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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Study Estimates Number of AC Units Needed Will Triple in Next Thirty Years

Study Estimates Number of AC Units Needed Will Triple in Next Thirty Years

Increasing populations, incomes, urbanization, and temperatures could “triple the number of AC units installed worldwide by midcentury, pushing the total toward 6 billion,” as James Temple reported for the MIT Technology Review. This could create one of the “largest sources of rising electricity demand around the world.”

Why This Matters: This is the paradox of climate change. As the world warms, cooling will be even more necessary.

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Lyft Commits to 100% EVs by 2030

Lyft Commits to 100% EVs by 2030

By Julia Pyper, Co-Host Political Climate Podcast Rideshare service provider Lyft, with support from the Environmental Defense Fund, has announced a significant commitment to reach 100% electric vehicles on its platform by 2030. The company’s strategy includes purchasing EVs for its own rental fleet, as well as supporting a broader ecosystem of policies and best […]

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Emissions from Oil and Gas Operations Emit Much More Methane Than Previously Thought

Emissions from Oil and Gas Operations Emit Much More Methane Than Previously Thought

CNN and The Guardian reported late last week on a new study published in the journal Nature that concludes that methane emissions from fossil fuels are between 25% and 40% larger than past research had estimated, which means that oil and gas production is contributing roughly half of all greenhouse gas emissions — “far more” to climate change than previously estimated.

Why This Matters:  Methane is about 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide when looked at over a 20-year period.

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Lawsuits Mount Against Trump Administration

Lawsuits Mount Against Trump Administration

Last Friday the state of California (along with 22 other states and the District of Columbia) filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for its attempt to revoke the state’s waiver to set more stringent car emissions standards than that of the federal government (an authority granted to the state through the Clean Air Act […]

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Countries With More Women Leaders Have Stronger Climate Policies

A new study published in the journal Science Direct looked at the legislatures of 91 countries and compared the percentage of seats held by women with the climate policies of each country.  Their conclusion?  The countries with the most women in their parliaments had tougher climate and environment policies which resulted in lower carbon emissions.   […]

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