January 25, 2021

Climate Change Will Shift Earth’s Tropical Rain Belt, Threatening Water and Food for Billions, Study Says

By 2100, billions of people are at risk of facing more flooding, higher temperatures and less food and water, a new study warns. The research found that climate change will cause the Earth’s tropical rain belt—a latitudinal area near the equator responsible for a significant portion of the planet’s precipitation—to unevenly shift in areas that cover almost two-thirds of the world. 

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Activists See Biden’s Day One Focus on Environmental Justice as a Critical Campaign Promise Kept

The White House is expected to roll out another series of environment-related actions this week. But activists are already praising President Biden for actions he took on his first day, which many say put an unprecedented focus on racial equity and environmental justice. Two executive orders will “serve as a north star” for the federal government in terms of equitable policy, one activist said. 

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Eminent Domain Lets Pipeline Developers Take Land, Pay Little, Say Black Property Owners

Eminent domain—the government practice of taking private land for public use—has become easier for fossil fuel companies to utilize under President Trump, who removed regulatory barriers for the process. But environmentalists warned that move would disproportionately affect Black communities. That prediction already seems to be playing out in the southwest region of Memphis, Tennessee.

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Many US Utilities Plan to Hang on to Their Coal Plants for a Decade, Sierra Club Report Says

The most coal-dependent utilities in the United States plan to keep around 75 percent of their coal-fired power plants running for another decade, according to a new analysis by the environmental group Sierra Club. The report, which reviewed the plans of 50 utilities, reflects the challenges President Biden will face as he pursues his ambitious climate agenda, including decarbonizing the power sector by 2035.

Reuters

January 22, 2021

January 21, 2021

Biden Signs Sweeping Orders to Tackle Climate Change and Rollback Trump’s Anti-Environment Legacy

After four years of steady erosion of the nation’s climate policy, President Biden offered big plans on day one through a flurry of executive orders. The orders included moving to rejoin the Paris climate agreement, signaling a review of vehicle emissions standards and directing federal agencies to review and even reverse more than 100 rules that the Trump administration made on the environment.

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On Day One Biden Cancels Keystone XL and Ends Arctic Drilling, Signaling a Larger Shift Away From Fossil Fuels

The era of the United States being the world’s top oil and gas producer may have come to an end with the inauguration of President Joe Biden. The president on his first day took sweeping executive action, including rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline’s presidential permit, signaling that his administration will scrutinize fossil fuel development and swiftly move toward a carbon-free economy.

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