China Struggles with Power Cuts, Sparking Debate Over Climate Goals

China Struggles with Power Cuts, Sparking Debate Over Climate Goals

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Following China’s announcement that it would cease all coal investments abroad, a series of power cuts have plagued the Chinese public. Power cuts are not uncommon in the country, but they’re being exacerbated by the pandemic, coal prices, and more this year. Now, a battle is brewing between economy-focused […]

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Fed Creates Office for Climate, Health, and Equity

Fed Creates Office for Climate, Health, and Equity

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer   The connection between public health and the climate crisis now has a specific home in the federal government. On Monday, the Biden administration announced the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity, housed within the Department of Health and Human Services. This week’s announcement came as wildfires are creating hazardous air quality in […]

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Summer Heatwaves and Blackouts Put Millions at Risk of Heat Stroke, Exhaustion

Summer Heatwaves and Blackouts Put Millions at Risk of Heat Stroke, Exhaustion

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Extreme weather and permanent droughts are sweeping across the Western U.S., and with them comes an increasing demand for A/C and power. But cooling buildings through increasingly severe heatwaves takes a significant toll on power grids, and a new study has found that a significant heatwave blackout in three major American cities […]

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PG&E Blackouts Affect Millions of Californians

PG&E Blackouts Affect Millions of Californians

Early yesterday morning, California’s largest utility, PG&E preemptively cut off power to over 500,000 customers in an effort to avoid power lines sparking fires.

What This Means: Prolonged power outages disrupt lives and harm businesses. The shutoff created sheer chaos through much of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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CA May Go Dark On Windy Days

CA May Go Dark On Windy Days

Bloomberg News reported yesterday that California’s largest utility, PG&E, has a plan to cut off power on high-wind days during the onrushing wildfire season because it the main cause of wildfires last year was power lines that were knocked down by high winds and the sparks from the live wires. And most residents don’t know and/or are not ready for the debilitating impacts.  Governor Newsome is so concerned about the impacts of the blackouts that he has created a fund to help communities prepare.  

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