ICYMI: Bigfoot or Big Bear, Biden Pauses LNG Terminals, Four New Penguin Colonies & Solar Panels on the Pentagon

Environmental news of the week for busy people

Illustration by Peter Arkle

By Paul Rauber

Illustrations by Peter Arkle

January 26, 2024

Sightings of Bigfoot correlate strongly with populations of black bears.

President Biden pauses approval of all new LNG export facilities while the Department of Energy reviews their potential climate impact. 

The United Kingdom becomes the first advanced industrial nation to cut its carbon emissions by half

Responding to the surge in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities on California streets, state senator Scott Weiner calls for all new vehicles sold in the state to be equipped with speed governors that cap the cars’ speed at 10 mph above the posted limit.

Despite its qualms about electric vehicles, the United Auto Workers strongly endorses Joe Biden for president. 

The Republican Party’s fundraising effort to support Donald Trump’s presidential bid will be led by the CEO of Alliance Resource Partners, the largest coal producer in the eastern United States. 

Florida governor Ron DeSantis, a climate denier who called for the United States’ “energy dominance,” withdraws from the Republican presidential race. 

Some ancient “zombie viruses” released from melting Arctic permafrost might still be capable of infecting humans, even leading to a new pandemic. 

Satellites spot four previously unknown colonies of Emperor penguins in Antarctica. In some cases, the penguins apparently moved in search of more stable ice.

San Diego suffers severe flash flooding after four inches of rain falls in 24 hours

A severe drought in Panama has cut ship traffic through the canal by more than a third.

Plant propagator Ed Currie has developed Pepper X, at 2.693 million Scoville heat units, the world’s hottest pepper. By comparison, the hottest jalapeños reach 8,000 Scoville units.

As a result of an executive order by President Biden to make the federal government carbon neutral by 2050, the Defense Department will install solar panels on the Pentagon.