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Ed Markey, climate hawk, headed for the Senate

By Claire Thompson

Markey campaign
He’ll soon be the newest member of the U.S. Senate.

Rep. Ed Markey, who pushed climate action and clean energy during 37 years in the U.S. House, is now on his way to the U.S. Senate. As expected, he handily beat Republican businessman Gabriel Gomez in the Massachusetts special election to replace now-Secretary of State John Kerry. With more than 90 percent of the vote counted on Tuesday night, Markey was up 54 to 46 percent.

Backers of Gomez had been hoping for a repeat of Scott Brown’s 2010 special-election …read more
Source: Grist

By Stephen Messenger

“She was an amazing animal,” says one of the rescued otter’s keepers. “She taught a lot of people about conservation.” …read more
Source: Tree Hugger

By John Upton

Calgary floods

Epic floods forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes last week in Calgary, Alberta, the tar-sands mining capital of Canada. More than seven inches of rain fell on the city over the course of 60 hours.

Now the floodwaters are subsiding throughout the province, leaving in their wake an oil spill, power outages, and questions about how climate change might affect flooding.

Calgary floods
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Soggy Calgary

Alberta Premier Alison Redford said the crisis was “like nothing that we’ve ever seen before,” the …read more
Source: Grist

By Michael Graham Richard

We’ve all seen images of trash on beaches, or floating on the surface of the ocean. But a surprising amount ends up on the deep seafloor, at depths so great that it’s been very hard for us to really know what the situation is. …read more
Source: Tree Hugger

By John Upton

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How ’bout paying a little bit more for that gas?

If a group of climate activists gets its way, Bay Staters will vote next year on whether to establish a statewide carbon tax.

From The Boston Globe:

A group of environmentalists plans to ask voters to make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to adopt a so-called carbon tax by imposing new levies on gasoline, heating oil, and other fossil fuels based on the amount of carbon dioxide they produce.

The group, which has registered with the state as a political committee, …read more
Source: Grist

By Michael Graham Richard

Most of the thousands of airplanes that fly around the world each day use their main engines to move around on the ground when they are landed at airports. That’s kind of like using your car to go pay a visit to your neighbor who lives across the street. …read more
Source: Tree Hugger

By Kate Sheppard

whitehouse.gov

President Obama laid out a detailed plan to address the causes and impacts of climate change in a speech at Georgetown University on Tuesday. “I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing,” he said.

A thread throughout Obama’s plan is the idea that addressing climate change is a “moral obligation” to our children. The two-page outline of the plan sent to reporters Monday evening came with the subhead “Taking Action for Our Kids,” and mentioned “kids” or “future generations” a total of four times. The theme carried throughout his …read more
Source: Grist

By Jess Zimmerman

angry_gorilla

It is a generally-accepted truism around the Grist offices that humans are jerks and it would serve us right if the natural world turned around and swatted us one. So we’re enjoying this video in which human jerk children get a well-deserved pants-peeing scare from a gorilla.

The kids, who were part of an apparently minimally-supervised trip to the Dallas Zoo, apparently thought it would be hilarious to repeatedly yell “you ugly!” at the gorilla. What’s amazing is the array of emotions that plays (or, at least, appears to our anthropocentric eyes to play) over the gorilla’s …read more
Source: Grist

By Michael Graham Richard

This is notable as the first partnership between Tesla and a mall operator, probably only the first of many deals. …read more
Source: Tree Hugger

Doggie food truck trend refuses to die

By Holly Richmond

Ruff life, eh?

Doggie daycares are so yesterday. REAL hipsters go to doggie food trucks, where pups can lick a meat-flavored frozen treat:

There’s the Sit ‘N Stay Pet Cafe in Orlando, Florida…which serves “truly healthy gourmet treats” using “human-grade, locally sourced, organic, natural and humanely raised/harvested ingredients.” …In Elizabeth, New Jersey, there’s the Frosty Pooch, an ice cream truck which also offers other treats like bones and cookies. And in Austin, Texas, there’s Bow-Wow Chow, which sells a “variety of all natural, preservative free, locally baked, fresh pet treats as well as specialty treats, such as …read more
Source: Grist

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