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Israel Is Beefing with Greta Thunberg on X

“Hamas doesn’t use sustainable materials for their rockets," the official account of the nation wrote.

Greta Thunberg.
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Israel is fighting with the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on X.

Earlier today, Thunberg used her weekly Fridays for the Future post to share that she was striking “in solidarity with Palestine and Gaza,” adding that “the world needs to speak up and call for an immediate ceasefire, justice, and freedom for Palestinians and all civilians affected.” Her post included a photo of herself holding up a sign reading "Stand with Gaza," along with others carrying signs saying "Free Palestine" and "Climate Justice Now!".

Her post followed the horrifying massacre and kidnappings of hundreds of Israelis by Hamas militants on October 7, and Israel’s subsequent bombardment of Gaza, where over a million civilians have been displaced and where thousands have been killed, according to the local health ministry. Both the Hamas attack and Israel’s bombing have received international condemnation and outcry.

However, the official X account for the nation state of Israel replied thusly:

Let this be a reminder that you can — and if you are a literal country, perhaps even should — just keep scrolling.

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Jeva is a founding staff writer at Heatmap. Her writing has also appeared in The Week, where she formerly served as executive editor and culture critic, as well as in The New York Daily News, Vice, and Gothamist, among others. Jeva lives in New York City.

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We’re Worrying About Hurricanes Wrong

Don’t look at the number of forecasted storms and panic. But don’t get complacent, either.

Hurricane aftermath.
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When is an announcement less an announcement than a confirmation?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2024 hurricane season outlook, issued Thursday morning, might be one such case. For the past several weeks, hurricane agencies around the country have been warning of an extremely active, potentially historic season due to a confluence of factors including the record-warm water in the Atlantic Main Development Region and the likely start of a La Niña, which will make the wind conditions more favorable to Atlantic storm formation. With the Atlantic Hurricane Season set to start a week from Saturday, on June 1, NOAA has at last issued its own warning: There is an 85% chance of an above-average season, with eight to 13 hurricanes and four to seven of those expected to be “major” Category 3 or greater storms.

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A Carbon Border Adjustment Is Gaining Bipartisan Ground

If you haven’t already, get to know the “border adjustment.”

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While climate policy has become increasingly partisan, there also exists a strange, improbably robust bipartisan coalition raising support for something like a carbon tax.

There are lots of different bills and approaches floating out there, but the most popular is the “border adjustment” tax, basically an emissions-based tariff, which, as a concept, is uniquely suited to resolve two brewing trade issues. One is the European Union’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, which will force essentially everybody else to play by its carbon pricing system. Then there’s the fact that China powers its world-beating export machine with coal, plugged into an electrical grid that is far dirtier than America’s.

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It Took More Than 4 Days to Put Out This Battery Fire

The California energy storage facility is just a short hop from the Mexican border.

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A fire at a battery storage site in San Diego County appears to have been extinguished after burning on and off for multiple days and nights.

“There is no visible smoke or active fire at the scene,” Cal Fire, the state fire protection agency, said in an update Monday morning.

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