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The Guardian: Oil and gas industry rewards US lawmakers who oppose environmental protections – study

The Guardian: Ecological grief: I mourn the loss of nature – it saved me from addiction

The Guardian: Trump's separation of families constitutes torture, doctors find


Washington Post: Antarctic heat wave melted 20 percent of an island’s snow cover in days, caused melt ponds to proliferate

San Jose Mercury: Feds order Santa Clara County’s biggest reservoir to be drained due to earthquake collapse risk

Washington Post: This chart is the best explanation of middle-class finances you will ever see

Huffington Post: Here’s What Happens When Public Transit Is Free

Delacorte Review: The School at the End of the Trail of Tears

Pro Publica: The FBI Is Investigating Massive Embezzlement of Border Patrol Union Funds

The Hustle: How Mount Everest became a multimillion-dollar business

SF Chronicle: Bay Area's guide dog school deals with rise of fake service animals

Daily Beast: Americans Show Fresh Signs of Panic as Coronavirus Cases Jump Again

The Oregonian: Chinook salmon returns in Columbia River could be among lowest on record

The Oregonian: $45 million homelessness emergency bill advances in Oregon Legislature

The Oregonian: Oregon man emerges as Tea Party’s newest big donor

The Guardian: 'They won't survive': Trump gas wells would block pronghorn migration route

Press Democrat: Newsom offers up state land in Santa Rosa, long eyed for housing, for homeless shelters

Friday, Feb. 21

The Hill: Can you actually get paid NOT to mow your lawn?

NY Times: Oil and Gas May Be a Far Bigger Climate Threat Than We Knew

SF Chronicle: How stressed should Californians be about the lack of rain? Experts weigh in.


NY Times: Lawmakers Are Warned That Russia Is Meddling to Re-elect Trump

Seattle Times: Coronavirus-infected Americans flown home against CDC’s advice

The Guardian: NFL player Greg Robinson had 157lb of marijuana when arrested in TX

The Guardian: Dry February sends California back to drought: 'This hasn't happened in 150 years'

The Guardian: Revealed: quarter of all tweets about climate crisis produced by bots

Thursday, Feb. 20

Sacramento Bee: Kaiser Permanente donates $32 million for Sacramento homeless, low-income people

Sacramento Bee: Caltrans to pay up to $5,500 to each homeless Bay Area resident affected by camp cleanups

The Guardian: Colorado River flow shrinks from climate crisis, risking ‘severe water shortages’

Washington Post: Welcome bugs into your yard. You might just save the world.

The Hill: Trump signs order diverting water to California farmers against state wishes

San Jose Mercury: Search continues for Palo Alto couple missing from Point Reyes

The Guardian: 2019 was worst year for US rural hospital closures in a decade, report finds

Wednesday, Feb. 19

The Hill: Survey: 20 million Americans have crowdfunded to help pay medical bills

Sacramento Bee: California would force insurance companies to cover homes in wildfire zones under new bill

Seattle Times: Sweetened-beverage sales in Seattle dropped 30% after soda tax, new study says

KTLA: Sheriff: 3 men were slain at California cemetery; possible cartel connection investigated

Marin Independent Journal: Tiny sea stars vanishing from San Francisco Bay coasts

LA Times: Legal marijuana use still costs people jobs. A new California bill takes on the issue

Washington Post: Renting a home is cheaper than buying one in the largest U.S. counties

Washington Post: Utah's Slickrock Trail is 'the most famous bike trail in the world.' The Trump administration may lease it for oil.

Press Democrat: ICE agents arrest 3 at Sonoma County courthouse

Press Democrat: Police order residents of new homeless camp at Santa Rosa park to leave

The Guardian: Red-state Utah embraces plan to tackle climate crisis in surprising shift

The Guardian: Researchers find a western-style diet can impair brain function

SF Chronicle: One firefighter dead and another missing in raging California library fire

Tuesday, Feb. 18

The Hill: ICE subpoenas Oregon sheriff's office for info on 2 Mexican inmates

Arab News: Saudi Arabia throws its support behind cloud-seeding technology

Vox: America’s monopoly problem, explained by your internet bill

Curbed: Are Candles Toxic? The candle quagmire

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