March 18, 2020

House Democrats Warn Against Oil Industry Bailout

A growing number of Democrats are voicing concern over the possibility that the White House might bailout the oil and gas industry amid sinking prices and the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, 20 Democrats argued in a letter to President Trump that the move would do nothing to stop the virus' spread or provide relief to those in need.

The Post-Virus Economic Recovery Could Be a Green One

Could investments in clean technology and infrastructure play a big role in helping the world economy recover from the financial devastation caused by the coronavirus outbreak? "We have a great opportunity now to transition more quickly," said Helen Mountford, vice president for climate and economics at the World Resources Institute.

March 17, 2020

Latitude, Climate Could Play Role in Coronavirus Spread, New Study Suggests

Latitude, along with other temperature and climatological factors, could be enhancing the spread of COVID-19, according to a new study from the University of Maryland. The study points to the largest known outbreaks of COVID-19 taking place in a specific latitudinal zone, where a colder and drier air mass appears to be more conducive to the virus' spread.

The Rich Are Primarily to Blame for Climate Crisis, First-of-its-kind Study Says

The wealthiest 10 percent of people in the world consume a disproportionately large amount of energy and fuel that contribute to climate change, a new University of Leeds study says. The study, which its authors say is the first of its kind, combined European Union and World Bank data for 86 countries to calculate how different income groups spend their money.

Viral Crisis Puts Europe’s Green Deal Ambitions to Shock Test

Add the European Union to the list of regions likely to struggle meeting climate goals as the coronavirus outbreak continues to wreak havoc on the global economy. The EU's goal to make Europe the first carbon-neutral continent will likely be overshadowed by the union's efforts to battle the virus and stem the financial crisis, Bloomberg reports.

March 16, 2020

Federal Judge Sides With California in Cap-and-trade Suit

A federal judge last week rejected an argument from the Trump administration that sought to invalidate the state's cap-and-trade program. In a lawsuit filed last fall, the Department of Justice argued California's program to reduce vehicle emissions, which collaborated with Quebec, was akin to an international treaty beyond the state's authority.

March 13, 2020

Virginia Becomes First Southern State to Target 100 Percent Clean Power

Virginia lawmakers last week passed a law that makes their state the first one in the South to set a target of producing fully carbon-free electricity by 2050. The Virginia Clean Economy Act, which passed narrowly in each chamber, also makes Virginia one of the leading states in the nation on clean-energy policy.

Mandatory Composting in New York City? It Could Happen

Millions of New Yorkers may soon need to separate food scraps into a separate garbage receptacle every time they take out their waste under a new proposal from New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. The proposal is part of a sweeping package of strategies to address climate change in the city.

U.K. Policy of Building Homes on Flood Plains to Be Reviewed

England's government has announced a review into the building of thousands of homes on land at the highest risk of flooding following the worst winter storms in years. The move has serious implications for the country's plans to ease a chronic housing shortage, as climate change fuels more erratic and intense weather.

March 12, 2020

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