COVID-19 may make the impacts of the west’s wildfire season more deadly, hitting aging and vulnerable communities the hardest.
Over 400,000 acres of wildfires burn in Arizona in a devastating opening to Southwest’s wildfire season. And neighboring California has approved more fracking in a 97% Latino town as oil tankers spew pollution.
The Trump administration tries to push Keystone XL to the US Supreme Court, California’s appellate court rules on cap and trade, and California’s governor backs away—but not really—from solar radiation geoengineering.
Under the cover of COVID-19 and protests, Trump hacks away at bedrock environmental law. Plus, a Democratic Party committee lays out its climate platform, wildfires erupt in California, and climate chaos engulfs Brazil and the Amazon Rainforest.
Brazil’s government simultaneously risks triggering the next pandemic, endangers its indigenous people, and accelerates the climate crisis by scaling up deforestation of the Amazon.
This week the climate justice movement says Black Lives Matter, disaster capitalists are still looting Puerto Rico, and California is neglecting to fix the environmental racism of its oil infrastructure.
Oil executives get bonuses despite their industry’s economic freefall, offshore drilling in the Mediterranean Sea might be a no-go, and the aviation sector may get a major regulatory gift.
In this week’s Climate Crisis News Roundup, COVID-19 has meat production in crisis, but what’s its climate impact? And a new report says President Trump has the worst public lands protection record in history, while the EU and Spain will soon release a green economic stimulus plan.