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June 2022 Monthly Headlines

Is Climate Change Keeping You Up at Night? The Answer is Yes. (OneEarth, The Guardian, New Scientist)

  • A global study published in OneEarth which tracked the sleep of 47,000 people in 68 countries found that humans are losing an average of 44 hours of sleep per year.

  • Warming nighttime temperatures are increasing the time it takes to fall asleep, since the body needs to cool down at night.

  • Most alarmingly, people in warmer climates are experiencing faster sleep loss rates than others; a population that was previously thought to have been better adapted for temperature rises.

Over 90% of the Great Barrier Reef Bleached… Again (Associated Press, CBS, ClimateSignals)

  • For the fourth time in seven years, the Great Barrier Reef has been severely bleached.

  • Coral bleaching occurs when high stress caused by rising ocean temperatures results in corals turning white and becoming more susceptible to disease.

  • Even more alarming is that this bleaching occurred during a La Nina cycle, in which ocean temperatures in the Pacific are generally cooler.

E.P.A. to Reverse Trump Era Rule, Return Power to States on Pipeline Decisions (New York Times, Axios, Boston Globe)

  • The E.P.A. is proposing a new law that would allow states and tribes to make key decisions on oil pipelines.

  • This right was stripped during the Trump era environmental rollbacks.

  • If imposed, this could go a long way in keeping our waters and protected lands free from pollution.

Wildfire in New Mexico already Breaking State Record (Reuters, Axios, The Verge)

  • The Calf Canyon/Hermit’s Peak fire officially became the largest wildfire in state history earlier this month.

  • Fueled by the worst drought seen in the Southwest in 1,200 years, the situation is out of hand as firefighters attempt to contain the blaze.

  • Today, roughly 1 in 6 people in the United States live in an area at risk for wildfires; this number is expected to jump to 1 in 5 people in the next 30 years.

Shorter Winters are Killing Maine Moose (WBUR)

  • Elongated Autumns and shortened Summers are threatening the survival of Moose calves in the Northeast.

  • Around 85% of tracked Moose calves in Maine last year did not survive to their first birthday due to an increase in Winter tick populations.

  • Warmer winters are allowing ticks to move further North, into Moose populations that previously did not have any predators.

Deloitte Report Finds Drastic Action Needed on Short Term Pollutants (Deloitte, Axios, Inside Climate)

  • A recent report by Deloitte has found that the benefits of limiting warmer below 2 degrees celsius far outweigh the costs.

  • Action to do so must include reducing short term climate pollutants such as Methane and HFCs, not just measures to reduce Carbon Dioxide pollution.

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