- “Beta Technologies Secures $368 Million In Funding, Reaches Electric Aviation Unicorn Status” • The Vermont-based electric aviation startup Beta Technologies has closed a Series A round of funding bringing it $368 million. The funding round was led by Fidelity Management & Research Company. One investor is the Amazon Climate Fund. [CleanTechnica]
- “G7 Ministers Agree On New Steps Against Fossil Fuels” • G7 environment ministers agreed to deliver climate targets in line with limiting the rise in global temperatures to 1.5°C. Among other things, they agreed to stop direct funding of coal-fired power stations in poorer nations this year. The G7 is the UK, US, Canada, Japan, France, Italy, and Germany. [BBC]
- “When Will America Protect Itself Against EMP, Cyber And Ransomware Attacks?” • Protecting critical infrastructure has been a priority for Homeland Security since it was founded. So why is Colonial Pipeline vulnerable to hackers, and the Texas grid vulnerable to ice storms, and critical US infrastructure vulnerable to EMP attacks? [The Hill]
- “Deadly Flooding. ‘Zombie Fires.’ A Massive Iceberg. It’s Been A Wild Week In Weather And Climate Change” • The headlines on weather read like science fiction. Many of them are about climate change in action. As the Earth warms and causes shifting weather patterns on land and sea, such effects will become even more visible and extreme, experts say. [CNN]
- “Judge Allows Dakota Access Pipeline To Continue Operating During Environmental Review” • A federal judge allowed the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline to continue operating, concluding he did not have the authority to side with a tribal request to shut it down while the Biden administration works on an environmental review. [CNN]
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