When workers at an Agri Star meatpacking plant in Iowa were diagnosed with covid-19 in March, the company said it had taken steps to contain the virus. Then dozens of people in the town were diagnosed. The state wouldn’t say where the outbreak was coming from. Genetic science helped expose it.
The aerial rescue of 214 people captured national attention, but it also highlighted the expanding involvement of the U.S. military in responding to wildfire season as climate change leaves forests more susceptible to blazes and for longer periods of time each year.
“The whole purpose of offsets,” said a University of California at Berkeley climate policy researcher, “is to create a way for an individual or a company or a university to pay someone else to reduce emissions to cover emissions that they can’t reduce themselves.”