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    Amtrak has pledged to be net zero in greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. Funding from last year’s infrastructure law which gave $66 billion to rail, will help Amtrak reach this goal. Source: The Economist/YouTube Amtrak also said in their announcement that they plan to reduce diesel fuel usage through new technology as well as use carbon-free electricity by 2030. The company said that it will also be investing in research in collaboration with states and experts to advance fuel cells, hydrogen, batteries, and other zero-emission technologies. “Not only are trains convenient and comfortable, they are also one of the most sustainable modes of transportation,” Amtrak chief executive Stephen Gardner said in a statement. “With new equipment, modernized stations and net zero emissions, Amtrak can lead the drive toward sustainable transportation throughout the nation.” According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data, rail contributes to around 2 percent of transportation-related emissions. “We congratulate Amtrak for this ambitious commitment to further reduce its carbon footprint, cementing its place as a leader in the clean transportation revolution,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg...
    By Peter Valdes-Dapena | CNN Business California’s powerful Air Resources Board recently passed new regulations that essentially require all vehicles sold in the state to be electric, hydrogen-fueled or at least plug-in hybrid by the year 2035. What’s more, 17 other states have agreed to follow California’s lead, at least to some degree, in matters relating to air pollution, so many of those states could also adopt these requirements. A core part of federal emissions regulations since the early 1970s has been the so-called California Waiver. California, alone among all 50 US states, has the right to set its own auto emissions regulations. No other state can do that, but other states can, if they wish, choose to follow California’s emission standards instead of less stringent federal standards. The states that have followed California’s lead on emission standards tend to be more densely populated ones like New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. But Nevada and New Mexico have also adopted them. Together these states account for well over a third of auto sales in the United States and about 40%...
    (CNN Business)California's powerful Air Resources Board recently passed new regulations that essentially require all vehicles sold in the state to be electric, hydrogen-fueled or at least plug-in hybrid by the year 2035. What's more, 17 other states have agreed to follow California's lead, at least to some degree, in matters relating to air pollution, so many of those states could also adopt these requirements.A core part of federal emissions regulations since the early 1970s has been the so-called California Waiver. California, alone among all 50 US states, has the right to set its own auto emissions regulations. No other state can do that, but other states can, if they wish, choose to follow California's emission standards instead of less stringent federal standards.The states that have followed California's lead on emission standards tend to be more densely populated ones like New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. But Nevada and New Mexico have also adopted them. Together these states account for well over a third of auto sales in the United States and about 40% of its population. It's not clear that...
    As climate control discussions intensify, California lawmakers have moved to pass a flurry of aggressive pieces of legislation to advance efforts to mitigate global warming. On Wednesday, August 31, lawmakers passed several climate-related bills "including a record $54 billion in climate spending, a measure to prevent the state’s last nuclear power plant from closing, sharp new restrictions on oil and gas drilling, and a mandate that California stop adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by 2045." According to The New York Times, the passing of the bills came after a years-long legislative session in Sacramento, Calif. Per the news outlet, the victory serves as a win for profile and begun drawing speculation about a possible White House run." READ MORE: The real environmental crisis for humanity goes far beyond climate change Shortly after the bills were passed, Newsom released a statement sharing his reaction to the progress lawmakers have made in tackling the country's climate crisis. “Together with the Legislature’s leadership, the progress we make on the climate crisis this year will be felt for generations and the impact...
    A new report offering an assessment of the U.S. government's net zero plan argues that carbon capture and storage schemes are not a viable solution for the issues regarding climate change. According to The Guardian, researchers with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) found "underperforming carbon capture projects considerably outnumbered successful ones by large margins." The study focused on 13 different programs that make up approximately 55% of the world's operational capacity. Per the news outlet: "IEEFA’s report said that although carbon capture and storage is a 50-year-old technology, its results have been varied. Most CCS projects have since reused captured gas by pumping it into dwindling oil fields to help squeeze out the last drops, it pointed out." READ MORE: The real environmental crisis for humanity goes far beyond climate change “EOR itself leads to CO2 emissions both directly and indirectly,” the report said. “The direct impact is the emissions from the fuel used to compress and pump CO2 deep into the ground. The indirect impact is the emissions from burning the hydrocarbons that could...
    One of the pillars of California Govern Newson's climate push has been approved, which requires 100 percent of retail sales of electricity must be zero-carbon emitting resources by 2045, but the new bill means the additional $3.2 billion in costs will fall on the state's 27 million ratepayers. Assembly Bill 1020 includes yearly quotas the must be met, with the first being 50 percent of all electricity sold must be renewable energy by December 31, 2026 and at least 60 percent four years later. According to the California Globe, those who passed the bill 'ignored' the additional costs to the Department of Water Resources to build infrastructure and ensure accessibility, which is now the responsibility of residents using 29 public water services from the agency. However, a leader of a large gas and oil advocacy group in California is also weary that although the bill will help meet the climate change goals, it leaves the state's economy vulnerable. The new bill requires 100 percent of all California's retail sales of electricity must produce zero-carbon emissions by 2045, but some say...
    California is set to roll out its long-awaited ban on new gasoline cars on Thursday, which is part of its rule to have all new cars sold by 2035 to be electric only in an effort to fight climate change. Governor Gavin Newsom first announced the ban in 2020 as a means to reduce the amount of smog-induced pollution in the air, which will improve the state's air quality that is the worst in the US. The move will also make California the first in the world to mandate zero-emission vehicles on its roads. Thursday's launch will require that 35 percent of new passenger vehicles sold in the state by 2026 produce zero emissions, then 68 percent by 2030 and ultimately 100 percent five years after. California is starting its ban on the sale of new gasoline vehicles. This is part of its larger plan to produce only new vehicles that run entirely on electric power by 2035  'The climate crisis is solvable if we focus on the big, bold steps needed to stem the tide of carbon pollution,' Newsom...
    Amazon's carbon emissions grew 18 per cent in 2021, largely due to demand for its services during the Covid pandemic. In a new report, the Seattle tech giant has revealed it emitted 71.54 million metric tons of carbon-dioxide equivalent last year.  This marks a 40 per cent rise, and the third straight year of increased emissions, since the company started sharing the figures back in 2019.  It follows Amazon posting a $2 billion loss last week for the second straight quarter, as shoppers return to stores following the pandemic.  In a new report, Amazon revealed it emitted 71.54 million metric tons of carbon-dioxide equivalent last year - a 40 per cent rise since 2019 (pictured, Amazon offices in Seattle) AMAZON'S CARBON EMISSIONS 2021: 71.54  2020: 60.64 2019: 51.17 Figures are per million metric tons of carbon-dioxide equivalent (CO2e), the number of metric tons of CO2 emissions with the same global warming potential as one metric ton of another greenhouse gas.  Amazon aims to become carbon neutral by 2040, and power 100 per cent of its operations with renewable energy by 2025.  But in a...
    The world’s most influential banks need to substantially accelerate climate efforts if global temperature rise is to be kept within the livability targets of the Paris Agreement, an assessment released Thursday by an institutional investors’ group warned. The efforts of 27 giant banks in North America, Europe and Asia to align their policies with global warming of no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) are falling far short in every area measured in the pilot study, obtained exclusively by The Associated Press. The report finds no bank has committed to end financing for new oil and gas exploration, and only one has promised to cut all coal financing in line with International Energy Agency guidelines. The bank evaluation was prepared by the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), whose more than 350 members are mainly asset managers and owners, and include Barclay’s Bank UK Retirement Fund, BlackRock and Goldman Sachs Asset Management International. Group members have €51 trillion ($52 trillion) in assets under management and advice, according the the IIGCC website. That amounts to roughly a tenth of...
    U.K. Transport Minister Grant Shapps laid out the government's approach to reaching net-zero aviation emissions by the middle of the century.Justin Tallis | Afp | Getty Images FARNBOROUGH — The U.K. government on Tuesday published its so-called "Jet Zero" strategy, outlining how the country plans to decarbonize what is seen as one of the fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions driving the climate crisis. Speaking at a launch event at Britain's Farnborough International Airshow, U.K. Transport Minister Grant Shapps laid out the government's approach to reaching net-zero aviation emissions by the middle of the century. His comments came as Britain reported its hottest day on record on the second day of an extreme heat wave. Temperatures climbed to a high of 40.2 degrees Celsius (104.4 degrees Fahrenheit) in southern England, according to provisional data from the Met Office. Heat waves have become more frequent, more intense and longer lasting as a result of the climate crisis. Indeed, the U.K.'s Met Office has said extreme temperatures in the country have been made 10 times more likely by climate change. The U.K.'s Jet...
    FARNBOROUGH, England (AP) — Airplanes are a minor contributor to global greenhouse-gas emissions, but their share is sure to grow as more people travel in coming years — and that has the aviation industry facing the prospect of tighter environmental regulations and higher costs. The industry has embraced a goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050. Experts who track the issue are skeptical. Until the COVID-19 pandemic caused travel to slump, airlines were on a steady course of burning more fuel, year after year. Today’s aircraft engines are the most efficient ever, but improvements in reducing fuel burn are agonizingly slow — about 1% a year on average. At Monday’s opening of a huge aviation industry show near London, discussion about climate change replaced much of the usual buzz over big airplane orders. The weather was fitting. The Farnborough International Airshow opened as U.K. authorities issued the first extreme heat warning in England’s history. Two nearby airports closed their runways, one reporting that heat caused the surface to buckle. As airlines confront climate change, the stakes could hardly...
    Vuk Valcic/SOPA Images via ZUMA Press Wire This story was originally published by The Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Investments in plant-based alternatives to meat lead to far greater cuts in climate-heating emissions than other green investments, according to one of the world’s biggest consultancy firms. The report from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) found that, for each dollar, investment in improving and scaling up the production of meat and dairy alternatives resulted in three times more greenhouse gas reductions compared with investment in green cement technology, seven times more than green buildings and 11 times more than zero-emission cars. Investments in plant-based alternatives to meat delivered this high impact on emissions because of the big difference between the greenhouse gases emitted when producing conventional meat and dairy products, and when growing plants. Beef, for example, results in six-to-30 times more emissions than tofu. Investment in alternative proteins, also including fermented products and cell-based meat, has jumped from $1 billion (£830m) in 2019 to $5 billion in 2021, BCG said. Alternatives make up 2 percent of meat, egg, and dairy...
    A naval exercise led by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, and executed by the NATO Naval Striking and Support Forces, in the Baltic Sea on June 6, 2022. Russia's onslaught in Ukraine is almost certain to eclipse other security concerns at NATO's Madrid summit this week.Jonathan Nackstrand | Afp | Getty Images The super-polluting military alliance of NATO announced Tuesday its first emissions reduction targets, pledging to recognize the deepening climate emergency as "a defining challenge of our time." Speaking in Madrid, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the 30-member alliance would reduce emissions by at least 45% by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2050. "It will not be easy. But it can be done," Stoltenberg said. "We cannot compromise our military effectiveness. NATO is about preserving peace through a credible deterrence and defense. Nothing is more important," he added. "If we fail to preserve peace, we also fail to fight climate change. At the same time, we also have a responsibility to reduce emissions." Fossil fuel-guzzling armies, navies and air forces are major contributors to carbon emissions. Indeed, the world's...
    President Joe Biden on Friday hosted a climate change forum at the White House, calling for a “transition” to electric vehicles to help reduce America’s dependence on oil. “Russia’s war is driving up prices of gas, everybody knows that, hurting people in all of our countries,” Biden said. The virtual conference featured some of the world’s biggest economies including China, Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the European Union. The president spoke with world leaders and his administration’s climate change czar John Kerry, as Breitbart News reported. Biden will host a global meeting Friday to talk about “climate change” even as domestic U.S. consumers struggle to face the more pressing, everyday concerns of soaring inflation and gas prices. https://t.co/nYcd7uSgUG — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) June 17, 2022 He called high gas prices around the world an “immediate problem” he was focusing on, but indicated he would continue pressing for Americans to purchase electric vehicles. “Over the long run we can remove the pain of volatile gas prices, and reduce transportation emissions by putting more zero-emission cars on the road,” he...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden will announce several new initiatives Friday morning as he hosts the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, according to senior administration officials. It is the largest climate meeting of world leaders in the run-up to the United Nations climate summit, COP27, in November. Twenty-three of the world's largest economies will be represented at the virtual meeting, as well as other countries participating in climate pledges, officials said. Several foreign nations are expected to announce strengthened climate targets in line with the Paris agreement. The US and European Union will launch the next step of their global methane pledge to reduce emissions of the planet-warming gas by 30% by 2030. The so-called energy pathway, the officials said, will focus on eliminating routine flaring in fossil fuel operations and focus on ways to cut methane pollution in the oil and gas sector. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that's around 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in the short term. Climate scientists say reducing methane emissions is a necessary but easy way to begin turning down the...
    By KATHLEEN RONAYNE | The Associated Press SACRAMENTO  — The nation’s largest utility on Wednesday outlined a multi-decade plan that aims to more rapidly reduce to zero its net greenhouse gas emissions while still using natural gas to produce power. Pacific Gas & Electric’s plan is to take as much carbon out of the air as it emits by 2040, five years earlier than the goal set by its home state of California and Southern California Edison, the state’s second-largest utility. The utility’s climate strategy also calls for more ambitious near-term goals. These include lowering emissions to 50% below 2015 levels, expanding the use of biogas — created when food waste and other organic matter breaks down — so that it constitutes 15% of its natural gas production, and ensuring 70% of its electric supply comes from renewable sources like solar and wind, all by 2030. The utility also plans to add enough charging stations to power 3 million electric vehicles and will help customers swap out gas-powered appliances for electric options. The latter seeks to address a growing trend...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — Pacific Gas and Electric on Wednesday outlined a multi-decade plan that aims to more rapidly reduce to zero its net greenhouse gas emissions in California while still using natural gas to produce power. PG&E’s plan is to take more carbon out of the air than it emits by 2040, five years earlier than the goal set by its home state of California and Southern California Edison, the state’s second-largest utility. READ MORE: Deputies Smash Window To Rescue Child Accidentally Locked In Hot CarThe utility’s climate strategy also calls for more ambitious near-term goals. These include lowering emissions to 50% below 2015 levels, expanding the use of biogas — created when food waste and other organic matter breaks down — so that it constitutes 15% of its natural gas production, and ensuring 70% of its electric supply comes from renewable sources like solar and wind, all by 2030. The utility also plans to add enough charging stations to power 3 million electric vehicles and will help customers swap out gas-powered appliances for electric options. The latter seeks to address...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nation’s largest utility on Wednesday outlined a multi-decade plan that aims to more rapidly reduce to zero its net greenhouse gas emissions while still using natural gas to produce power. Pacific Gas & Electric’s plan is to take more carbon out of the air than it emits by 2040, five years earlier than the goal set by its home state of California and Southern California Edison, the state’s second-largest utility. The utility’s climate strategy also calls for more ambitious near-term goals. These include lowering emissions to 50% below 2015 levels, expanding the use of biogas — created when food waste and other organic matter breaks down — so that it constitutes 15% of its natural gas production, and ensuring 70% of its electric supply comes from renewable sources like solar and wind, all by 2030. The utility also plans to add enough charging stations to power 3 million electric vehicles and will help customers swap out gas-powered appliances for electric options. The latter seeks to address a growing trend of communities banning or severely...
    (CNN)Humans' historical greenhouse gas emissions have caused the climate crisis the world is in today. But it's the amount emitted now and in coming years that will determine whether humanity can avert catastrophic climate changes. That's the main finding of a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on Monday, which says that even if the world cut emissions to zero today, there would still be a 42% chance of hitting 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming above pre-industrial levels within a decade. That probability rises to 66% if the world waits until 2029 to reach zero emissions. Nevertheless, achieving zero emissions this decade is shaping out to be a pipe dream at this point, considering global emissions are still climbing, and set to continue for the next several years. A UN report showed that new and updated pledges on emissions will only cut around 7.5% from current rates by 2030. Additionally, China, the world's largest emitter, is not set to reach zero emissions until 2060.The study also shows that if the world emitted nothing today, there is only...
    The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to have multiple city departments develop a plan for the implementation of a proposed ordinance that would require all new construction of buildings in Los Angeles to be zero-carbon.Buildings in Los Angeles account for 43% of the city's greenhouse gas emissions, more than any other sector, according to Councilwoman Nithya Raman, who is leading the effort.Under her proposal, new zero-emission construction would not allow gas lines, with heating systems and other appliances instead being by operated by electricity. Appliances in the buildings would also have to be energy efficient.Once Los Angeles transitions to 100% renewable energy -- which the city aims to achieve by 2035 -- the buildings would operate on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's carbon-neutral grid.The motion was introduced by Raman with Council President Nury Martinez and Councilmen Mitch O'Farrell, Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Paul Koretz."The reality is that all of the low hanging fruit of reducing emissions is gone, and buildings really make up an enormous source of our greenhouse gas emissions citywide, more than the manufacturing sector...
    SPURS fans have been revelling in a week of good news, with Champions League qualification and owners Enic making a £150million cash injection. And the club are set for a further boost as the growing success of their 63,000-capacity home increases the likelihood of a money- spinning naming rights deal. 2Lady Gaga will hold a concert at Tottenham's stadium this summerCredit: Getty 2Spurs supremo Daniel Levy should soon have plenty of parties interested in naming rights for his stadiumCredit: PA Chairman Daniel Levy has targeted a front-loaded £250m-plus agreement to bolster Tottenham’s income streams, with major US companies thought the most likely to be enticed aboard. And with Spurs now benefiting from the first full year of football income plus two NFL games, boxing, Saracens rugby union, this weekend’s Rugby League Challenge Cup final and summer concerts from Guns N’ Roses and Lady Gaga, it seems likely bidders will emerge. Net zero? For Fifa it might be net zero-one. ZURICH bigwigs have heralded this year’s Qatar World Cup as the first carbon-neutral global tournament. But Carbon Market Watch says Fifa’s...
    (CNN)The Biden administration is announcing that school districts around the nation can apply for the first round of funding to transition to clean, zero emissions buses.On Friday, Vice President Kamala Harris, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan and White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu will announce the first $500 million of funding for clean school buses is available to school districts around the nation. It marks the first tranche of funding out of $5 billion total in the bipartisan infrastructure law for low- and zero-emission school buses, which will be spent over the next five years.There are approximately 500,000 school buses in the nation, and this $500 million represents 10% of the overall money appropriated to replace them, according to EPA Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe."It's going to depend on what people apply for, how far the money will go," McCabe said. "We'll get a better sense of that when we see what people are asking for in this first increment."In a statement, Regan said the funding will "forever transform school bus fleets across the United States."Read More"These funding opportunities to...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Mayor Brandon Scott signed a bill into law Friday directing the city government to reach net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2045. Under the law, government operations will have to cut emissions by 30% of 2007 levels in the next three years. and another 30% by 2030. READ MORE: Police Say At Least 3 Shot, 'Active Threat' In Northwest DC“Our 30-60-100 goal will lay out a path for the city to reach carbon neutrality, meet the challenge of reducing emissions head-on and avoiding some of the worst impacts of climate change,” said Scott. “This science-based target is a little bit more ambitious than the current State of Maryland goal and could ensure that residents see the co-benefits, like saving on energy bills, sooner.” City Councilman Mark Conway (District 4) introduced legislation outlining the emissions-reduction goals last October. READ MORE: Mervo Students 'Stable' After Thursday's Stabbings“The science is clear, and we don’t have time to waste,” he said. The legislation is part of a climate package that includes proposals to purchase zero-emission vehicles for the city’s fleet, update code...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The National Aquarium on Friday pledged to curb its greenhouse gas emissions, reaching net-zero by 2035, as part of its larger plan to combat climate change. Along with greener operations, the aquarium’s Conservation Action Plan includes initiatives to remove plastics and other litter from the Inner Harbor, restore wildlife habitats and provide educational programs on the ocean and climate science. READ MORE: Man, 36, Charged With 1st-Degree Murder In West Baltimore Killing“Committing to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions is a necessary step in helping the National Aquarium fulfill its Conservation Action Plan,” said Jennifer Driban, senior vice president and chief mission officer of the National Aquarium. “While the tasks ahead of us may seem daunting, the rewards — including a cleaner, more sustainable ocean planet for future generations — are worth the effort. As we celebrate Earth Day today, we are proud to share this announcement and will provide updates on our progress at aqua.org, inviting the community to join us on this journey.” READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Enjoy This Gorgeous Earth DayTo conserve energy, the organization...
    ON Saturday, pioneering football club Forest Green Rovers will be the first team in the world to transport its players to a game in an electric-powered coach. The League Two leaders can seal promotion this weekend when they travel to Bristol Rovers. 7Forest Green Rovers will be travelling in style in an electric powered coach on SaturdayCredit: Courtesy of Westway 7The coach, worth a staggering £420k, boasts a luxury interiorCredit: Courtesy of Westway 7Completely battery-powered, the coach has a range of around 200milesCredit: Courtesy of Westway And they will be making the short journey to the Memorial Ground in an incredible £420,000 state-of-the-art vehicle. Made by Chinese firm Yutong, the coach has been leased from London company Westway especially for the game - fulfilling green energy champion and Forest Green owner Dale Vince's pledge that the club would use an electric coach this season. Chairman Vince has also confirmed that the club will look to buy an electric coach in the future, as the club continues to run as a sustainable model. But for the moment, they will be happy...
    JPMorgan Chase has unveiled for the first time its design for a new all-electric 60-story skyscraper in the middle of Park Avenue in New York City. The investment bank unveiled the design of its massive 1,388-foot-tall super structure, which began construction in 2021 and is set to be completed by the end of 2025. Located at 270 Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, the $3 billion skyscraper will become the Big Apple's biggest all-electric tower with net-zero operational emissions. The sustainable building will be completely powered by renewable energy sourced from a New York State hydroelectric plant, as well advanced water storage and reuse systems to reduce water usage by more than 40 percent, Business Wire reported. JPMorgan Chase unveiled the design of its new massive 1,388-foot super structure, which is set to be completed by the end of 2025 The building will feature a fan-column structure and triangular bracing that will lift the building about 80 feet off the ground The building, designed by British architecture firm Foster + Partners, will feature a fan-column structure and triangular bracing that will...
    Morning traffic makes its way along a freeway in Los Angeles, California, September 19, 2019.Mike Blake | Reuters California's clean-air regulators unveiled a plan this week that would ramp up the sale of electric and zero-emissions vehicles and eventually phase out new gasoline-fueled vehicles by 2035, in an aggressive effort to combat the state's greenhouse gas pollution. The proposal, if enacted by the California Air Resources Board, would require 35% of new passenger vehicle sales to be powered by batteries or hydrogen by 2026, and 100% of sales to be net-zero emissions less than a decade later. It also said that zero-emissions sales must increase to 68% in 2030. Shifting the transportation sector to cleaner energy is a key component of California's plan to combat climate change, as cars, trucks, and other vehicles represent roughly 40% of the state's pollution. Electric vehicle sales in the state rose to 12.4% of total sales last year, a jump from 7.8% during the year prior. The board is expected to vote on the proposal in August. At least 15 states, including New Jersey, New York...
    LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – Officials from the Biden administration toured the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood on Wednesday. They helped unveil plans to make the building a zero-emissions structure. (credit: CBS) The administration’s modernization plan will allow the 640 acre campus to be operated entirely by renewable energy. (credit: CBS) Once complete, it is expected to save taxpayers nearly $6 million each year.
    BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate unveiled a sweeping climate bill Thursday aimed at helping the state meet its net-zero greenhouse gas emissions goal by 2050. The bill sets out a range of strategies, from lending support to emerging energy technologies like nuclear fusion, networked geothermal, and deep geothermal energy, to allowing agricultural and horticultural land to be used to locate solar panels, as long as the panels don’t impede the continued use of the land for agricultural or horticultural use. READ MORE: Person Killed, Suspect In Custody After Shooting Outside Medford CourthouseThe bill would also increase by $1,000 — to $3,500 — the rebate for qualifying purchases and leases of zero-emission passenger cars and light-duty trucks costing $50,000 or less, while offering another $1,000 for buyers who are trading in an internal combustion vehicle. Under the proposal the state would set electrification and emission-reduction requirements for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft and require the entire MBTA bus fleet to consist of zero emissions vehicles by 2040. Another proposal included in the bill would create two demonstration projects in...
    BERLIN (AP) — The head of the United Nations announced the appointment Thursday of an expert panel led by Canada’s former environment minister to scrutinize whether companies’ efforts to curb climate change are credible or mere “ greenwashing.” Recent years have seen an explosion of pledges by businesses — including oil companies — to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to “net zero” amid consumer expectations that corporations bear part of the burden of cutting pollution. But environmental campaigners say many such plans are at best unclear, at worst designed to make companies look good when actually they are fueling global warming. “Governments have the lion’s share of responsibility to achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, adding that this was particularly true for the Group of 20 major emerging and industrialized economies that account for 80% of greenhouse gas emissions. “But we also urgently need every business, investor, city, state and region to walk the talk on their net-zero promises,” he said. The 16-member panel will make recommendations before the end of the year on the standards...
    (CNN)The Biden administration is rolling out more stringent emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles like large trucks and buses and announcing more than $1.3 billion in funding to deploy more clean transportation and school buses. The US Environmental Protection Agency is also announcing stricter standards regulating nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from heavy-duty trucks, updating the standard for the first time since 2001. In addition, the EPA said it plans to tighten greenhouse gas emissions standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles -- standards on which the agency is now accepting public comment. Much of the Biden administration's focus on cutting vehicle emissions has so far been on light-duty vehicles like passenger cars. Transportation emissions account for the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the US, and light duty vehicles account for 58% of total emissions. Still, heavy-duty vehicles like big trucks and buses make up about 23% of total emissions; though there are fewer of them on the roads than smaller cars, they emit a lot of pollution and planet-warming greenhouse gases. In addition to the new regulation, Vice President Kamala...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority has been awarded $3.4 million by the U.S. Federal Transit Administration to build a zero-emission, electric ferry to launch a new service between San Francisco’s growing Treasure Island and Mission Bay neighborhoods. The authority oversees the San Francisco Bay Ferry which currently operates water routes connecting the cities of Alameda, Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco, South San Francisco and Vallejo. READ MORE: Biden: U.S. Believes Russia Has Decided to Invade UkraineThe grant will support a new network of zero-emission, short-hop ferry services along San Francisco’s waterfront. The first vessel will bring ferry service to Treasure Island, where 8,000 residential units are planned or currently under construction, and help ease the potential traffic bottlenecks on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. “Mission Bay and Treasure Island are rapidly growing, and both have transportation challenges,” said Jim Wunderman, Chair of the WETA Board of Directors. “This grant helps provide a solution to those challenges, and at the same time advances WETA’s transition to zero-emissions technology.” READ MORE: Gov. Gavin Newsom...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles introduced two plug-in hybrid-electric street sweepers into service Tuesday, a step toward the city’s zero-emission goals. “Los Angeles is a laboratory for innovation and new technology — a place that is always guiding the future,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “With this new hybrid-electric street sweeper, we take another big step forward in achieving our goals of cleaner and greener streets, healthier communities, and a more sustainable future for all Angelenos.” READ MORE: Avocado Prices To Skyrocket Following Mexico Importing BanThe Elgin Broom Bear sweepers, nicknamed Angus and Malcolm, were launched Tuesday at the Bureau of Street’s (also called StreetsLA) North Hollywood Yard. Garcetti was joined by StreetsLA officials, members of the City Council and Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Los Angeles. READ MORE: Cold Front Brings Rain, Hail & Snow To Southland“Expanding the use of electric vehicles to reduce our reliance on gas-fueled vehicles will benefit all of Los Angeles, as our street sweepers and hybrid electric trucks clean our city while reducing greenhouse gases at the same time,” Board of Public Works Commissioner Teresa Villegas...
    In this article BP.-GBA BP logo on display in London, U.K., on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021.Chris J. Ratcliffe | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesThe CEO of BP has labeled the oil and gas giant a "greening company" which is carbon-intensive today but planning for a net-zero future. His comments are likely to raise eyebrows in some quarters at a time when a number of governments have declared a climate emergency and speak to the huge task facing energy majors in the years ahead. Bernard Looney's remarks were made during a panel discussion in Cairo, Egypt moderated by CNBC's Hadley Gamble, where he spoke about issues relating to the energy transition. Within the pivot to renewable energies, Looney said three criteria needed to be satisfied: Energy needed to be cleaner, reliable and affordable. The problem was a complex one, he said.   "What we need to get to is a world where a few things happen," Looney said on Monday. "Number one, our objective is to reduce emissions, not to defend sometimes ideological positions about 'hydrocarbons or not.'" "Our objective is to...
    Australia, a coal-rich soil country, said on Tuesday it was targeting net zero emissions by 2050. Next month’s cop26i in Glasgow.The pledge comes just days before Scott Morrison’s departure for the NA climate summit. Read also: Six days before COP26, I was told about the record level of greenhouse gas emissions. Na. “Australians want a net-zero emissions 2050 plan that does the right thing on climate change and secures their future in a changing world,” Conservative prime minister Scott Morrison said in announcing the decision. However, he refused to strengthen emissions reduction targets for 2030, which are seen as critical to significantly fighting climate change, saying he would work to keep the mines open. “We want our heavy industries, like mining, to be open, competitive and adaptable so that they remain viable as long as global demand allows,” he wrote in a speech released by his office. Protection of the Australian system Australia had already agreed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 per cent in 2030 compared to 2005 levels, a goal Scott Morrison said...
    Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland (left) and Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy toured abandoned mines in Pennsylvania last July. On Monday, Haaland announced the first round of funding for cleaning up abandoned coal mines and acid damage from mining. STUDY: BIG COMPANIES ARE FAILING TO MEET THEIR OWN CLIMATE GOALS This week the nonprofit New Climate Institute for Climate Policy and Global Sustainability released its 128-page report on the claims of 25 giant corporations to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. Together, these companies generate about 5% of total global emissions. They also accounted for $3.18 trillion of revenue in 2020, about 10% of the revenue of the world’s largest 500 companies. The authors found that most companies—including Amazon, Google, Apple, Ikea—are not only failing to meet their own climate targets but also are exaggerating or misreporting their progress. And they are displaying “little sense of urgency.” The research team relied on data provided by the companies themselves. "The rapid acceleration of corporate climate pledges, combined with the fragmentation of approaches, means that it is more difficult than ever to distinguish between real climate leadership and unsubstantiated," the study asserts.  For...
    The U.S. Army unveiled its first climate strategy Tuesday to address climate change, and it includes achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions within the next three decades. The service branch, in its efforts against climate change, will try to do so by “optimizing vehicle fuel efficiency and electrification, operational power generation, battery storage, land management, procurement, supply chain resilience, and workforce development,” the report reads. CENTCOM NOMINEE VOWS INVESTIGATION INTO ATTACK ON SYRIAN DAM ON 'NO-STRIKE' LIST "The time to address climate change is now. The effects of climate change have taken a toll on supply chains, damaged our infrastructure, and increased risks to Army Soldiers and families due to natural disasters and extreme weather,” Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth said in a statement. “The Army must adapt across our entire enterprise and purposefully pursue greenhouse gas mitigation strategies to reduce climate risks," she added. "If we do not take action now, across our installations, acquisition and logistics, and training, our options to mitigate these risks will become more constrained with each passing year." The plan lays out goals...
    (CNN)The US Army released its first climate strategy on Tuesday with goals to reduce the Army's greenhouse gas pollution by 50% by 2030 and attain "net-zero" emissions by 2050.The Army plans to meet these goals by increasing fuel efficiency, making more Army vehicles electric, modernizing "operational power generation, battery storage, land management, procurement," and "supply chain resilience," the report said. The strategy comes as Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has made climate change and studying its effects within the US military a priority since taking the helm of the Defense Department. Shortly after being sworn in as Defense Secretary in January 2021, Austin announced the department would "immediately" take "appropriate policy actions to prioritize climate change considerations in" military activities and risk assessments. "Climate change threatens America's security and is altering the geostrategic landscape as we know it," Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth said in the opening statement of the Army's strategy document. "For today's Soldiers operating in extreme temperature environments, fighting wildfires, and supporting hurricane recovery, climate change isn't a distant future, it is a reality."The US military has...
    By Cathy Bussewitz | Associated Press NEW YORK — Many of the world’s largest companies are failing to take significant enough steps to meet their pledges to vastly reduce the impact of their greenhouse gas emissions in the decades ahead. That’s the conclusion of a new report by the NewClimate Institute, an environmental organization that works to combat global warming. Its researchers, who examined the actions of 25 companies, concluded that many of them are misleading consumers by using accounting practices that make their environmental goals relatively meaningless or are excluding key parts of their businesses in their calculations. The companies have pledged to make their emissions reductions or to offset their emissions through such techniques as planting carbon-capturing forests over self-imposed periods ranging from 2030 to 2050. The authors chose to study corporate giants, including Amazon and Walmart, which made bold climate pledges and who, because of their size, are seen as especially influential. In recent years, large corporations have increasingly adopted pledges to significantly reduce their carbon footprints — a priority of growing importance to many...
    (CNN)Amazon, Google, Ikea and BMW are among some of the world's biggest companies failing to meet their own proclaimed climate targets and align with international agreements to slash greenhouse gas emissions, a new report claims. The Germany-based NewClimate Institute assessed the climate strategies of 25 major companies and found that while they all "pledge some form of zero emission, net zero or carbon-neutrality target," just three of them are committed to reducing their "full value chain emissions" by more than 90% by their respective targets dates.The "Corporate Climate Responsibility Monitor" report, published on Monday by NewClimate Institute and Carbon Market Watch, looked into how companies tracked and reported their greenhouse gas emissions, whether they set actual emissions reduction targets (as opposed to just using terms like "net zero"), what measures they were already taking and whether any plans to offset emissions had been publicized. Heres another thing keeping prices high: Climate changeTo achieve net zero, a company would need to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible and offset any that remained, whether through activities like planting...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Many of the world’s largest companies are failing to take significant enough steps to meet their pledges to vastly reduce the impact of their greenhouse gas emissions in the decades ahead. That’s the conclusion of a new report by the NewClimate Institute, an environmental organization that works to combat global warming. Its researchers, who examined the actions of 25 companies, concluded that many of them are misleading consumers by using accounting practices that make their environmental goals relatively meaningless or are excluding key parts of their businesses in their calculations. The companies have pledged to make their emissions reductions or to offset their emissions through such techniques as planting carbon-capturing forests over self-imposed periods ranging from 2030 to 2050. The authors chose to study corporate giants, including Amazon and Walmart, which made bold climate pledges and who, because of their size, are seen as especially influential. In recent years, large corporations have increasingly adopted pledges to significantly reduce their carbon footprints — a priority of growing importance to many of their customers, employees and...
    A wind farm shares space with corn fields in Latimer, Iowa, U.S.Jonathan Ernst | Reuters As the world grapples with a worsening climate change crisis, governments and companies are pledging to achieve net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2050 — a goal that will require an extra $3.5 trillion a year in capital spending, according to estimates from a McKinsey & Company report released on Tuesday. That amount is the equivalent to half of global corporate profits, one-quarter of total tax revenue, or 7% of household spending in 2020. "The net-zero transition will amount to a massive economic transformation," said Mekala Krishnan, a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute and the lead author of the report. The report estimates the transition's effects on demand, capital allocation, costs, and jobs across sectors in 69 countries that produce about 85% of global emissions. Capital spending on physical assets for energy and land-use systems during the transition will amount to roughly $275 trillion, or $9.2 trillion each year on average, the report said. That's $3.5 trillion more than the amount being spent on those assets...
              by Thomas Catenacci   ExxonMobil, the largest American producer of crude oil, outlined its plan Tuesday to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, improving upon previous goals. The major oil producer identified more than 150 “potential steps” that will help it achieve net zero emissions on its operations within 30 years, the company announced. ExxonMobil will increase investments in carbon capture and storage technology, hydrogen and biofuels, and bio-based plastic waste streams. “ExxonMobil is committed to playing a leading role in the energy transition, and Advancing Climate Solutions articulates our deliberate approach to helping society reach a lower-emissions future,” ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Darren Woods said in a statement. “We are developing comprehensive roadmaps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our operated assets around the world, and where we are not the operator, we are working with our partners to achieve similar emission-reduction results,” Woods said. The company’s first actions will amount to a more than $15 billion investment in lower-emission initiatives by 2027. ExxonMobil said its plans are in line with the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Net Zero Emissions...
    ExxonMobile on Tuesday pledged to hit net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, with the hopes of catching up with its rivals like Shell and BP that have already made the commitment. The American oil and gas corporation estimated it released about 762 million tons of greenhouse gasses in 2020 - 650 million was from consumption and 112 million tons from operations. However, Tuesday's announcement only focuses on cutting the 112 million tons, which is just 15 percent of Exxon's total emissions. 'This announcement is not significant, but it is long overdue,' Paasha Mahdavi, assistant professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, told DailyMail.com in a phone interview.  'Exxon can hit this [112-million-ton] target just by cleaning up its operations such as making sure pipes are not leaking methane, which they should have been doing this entire time. 'It is still a far cry from what we need to hit climate goals.'  Scroll down for video  ExxonMobile on Tuesday pledged to hit net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, with the hopes of catching up with its rivals like Shell and BP that have...
    ExxonMobil announced its intention to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from operations, joining the company of other multinational oil firms intending to reduce their carbon footprints in line with the Paris Agreement. The nation's largest oil company said on Tuesday it aims to reach net-zero emissions for operated assets by 2050. That goal includes the emissions that come directly from its business and those that come from its purchases of electricity and heating, but, crucially, does not include the emissions that would come from the oil and gas it produces and sells. “ExxonMobil is committed to playing a leading role in the energy transition, and Advancing Climate Solutions articulates our deliberate approach to helping society reach a lower-emissions future,” Darren Woods, Exxon's chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement. DAILY ON ENERGY: BIDEN AGAIN DOGGED BY RISING OIL PRICES Last year, an activist hedge fund led a successful shareholder revolt against Exxon, aiming to pressure the company to invest in clean energy and move away from fossil fuels. Several other oil supermajors...
    TOKYO (AP) — Japan will gradually phase out coal plants over the next two decades while developing new technologies to reduce, capture and utilize carbon, Environment Minister Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi said Tuesday. Yamaguchi said in an interview with The Associated Press that Japan hopes to lead a zero-emissions push in Asia and is preparing to introduce a carbon tax to meet its commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, creating stronger incentives to curb emissions. “We cannot give details about what we will do with coal fired plants by 2030, but we will do our best to minimize emissions,” Yamaguchi said. Current efforts in Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, are focused on developing methods to burn ammonia in conventional coal-fired plants and gradually phasing out use of coal possibly sometime in the 2040s. Environmental groups and critics are urging Japan to focus more on promoting renewable energy, saying current policies will just prolong use of coal and hinder reductions in carbon emissions. Critics also have accused Japan of promoting coal-fired plants in the past as part of its...
    “Travel is life, and that’s why we fly,” Frederickson announced his plan. “While the rest of the world is very slow, Denmark needs to take the lead and raise the bar even further,” he added. According to him, the so-called green fly is difficult to achieve, but scientists and companies are working on it. European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has already announced plans to build a hydrogen aircraft, which will be operational by 2035. If the hydrogen needed to run the aircraft is made from renewable sources, it is a way for Denmark to achieve its goal. However, it is not yet clear whether the required technology will be available in a timely manner and, most importantly, if Copenhagen is to achieve its goal by 2030, the cost of purchasing it will be acceptable. Sweden has announced plans to make its domestic aviation completely carbon-free by 2030, and aims to achieve this goal for interstate flights by 2045. The government has also announced plans to introduce higher airport fares for polluting aircraft. France, meanwhile, is about to ban domestic flights, which...