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Joe Biden says climate-change deniers are “Neanderthals” — that’s not fair to Neanderthals

President Biden described climate change deniers as “Neanderthals” during a speech on Thursday in Brownsville, Texas, near the U.S.-Mexico border. Fox News and other conservative media appears to be depicting this as an unacceptable insult — but perhaps it was most unfair to the Neanderthals.

“I’ve been helicopters in the West, in the Southwest and Northwest, flown over more land burned to the ground, all the vegetation gone, than the entire state of Maryland,” Biden told his audience, partly referring to the wildfires now raging in Texas....

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Exxon CEO to world: Climate crisis isn’t our fault, now “pay the price”

As ExxonMobil pursues litigation against activist shareholders who seek to push the biggest of all Big Oil behemoths to tougher environmental standards, CEO Darren Woods knows who to blame for the worsening climate crisis. It’s not his company or its major competitors.

In a recent interview with Fortune, Woods argued that the oil industry is not primarily to blame for climate....

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African great apes face a dire future from climate change, study finds

Humanity’s closest cousins are in trouble. The great African apes, which includes gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos are renowned for their intelligence and fascinate both scientists and laypeople because of their physical and genetic similarities with humans.

Yet as a recent study in the journal PLOS Climate demonstrates that, even though apes and humans are part of the same family tree, humans are the inconsiderate relatives who destroy their hosts’ home: Human-caused climate change is going to have a devastating impact on ape species throughout Africa....

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Antarctica’s “Doomsday Glacier” began to retreat in the 1940s because of an El Niño event

Thwaites Glacier goes by an arguably unflattering nickname, the “Doomsday Glacier,” and there is a very understandable reason for this. The western Antarctic natural wonder is roughly the size of Florida at 4,000 square miles (192,000 square kilometers), and if it melts, that would be a disaster for humanity. If it collapses on its own, Thwaites will cause sea levels to rise by roughly two feet (65 centimeters)....

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Locust swarms will intensify with climate change, threatening food security, study finds

There’s a good reason locusts are considered plague-worthy. Despite their size, swarms of these insects can cause considerable damage by shredding plant life to bits like ravenous piranhas.. The bugs destroyed millions of American lives during the so-called “Dust Bowl” of the 1930s and caused massive hardship in East Africa from 2019 to 2020 — perhaps the authors of the Exodus were right to vilify the notoriously gluttonous insects....

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