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EPA to tighten nitrogen oxide limits for new heavy trucks

In a little over four years, new heavy truck makers will have to cut harmful nitrogen oxide pollution more than 80% under standards released Tuesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.DETROIT -- In a little over four years, new heavy truck makers will have to cut harmful nitrogen oxide pollution more than 80% under new standards released Tuesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Some environmental and health advocates praised the standards but others said they don’t go far enough to curb nitrogen oxide, which can cause issues including respiratory illness, cardiovascular problems and even death.Problems are more acute in industrial and port areas, causing health problems for low-income residents who live there. The EPA says 72 million people live near freight routes in...

Published on 1/11/2023 (21 days ago) Climate Change


Disaster report names Montana safe haven for climate migrants

When researcher Paul Tschirky started looking into climate disasters across the nation, he was shocked to discover nine out of 10 Americans had suffered such an event in the past decade.“A lot of people were surprised to see that 90% of U.S. counties had a federal disaster declaration in the last 10 years,” Tschirky said. “This is significant since it clearly shows the extent to which we are already dealing with climate related disasters and the costs involved.”Major federal climate disasters include hurricanes, tornadoes, storms, high water, wind-driven water, tidal waves, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, mudslides, snowstorms, droughts, fires, floods and explosions.According to Tschirky’s research, summed up in a new Atlas of Disaster report, more than 300 million...

Published on 1/11/2023 (21 days ago) Climate Change


Biden to Require Fossil-Free Federal Buildings in Blow to Gas

(Bloomberg) -- The Biden administration is poised to ban federal buildings from using fossil fuels, adding the government’s heft to a growing electrification movement that has natural gas distributors on the defensive.All new federal buildings would be required to be fossil-fuel free by 2030 under an Energy Department proposal announced Wednesday. The plan, which also applies to federal buildings that undergo renovation, would start in 2025 by mandating buildings reduce their on-site emissions associated with energy consumption by 90% relative to 2003 levels, the department said.“Ridding pollution from our buildings and adopting clean electricity are some of the most cost-effective and future-oriented solutions we have to combat climate change,” Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm said...

Published on 12/8/2022 (54 days ago) Climate Change


Face of climate-change protest Greta Thunberg joins lawsuit against Sweden

Sweden’s Greta Thunberg, arguably the world’s most famous climate activist, is part of a lawsuit filed against her government that says officials are falling far short in slowing dangerous global warming.The suit, filed in Stockholm on Friday, urges the country’s high court to require that the government undertake its “fair share” of measures to keep greenhouse-gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.In Paris in 2015, global leaders set a voluntary target to hold atmospheric warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius and ideally to no more than 1.5 degrees, equivalent to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit. The latter target is largely used today by governments and private companies when setting goals for shifting to low- or no-carbon operations in the coming years and decades,...

Published on 11/30/2022 (63 days ago) Climate Change


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