ICYMI: Notre Dame’s Bees, Lobbyist Sleaze, Where to Charge EVs & More

A weekly roundup for busy people

By Paul Rauber

Illustrations by Peter Arkle

April 26, 2019

Notre Dame’s three hives of bees survive the catastrophic fire that destroyed the cathedral’s roof.

Fifty-four US nuclear plants were not designed to withstand the flood risk they face from climate change. 

An exhausted polar bear turns up on the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka, hundreds of miles from its usual territory. Russian authorities sedate the bear and airlift it to Chukotka, far to the north. 

Facebook partners with CheckYourFact.com, a fact-checking operation affiliated with The Daily Caller, Tucker Carlson’s right-wing news outlet that routinely casts doubt on climate science.  

Google Maps now displays information about the availability of charging stations for electric vehicles. 

Nevada and Washington join California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC, in pledging to move to 100 percent clean electricity.

The Sierra Club files a Freedom of Information Act request for information to back up EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler’s contention that “most of the threats from climate change are 50 to 75 years out.” 

Tata Power, India’s largest private power company, will no longer build coal plants

Former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt registers as a lobbyist in order to try to convince Indiana’s legislature to keep the state’s aging coal-fired power plants online. Pruitt fails to convince the state’s chamber of commerce to back the effort. 

Lamar Smith, the former GOP congressman from Texas who strenuously opposed Obama-era environmental restrictions on the proposed Pebble gold mine in Alaska, registers as a lobbyist for the Pebble mine.

Scientists fully sequence the genomes of coast redwoods and giant sequoias. The coast redwood genome is the second-largest ever sequenced; it is nine times the size of the human genome. 

No leatherback turtles return to Nicaragua’s Río Escalante Chacocente nature reserve to lay their eggs this year. 

Researchers can distinguish between 12,000 species of millipedes by differences in their glow-in-the-dark genitalia

The wolf population in Yellowstone National Park drops to 80, less than half of its historic peak in 2003. 

Steven and Dwight Hammond, the Oregon ranchers whose conviction on arson charges set off the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, get a new federal grazing permit to reduce wildfire risk

Actor Jason Momoa, a.k.a. Khal Drogo and Aquaman, shaves his signature beard to “bring awareness that plastics are killing our planet” and also to promote his new line of canned water.