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Climate Change News Digest for 2/8/23

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. What Is Permitting Reform? Here’s a Primer on the Drive to Fast Track Energy Projects—Both Clean and Fossil Fuel By Dan Gearino and Kristoffer Tigue (Inside Climate News) It’s a return to Washington’s biggest energy debate, with Democrats and climate advocates divided among themselves, and mostly at odds with Republicans. Exclusive: Huge chunk of plants, animals in U.S. at risk of extinction By Brad Brooks (Reuters) A leading conservation research group found that 40% of animals and 34% of plants in the United States are at risk of extinction, while 41% of ecosystems are facing collapse. Study Documents a Halt to Deforestation in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest After Indigenous Communities Gain Title to Their Territories By Katie Surma (Inside Climate News) Land rights granted by the government make a difference, allowing forests to slowly begin healing, researchers find. Chances of coal being phased out? Just 1 in 20 by 2050 By Saul Elbein (The Hill) Coal power plants are a major contributor to climate disruption — but current policies give just a 1 in 20 chance of phasing them out by 2050. Coal Ash Along the Shores of the Great Lakes Threatens Water Quality as Residents Rally for Change By Grace van Deelen (Inside Climate News) More than 100 coal ash waste sites, many unregulated, sit just feet from the Great Lakes, raising concerns for nearby communities and the 30 million people who rely on the lakes for drinking water. About the Digest: Articles included here are selected from several organizations which consolidate climate change related news from many sources around the world. These organizations include Carbon Brief and Inside Climate News. Accessing the full articles from the links provided here may sometimes not be possible due to access restrictions of the originating publications.

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