Sep 26, 2019

Caltech receives $750 million for climate research

Lynda (L) and Stewart (R) Resnick own the Wonderful Company, which is home to Fiji Water, Pom Wonderful, Wonderful Pistachios and Teleflora. Photo: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Turner

Billionaires Stewart and Lynda Resnick will be donating $750 million to the California Institute of Technology to build a research center and support projects focusing on combating climate change, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: This is the second largest gift to an American university in history.

Between the lines: The Resnicks own the Wonderful Company — including Fiji Water, Pom Wonderful and Wonderful Pistachios — which has been criticized by environmentalists for its water and plastic use, per the Times.

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The water crisis cities don't see coming

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Aging water treatment systems, failing pipes and a slew of unregulated contaminants threaten to undermine water quality in U.S. cities of all sizes.

Why it matters: There's arguably nothing more important to human survival than access to clean drinking water.

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Facing climate change, ExxonMobil ramps up energy research

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ExxonMobil is expanding its research efforts with the stated goal of producing more — but cleaner — energy in the face of climate change.

Driving the news: The world’s biggest publicly traded oil company has been creating new partnerships with American and foreign universities in recent years totaling at least $75 million, and it just inked another, unprecedented $100 million deal with the U.S. Energy Department.

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Climate denial among D.C. policymakers thrives in echo chambers

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The tendency for Washington policymakers to not accept mainstream climate science is growing inside echo chambers and under President Trump, according to a new peer-reviewed study.

Why it matters: The research adds some quantitative heft to the notion that Trump, who regularly dismisses and mocks climate change, is having a tangible impact among America’s most influential policy experts working inside the beltway of Washington, D.C.

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