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In an effort to conserve, some major California water agencies have offered to cut back the allocation they get from the Colorado River by almost ten percent. The river system is in crisis, not only from periodic drought but also from aridification—the drying and warming of the Southwest from climate change.
Digital currencies use huge amounts of energy. In 2020 alone, Bitcoin transactions used as much electricity as the countries of Portugal or Austria. They also use water to cool computers. New research shows that Bitcoin is polluting and damaging to the climate—even more than the beef industry and almost as much as gasoline.
When Hurricane Ian made landfall on September 28 in Fort Myers, Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, its ferocious winds and record-breaking surge destroyed homes and businesses and knocked out power to more than 2.6 million customers in the state. But just under 20 miles away, barely a roof shingle was out of place and homes had their lights on.
Polyethylene is the most widely used plastic in the world and found in food wrap and shopping bags to pipes and detergent bottles. It’s also abundant in our oceans and landfills, where it’s slow to break down—unless it comes in contact with the humble wax worm.
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