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Recycling Struggling Due to Pandemic and Electronic Waste Breaks Records

Recycling Struggling Due to Pandemic and Electronic Waste Breaks Records

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused turmoil in recycling programs and markets for recycled goodsMeanwhile, a UN report released last week found that electronic waste produced globally jumped to a record of 53.6 million tons or about 16 pounds per person.

Why This Matters: And while residential waste is greatly increasing, fewer materials are being recycled other than cardboard, which is much in demand.  Recycling, like so many other local programs, needs federal financial support and soon.

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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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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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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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A Florida Beach Reopened – People Left It Trashed

A Florida Beach Reopened – People Left It Trashed

The people who flocked to Cocoa Beach in Florida last weekend left behind 13,000 pounds of litter, prompting the police to threaten a crackdown.  Local officials believe that as social distancing and stay in place orders are loosened in parts of the state, there has been an influx of day-trippers who show up and leave […]

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Frontline Communities Lacking Clean Water Can’t Fight Coronavirus Effectively

Frontline Communities Lacking Clean Water Can’t Fight Coronavirus Effectively

Shocking as it may be, there are 2 million Americans living in such poverty that they lack running water, and tens of millions of others may have water in their homes but it is hardly safe to bathe in, much less drink, The Washington Post reports.  These extreme conditions are exacerbating the spread of COVID-19 in minority communities in the deep south and Navajo Country

Why This Matters:  With some states reopening despite Dr. Anthony Fauci’s warning today that we are not yet ready, we are all only as safe from the virus as the most vulnerable among us.

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Plastic Companies Want $1B in Bailout Funds For Recycling

Plastic Companies Want $1B in Bailout Funds For Recycling

Pointing to the rise in plastic being used during the COVID pandemic, an alliance of the nation’s largest chemical companies called the “Recover Coalition” is requesting that Congress give them $1b to deal with the current lack of a functioning recycling system in the U.S.  The industry group, in a letter to legislators, explained that […]

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Will The Next Stimulus Law Provide a Lifeline for Frontline Communities?

Will The Next Stimulus Law Provide a Lifeline for Frontline Communities?

The Senate Democrats’ Environmental Justice Caucus laid out in a letter on Monday their vision for the next round of economic stimulus funding and the benefits in their proposal are intended to address the inequities of the virus’ impacts on the poor and minorities. 

Why This Matters:  These 16 Democrats are speaking up on behalf of members of low income, rural and communities of color (known as an environmental justice or frontline communities) who are especially vulnerable to the virus and don’t have access to quality health care that could vastly improve their chances of recovery.

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It Looks Like There Will Be Another Stimulus Bill – But Will It Be Clean and Green?

It Looks Like There Will Be Another Stimulus Bill – But Will It Be Clean and Green?

Congress and the Trump administration are beginning to outline the Phase 4 Stimulus package, but there seems to be little mention of “clean” much less “green” provisions being included, which means there would need to be a Phase 5 package or these items will be left out completely. 

Why This Matters:  These items and many other similar ones that have been labeled as “green”  were left out of previous bills because they were dubbed as unnecessary to battle the immediate health and economic impacts of the COVID-19.

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The Blue Ridge Parkway:  Built by the CCC and Now Protected By the Land & Water Conservation Fund

The Blue Ridge Parkway: Built by the CCC and Now Protected By the Land & Water Conservation Fund

The Blue Ridge Parkway — first conceived in 1933 to connect Skyline Drive to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — is a feast for the eyes, designed by landscape architects specifically to showcase a variety of vistas and views.  But preserving them requires conserving parcels along the boundaries of the Park, which, as This […]

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Despite Reg Rollbacks, Fracking Businesses Struggle Due to Oil and Gas Glut

Despite Reg Rollbacks, Fracking Businesses Struggle Due to Oil and Gas Glut

A judge on Friday upheld the Trump Administration’s rollback of environmental standards for fracking on federal land saying that the President’s rule change met the “low bar” of providing enough explanation to stand, The Hill reported The Obama rule required companies to say what chemicals they use in fracking, make them cover surface ponds that contain fracking fluids and also set well construction.

Why This Matters:  This rollback is on top of the suspension of enforcement of environmental rules that the Administration announced on Thursday.

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One Stimulus Thing: Do It For the Workers

One Stimulus Thing: Do It For the Workers

Congressional Democrats didn’t get the green strings attached for the airline industry bailout this week, but we can always hope for the next round of stimulus funding. At least the bill’s not bailing out the oil industry? Cartoon by Alex Bowman (check out more of her art here)

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