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Yesterday β€” January 17th 2020NYT Environment

Watching the Beach Town of My Childhood Burn

By Livia Albeck-Ripka

The beach town of Mallacoota is mythologized in my family as the place we returned to every summer. I visited again after it was ravaged by fire, to find devastation, resilience and a warning about climate change.

Hold the Phone, Sydney … It’s Raining.

By Damien Cave

For one gray and drenching moment, or a few hours in some places, strong rain doused some of Australia’s deadly flames. And all rejoiced.

Before yesterdayNYT Environment

How Hard Is It to Quit Coal? For Germany, 18 Years and $44 Billion

By Somini Sengupta and Melissa Eddy

The 18-year time frame shows how costly and politically complicated it is to leave the world's dirtiest fossil fuel in the ground.

Should Public Transit Be Free? More Cities Say, Why Not?

By Ellen Barry and Greta Rybus

Mayors are considering waiving fares for bus service as a way to fight inequality and lower carbon emissions. Critics wonder who will pay for it.

Reducing Fire, and Cutting Carbon Emissions, the Aboriginal Way

By Thomas Fuller and Matthew Abbott

As blazes rage in southern Australia, Indigenous fire-prevention techniques that have sharply cut destructive bushfires in the north are drawing new attention.

Bricks Alive! Scientists Create Living Concrete

By Amos Zeeberg

“A Frankenstein material” is teeming with — and ultimately made by — photosynthetic microbes. And it can reproduce.

The World Saw This Australian Beach Town Burn. It’s Still Cut Off.

By Livia Albeck-Ripka and Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Mallacoota, where people huddled on the shore for safety on New Year’s Eve, is rationing fuel and relying on the military for help.

BlackRock Puts Climate Change Center Stage

The $7 trillion investment giant says it will make environmental concerns a key investment focus, and Wall Street may have no choice but to follow suit.

BlackRock C.E.O. Larry Fink: Climate Crisis Will Reshape Finance

By Andrew Ross Sorkin

In his influential annual letter to chief executives, Mr. Fink said his firm would avoid investments in companies that “present a high sustainability-related risk.”

Wildfires Mar First Days of Play at Australian Open Qualifiers

By Ben Rothenberg and Christopher Clarey

Smoke from the fires shrouded the courts and caused one player to double over in coughing fits.

2019 Was a Record Year for Ocean Temperatures, Data Show

By Kendra Pierre-Louis

A new analysis found 2019 was the hottest for the world’s oceans. The five hottest years have also been in the past five years. 

Australia’s Fires Test Its Winning Growth Formula

By Keith Bradsher and Isabella Kwai

The country’s vulnerable environment and growing dependence on China have raised questions about the sustainability of its economic success.

Why Australia Is Burning

As firefighters battle flames across the country, Australia’s prime minister is fighting to keep climate change out of the conversation.

Australia’s Leader Calls for Inquiry Into Government Response to Fires

By Jamie Tarabay

In an interview with the local media, Prime Minister Scott Morrison expressed regret but reiterated that economic concerns would still play a key role in climate policies.

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