6 recent climate emergency stories you to bring you up to speed

Wildfire California

Forest Service USDA / Peter Buschmann

Last week, The Wall Street Journal reviewed Exxon’s internal company documents. The New York Times found lung damage from fires could last a lifetime. Here is a roundup of this weekend’s climate crisis coverage.

Exxon internal documents pessimistic

Internal documents reveal Exxon’s financial outlook is far more bearish than the optimistic narrative it has projected for public consumption, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Fannie, Freddie, and climate change

If Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac account for climate change in their home mortgage lending procedures, whole communities, like those in floodplains, could be written off. Failing to do so, however, could make the mortgage giants’ trillion-dollar-plus portfolio vulnerable to triggering an economic crisis, according to Politico.

An ‘impending sense of doom’

The record-breaking wildfires that burned across California this year could harm the respiratory systems of the state’s children for the rest of their lives, according to The New York Times.

Cyclone Nivar hits southern India

Nivar — at its peak, a “very severe cyclonic storm” — killed at least four and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu after making landfall early Thursday morning, local time.

Climate change linked to earlier leaf senescence

Climate change appears to cause trees to shed their leaves earlier, a study published in Science suggests. Leaf senescence, the process by which deciduous leaves change color, marks the end of the period in which trees draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

Pebble mine permit denied

The Army Corps of Engineers denied a key permit for the controversial Pebble Mine project in Alaska last Wednesday. Tribes have long opposed the proposed open-pit copper and gold mine, which would threaten the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery, a fish at the heart of the area’s Indigenous culture and economy.

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