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Maybe some good news:

Both rock dust and biochar (charcoal) are known to be soil improvers, and they capture CO2, but soil is a highly variable material. That's why we have a system in the US for soil tests, to see what a given plot of land actually needs. These two additives have been studied, but not enough to know all the details of how much and when to apply them, like we do with regular fertilizers. It will take some work to develop that knowledge.
 
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This is what ocean acidification is doing to creatures in the Arctic

The problem with ocean acidification is you can’t really do anything about it other than try to reduce carbon emissions — and once a certain level is reached, the shells of marine creatures become unstable and start to dissolve.

By 2100, the study found, Arctic waters may be too acidic for many shelled creatures, and according to the model produced by the researchers, if greenhouse gases continue to develop according to existing projections, it’s bad news for the marine environment.
 

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There's a ray of hope shining through the cloudy sky: Spreading rock dust on fields could remove billion tons of CO2 from the air every year. The stone of choice would be basalt.

 
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Solar Power to push much of remaining Texas coal fleet offline

A surge in new utility-scale solar is poised to push much of the remaining coal-fired power fleet in Texas into retirement in the next few years, according to a report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).
Note that Texas is already the leading wind power state, but it also has lots of flat, sunny land for solar.
 

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Photos show scale of massive fires tearing through Siberian forests
Since the start of 2020, it’s estimated that fires have burnt through 20 million hectares (49 million acres) of the Russian landscape, which is an area bigger than Greece, and about 10.9 million hectares (27 million acres) of forest, according to Greenpeace International. For context, the global extent of tree loss in 2019 was 11.9 million hectares. That means fires this year have affected an area of forest in Russia nearly equivalent to the planet’s tree loss last year even though it’s only mid-July.
 
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Looks like the "it happened sooner than expected" crowd is getting a workout. All signs are showing an even more rapid acceleration of destruction.
 
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Soon, all New Yorkers will be talking in a slow, stilted and southern-like twang as they perch on their rocking chairs, safe behind their porch screens and sipping Long Island ice teas.

Also, it's tiresome how the NYT likes to consider NYC an island somehow separated from the rest of the continent by a thousand miles of privilege.
 
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Also, it's tiresome how the NYT likes to consider NYC an island somehow separated from the rest of the continent by a thousand miles of privilege.
You mean comparable with the British view on the European continent?
 

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You mean comparable with the British view on the European continent?
I dunno. I was talking about the isolated village attitude of a single newspaper.