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Implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emission by at least 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025,
Track and report progress to the global community in appropriate settings, including when the world convenes to take stock of the Paris Agreement, and
Accelerate new and existing policies to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy deployment at the state and federal level.
In a statement, the Governor said, “It’s a new day in Wisconsin and it’s time to lead our state in a new direction where we embrace science, where we discuss the very real implications of climate change, where we work to find solutions, and where we invest in renewable energy. By joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, we will have support in demonstrating that we can take climate action while growing our economy at the same time.”
The climate and clean energy policies of the Climate Alliance states have created 1.6 million renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs, equivalent to over half of all clean energy jobs in the United States.
Policies on climate and clean energy in Alliance states now control 35 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
Wisconsin’s Lt. Governor also promised to explore energy efficiency and savings goals, and to focus on “better understanding how climate change is disproportionately affecting communities of color and how it’s impacting our farmers and the most rural parts of our state.”
Why This Matters: Wisconsin joins its neighbor Michigan in reversing the policies of its former Republican Governor and is making a real commitment to combat climate change. This is another key state in the 2020 election, and demonstrating that fighting climate change is not a drag on the economy but instead will create jobs will be important to both the state, and likely in the Presidential campaign. Wisconsin could prove to be decisive again in the next election just as it was in 2016.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer World leaders from the Group of 7 countries wrapped up their first post-pandemic in-person summit on Sunday, and the climate crisis was one of the primary agenda items. The heads of state from the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Canada, Italy, and Japan (as well as the European Union) Agreed […]
The nation’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead, created by the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, has reached record lows (at only 36% full) in the face of a severe drought sweeping the western U.S. The reservoir supplies drinking water for 25 million people in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, and more.
For generations, Native Alaskans have stored their food year-round in icy cellars that have been dug deep underground, but recently many of these cellars are either becoming too warm so that the food spoils or failing completely due to flooding or collapse Civil Eats’ Kayla Frost reported from Alaska. The cellars, known as siġluaqs, are usually about 10 to 20 feet below the surface and consist of a small room that used to be consistently about 10 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.
Why This Matters: The loss of these natural freezers could be devastating to Native Alaskans.
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