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Stuck at home? These world famous museums offer virtual tours

Travel and Leisure »

There is a way to get a little culture and education while you’re confined to your home. According to Fast Company, Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world..

Now, you get “go to the museum” and never have to leave your couch.

» Musée d’Orsay, Paris »

» Pergamon Museum, Berlin »

» Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam »

» Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam »

» Uffizi Gallery, Florence »

» British Museum, London »

» MASP, São Paulo »

» National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City »

» The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles »

» National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul »

» Guggenheim Museum, New York »

» National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. »

Exxon’s climate change fraud trial opens to a packed New York courtroom [Updated]

Did big oil cook the books?

October 22, 2019

Nicholas Kusnetz, writing in Inside Climate News »

The civil case is the first major climate change lawsuit to reach trial in the United States, and it is the culmination of four years of investigation by the New York state attorney general’s office.

The central allegation is that Exxon fraudulently used two sets of books to estimate the risks it faces as governments take steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions: one that was shared with investors and another that was used only internally. The public estimate was higher, suggesting a future with stricter limits on emissions, while the internal figures were lower, reflecting more lenient regulations.

More at Inside Climate News »

Updated October 26, 2019

Melissa Lemieux, writing in Newsweek »

The exploratory procedure for the suit began in 2015, when InsideClimate News and the Los Angeles Times reported that Exxon scientists knew in the late 1970s that emissions were damaging the climate but had covered the information up, an accusation that Exxon strongly denies.

and

“Exxon has known for decades about the catastrophic climate impacts of burning fossil fuels—its chief product,” Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement. “Yet, to this day, Exxon continues to deceive Massachusetts consumers and investors about the dangerous climate harms caused by its oil and gasoline products and the significant risks of climate change—and efforts to address it—to Exxon’s business. We are suing to stop this illegal deception and penalize the company for its misconduct.”

More at Newsweek »

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Plastic Bags to Be Banned in New York

Jesse McKinley, writing for NY Times:

New York State lawmakers have agreed to impose a statewide ban on most types of single-use plastic bags from retail sales, changing a way of life for millions of New Yorkers as legislators seek to curb an unsightly and omnipresent source of litter.

The plan, proposed a year ago by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, would be the second statewide ban, after California, which banned bags in 2016. Hawaii also effectively has a ban in place, since all the state’s counties bar such single-use bags.

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