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How to Build a Circular Economy 6.8.2020 WRI Stories
How to Build a Circular Economy Comments|Add Comment|PrintA circular economy can help mitigate the climate crisis, and makes social and financial sense. Photo by Aaron Minnick | WRI. We have a waste problem. The world threw away around 300 million tons of plastic in 2019, nearly equivalent to the weight of the human population. Scientists expect there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. One year's electronic waste weighs in at more than 50 million tons. And while far too... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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California sued over climate change policy — by the nation's biggest gas utility 4.8.2020 LA Times: Business

The lawsuit is the latest attempt by Southern California Gas to shield itself against efforts to phase out natural gas.

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Biden Has a Weak Link on Energy and Ethics— an Ex-Obama Official With Deep Fossil Fuel Ties 2.8.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in HuffPost and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Ken Salazar, the Obama administration’s first-term interior secretary, took a job at an industry law and lobbying firm just months after leaving office. There, he refashioned himself as an oil champion and avoided disclosing the companies that paid […]
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Designing and Communicating Net-Zero Targets 29.7.2020 WRI Stories
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How COVID-19 Made It Easier to Talk About Climate Change 29.7.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Rhiana Gunn-Wright had asthma growing up. So did many of her neighbors in Englewood, on the South Side of Chicago, where pediatric hospitalization rates for asthma were significantly higher than the rate nationwide in the early 2000s. Ms. Gunn-Wright had so many friends with asthma that she assumed it was a “childhood disease” that all young people had.

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10 Charts Show the Economic Benefits of US Climate Action 28.7.2020 WRI Stories
10 Charts Show the Economic Benefits of US Climate Action Comments|Add Comment|PrintSmoky Hills Wind Farm in Kansas, United States. Photo by Drenaline/Wikimedia Commons The United States made substantial progress towards a low-carbon economy over the past several years. Low-carbon technologies became more efficient and affordable compared to fossil fuels, while U.S. clean energy investment and deployment grew to new heights, creating millions of jobs. All this progress could be in jeopardy... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Ranking 41 US States Decoupling Emissions and GDP Growth 28.7.2020 WRI Stories
Ranking 41 US States Decoupling Emissions and GDP Growth Comments|Add Comment|PrintClean energy & technology, like this rancher's solar water pump, can help states decouple emissions from GDP. Photo by Lance Cheung/USDA. Between 2005 and 2017, 41 U.S. states and the District of Columbia reduced their energy-related carbon dioxide emissions while increasing real gross domestic product, debunking the myth that economic growth can only occur by compromising the health of the planet. In a new... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Firms can manage climate policy uncertainty. Here’s how. 21.7.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
This post was authored by Ruben Lubowski, Chief Natural Resource Economist at EDF, and Alexander Golub, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Science at American University. For companies that are large emitters of greenhouse gases, uncertainty about policies to address climate change can be a real challenge. But our new paper in the journal Energy shows how […]
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How a Blue New Deal charts a course for a sustainable sea change 20.7.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
How a Blue New Deal charts a course for a sustainable sea change Joel Makower Mon, 07/20/2020 - 02:11 Last week, a group of activists, scientists, academics and others issued a report calling for policies and other initiatives to generate prosperity while addressing inequity and the climate crisis. They called it the Blue New Deal. Its focus: an ocean-based blue economy . The problem, these experts said, is that the much-ballyhooed Green New Deal doesn’t adequately address the many environmental and social challenges that lie along the world’s shorelines and into the deep blue: industrial overfishing; coastal flooding; declining biodiversity; plastic waste; irresponsible tourism; unsustainable aquaculture; oil and chemical pollution; invasive species; and a range of other issues, many affecting the lives and livelihoods of coastal communities. Yes, provisions in the Green New Deal address fisheries and fishing communities, but that’s only a drop in the ocean, say blue-economy experts. The Ocean Climate ...
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Joe Biden sets out aggressive plan to tackle climate change 14.7.2020 LA Times: Environment

Joe Biden's plan for rebuilding the economy hinges heavily on clean-energy investment and would rapidly reverse the Trump era's retreat on climate.

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Policy News: July 13, 2020 13.7.2020 EcoTone
In This Issue: Congress – House Appropriators Release Fiscal Year 2021 Spending Bills for Science Agencies – House Democrats Outline Climate Action Plan – Full House Passes Infrastructure Bill Executive Branch ICE regulations suspend visas for international students attending universities that become online-only amid the coronavirus pandemic. Courts Dominion Energy and Duke Energy cancel Atlantic ...
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Global Warming. Inequality. COVID-19. And Al Gore Is…Optimistic? 13.7.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Wired and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Before he was the guy with the climate change PowerPoint presentation, before he lost the US presidency by a nose (and a Supreme Court decision), Al Gore had a reputation for pitching ambitious policy solutions to the knottiest societal problems. From the Senate […]
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A CFO’s take on climate and risk management 13.7.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
A CFO’s take on climate and risk management Vincent Manier Mon, 07/13/2020 - 01:00 Just a couple of months into 2020, the world was amid significant discussion about the core purpose of businesses, led by BlackRock CEO Larry Fink calling for corporate America to take control of its carbon footprint and major companies, including Microsoft and Delta , making ambitious zero-carbon pledges. When COVID-19 arrived, we saw the impact that global crises have overnight, teaching the corporate sphere valuable lessons about risk mitigation. Economic estimates predict that the pandemic will decrease global GDP by 3 percent in 2020, and at our current pace, climate change is estimated to decrease the global GDP by anywhere from 2.5 percent to 7.5 percent by 2050 . While climate risk remains an often overlooked or undervalued factor in risk management programs, there is an urgent need to integrate resiliency into core business strategy if businesses want to continue to thrive — or even remain operational. There is an ...
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Worries mount in Yucca Valley that Joshua trees will be designated an endangered species 3.7.2020 LA Times: Environment

The proposed listing of western Joshua trees as an endangered species has some residents of Yucca Valley worried.

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Nevada to adopt California's stricter car pollution standards, rejecting Trump rollback 23.6.2020 LA Times: Environment

Nevada is the latest state to announce it is adopting California's tougher tailpipe pollution standards, putting it at odds with Trump administration.

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The bar for corporate citizenship has been raised. It’s time for the rankings to catch up. 18.6.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
The bar for corporate citizenship has been raised. It’s time for the rankings to catch up.
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The case against the Trump administration’s rollback of the Clean Power Plan 16.6.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
The Environmental Protection Agency will file a legal brief today defending its decision to dismantle the Clean Power Plan and replace it with the harmful and cynically misnamed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. But nothing EPA says can alter the fact that ACE is destructive, costly, and unlawful. EPA projects that ACE will reduce power […]
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Research Shows 'Linking Climate Policy to Social and Economic Justice Makes It More Popular' 16.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Amid persistent calls for a green and just recovery from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and nationwide protests against systemic racism and injustice, researchers on Friday detailed recent studies showing "policy packages that address the climate crisis alongside income inequality, racial injustice, and the economic crisis are more popular among voters."

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Oil & Gas Win, Clean Energy Loses in U.S. COVID-19 Response 11.6.2020 WRI Stories
Oil & Gas Win, Clean Energy Loses in U.S. COVID-19 Response Comments|Add Comment|PrintInstalling solar panels. Photo by Department of Energy Solar Decathlon/Flickr */ As the United States reels from an unparalleled economic recession sparked by the coronavirus pandemic, Congress has correctly responded with some $3 trillion in stimulus packages, with more on the way. Economists on the left and right, including the head of the Federal Reserve, agree that stimulus spending is absolutely... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Policy News: June 2, 2020 2.6.2020 EcoTone
In This Issue: Letter to the community Racism and prejudice continue to harm scientists, future scientists, and the communities we serve. ESA leaders echo the message of these protests: Black lives matter. Webinar: Invasive Species Policy and COVID-19 Webinar recording and related resources posted online. Ecology of COVID-19 blog series ESA guest blogs explore the ...
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