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Vermont becomes first state to penalize oil companies for climate change

Last year, Vermont suffered a catastrophic series of torrential rains that washed out major cities like Montpelier, the state’s capital, and the nearby municipality of Barre. Many businesses took months to rebuild and many homeowners were left stranded. Some Vermonters said it was the worst natural disaster to hit the state since a 1927 flood killed dozens of people....

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Amid a year of record-breaking climate disaster, the U.S. broke its record on oil production

As the year 2023 comes to a close, scientists repeatedly draw attention to the numerous climate change records that were broken over the previous 12 months. There were new records set in global surface temperature, ocean heat content and ice melt — and humans everywhere felt the consequences. Our species just survived the hottest summer on record, complete with deadly heatwavesintensified wildfires and worsened floods and flood-related events....

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