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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 […]

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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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Reducing Food Waste Adds Up Big in Tackling Emissions

Reducing Food Waste Adds Up Big in Tackling Emissions

  According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted. This contributes to 8% of total greenhouse emissions and also occurs as 1 in 9 people around the world are undernourished. Now, […]

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Interview of the Week:  Yotam Ariel, Bluefield Technologies

Interview of the Week: Yotam Ariel, Bluefield Technologies

Yotam Ariel is the CEO fo Bluefield Technologies, Inc., a startup using microsatellites to measure methane gas leaks and emissions. ODP:   How does your technology work? YA:  Sunlight that has passed through methane contains a unique spectral signal that can be detected by Bluefield’s proprietary optical sensor. We integrate our sensor into a backpack-size microsatellite […]

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New Source Of Methane Leaks Identified—Eastern Cities

New Source Of Methane Leaks Identified—Eastern Cities

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) flew reconnaissance flights over major metropolitan areas on the East Coast – Boston, Providence, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and found that those cities were emitting nearly 950,000 metric tons of methane gas into the atmosphere, which was more than twice what EPA had estimated.

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Plastic production a growing contributor to climate change

Plastic production a growing contributor to climate change

  We know that plastic pollution is a problem so rampant that if we don’t drastically act we can expect to see more plastic in the world’s oceans than fish by 2050. However, a new study by the Center of International Environmental Law has revealed that the plastic industry is the second largest and fastest-growing source […]

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Could high-speed rail remedy housing shortages and curb emissions?

Could high-speed rail remedy housing shortages and curb emissions?

Last year, for the first time in 40 years, emissions from vehicles rose to become the United States’ highest source of greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time that more Americans are living in cities and our average commute times are growing each year, the Trump administration has moved to weaken fuel efficiency standards put […]

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Green Wave Rising in Europe Fueled by Kidpower

Green Wave Rising in Europe Fueled by Kidpower

Yesterday, 30,000 school children again turned out for protests in three cities across Belgium after an open letter to the government from 3,450 Belgian scientists saying “the activists are absolutely right”.  Children’s climate rallies and protests are spreading across Europe — taking place in Germany and Switzerland too with the #FridaysForFuture, according to the BBC.  There was even a sit-in at the Scottish Parliament. 

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Toyota goes “pedal to the metal” on electric vehicle plans

Toyota Motor Corporation announced last month that it intends to speed its development and introduction of additional electric vehicles (hybrids, battery electric models and fuel-cell electric), with a goal of having every Toyota and Lexus model include an “electrified” option by 2025. 

Why This Matters:  As we pointed out in another ODP story today, vehicle emissions are rising in the U.S. again — which is very bad news.  This announcement by Toyota shows that even though the Trump Administration is rolling back the clean car standards, the auto industry is going to move in the right direction.  Increasingly, U.S. consumers want to wean themselves off conventional gasoline cars and the market will reflect that.  What is needed is a full suite of electric options — more electric vehicles of all types, sizes, configurations and prices — and more companies like Toyota, Tesla and Volvo that are moving rapidly in that direction.  The future is most definitely electric.

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