"New climate pledges submitted to the United Nations would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by less than 1 percent, the world body announced." "The global scientific consensus is clear: Emissions of planet-warming gases must be cut by nearly half by 2030 if the world is to have a good shot at averting the worst climate catastrophes."
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- Source: NYTimes, 03/01/2021
"The US House of Representatives has passed a historic public lands preservation bill that pledges to protect nearly 3m acres of federal lands in Colorado, California, Washington and Arizona."
"Millions of people in the US are drinking water that fails to meet federal health standards, including by violating limits for dangerous contaminants. Latinos are disproportionately exposed, according to the Guardian’s review of more than 140,000 public water systems across the US and county-level demographic data."
"Indian fishing platforms cling precariously to the rocks, part of a way of life on the Columbia River persisting for more than 10,000 years."Source: Seattle Times, 03/01/2021
"As oil companies go out of business, they are leaving a legacy of abandoned wells that leak huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere".
"Increasing waste, full landfills and shuttered recycling programs mean more cities are paying to send their trash out-of-state."
"As U.S. cities struggle to rein in garbage while propping up pricey recycling efforts, more companies are profiting from America’s growing waste problem and leaving local communities to face the environmental consequences.Source: Bloomberg Green, 03/01/2021
"The Biden administration is reverting to an Obama-era method of calculating the cost of greenhouse gases—a move that industry is almost certain to challenge."Source: Bloomberg Environment, 03/01/2021
"President Biden and congressional Democrats are already bracing for the next big legislative fight — a major infrastructure package that may aim to bolster clean energy."Source: Washington Post, 03/01/2021
"Wisconsin officials shut down a planned weeklong wolf hunt in just three days after 216 of the animals were killed — 82% more than the maximum that had been set by the state."Source: HuffPost, 03/01/2021
"Citrus greening has decimated Florida’s industry and the infection is spreading in California. But a novel treatment, still in the testing phase, may suppress the disease and give trees immunity."Source: Inside Climate News, 03/01/2021
"The change in the main ocean heat pump could bring more heat waves to Europe, increase sea level rise in North America and force fish to move farther north."Source: Inside Climate News, 02/26/2021
"Shannon Miller Ward would like to know how someone loses enough gasoline to fill nearly two Olympic swimming pools without even missing it. Last summer, a crack in the Colonial pipeline, the country's biggest fuel pipeline, leaked at least 1.2 million gallons of gasoline into a small nature preserve here on the edge of the Charlotte suburbs."
"Source: E&E News, 02/26/2021
"The EPA downplayed the risks of the pesticide Telone, according to a complaint filed with the agency’s inspector general."Source: The Intercept, 02/26/2021
"Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm won Senate confirmation Thursday to be energy secretary, joining President Joe Biden’s Cabinet as a leader of Biden’s effort to build a green economy as the United States moves to slow climate change."Source: AP, 02/26/2021
"Flexing their newfound political muscle, the nation's 574 federally recognized tribes are gaining momentum in their long drive to co-manage the country's national parks and other public lands — and they've got a new occupant in the White House who may help make it happen."Source: E&E News, 02/26/2021