

By Joel Jaeger, Devashree Saha, Sujata Rajpurohit, Evana Said (World Resources Institute)

While some are concerned that a shift to EV manufacturing could threaten jobs in Michigan and other auto-producing hubs, research shows that the opposite could be true: With an effective transition plan in place, the shift from gas-powered to electric vehicles can grow and revitalize the auto industry.

A new climate change report offers something unique: hope

By Jeff Brady (NPR)

Countries are setting records in deploying climate-friendly technologies, such as solar power and electric vehicles, according to a new International Energy Agency report. The agency, which represents countries that make up more than 80% of global energy consumption, projects demand for coal, oil and natural gas will peak before 2030.

Why Science Is Losing Americans’ Trust

By M. Anthony Mills (New York Times)

According to new survey data, 69 percent of Americans in May 2023 said they had confidence in scientists to act in the public’s best interest, compared to 86 percent of Americans who said in a similar January 2019 survey that they had confidence in scientists. (Digest editor’s note: While the article does not mention climate change, the concerns raised clearly also apply to the public’s acceptance of climate science.)

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