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Climate Change News Digest for 3/18/22

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 at its original source.


Recent Megafire Smoke Columns Have Reached the Stratosphere, Threatening Earth’s Ozone Shield

By Bob Berwyn (Inside Climate News)

New research warns that wildfire emissions could unravel progress made under the Montreal Protocol to shrink atmospheric ozone holes. Scientists researching how the recent spike in extreme wildfires affects the climate say that just a few weeks of smoke surging high into the stratosphere from one intense fire can wipe out years of progress restoring Earth’s life-protecting ozone layer.


US Blocks Illegal Imports of Climate Damaging Refrigerants With New Rules

By Phil McKenna (Inside Climate News)

The EPA implemented new rules on the gases early this year, but the climate is already seeing its benefits. Just weeks after the Environmental Protection Agency began enforcing strict new limits on the production and use of hydrofluorocarbons, potent greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, the agency said it has blocked illegal imports of the harmful chemicals equal to the greenhouse gas emissions from burning 1.2 million barrels of oil.


Coal Mining Emits More Super-Polluting Methane Than Venting and Flaring From Gas and Oil Wells, a New Study Finds

By Phil McKenna (Inside Climate News)

So much methane is released from coal mining, the Global Energy Monitor says, that it exceeds the carbon dioxide emissions from burning coal at over 1,100 coal-fired power plants in China. Methane emissions from coal mines worldwide exceed those from the global oil or gas sectors and are significantly higher than prior estimates by the Environmental Protection Agency and the International Energy Agency, a new Global Energy Monitor report concludes.


Insurance Company Swiss Re Announces It Will Stop Funding Most New Oil and Gas Projects

By By Simon Jessop (Reuters)

Swiss Re, the world's second biggest reinsurer, said it would no longer insure most new oil and gas projects following mounting pressure on big business to do more to help the world slow global warming.


Deceptive or Persuasive? How Oil Companies Rebranded Misleading Climate Ads as ‘Free Speech’

By Amy Westervelt (The Guardian)

Is the impact of fossil fuels on the climate an opinion? That’s what oil companies are arguing in two dozen climate liability cases, saying their statements about climate change were not “deceptive” so much as persuasive, making them protected as free speech.


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