October 19, 2021
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Climate law jeopardizes freedoms, German court rules—but not how you think

Enlarge / Wind turbines spin as steam rises from the cooling towers of the Jäenschwalde coal-fired power plant in the distance.Sean Gallup/Getty ImagesGermany’s top court struck down part of the nation’s sweeping climate law, saying it violates people’s freedoms.  By many standards, the law is aggressive, requiring the country to slash emissio...
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Missing Arctic ice fueled the “Beast of the East” winter storm

Enlarge / Picking up moisture from the ice-free sea, a storm builds and heads towards Europe.NASAExtreme weather has become the new normal—whether it’s precipitation, drought, wind, heat, or cold. The question of how the ever-shrinking layer of Arctic sea ice has contributed to any of these changes has prompted some lively discussion over the past ...
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Bezos says Amazon should “do a better job for our employees” after union vote

EnlargeAlex Wong/Getty ImagesAmazon CEO Jeff Bezos used his final letter to Amazon shareholders to focus on employee well-being and the company’s significant carbon footprint. Bezos’ new emphasis on employee well-being comes on the heels of a contentious unionization vote at one of its warehouses in Bessemer, Alabama. Though Amazon won, with 1,798 ...
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More lightning in the Arctic is bad news for the planet

Enlarge / Lightning strikes in the far north of Canada.Sandra Angers-BlondinThe Arctic isn't doing so hot. That’s because it is, in fact, too hot. It’s warming at least twice as fast as the rest of the planet, which is setting off vicious feedback loops that accelerate change. Ice, for instance, is more reflective than soil, so when it melts, the r...
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“Offsetting is a cop-out”: Polestar plans truly carbon-neutral car

Enlarge / By 2030, Polestar wants to build truly carbon-neutral cars.PolestarThe Swedish electric vehicle startup Polestar says it wants to build truly carbon-neutral vehicles within the next decade. Announced on Wednesday as part of the company's first sustainability report, the ambitious goal will require new car-building methods because, in the ...