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    From offshore wind turbines to electric vehicles to solar panels, California stands to emerge as a major winner from the passage of a historic climate and energy bill in Washington D.C., experts said Monday. The bill, dubbed the “Inflation Reduction Act,” cleared the U.S. Senate on a 51-50 vote, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking a tie. It heads next to the House of Representatives, where passage is expected Friday, and then to President Biden’s desk for his signature. The 775-page bill, the culmination of more than year of negotiations and deal-making, achieves key priorities for Democrats. Among them: a 15% minimum tax on corporations, a requirement that the federal government negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to lower drug prices for Medicare, and an extension of health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. But the centerpiece is a sweeping effort to reduce climate change. The measure provides $369 billion over the next 10 years for federal tax credits, grants and other incentives to dramatically expand solar power, wind power, electric vehicles, battery storage projects and other efforts to reduce greenhouse...
    After 11 years with the fossil fuel producer, Caroline Dennett, a senior safety consultant for Shell, quit and publicly exposed the destruction the company is bringing to the environment and the lies they tell to cover their tracks. We know that climate change is a major problem and that fossil fuels contribute to climate change. So it’s ludicrous to continue investing in extracting oil, especially when the drilling wreaks havoc on the environment and wildlife. As the NRDC states plainly, “Offshore drilling is basically a double blow to our oceans—increasing the risk of spills and pollution in the marine environment while fueling climate change impacts.” President Biden has also repeatedly emphasized the dangers of climate change, but recently, the administration has fallen backward in its efforts to prevent offshore drilling. Source: Bloomberg Markets and Finance/Youtube “They know that continued oil and gas extraction causes extreme harms to our climate, to our environment and to people. And whatever they say, Shell is simply not winding down on fossil fuels,” said Dennett. Sign this petition to demand Shell executives stop...
    Brisbane, Australia (CNN)As Europe sweltered in the summer heat, Australians took stock of a new report that revealed just how much the country's environment has deteriorated in the last five years."Our waters are struggling and so is the land," said Labor's new Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek, as she released the long-awaited State of the Environment report Tuesday. Though finished in 2021, the report wasn't released by the previous Coalition government."When you read it, you'll know why," said Plibersek, who started the job six weeks ago, after the May election delivered a strong swing toward parties and independent candidates promising tougher action on climate change. The report found Australia's environment is "poor and deteriorating" due to "climate change, habitat loss, invasive species, pollution and resource extraction." The devastating effects of the climate crisis were woven throughout the report, from marine heat waves that have caused mass coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef to extreme weather events including bushfires to flooding.A kangaroo escapes the fire as the fire front approaches a property on November 15, 2019 in Colo Heights, Australia.Read MoreBut...
    SANTA PAULA (KABC) -- The amount of water you can save at home is a drop in the bucket in the grand scheme of things, but agricultural users are responsible for an estimated 50% of total water used in California, so if they can reduce, it would be noticeable. Ranch manager Jason Cole of Cole Limited in Santa Paula adds, "Water is our most expensive input, it's our most precious input and we're just trying to do everything we can to be as sustainable and successful as possible."Cole's family has grown avocados and lemons over 4000 acres in Santa Paula for three generations, but over the last decade, he has turned to Acuity Agriculture and Benchmark Labs to get farm specific climate data that can save up to 10% of his water usage."You're cutting some water down, but you're also just delivering the water that's gonna be used," explains Cole.Dallas Raines would tell you Southern California is made up of a series of micro climates, so farm specific forecasting is a micro-climate within a micro-climate and that requires sensors in...
    New York City has launched its first food and climate dashboard! The New York City Mayor’s Office of Food Policy released its first dashboard that has information about the carbon footprint of the city’s food purchases. According to a study, global food systems are responsible for 25 to 42 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. This dashboard completes the city’s commitment to transparency included in Executive Order 8: Commitment to Health and Nutrition: Food Standards and Good Food Purchasing. The city teamed up with American Express to map consumption-based emissions. The dashboard uses food purchase data from the 2019 Fiscal Year and will be uploaded annually. Dairy and ruminant meats came in the top spots for the emissions by food type data. Food-related emissions from dairy were 143,972 tons CO2e, while ruminant meats were 110,405 tons CO2e. In third place for most emissions was poultry with 25,716 tons CO2e, and next was grains with just 16,688 tons CO2e. It’s easy to see with the colorful graph just how much worse for the environment a meat-based diet is. Source: Vox/Youtube “I...
    SALEM (CBS) – If you head to the Peabody-Essex Museum over the next few months, you’ll find yourself looking at all kinds of very unique art. Curator for the Climate Action: Inspiring Change Exhibit Jane Winchell says they’ll be looking at climate and environment from a variety of different perspectives. Twenty-eight artists of all ages, from Massachusetts and beyond, contributed pieces with the same subject — our changing climate. Winchell says that art speaks to people in ways that statistics or reports can’t. “It’s so important connecting with people at an emotional level. Helping them see this issue in a different way,” she said. The museum sees the time around Earth Day as an opportunity to raise awareness for an otherwise hard-to-discuss topic. “There are many known solutions and a lot of people are feeling in despair about the current situation. There are things we can do at this moment,” said Winchell. Like re-examine our impact on the climate through the food pyramid. Rubber replicas of food items like soup, French fries, and a...
    President Biden said he is ready to fork over the cash to fight climate change this Earth Day.  The president promised to spend 'billions' to begin a campaign to make every military vehicle climate friendly.  'Every vehicle, no I mean it. We're spending billions of dollars to do it,' Biden said during Earth Day remarks in Seattle, Washington.  'I think we're in one of those moments in world history, American history, where we've reached the point the crisis on the environment, it has  become so obvious with the notable exception of the former president,' Biden said.  The president then said his administration was working to take 'tens of thousands' of diesel-powered buses off the road and replace them with electric ones, as he talked about his administration's push to get electric vehicles on the road.  'I'm an automobile buff. I have a '68 Corvette that does nothing but pollute the air , but I don't drive very much.' The president said nothing about when his own motorcade or the 15,000 'Beast' limo he rides in, which gets around 8 mpg. would...
    "Congress gave us an important mission — protecting investors, facilitating capital formation, and fostering fair, orderly, and efficient markets — and granted us sufficient regulatory authority to achieve that mission," she wrote. "This proposal steps outside our statutory limits by using the disclosure framework to achieve objectives that are not ours to pursue." Despite the clear overreach, Democrats in Washington appear happy to support the move since the rules fit with the party's aggressive approach to the climate. Many, too, likely see pressuring corporations as an effective step in accomplishing their goals. In short, the new rules aim to expose companies' track records in keeping with progressives' climate change agenda in hopes that investors will pressure the companies to adopt more environmentally friendly policies and practices. "It will make it possible for all interested stakeholders, including shareholders, to then push companies to take real action," climate change activist Bill Weihl, formerly of Google and Facebook, told the New York Times. Speaking with CNBC, Washington-based climate change think tank director Claire Healy celebrated the possibility that carbon-intensive companies may...
    (CBS4)– Researchers in Boulder and beyond are finding gas stoves can cause a host of health problems, particularly for kids, and are emitting harmful greenhouse gases, even when they’re turned off. One expert tells CBS4 the risk for children living at home with a gas stove is akin to living with a smoker. (credit: CBS) “A gas stove in home releases a lot of the same pollution and pollutants that come from our car exhaust,” says Brady Seals, who has studied gas stove impacts extensively. “So these are things like carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde, and nitrogen dioxide is a particularly worrisome pollutant.” Seals is a manager in the carbon-free buildings program with RMI, a Boulder-based nonprofit committed to clean energy. Her organization released this study on gas stove effects last year. Seals says children are most susceptible to the toxic gases gas stoves emit, explaining the gases can cause learning deficits, cardiovascular problems, and respiratory issues. Children living in a home with a gas stove, she says, have a 42% increased risk of having asthma. “Exactly over a third...
    This year has been a strange one for the environment in many different ways. We have made progress in certain areas while not getting anywhere in others. The COP26 was held this year, which produced a few promising changes among some of the world’s leaders. But some important environmental topics, such as the impact of animal agriculture on climate change, were still not discussed nearly enough.  That being said, there were a few great environment and animal movies, documentaries, and series released this year. They all did their part to spread awareness and draw attention to big environmental issues. 1. Earthshot: Repairing Our Planet Earthshot is a five-part series with each episode focusing on one environmental problem that the planet is facing. These challenges include restoring nature, cleaning our air, reviving the oceans, building a waste-free world, and fixing the climate. Each episode goes into the issue at hand in great detail, helping the viewer to better understand the importance of change. This is the perfect climate change series to watch in order to understand the challenges that...
    New research has exposed the dark side to businesses taking land for palm oil production. This practice is extremely harmful to the climate, environment, and people. Land grabs are not only common for palm oil, but also for the production of other goods such as coconuts, tea, cocoa, cobalt, and minerals. Land grabbing has displaced indigenous communities and wiped out delicate ecosystems and wildlife habitats. It puts people, animals, and the climate at great risk, all in the name of profit. Will Nichols, Verisk Maplecroft’s head of environmental research, said, “There is a lot of money to be made from trashing the environment rather than saving it. When you are a landowner or someone looking to invest in these kinds of industries, and you’re aware that the government isn’t going to stand in your way. The onus falls on corporations to be diligent about where they are sourcing, auditing suppliers, making sure commodities are coming from where they are told they are coming from.” Despite the current urging for better choices to be made in regards to the environment,...
    Greta Thunberg has been upstaged by a new kid on the block who stole her thunder with an impassioned speech outside COP26. The teenager campaigner listened in awe and then saw the 12-year-old climate change kid who has faced death threats in his home country in South America given a hero’s reception. But unlike Greta who had launched a four-letter outburst, Francisco Vera Manzanares, 12, from Colombia, kept his pontifications clean. Through an interpreter Francisco Vera Manzanares, 12, from Colombia said: ‘I’m an activist from Colombia. I’m 12 years old and I’ve created a movement with my friends and I defend the environment in Colombia' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next The REAL reason furious Emmanuel Macron slammed Scott... World leaders unite to save earth's forests: Heads of 100... Share this article Share He stood out from the crowd as he gave an impassioned speech about his reason for travelling to Glasgow during a fringe event at the climate change conference. Thunberg, 18, looked on as he made his speech on the banks of...
    A member of a rescue team walks a flooded street in Laplace, Louisiana, after Hurricane Ida made landfall on Aug. 30, 2021.Marco Bello | Reuters From Hurricane Ida to California wildfires, experts are pointing to signs of climate change. Research shows individual investors are taking notice. A recent survey conducted by professional services company Accenture found that 59% of investors who are working with financial advisors have asked them about ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) or socially responsible investments. Moreover, 84% of investors who made those inquiries planned to put their money in those kinds of investments in the next year. More from Personal Finance:401(k) balances hit a new all-time high, Fidelity says Why lump-sum investing is better than dollar-cost averaging Not all who say they support socially responsible investing do it Most U.S. investing that takes ESG into account is done by institutional investors, such as pensions, insurance funds and educational institutions. But individual investing in ESG-type investments is growing, according to the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, or US SIF, a non-profit company that tracks the...
    As America's youngest generation begins to enter the consumer market, workforce and voting booth, they have proven to be on a mission toward improving their planet. But as some companies attempt to meet Gen Z's demands for sustainability, others might merely be presenting a façade.  Gen Z shops greenSustainability is important to 19-year-old Trinity Gbla. Having grown up experiencing wildfires and extreme heat near her home in Southern California, Gbla said these past few years have highlighted climate change as an increasingly pressing issue. She's not alone: Climate change/protecting the environment was the No. 1 concern for Gen Z, followed closely by unemployment and health care/disease prevention, according to a recent Deloitte survey.Trinity Gbla, a junior at Howard UniversityPhoto: Trinity Gbla"There's such a huge climate crisis going on in the world that you just cannot ignore," Gbla said. "Usually, when I'm shopping, I like to see what's ethically sourced, or if it's environmentally friendly. Price is definitely something that's important to me, especially because I'm a college student, so it's like, I'm broke. But I'm willing to pay for more...
    12 dead in Alabama due to Claudette, including 9 children in car crash; storm to strengthen on way to East Coast Massachusetts rep calls 21 Republicans cowards for voting against honoring law enforcement working during the Capitol riot At 22 years old, Jaden Smith has already inked his resume with occupations including actor, director, rapper, artist, activist and brand ambassador for the likes of Louis Vuitton and New Balance. He can now add Environmental Champion to the list when he’s honored with the title on Oct. 13 by UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Jaden Smith Awarded to Smith for his efforts on behalf of environmental justice and clean, safe water, he will join a roster of previous honorees that includes Ted Sarandos, Barbra Streisand, Al Gore and Jeff Skoll. “I’m excited to honor these young leaders in climate justice activism and action,” says Marilyn Raphael, the Institute’s first Black leader. Adds Lawrence Bender, producer and board co-chair: “There is no doubt Jaden represents the new generation of environmental warriors who understand not only the climate crisis but...
    (CNN)Growing up in Lahore, in the heart of Pakistan, one would take pride in living inside what is known as the "City of Gardens." One would find inspiration strolling through the historic Moghul era Shalimar Gardens, peace in Bagh-e-Jinnah, and stop at Hazuri Bagh to listen to a storyteller reciting Punjabi folktales. I was privileged to learn to play cricket in beautiful cricket grounds surrounded by trees.Today the sites remain, but Lahore is not the same. Cars and concrete buildings replace the sprawling mango and guava trees across the city, while previously clean canals are tarnished with countless single-use plastic water sachets. Imran Khan at an event after inspecting the progress of the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami campaign, in Haripur District, Pakistan, May 27, 2021.Congested and polluted urban spaces are not just ugly, they also pose serious health and economic risks, with plastic pollution penetrating water sources and with toxic fine sulfur particles flowing in the air. As cities lose their vegetation and encroach into forests that surround them, they become more vulnerable to floods, which Pakistan is all too...
    As Pope Francis continues to focus on the environment, electric vehicle maker Fisker promises the world's first 'all-electric papal transport' with recycled materials next year.  His Holiness will ride around in a custom, Fisker Ocean SUV made from 'sustainable materials,' including recycled plastic bottles, Fisker co-founder Henrik Fisker said in a statement.    Earlier this week, the Pope tweeted that 'technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels needs to be replaced without delay.' 'There is reason to hope that humanity at the dawn of the 21st century will be remembered for having generously shoulders its grave responsibilities,' he added.  Pope Francis' concern for the environment and reducing carbon emissions is evident by his tweets Pope Francis is seen riding in a popemobile made by Mercedes-Benz in 2016, which has been the popemobile maker for nearly 75 years  In 2020, Toyota provided the pope with a custom-made hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai, according to Auto Evolution.     Henrik Fisker, known around the world for designing some of the world's best made cars, said he was inspired by the Pope's green commitment....
    Thursday, April 22 is Earth Day — a time to demonstrate our support for, and appreciation of, our environment. In its own way, television is heeding the call to action with an array of programs dedicated to climate change, wildlife and other issues. Here’s a rundown of offerings from networks and streaming services. All of these programs premiere on Thursday, unless otherwise noted: “Secrets of the Whales” Narrated by Sigourney Weaver, this spectacular, four-part National Geographic documentary was filmed over three years in two dozen locations. It hails itself as “the definitive story of whales told through the expert perspective.” It’s an epic journey within the world’s oceans and seas, offering cinematic storytelling and breathtaking images of the planet’s largest marine mammals and revealing the extraordinary communication skills and intricate social structures of five different species – orcas, humpbacks, belugas, narwhals and sperm whales. (Disney+). “Life in Color With David Attenborough” In this stunning three-part series, Attenborough travels the world from the rainforests of Costa Rica to the snowy Scottish Highlands to reveal the extraordinary and never-before-seen ways animals use...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- ABC 7, Chicago's No. 1 station for news, will present a virtual town hall examining the impact of climate change and significant weather events on our environment. ABC 7 CHICAGO meteorologists Cheryl Scott and Larry Mowry will moderate "OUR CHICAGO: Voices of the Community," available on abc7chicago.com, Thursday, April 15, at 2:00 p.m.This town hall precedes an ABC special, "Our America: Climate of Hope," which highlights some of the solutions everyday people are offering, including next-gen social media "eco stars" from around the country. The hourlong special airs Sunday, April 18, at 11 p.m. on ABC 7.Billions of dollars in damages due to climate disasters are at historic highs. The worst wildfire season on record spawning deadly mudslides, extreme cold and ice which crippled Texas and made national headlines are just a few examples of how these weather events have wreaked havoc on the environment. Floods and fire, polluted air and plastic waste all impact the low-income population and communities of color the most, but thankfully, there is hope.Cheryl Scott and Larry Mowry will lead a discussion...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- ABC 7, Chicago's No. 1 station for news, will present a virtual town hall examining the impact of climate change and significant weather events on our environment. ABC 7 CHICAGO meteorologists Cheryl Scott and Larry Mowry will moderate "OUR CHICAGO: Voices of the Community," available on abc7chicago.com, Thursday, April 15, at 2:00 p.m.This town hall precedes an ABC special, "Our America: Climate of Hope," which highlights some of the solutions everyday people are offering, including next-gen social media "eco stars" from around the country. The hourlong special airs Sunday, April 18, at 11 p.m. on ABC 7.Billions of dollars in damages due to climate disasters are at historic highs. The worst wildfire season on record spawning deadly mudslides, extreme cold and ice which crippled Texas and made national headlines are just a few examples of how these weather events have wreaked havoc on the environment. Floods and fire, polluted air and plastic waste all impact the low-income population and communities of color the most, but thankfully, there is hope.Cheryl Scott and Larry Mowry will lead a discussion...
    Hours after he is inaugurated, President-elect Joe Biden will take aim at more than 100 Trump-era actions weakening climate and environmental regulations in his first step toward implementing his aggressive climate agenda. Biden will sign an executive order later Wednesday that his transition team said “takes critical first steps to address the climate crisis,” while revoking the Trump administration’s “harmful policies.” As expected, the order will jump-start the process to put the United States back in the Paris climate agreement and cancel permits for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. Also in the order, Biden will temporarily pause new oil and gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, for which the Trump administration just issued leases on its last full day in office. Biden will also direct the Interior Department to review the boundaries of several national monuments that President Trump shrunk in what environmentalists said opened the door to energy development in those previously protected areas. In addition, Biden will immediately order his federal agencies to begin review of more than 100 Trump-era actions weakening environmental...
    Podcasts are an excellent way to optimize your time and learn new things while enjoying yourself. Looking to aid in the fight against climate change while hanging your laundry out to dry? Want to stay up to date on the world’s latest environmental policy changes or learn how you can lead a greener life? All while weeding your urban garden (why are there so many weeds in your window box)? Or just want to learn some fascinating elephant facts while muted in your zoom meetings? For those that know the power of the pod, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most informative and entertaining shows about our natural world. 1. The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Weirdest Thing Podcast (@weirdest_thing) The ladies on The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week spend most of their week researching and curating bizarre facts about the natural world for Popular Science’s quarterly magazine. They’ve decided to share with us all the wondrously strange things that didn’t make the...
    Michelle Deatrick of Michigan. Michelle Deatrick is the national chair of the DNC’s Council on the Environment and Climate Crisis. She has been a political activist and organizer for years and was Sen. Bernie Sanders’ special projects director in Michigan in 2016 and his campaign’s Michigan co-chair in 2020. Daily Kos’ Making Progress series, where we ask a handful of questions to activists, organizers, politicians, and others from the progressive, begins its newest season with Deatrick. The questions range from what keeps Deatrick motivated during these conservatively crushing times to her belief that the United States has the money and the technology to take on climate change with the right leadership, and her feelings on expanding the federal courts and ending the Senate filibuster.  What's one action every person can take today to get people to the polls? MD: Help people in your network and in your community to make a plan to vote and then follow through. This election, possibly more than any one before, is going to depend on just how many of us did that, talked to our friends and...
    While Denver’s ballot looks dauntingly long, many of the items are simply housekeeping measures — but we all know how dirty houses can get. There was plenty of down-and-dirty fighting over a few of the proposals that Denver City Council referred to the ballot. This year, Denver voters can decide if they want to ante up for a cleaner environment, as well as tax themselves to provide more help for the homeless. They can give councilmembers more power in this strong-mayor town, and allow them to exercise some of that power virtually. And finally, they’ve got the chance to show the city’s three-decade-old pit bull ban the door. Here are the items you’ll find on Denver’s ballot, as well as who’s for them...and who’ll admit to being against:Related Stories Lauren Boebert on America's Most Unusual Race for Congress Politics and Restaurants Make Strange Breadfellows Denver Voters Will Vote on Sales Tax Increase for Homeless Services Measure 2A: Climate Funding Denver City Council referred this initiative to the ballot as an alternative to the climate tax-increase proposal pushed by...
    Traffic, featuring SUVs.Dean Musgrove/ZUMA For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.This piece was originally published in the Guardian and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. They are the hulking cars that have conquered the world. Spreading from the heartlands of the US to a new generation of eager buyers in China to dominate even the twisting, narrow streets of Europe, the sports utility vehicle, or SUV, has bludgeoned its way to automobile supremacy with a heady mix of convenience and marketing muscle. The rise of the SUV as the world’s pre-eminent car has been so rapid that the consequences of this new status—the altered patterns of urban life, air quality, pedestrian safety, where to park the things—are still coming into focus. But it’s increasingly clear that SUVs’ most profound impact is playing out within the climate crisis, where their surging popularity is producing a vast new source of planet-cooking emissions. Last year, the International Energy Agency made a finding that stunned even its own researchers. SUVs were...
    While COVID-19 and protests for racial justice command the world's collective attention, ecological destruction, species extinction and climate change continue unabated. While the world's been focused on other crises, an alarming study was released warning that species extinction is now progressing so fast that the consequences of "biological annihilation" may soon be "unimaginable." Dr. Jane Goodall, the world-renowned conservationist, desperately wants the world to pay attention to what she sees as the greatest threat to humanity's existence. CBS News recently spoke to Goodall over a video conference call and asked her questions about the state of our planet. Her soft-spoken grace somehow helped cushion what was otherwise extremely sobering news: "I just know that if we carry on with business as usual, we're going to destroy ourselves. It would be the end of us, as well as life on Earth as we know it," warned Goodall. Dr. Jane Goodall at a reception in honor of Disney Conservation Funds 20th anniversary on April 18, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Gustavo Caballero / Getty Images What follows is a lightly edited transcript of...
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