ICYMI: Pig Hotels, Helicopter Cub Hunting and African Gecko Passage

Pork producers in China keep pigs in 13-story “pig hotels” allegedly to protect them from disease.

President Joe Biden signs an executive order calling for half of all cars sold in the United States by 2030 to be zero emissions. Its EPA and the Department of Transportation are announcing a return to the Obama administration’s aggressive clean car standards, which were significantly watered down in the Trump era.

Oshkosh delivers the nation’s first all-electric fire truck to the Madison, Wisconsin Fire Department.

The Dixie Fire in California destroys the gold rush town of Greenville. It became the sixth largest fire in the history of the state.

In response to the state’s severe drought, California is limiting access to water in rivers and streams to thousands of people, including farmers with superior water rights.

In 2020, ExxonMobil, the American Petroleum Institute and other fossil fuel interests spent nearly $ 10 million on Facebook ads promoting oil and gas as part of a “pragmatic energy mix.”

Five percent of the world’s power plants are responsible for 73 percent of the energy sector’s carbon emissions. All are coal fired and none are located in South America, Africa or the Pacific.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service allows oil and gas drillers to harass polar bears and walruses in the Beaufort Sea for the next five years.

On Wednesday, July 28, enough ice melted in Greenland to cover Florida with two inches of water.

By the end of the century, climate change could make emperor penguins “almost extinct.”

The Gulf Stream is running out of steam.

The flood toll in China’s Henan Province stands at 302.

Wild cats and pine martens return to the “re-wild” forests of the south of the Netherlands.

For the first time, DNA from a tree is being used to convict poachers in Washington state.

The oldest tree on the East Coast, a 2,624-year-old bald cypress in North Carolina, is threatened by rising sea levels.

Two of the three California wolf packs produced puppies this year. In Oregon, two 3.5-month-old wolf cubs from the Lookout Mountain pack are shot down from a helicopter by state fishing and wildlife officials.

The majority of Michigan’s wild deer have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The African domestic gecko, common in Florida and equatorial Central and South America, arrived in the Western Hemisphere via the transatlantic slave trade.

This year’s “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico – an area where agricultural runoff robs water of oxygen, making it unable to support life – is 6,334 square miles, larger than expected.

A camper in Grand Teton National Park is sentenced to probation and fined $ 5,827 after her improperly stored food and garbage lures a grizzly bear into the campsite.

Too large herds of feral horses in federal herd management areas threaten the endangered sage grouse.

The red foxes of the Sierra Nevada in California benefit from protection against endangered species.

Ultra-runner Timothy Olson sets a new record for crossing the Pacific Crest Trail: 51 days, 16 hours and 55 minutes.

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