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Environmental remediation and infrastructure policies offer crucial opportunities for fossil fuel communities in transition 16.9.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
This second report in a joint research series by Environmental Defense Fund and Resources for the Future examines U.S. federal environmental remediation and infrastructure policies that can create jobs and restore communities that have been historically reliant on fossil fuels. Daniel Raimi of RFF authored the report described in this blog post. All views expressed […]
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Not Enough Climate Action in Stimulus Plans 15.9.2020 WRI Stories
Not Enough Climate Action in Stimulus Plans Comments|Add Comment|PrintElectric vehicle charging stations, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Mariordo/Wikimedia Commons Governments have already announced $11.8 trillion in fiscal stimulus in response to the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, more than three times the amount spent in response to the Great Recession of 2008-09. While most of it will prioritize healthcare and direct support to the unemployed, about 30% of stimulus packages are being spent... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Big problems for smallest Great Lake: More precipitation, warmer temperatures and controversial regulation plan upend life along Lake Ontario 1.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Residents on Lake Ontario find their homes and businesses at the anxious intersection of climate change, international regulations and COVID-19.
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Ecology and COVID-19 #5: Coronavirus, Human Hubris, and Life in the Coevolving Biosphere 25.8.2020 EcoTone
This blogpost originally appeared on the website for Bruce Byers Consulting. by Bruce Byers The novel coronavirus is holding up a mirror for our species, giving us an opportunity to consider our place in the evolution of life on Earth and question our anthropocentrism. What I’ve missed during this pandemic and shutdown of our usual ...
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Four reasons why investing in clean energy is essential for rebuilding the economy 25.8.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
As federal lawmakers continue to debate different approaches for jump-starting our economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, they must also consider how the investments we make today can be designed to avoid the worst environmental, social and economic impacts of climate change in the long run. Amid much disagreement, one promising area of […]
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How to Use Forests to Fend Off a Water and Energy Crisis in Colombia 20.8.2020 WRI Stories
How to Use Forests to Fend Off a Water and Energy Crisis in Colombia Comments|Add Comment|PrintColombia's forests, including the Sumapaz Páramo landscape, can play a critical role in the nation's water and energy systems. Photo by Alejandro Bernal Ph/Shutterstock An old Colombian saying goes: “en abril, lluvias mil,” meaning “it rains a lot in April.” But that was not the case this year. This April, precipitation levels in Colombia were 40% less than expected, well below the historical... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Going Low-Carbon Can Help Brazil Build Back Better 17.8.2020 THE CITY FIX
Brazil faces a fundamental choice of how to address the convergence of multiple crises it is now seeing: health, economic and environmental. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed and multiplied the risks and weaknesses in our societies and economies, disproportionately impacting poor ...
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Where do Trump and Biden stand on climate change policy? Far apart 17.8.2020 LA Times: Environment

President Trump and Joe Biden hold radically different views on environmental policy and climate change. Here's what voters can expect from the next president.

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Updated analysis strengthens the case for Pennsylvania’s cap on power sector emissions 13.8.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
This post was co-authored by Drew Stilson, Senior Analyst, U.S. Climate Policy at EDF In an update to a previous analysis from EDF and M.J. Bradley & Associates, our latest modeling shows significant environmental benefits stemming from Pennsylvania’s proposed plan to cap power sector carbon emissions and participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, known […]
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Going Low-Carbon Can Help Brazil Build Back Better 13.8.2020 WRI Stories
Going Low-Carbon Can Help Brazil Build Back Better Comments|Add Comment|PrintA new climate, low-carbon economy will add $535 billion to Brazil’s GDP by 2030 and create 2 million new jobs. Photo by Sergio Souza/Unsplash Brazil faces a fundamental choice of how to address the convergence of multiple crises it is now seeing: health, economic and environmental. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed and multiplied the risks and weaknesses in our societies and economies, disproportionately impacting poor and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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People live longer in blue states than red; new study points to impact of state policies 4.8.2020 LA Times: Health

A new study traces how the policies adopted by Democratic and Republican states over the last several decades have helped widen the gap in life expectancy.

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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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The Regeneration Revolution: Rising Up Against Big Meat and Factory Farms 15.7.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Under the gun, reeling from an unprecedented public health, racial justice, environmental and climate crisis, now is certainly not the time to mince words nor offer up piecemeal reforms to greenwash a failed, degenerate system. As I point out in my recent book, Grassroots Rising: A Call to Action on Climate, Farming, Food, and a Green New Deal there are no magical, easy tweaks to business, politics and consumer behavior “as usual” that can save us.

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4 Investments to Secure Ocean Health and Wealth 14.7.2020 WRI Stories
4 Investments to Secure Ocean Health and Wealth Comments|Add Comment|PrintSustainable, ocean-based investments can yield a number of benefits for economies, communities, businesses and households. Photo by Knut Troim/Unsplash Ocean-based industries are worth at least 3.5% of global GDP, a value the OECD predicted will double by 2030. More than 3 billion people rely on the ocean for their livelihoods and more than 350 million jobs are linked to the ocean worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Germany’s COVID-19 Stimulus Prioritizes Low-carbon Investments 2.7.2020 WRI Stories
Germany’s COVID-19 Stimulus Prioritizes Low-carbon Investments Comments|Add Comment|PrintGermany's new stimulus package invests heavily in EVs and public transit. Photo by Avda/Wikimedia Commons As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 crisis and its enormous economic and social impacts, Germany has pointed the way towards building back better in a way that emphasizes environmental as well as economic concerns. Its €130 billion ($146 billion) domestic stimulus is not just aimed at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Racism makes the impacts of climate change unequal 2.7.2020 GreenBiz.com
This article originally was published on Yale Environment 360 . The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans have cast stark new light on the racism that remains deeply embedded in U.S. society. It is as present in matters of the environment as in other aspects of life: Both historical and present-day injustices have left people of color exposed to far greater environmental health hazards than whites. Elizabeth Yeampierre has been an important voice on these issues for more than two decades. As co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance , she leads a coalition of more than 70 organizations focused on addressing racial and economic inequities together with climate change. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Yeampierre draws a direct line from slavery and the rapacious exploitation of natural resources to current issues of environmental justice. "I think about people who got the worst food, the worst ...
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Mapping the deep: A new age of exploration 1.7.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Mapping the deep: A new age of exploration Dawn Wright Wed, 07/01/2020 - 02:00 Did you know that we have far more accurate maps of the moon, Mars and Venus than we do of our own ocean? It wasn’t until 2017 that we were able to help advance the exploration of the world’s ocean with the launch of the world’s first 3D digital map. For the first time, the new developments in mapping and analysis — paired with emerging consciousness about our impact on the environment — provide the knowledge we need to sustain life on both land and sea.  A profoundly new geospatial consciousness is being propelled by new technologies, principally location intelligence, infused with artificial intelligence and turned into a new generation of digital maps. Together, they transform our sense of place.  In every previous ocean map before 3D cartography, we had seen primarily the ocean’s surface. We had measured sea surface temperature. We had tracked movements of wind over that surface. Very few human beings had ever seen more ...
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Where are they now? Catch up with 30 Under 30 alumni 29.6.2020 GreenBiz.com
Where are they now? Catch up with 30 Under 30 alumni Heather Clancy Mon, 06/29/2020 - 02:30 June 22 marked the publication of the fifth annual GreenBiz 30 Under 30 , our report celebrating rising young professionals in the field of corporate sustainability.  What’s up in the worlds of the 120 alumni from past lists? We reached out this spring to check in, asking those inclined to weigh in on how current events have changed their world views. We asked them to consider two questions: With the world turned upside down, what is your focus at work? Do you think the COVID-19 crisis marks a turning point for the sustainability movement?  Following are some of their responses, lightly edited, representing perspective from all four past cohorts. We did not specifically ask the alumni to consider the broader question of systemic racism, as our outreach was completed prior to the national protests triggered by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. But look for future updates and essays on this topic, such as ...
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Policy News: June 29, 2020 29.6.2020 EcoTone
In This Issue: President Trump Suspends Entry Under H1-B Visas Through the End of 2020 Senators Introduce Bill Restricting Visas to Researchers with Ties to “Hostile Foreign Actors.” House Democrats Infrastructure Bill Reauthorizes Watershed Restoration Programs, Creates Wildlife Corridor System Full House will vote on bill this week. Congress Senate confirms Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan to ...
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Policy News: June 15, 2020 15.6.2020 EcoTone
In This Issue: President Trump Signs Executive Order Directing Agencies to Use Emergency Provisions of Environmental Laws to Speed COVID-19 Economic Recovery Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and James Lankford (R-OK) introduce bills to reform NEPA permitting. COVID-19 Delays Competition for NEON Management Battelle Memorial Institute will continue to manage NEON in the ...
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