For the past decade legions of the gullible have been signalling their eco-virtue by candles' glow, turning off the lights for 60 minutes as an offering to poor, overheated Gaia. It makes little sense, but promoters are delighted the faithful can still write cheques in the gloom
Nicholas Kristof OPED NYT - e Americans may be inadvertently killing her infant son. Climate change, disproportionately caused by carbon emissions from America, seems to be behind a severe drought that has led crops to wilt across seven countries in southern Africa. The result is acute malnutrition for 1.3 million children in the region, the United Nations says. Trump has repeatedly mocked climate change, once even calling it a hoax fabricated by China.
In Alaska’s interior, where it can reach -50 degrees Fahrenheit in winter, the EPA wants people to stop burning wood. But it's just about their only feasible way to stay warm.
Civil fines could be assessed in coming days against residential polluters (those who use wood-burning stoves) in the cities of Fairbanks and North Pole. The E.P.A. could soon declare the Alaskan cities to be in “serious” noncompliance of the Clean Air Act, with potentially huge economic implications, including the loss of federal transportation funding.
If you don’t keep the fire lit, you die: “The problem is, there’s no replacement for wood-burning stoves in Alaska’s interior,” says Davidson. “Heating oil is too expensive for a lot of people, and natural gas isn’t available. So they’ve got to burn something. The average low temperature in Fairbanks in December is 13 degrees below zero (-25C). In January, it’s 17 below (-27C)."