National (U.S.)

To Understand Biodiversity Crisis Look At The Trees In Your Backyard

"Real, visible and consequential ecological catastrophes are playing out all around us."

"Wander into the woods in most places in the eastern United States and you’re likely to come across a towering trunk with sandy-colored, diamond-shaped ridges rising to bare forking branches and little holes peppering the bark, signaling where small, green beetles have crawled out and flown away after doing their dirty work. This decaying monument is — or rather, was — an ash tree. Its kind will not be back in your lifetime, perhaps ever.

Source: Washington Post, 05/24/2019

"5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos"

"If you had a choice between a better, faster cell phone signal and an accurate weather forecast, which would you pick? That’s the question facing federal officials as they decide whether to auction off more of the wireless spectrum or heed meteorologists who say that such a move could throw US weather forecasting into chaos."

Source: Wired, 05/24/2019

"Forecasts Call for a Normal Hurricane Season, but ‘It Only Takes One’"

"This year’s Atlantic hurricane season should be “near normal,” government forecasters announced on Thursday, with the likelihood of nine to 15 named storms, and two to four major Category 3 hurricanes with winds of 111 miles per hour or greater."

Source: NY Times, 05/24/2019

"As Infrastructure Talks Collapse, Focus Turns To Highway Bill"

"After a White House meeting on infrastructure fell apart yesterday, lawmakers were left picking up the pieces, with the odds of Congress passing a broad package looking slimmer than ever. Instead, it seems likely Congress will pursue a narrower surface transportation bill."

Source: E&E Daily, 05/24/2019


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