In Extreme Heat and Drought, Trees Hardly Benefit From an Increased Carbon Dioxide Level

Alex Jones Loses Sandy Hook Court Appeal ; Social News Consumers Least Likely to Read About COVID-19 ; and More Picks

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The author writes, "The increase in the CO2 concentration of the atmosphere does not compensate the negative effect of greenhouse gas-induced climate change on trees: The more extreme drought and heat become, the less do trees profit from the increased supply with carbon dioxide in terms of carbon metabolism and water use efficiency. This finding was obtained by researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology [while] studying Aleppo pines." Photo credit: Lukas / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
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Internal Emails Show How Chaos at the CDC Slowed the Early Response to Coronavirus (Reader Steve)

From ProPublica, “The documents — mostly emails — provide a behind-the-scenes peek into the messy early stages of the U.S. response to the coronavirus, revealing an antiquated public health system trying to adapt on the fly. What comes through clearly is confusion, as the CDC underestimated the threat from the virus and stumbled in communicating to local public health officials what should be done.”

Alex Jones Loses Sandy Hook Court Appeal (DonkeyHotey)

The author writes, “Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist and repeated loser of court battles, was ordered Wednesday to pay more than $20,000 in attorney fees after losing another appeal in a defamation case related to the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He now owes nearly $150,000 in legal fees before he even faces a jury.”

Social News Consumers Least Likely to Read About COVID-19 (Russ)

From MediaPost: “The coronavirus pandemic has led to a surge in news consumption on social media as people stuck indoors use platforms like Facebook and Snapchat to stay connected with the outside world. Unfortunately, people who rely on social networks as their primary source of news are most likely say they’ve seen made-up news about COVID-19, a study found.”

Democrat Calls on EPA to Withdraw ‘Secret Science’ Rule (Celia)

The author writes, “Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) is urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw a proposed rule that he believes could curtail its response to crises such as the coronavirus pandemic.”

Biodiversity Boon for Niue, the World’s First ‘Dark Sky Nation’ (Dana)

From Mongabay: “The Pacific island of Niue, one of the least-populated countries in the world, was designated the world’s first ‘dark sky nation’ by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) on March 7. The title recognizes the visibility and clarity of Niue’s starry nights, and the country’s commitment to protecting its nocturnal environment by mitigating artificial light pollution. The move provides additional protection to the country’s unique biodiversity.”

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