Special Envoy Kerry Barnstorms In Europe To Demonstrate U.S. Climate Commitment

Special Envoy Kerry Barnstorms In Europe To Demonstrate U.S. Climate Commitment

On Monday, 🇺🇸 @ClimateEnvoy John Kerry was in London to meet with 🇬🇧 allies ahead of #COP26 later this year. We asked Sec. Kerry to tell us more about how we’re working together to strengthen the global effort to combat the climate crisis. pic.twitter.com/qr1A28Fwhs — U.S. Embassy London (@USAinUK) March 10, 2021 Special Presidential Envoy […]

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US Dairy Farms Could Lower Net Emissions to Zero in Next Five Years

US Dairy Farms Could Lower Net Emissions to Zero in Next Five Years

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new study from the World Wildlife Fund found that in the next five years, US dairy farms have the potential to reduce their net greenhouse gas emissions to zero. Milk has long been heralded as a superfood in the United States through superb PR campaigns, but in actuality […]

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ODP Interview with Rod Fujita, Senior Scientist at Environmental Defense  Fund click button

ODP Interview with Rod Fujita, Senior Scientist at Environmental Defense Fund

Science is back and this week we were fortunate to talk with Rod Fujita, the Lead Senior Scientist in the Ocean Program at the Environmental Defense Fund about new research he is doing on climate change and managing ocean fish stocks in the future.

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2021 Brings New State Programs to Curb Carbon Emissions

2021 Brings New State Programs to Curb Carbon Emissions

In the new year, many states have passed new laws and introduced programs to reduce their carbon footprints and help the U.S. meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Why this Matters: After President Trump systematically dismantled much of the United States’ federal climate protections, states have stepped up.

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Trump Administration Finalizes Weak Rules On Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Airplanes

Trump Administration Finalizes Weak Rules On Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Airplanes

The first rules to attempt to reign in greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes went final last week — the only problem is that it won’t actually reduce emissions below current levels because they merely codify improvements the industry is already making, The Hill reported.

Why This Matters: Transportation emissions are one of the largest sources, and even though airline emissions are only around 9% of the U.S. total, they had been increasing greatly pre-pandemic.

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Carbon Dioxide Not Expected to Exceed 2019 Levels Again Until 2027 click button

Carbon Dioxide Not Expected to Exceed 2019 Levels Again Until 2027

The International Energy Agency (IEA) Annual Report projects that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a 7 percent drop in energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2020 due to associated reductions in fossil fuel use, and that emissions of CO2 pollution will remain below 2019 levels until 2027. 

Why This Matters:  This is good news for air pollution in general as well as for climate change.  We needed to put the breaks on continual increases in CO2 emissions — and this was a hard way to do it.

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