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Hawaiian Electric and Other Defendants Reach Tentative $4 Billion Maui Wildfire Settlement

Hawaiian Electric and Other Defendants Reach Tentative $4 Billion Maui Wildfire Settlement

In a lawsuit over the Maui wildfires of August 2023, Hawaiian Electric and other defendants have tentatively agreed to a settlement of more than $4 billion. The proposed deal, which has not yet received final approval, would settle the lawsuits of thousands of businesses and homeowners against the island’s utility, Hawaiian Electric, said people familiar […]

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    Extreme Heat Stress in Europe Hit Record Levels in 2023, Report Finds

    Extreme Heat Stress in Europe Hit Record Levels in 2023, Report Finds

    Extreme heat stress is affecting much of Europe at record rates, according to a new report from the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). According to the European State of the Climate 2023 report, temperatures in Europe were consistently high, with higher than average temperatures for 11 months last year. […]

    Africa’s Great Apes Are Already Feeling the Effects of Climate Change, First-of-Its-Kind Study Finds

    Africa’s Great Apes Are Already Feeling the Effects of Climate Change, First-of-Its-Kind Study Finds

    African great apes are some of the most iconic creatures on Earth. Humans’ closest living relative, these majestic primates are becoming increasingly impacted by climate change. In the next three decades, African apes will experience more extreme events such as heat waves, wildfires and flooding, according to a new study led by Razak Kiribou, a […]

    Despite Weather Extremes, Australia’s Grey-Headed Flying Fox ‘Is Doing OK’

    Despite Weather Extremes, Australia’s Grey-Headed Flying Fox ‘Is Doing OK’

    The grey-headed and spectacled species of mainland flying fox — common in Australia, also known as “fruit bats” — have historically experienced such low numbers that they faced the possibility of extinction, reported The Conversation. But after a decade-long survey by the National Flying-fox Monitoring Program (NFFMP) — coordinated by CSIRO, along with state and […]

    California Wildfire Smoke Impacts Indigenous Communities Nearly 2x More Than Expected

    California Wildfire Smoke Impacts Indigenous Communities Nearly 2x More Than Expected

    Indigenous communities in California are exposed to disproportionate levels of particulate matter in amounts much greater than previously thought, a new study has found. Using a new technique of measuring prolonged exposure to wildfire smoke, the researchers discovered that the Indigenous communities were exposed to an average of roughly 1.7 times the smoke that would […]

    El Niño Predicted to Supercharge Record Global Heating in 2024

    El Niño Predicted to Supercharge Record Global Heating in 2024

    The current El Niño event — which has been impacting global temperatures and weather since July of last year — is predicted to continue to drive record heat in 2024, according to a new modeling analysis by an international team of researchers. According to the study, several areas worldwide are likely to see record-setting average […]