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California’s Getting Fracked

The LA Basin is not the only place in California where oil and gas companies are carrying out these high-intensity production techniques. Here’s a map of the 3,014 wells across California where high-intensity production is either planned or already taking place, and the 1,105 wells where waste from these methods is being injected into the ground. Read More: facesoffracking.org

Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration

New Climate Maps Show a Transformed United States According to new data analyzed by ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine, warming temperatures, rising seas and changing rainfall will profoundly reshape the way people have lived in North America for centuries. The Latino, Asian and Black communities who live in the most-vulnerable low-lying districts will be displaced first, but research from Mathew Hauer, a sociologist at Florida State University who published some of the first modeling of American climate migration in the journal Nature Climate Change in 2017, suggests that the toll will eventually be far more widespread: Nearly 1 in 3 people here in Marin County will leave, part of the roughly 700,000 who his models suggest may abandon the broader Bay Area as a result of sea-level rise alone. Read More: propublica.org

Where You Live in The US Is Linked to Certain Personality Traits, Study Finds

Living at higher altitudes in the US may shape your psychology in strange ways, a new study reveals, showing a distinct link between living in elevated, mountainous regions and certain personality traits. To determine potential links between physical topography and human personality across the US, the researchers analysed data from the Gosling-Potter Internet Personality Project: a large-scale ongoing online survey of personality data, which began back in 1999, and was devised by members of Götz’s team. Read More: sciencealert.com