EVs Continue to Take Off, Possible Biden Victory Would Boost Industry click button

EVs Continue to Take Off, Possible Biden Victory Would Boost Industry

General Motors (GM) is pushing ahead aggressively with the development of electric vehicles, with its Detroit factory – recently renamed “Factory Zero” — being retooled to begin to build its Hummer EV electric truck late next year.

Why This Matters:  The investments in electric vehicles are clearly market-driven, but it cannot hurt to have Presidential frontrunner Joe Biden on the campaign trail talking about using the federal purchasing power to transition the federal fleet to electric vehicles.

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Proposed MPAs in Antarctica Would Bring World Closer to 30×30 Goal

Proposed MPAs in Antarctica Would Bring World Closer to 30×30 Goal

An alliance of conservation groups has combined forces to advocate at the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), which manages the ocean around Antarctica, in favor of creating at its virtual meeting this year a trio of marine protected areas (MPAs) covering 1.5 million square miles, or 1% of the world’s ocean. 

Why this Matters:  The Southern Ocean is vital in regulating the world’s climate — its “conveyer belt” of currents keep Antarctica cold while keeping the rest of the world warm.

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New WWF Report Shines a Light on Getting Rid of Ghost Gear

New WWF Report Shines a Light on Getting Rid of Ghost Gear

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued a new report yesterday illuminating the devastating impact of derelict or abandoned fishing gear in the ocean (aka “ghost gear”), and the numbers are terrifying — between 500,000 and 1,000,000 tons of ghost gear wind up in the ocean EACH YEAR!

Why This Matters:  While fishing gear that is in use is a threat to marine life like whales, abandoned fishing gear is just a tragedy waiting to happen and completely needless — eliminating it is totally within our control.

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Citizen Scientists Pitch In On Research For Bird Die-Off In the Southwest

Citizen Scientists Pitch In On Research For Bird Die-Off In the Southwest

Over the last few months, thousands of migratory birds have dropped dead, inexplicably falling out of the sky across the southern United States. Scientists speculate that smoke from wildfires has poisoned birds and forced them to migrate through new territory with fewer food sources.

Why this Matters:  It’s difficult for scientists to research long-term data trends since they often work in small teams, in small geographic areas.

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China and the U.S. Trade Environmental Barbs

China and the U.S. Trade Environmental Barbs

Yesterday the Chinese government released a detailed condemnation of the U.S. government’s environment and climate policies.  Labeled as a “Fact Sheet of Environmental Damage Caused by the US,” it contains a litany of U.S. environmental failures.

Why This Matters:  The U.S.’s shot at China came after the Chinese announced at the UN General Assembly that China plans to be climate neutral by 2060.

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Biden-Harris Releases New Policy Proposal On Tribal Rights

Biden-Harris Releases New Policy Proposal On Tribal Rights

Last week, during a joint visit in Arizona to the American Indian Veterans National Memorial by Vice President Biden and Senator Harris, their campaign released a strong new policy proposal on Native American tribal nations.

Why This Matters:  Like environmental issues generally, Native American issues are being elevated with the new calls for improving environmental justice and ending structural racism embodied in the high rates of pollution and lack of clean drinking water on tribal lands.

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