Spotlight on green news & views: Australia burning hot; activists blast offshore drilling plan

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This is the 538th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) usually appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here is the Jan. 6 Green Spotlight. More than 28,220 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.

OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES

AmericaAdapts writes—The Snow Leopard adapts to Climate Change: “In episode 57 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with experts from all over the world focusing on the conservation of the elusive snow leopard of High Asia and how this species and the communities around this species, are adapting to climate change.  Guests from Nepal, India, China, Russia, Sweden, and the US share stories on studying this amazing cat and talk about some of the innovative adaptation strategies that are being put in place thanks to funding from a USAID project that is being implemented by World Wildlife Fund. Two additional themes emerge in this episode, the influence of Peter Matthiessen’s epic masterpiece, The Snow Leopard, and stories from these experts about their own magical encounters with the snow leopard in the wild. Peter Matthiessen never did see a snow leopard, but several of these experts did. Hear their amazing stories in detail.”

Pakalolo writes—Sydney Australia Basin-The hottest place on Earth. “Day Zero” water crisis looms for Cape Town: “The Sydney Australia Basin has been suffering from some of the most dangerous heat and humidity  on earth with a high of 117F in Penrith. So hot that roads are melting. In addition to suffocating heat, extremely dangerous bushfires were burning out of control in South Australia’s southeast on Saturday afternoon, and residents were warned that their lives and properties were at risk. The Climate Forecasting System (CFS) issued the apocalyptic warning to residents in the impacted area.If you are in this area you are in danger. There is a risk to your life and property…take shelter inside a solid building. Do not leave or enter this area in a vehicle or on foot. It is too late to leave and the roads will not be safe.’ Sydney’s weather is expected to remain hot with another heat burst building around the end of this week.”