Day: June 24, 2020

Turning manure into money

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Farmers and utilities are burning methane for energy — and curtailing a powerful greenhouse gas in the process

Momentum builds for Canadian Climate accountability Act, long-term carbon targets

Read the full story in The Energy Mix.

Momentum for Canadian climate accountability legislation is beginning to build, with campaigners laying out five pillars for a federal accountability act, a national think tank arguing the benefits of legislated milestones, and a CBC News analysis laying out how such a law might work in practice.

INSIGHT: Finding a Middle Ground on PFAS Using a Four-Step Process

Read the full story in Bloomberg Law.

Scientists, regulators, and concerned communities often fall into one of two groups: one says all PFAS should be banned and the other says PFAS are so different that each must be evaluated, classified, and regulated individually. Barbara J. Henry, PhD, a toxicologist with W. L. Gore & Associates, says there’s a middle way forward if PFAS are grouped by their properties.

The end of tourism?

Read the full story in The Guardian.

The pandemic has devastated global tourism, and many will say ‘good riddance’ to overcrowded cities and rubbish-strewn natural wonders. Is there any way to reinvent an industry that does so much damage?

“Two different realities”: Why America needs environmental justice

Read the full story from CBS.

In recent weeks, our nation has been forced to come to grips with the variety of ways in which inequality harms minority communities, from the death of George Floyd at the hands of police to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19. A recent Harvard study concluded that air pollution — which is typically worse in areas with larger minority populations — is linked to higher coronavirus death rates, along with a slew of other health problems.

This is just one form of environmental injustice, which Peggy Shepard has dedicated the better part of her life to combating. Shepard is the co-founder of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, a New York City nonprofit organization that’s been working to improve the environment of local communities since 1988. The mission of WE ACT is to “build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low income residents participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices.”

Coronavirus: Tracking how the world’s ‘green recovery’ plans aim to cut emissions

Read the full story at Carbon Brief.

The coronavirus pandemic has had devastating consequences for lives and livelihoods around the world, while also dramatically cutting CO2 emissions.

In many countries, governments are now looking towards recovery as the pandemic’s first wave slowly recedes, with plans for economic stimulus worth trillions of dollars.

Yet as economies pick up pace, emissions are beginning to rebound. And huge stimulus plans will have consequences for CO2 emissions, even if they do not explicitly target climate change.

As a result, voices from the International Energy Agency (IEA) through to the UK’s prime minister and leading economists are among those calling for a “green recovery” that “builds back better”, by cutting CO2 emissions as well as boosting the economy. But what is actually being proposed?

Smart parking app reduces emissions and congestion

Read the full story at Electronics 360.

Researchers from Cornell University created smart parking software that matches drivers with parking garage spots based on a variety of factors, like travel time and cost. The app would reduce congestion and emissions because it saves drivers from having to circle parking garages to find a spot. The team says that the software could be used as an app to connect parking garages and drivers to show drivers the optimal path to their destination.

Climate Change’s Impact on People of Color

Listen to the full story from New York Public Radio.

Journalists Antonia Juhasz and Drew Costley explain the recent rollback of environmental regulations and how climate change disproportionately affects people of color.

Climate-justice stories in every community, waiting to be told

Read the full story from the Columbia Journalism Review.

“Every city has its George Floyd,” Rev. Jesse Jackson said after attending Floyd’s June 4 funeral service in Minneapolis. No stranger to white supremacist violence, Jackson was 26 when he witnessed the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King on a motel balcony in Memphis. The murder of Floyd, Jackson added, “photographed by a terrified and courageous 17-year-old girl, has made it impossible to ignore police violence against Black people.”

Indeed, the media has taken notice. But police brutality is not the only violence Black Americans and other communities of color must endure. It is factually indisputable that the poor and people of color in the US and around the world suffer first and worst from climate-driven catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina, whose fifteenth anniversary comes in August. The same is true of standard air and water pollution, such as the lead-laden drinking water provided to residents in Flint, Michigan, the majority of whom are Black. But only rarely does mainstream news coverage make the point that such environmental violence is pervasive, chronic, and carries a clear racial and economic bias.

The Plastic Diversion Initiative: A Position Paper

Read the document.

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, we’re launching a Plastic Diversion Initiative and calling on the general public, and multiple stakeholders to support and join our mission of diverting plastic from the natural environment and creating more jobs in America.

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