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Biden's Earth Day climate summit: Here's what's at stake

Biden's Earth Day climate summit: Here's what's at stake

PublishedApr 20, 2021TopicShareThe Biden administration will attempt to win back international trust in the United States as a partner in tackling global warming during a two-day climate summit this Thursday and Friday. Forty countries have been invited to the virtual event, which begins on Earth Day and is expected to feature presentations on each country’s climate goals.After , the administration is under pressure to prove to the world that the U.S. is ready to take aggressive action on climate change and make up for lost time. The centerpiece of the event this week will be President Joe...

Apr 20
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Pete Buttigieg on building charging stations and burying highways

Pete Buttigieg on building charging stations and burying highways

PublishedApr 14, 2021TopicShareGrist / Amelia BatesPete Buttigieg has become the de facto hype man for Joe Biden’s newly released $2 trillion infrastructure plan. A great deal of the proposed spending — for road and bridge repairs, rail service expansions, public transit investments, electric vehicle charging stations — falls into the former South Bend mayor’s new domain now that he’s secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Since the American Jobs Plan was released at the end of March, Buttigieg has been making the rounds on television news programs to sell the plan. Mostly he...

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New York says goodbye to 6 dirty power plants and hello to working with communities

New York says goodbye to 6 dirty power plants and hello to working with communities

New York’s latest move toward its aggressive decarbonization goals makes good on the promise of a more equitable transition. On Tuesday, the New York Power Authority (NYPA), a publicly owned power utility, to work with environmental justice groups on a plan to transition six natural gas–fired power plants in New York City to cleaner technologies.These are not just any power plants. The six facilities in question are “,” designed to fire up only during times of peak demand, like hot summer days when New Yorkers are cranking up their air conditioners — and air quality is already...

October 15, 2020
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This Oregon forest was supposed to store carbon for 100 years. Now it’s on fire. - Grist

This Oregon forest was supposed to store carbon for 100 years. Now it’s on fire. - Grist

As fires this month, displacing families and releasing a thick, choking cloud of smoke that reached , some scientists began to worry about yet another loss. Thousands of acres of forest, maintained to offset greenhouse gas emissions, might be going up in smoke.Claudia Herbert, a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley, who is studying risks to forest carbon offsets, noticed that the Lionshead Fire — which tore through in Central Oregon and of the nearby town of Detroit — appeared to have almost completely engulfed the largest forest dedicated to sequestering carbon dioxide in...

September 18, 2020
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U.S. regulators woke up and realized climate change could cause a financial crisis

U.S. regulators woke up and realized climate change could cause a financial crisis

For the first time in U.S. history, a federal regulatory agency has put out a report recognizing climate change as a major threat to the economy. The , which was commissioned by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and released on Wednesday, explains plainly that even if the world begins reducing emissions tomorrow, one only need to look around at the fires and floods plaguing the country to see that the stockpile of CO2 in the atmosphere has put the stability of the U.S. financial system at risk.The report is the result of a vote the CFTC made a year ago, with unanimous support...

September 10, 2020
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