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Rome airport to allow passengers from the US to skip quarantine

Rome airport to allow passengers from the US to skip quarantine

Filed under:But relying on testing alone doesn’t guarantee safetyRome’s Fiumicino airport plans to welcome passengers from the US without requiring them to quarantine, as long as they test negative for the novel coronavirus multiple times. Fiumicino says it will be the first airport in Europe to offer the “COVID-tested flights,” creating what it calls “safe air corridors” between Italy and the US.It will test the idea out in December starting with flights from New York’s JFK airport, New Jersey’s Newark Airport, and Georgia’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airport. If those flights are...

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NASA to launch satellite to track rising sea levels

NASA to launch satellite to track rising sea levels

Filed under:‘Oceans are going up and we need to handle what that does to our lives.’NASA plans to launch a satellite tomorrow that will follow the effects of climate change on the world’s oceans and gather data to improve weather forecasts. The satellite will continue NASA’s three decades-long work to document rising sea levels and will give scientists a more precise view of the coastlines than they’ve ever had from space.“The best front seat view on the oceans is from space”“The best front seat view on the oceans is from space,” says Thomas Zurbuchen, head of science at NASA.The Sentinel-6...

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Jeff Bezos announces first beneficiaries of his $10 billion climate fund

Jeff Bezos announces first beneficiaries of his $10 billion climate fund

Filed under:Unlike other tech giants with climate change pledges, Bezos focuses on funding advocacy groupsJeff Bezos named 16 environmental organizations that will get the first chunk of his $10 billion fund for climate action today. Collectively, they’ll get $791 million from the richest man on Earth, although Bezos did not specify how much would go to each group.“I’ve spent the past several months learning from a group of incredibly smart people who’ve made it their life’s work to fight climate change and its impact on communities around the world,” Bezos said on Instagram. “I’m inspired...

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To achieve his climate goals, Joe Biden needs to bring scientists back

To achieve his climate goals, Joe Biden needs to bring scientists back

Hundreds of environmental and climate scientists have left their posts at federal agencies under the Trump administration. That brain drain could pose problems for President-elect Joe Biden, who campaigned successfully on a promise to act swiftly on climate change. To make good on that promise, he’ll need to recoup the loss in talent.An environment that pushed experts out of government serviceOver the past four years, Donald Trump’s administration has worked to systematically dismantle existing efforts to tackle the climate crisis and limit other harms that come with burning fossil fuels....

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The next generation of power plants will be virtual

The next generation of power plants will be virtual

Filed under:Your next home or electric vehicle could be part of a virtual power plantIncreasing numbers of homes outfitted with solar panels and batteries have the potential to help power entire regions with renewable energy. Working together, homes with solar setups are turning neighborhoods into virtual power plants that can feed power back to the grid and prevent blackouts.These interconnected solar power systems are popping up across the globe — from apartment complexes in and , to public housing in . In the future, virtual power plants might even be made up of . It’s the next...

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Solar energy reaches historically low costs

Solar energy reaches historically low costs

Filed under:Solar is ‘the new king’In some parts of the world, solar power is now the cheapest source of electricity in history, thanks to policies encouraging renewable energy growth. That’s according to a new report released today by the International Energy Agency (IEA).Sunshine is free, but the technology needed to turn it into usable electricity can be expensive. To encourage more people and companies to switch to solar power, countries can adjust their policies to make purchasing that equipment more affordable. Today, more than 130 countries have policies that lower the cost of...

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Democrats unveil new agenda for economic recovery and climate action

Democrats unveil new agenda for economic recovery and climate action

Filed under:They plan to introduce a resolution in Congress todayDemocrats will commit today to a wide-ranging new progressive agenda that simultaneously tackles pandemic recovery, climate change, and systemic injustice. They’re calling the agenda , which stands for “Transform, Heal, and Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy.”Signers range from party leaders like Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to progressives like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who will introduce the resolution in Congress later today. Activists are also well-represented, with over 150 advocacy groups — including unions,...

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New Joe Biden plan sees millions of jobs in aggressive climate action

New Joe Biden plan sees millions of jobs in aggressive climate action

Filed under:Biden’s plan aims to eliminate carbon pollution from the power sector by 2035On Wednesday, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden revealed a revamped climate and energy plan that raises spending, expands efforts to address racial disparities, and sets an earlier deadline for cutting greenhouse gases.Biden’s plan aims to eliminate carbon pollution from the power sector by 2035. Biden had to reaching a 100 percent “clean energy economy” by 2050. The plan comes with a $2 trillion price tag over four years, higher than his previous ten-year $1.7 trillion plan. Forty...

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Ford aims to be carbon neutral by 2050

Ford aims to be carbon neutral by 2050

Filed under:It cut emissions from its factories, but shrinking the carbon footprint of its cars will be a bigger challengeFord pledged today to become carbon neutral by 2050, a goal that would bring the automaker in line with targets set by the landmark Paris climate agreement. To fulfill its commitment, the company needs to shrink its output of greenhouse gases and find ways to remove whatever pollution it continues to produce.The automaker says it will focus on three key sources that make up 95 percent of its carbon dioxide emissions. These are emissions from the vehicles it sells,...

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Donald Trump weakens environmental regulations with new executive order

Donald Trump weakens environmental regulations with new executive order

Filed under:It’s a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the decision could have severe health consequencesPresident Trump signed an executive order on Thursday allowing major infrastructure projects and energy projects to move forward without rigorous environmental review. Agencies would be able to waive provisions put in place by cornerstone environmental laws like the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). That would apply to projects like new mines, pipelines, and highways, .The move is aimed at spurring recovery from the economic fallout of the...

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Intel aims to reach 100 percent renewable energy use, zero waste by 2030

Intel aims to reach 100 percent renewable energy use, zero waste by 2030

Filed under:The company released its corporate responsibility report todayIntel unveiled its environmental goals for 2030 today, committing to cut down its greenhouse gas emissions and waste. By the end of the decade, the company aims to rely on renewable energy for all of its global electricity use and eliminate the trash it’s sending to landfills.The company also announced that it hit many of the targets it had set for 2020. It’s now recycling more than 90 percent of its trash and sending almost no hazardous waste to landfills. The amount of greenhouse gases it pumps out has dropped...

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Air quality is way better in nine major cities after coronavirus confinement

Air quality is way better in nine major cities after coronavirus confinement

Filed under:Delhi saw the most dramatic improvementAir quality dramatically improved in nine major cities across the globe as people shelter in their homes to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, a finds. The report, produced by Swiss company IQAir, pulls together government data from Delhi, London, Los Angeles, Milan, Mumbai, New York City, São Paulo, Seoul, Wuhan, and Rome.Places typically choked with worse air pollution saw the most extreme dropsPlaces typically choked with worse air pollution saw the most extreme drops in fine particulate matter, or soot. Delhi saw a 60...

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Maps show drastic drop in China’s air pollution after coronavirus quarantine

Maps show drastic drop in China’s air pollution after coronavirus quarantine

There’s been a dramatic drop in pollution across China as the country tries to contain COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. New maps using data collected from NASA and European Space Agency satellites show how nitrogen dioxide, a dangerous gas released by burning fuel, has dissipated since the outbreak. Maps depicting nitrogen dioxide levels in Wuhan, China from January 1st through February 25th of last year show the region blanketed in fiery colors, with parts in a deeper red signifying high concentrations of the pollutant. Fast forward to this year, and maps of the same...

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