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Clean Energy Sector Makes Strong Case for Coronavirus Aid

Clean Energy Sector Makes Strong Case for Coronavirus Aid

As we have reported, the clean energy sector is down more than 620,000 jobs thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and the industry is now pushing hard for relief from Congress in the form of tax credits that companies would receive as cash payments (a deal Congress gave some companies) and delaying the phase-down of other tax incentives. 

Why This Matters:  While there may be some overcounting in jobs lost or undercounting of the number covered under the generic PPP stimulus program, there is no doubt the sector has been “decimated” as the clean energy industry claims.

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Coronavirus Infection Rates Rise in 22 States

Coronavirus Infection Rates Rise in 22 States

Over the past several weeks, we’ve seen cities across the country begin phases of reopening, then just as quickly many pulled back on account of spiking rates of coronavirus infection. Cases have especially risen across the Sun Belt at unprecedented levels, in part because hot weather has forced people together in air-conditioned settings like shopping […]

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One Conservative Thing: Group Makes Pro Climate/Rebuild Better Ad Buy on Fox News

A pro-climate change conservative group has made a major ad buy on Fox News to air this commercial.   The group, called the American Conservation Coalition, is hoping to persuade the Trump Administration and Congress to add funding for what many characterize as “green” jobs — those in clean energy and green infrastructure — to any […]

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Can Worker Safety Ever Be Ensured by Big Meat?

Can Worker Safety Ever Be Ensured by Big Meat?

America’s largest meat processor, Tyson Foods, has worked to implement worker health and safety measures after hundreds of its workers initially became infected with COVID-19 . But despite those efforts, a new Washington Post analysis revealed that the number of Tyson employees with the coronavirus has exploded from less than 1,600 a month ago to […]

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COVID-19 Is Devastating Ecotourism and That Makes Another Pandemic Even More Likely

COVID-19 Is Devastating Ecotourism and That Makes Another Pandemic Even More Likely

Wildlife sanctuaries, game reserves, and national parks in Asia, Africa, and South America have closed during the COVID-19 pandemic as borders have been shut, visas restricted and quarantines enforced to limit the spread of the virus.

Why This Matters:  Globally this drastic reduction (80% in most places) translates into losses of trillions of dollars and millions of jobs to local communities for whom this is their only income, and these declines in travel are expected to last at least a year.

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Remaking Plastic #ForNature

Remaking Plastic #ForNature

By Sheila Bonini, Senior Vice President, Private Sector Engagement, World Wildlife Fund U.S. In recent years, a growing chorus of voices—among consumers, in business and across government—has urged immediate action to reduce plastic pollution. It’s a shift driven by countless images of natural habitats befouled by plastic waste and animals harmed or killed, as well […]

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Rep. Dingell Keeps Electric Vehicles on the Agenda Amid COVID-19 Recovery

Rep. Dingell Keeps Electric Vehicles on the Agenda Amid COVID-19 Recovery

by Julia Pyper, Contributing Editor at Greentech Media, Host and Producer of Political Climate    As the American automotive industry slowly gets back to business amid the coronavirus pandemic, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) says the industry must maintain its focus on electric vehicle innovation. “The fact of the matter is, the internal combustion engine is […]

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EU COVID Recovery Plans Make Investments In Climate Change; China Remains in Neutral

EU COVID Recovery Plans Make Investments In Climate Change; China Remains in Neutral

The European Union announced its $825 billion recovery package for the coronavirus pandemic late last week and it includes big plans to address climate change as intrinsic to its economic recovery.

Why This Matters:  Only when we shut down the economies of the developed world due to the life or death threat of the pandemic did we see global greenhouse gas emissions reductions necessary for the foreseeable future.

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Tear Gas is Not Benign, So Why Are Police Still Using it on Protestors?

Tear Gas is Not Benign, So Why Are Police Still Using it on Protestors?

This past week we’ve seen police brutality protestors around the nation dispersed with tear gas by law enforcement, a tactic that’s been used for protesting crowds for decades. But what is tear gas, and is it benign? The answer is not at all. Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician in New York City told USA […]

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Coronavirus: We’re Nowhere Near Prepared

Coronavirus: We’re Nowhere Near Prepared

CNN reported that as the American death count from coronavirus ticks above 100,000, the panel assembled by President Donald Trump to confront the pandemic has been sharply curtailed as the White House looks ahead to reopening. Vice President Mike Pence convened the White House coronavirus task force on Thursday for the first time in a […]

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We Need Animals to Survive—But First, We Need to Include Them

We Need Animals to Survive—But First, We Need to Include Them

By Beth Allgood, U.S. Country Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare It’s often said that dogs are man’s best friend. This common phrase may seem simple to most, but it holds a very important lesson: animals are important to human wellbeing. IFAW’s newest report, Animals are Key to Human Development: A Guidebook for Incorporating Conservation […]

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Greenhouse Gasses Declining Globally, But In U.S., Air Pollution Not Down As Much

Greenhouse Gasses Declining Globally, But In U.S., Air Pollution Not Down As Much

A study published yesterday in the journal Nature Climate Change found that greenhouse gas emissions are down by 17% globally compared to 2019 levels thanks to strict coronavirus lockdowns, which could result in as much as a 7% decline in emissions for the year. 

Why This Matters:  We need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4-7% each year globally for the foreseeable future to keep global temperature increases in check.

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