Month: May 2021

EPA managers intruded on Dicamba decision making

Read the full story at Successful Farming.

The Trump administration announced a new five-year EPA approval of Dicamba with additional safeguards a week before the 2020 presidential election.

Reversing a dirty legacy: New rules aim to tighten regulations on forgotten byproduct of coal

Read the full story in the News-Gazette.

After years of work by environmental activists to push action on the issue, the Illinois Pollution Control Board has issued findings and recommendations related to the regulation of coal ash storage — an action advocates call “the first of its kind” in the state.

Yvette T. Collazo steps down as director of EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics

Read the full story in the National Law Review.

Effective May 21, 2021, Yvette T. Collazo has resigned as the Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). Collazo began as OPPT Director in March 2020.

Reaching Climate Objectives: the Role of Carbon Dioxide Removals

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This ETC Consultation Paper aims to provide a conceptual framework for assessing the role of carbon dioxide removals in meeting emissions reduction and climate objectives. The goal is to gather perspectives and insights from stakeholders in industry and the climate science community to consult on the appropriate and feasible role of carbon dioxide removal in net-zero pathways to limit warming to 1.5°C. Ultimately, it aims to inform the way net-zero targets are set by countries and corporates. One of the underlying assumptions is that emission reduction targets are essential to get to net-zero in 2050, and that carbon dioxide removals should complement, not replace, emission reduction measures.

The paper assesses the need for carbon removals, the technologies which can provide them, and alternative options for financing them. Illustrative scenarios are used to provide indicative orders of magnitude; estimates will be refined through more detailed sectoral work (undertaken in partnership with the Mission Possible Partnership) over the coming months.

Biden’s fossil fuel moves clash with pledges on climate change

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Despite President Biden’s pledge to aggressively cut the pollution from fossil fuels that is driving climate change, his administration has quietly taken actions this month that will guarantee the drilling and burning of oil and gas for decades to come.

The clash between Mr. Biden’s pledges and some of his recent decisions illustrates the political, technical and legal difficulties of disentangling the country from the oil, gas and coal that have underpinned its economy for more than a century.

Palaeontologists hope Biden will restore protections on fossil-rich US lands

Read the full story in Nature.

Trump’s shrinking of Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase–Escalante reserves may be reversed — ensuring archaeological and fossil treasures are preserved for study.

PwC: Value creation emerges as a major driver of ESG integration for private equity investors

Read the full story at ESG Today.

A new study released by PwC into responsible investment among global private equity (PE) firms reveals that, similar to their public market investment counterparts, PE investors are increasingly integrating ESG considerations and strategies into their investment processes. For the study, PwC surveyed 209 firms across 35 countries.

These modular recycled roofs are designed to keep homes cool

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Made of paper waste instead of metal, the roofs can lower the indoor temperature by as much as 18 degrees Fahrenheit.

How smartphones can help detect ecological change

Read the full story from the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig.

Mobile apps like Flora Incognita that allow automated identification of wild plants cannot only identify plant species, but also uncover large-scale ecological patterns. This opens up new perspectives for rapid detection of biodiversity changes.

Forestry firm Stora Enso to supply Diageo pulp for paper whisky bottles

Read the full story from Reuters.

Finnish forestry firm Stora Enso (STERV.HE) said on Tuesday it would start supplying pulp for sustainable packaging company Pulpex, a research and development venture of British beverage maker Diageo (DGE.L).

Stora Enso and Pulpex will also work together to build a scalable high speed production line for bottles and other packages out of pulp fibre in a commercial capacity in 2022, the companies said in a joint statement.

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