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Arizona, Colorado and Nevada are projected to grow by 30 percent or more by 2060, raising fears that demands for water will outstrip supply. Possible fixes include restricting water use and building new pipelines.
The state will receive $57 million to build electric vehicles and six stretches of new road, which will increase the state’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure corridor by 44 percent.
State abortion bans clash with FDA approval of the pills, which have been deemed safe and effective since 2000 and were used by more than 3.7 million patients across the nation in 2018.
The enormous energy demands of Bitcoin mining are prompting some U.S. municipalities to impose moratoriums or outright bans on cryptocurrency facilities. Bitcoin mining activity, critics warn, is leading to electricity price hikes and a revival of dirtier sources of power.
Federal and state officials have enacted several laws within the past year to lower ozone levels along the state’s Front Range, but environmental experts say they aren’t sufficient to improve public health.
The New York Independent System Operator has bolstered plans to include vaccination requirements, testing and contact tracing to safeguard the state’s information systems amid COVID risks.
Security concerns and the inability to provide a paper trail have all but eliminated the once-popular devices which stored votes directly on electronic memory. Ballot marking devices have largely replaced them.
A survey from Consumer Reports found that 71 percent of Americans expressed at least some degree of interest in buying or leasing an electric vehicle, with 14 percent saying they would definitely buy or lease one.
What seems like a narrow point of law could have profound consequences for American elections — including the race for the White House in 2024.
Cities could offer to absorb 100 percent of the purchase and installation costs of micro-irrigation systems in exchange for a percentage of the water that farmers would save by making the switch.
They will decide whether the state’s Republican lawmakers have the power to draw a partisan election map without interference from state judges. At issue is a potentially far-reaching shift in election law.
Researchers at North Carolina State University have created a computer system that shows where electric vehicle drivers will need to recharge and where places are to support the electric demand.
The road map for a more sustainable future that meets the President's ambitious climate goals and dramatically reduces carbon emissions starts with clean energy and fossil-fuel-free transportation.
In response to the pandemic, leading experts are calling for a reassessment of public health efforts. More money is only part of the solution.
The legislation passed on Monday, June 20, and would allow autonomous vehicle companies to deploy and test driverless cars and trucks on city streets. The bill will now move to the Senate for consideration.
Efforts like reducing carbon emissions are important to fight climate change, but cities should also be looking at how they can reinforce roads, stabilize electric grids and use new technologies to build resilient communities.
A Livermore-based company hopes to implement fleets of driver-optional, electric tractors to farms and vineyards by the end of this year. But critics say the company has yet to prove its autonomous tractors are safe enough for use.
With billions of broadband infrastructure dollars at stake, states have to ensure that digital equity programs are sustainable long after federal money has been spent. Here’s how they can do it.
The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program will provide $140 million to develop electric vehicle charging stations. About 40 percent of the federal funding will be invested in disadvantaged communities.
The city wants to require commercial and residential properties to include minimum electric vehicle infrastructures in parking lots, making anywhere between 5 and 15 percent of parking spaces EV-ready or EV-capable.
As natural disasters grow more severe across the country, local governments are increasingly using predictive analytics to understand where and when an emergency will impact their communities.
Through a partnership with ReVision Energy and Central Maine Power, the city of Belfast installed two new electric vehicle chargers. Though the state has 368 public charging stations, only 27 are owned by municipal governments.
Bipartisan House legislation would allow the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to declare a company responsible for contaminating drinking water with hazardous, long-lasting chemicals.
A proposed bill would institute a sales tax rebate for the purchase of new electric vehicles. However, it may also allow companies to charge customers for the costs of building charging stations.
The state Senate passed a bill that would require the state to protect an additional 11 percent of its land and waters by 2030; 19 percent is already conserved. The land would be conserved through conservation easements.
The state is planning to test a digital ID, which, at best, could give drivers more control over their personal information but, at worst, could risk the user’s data privacy. Three states have already implemented mobile licenses.
The program would create a network of tech-equipped homes to capture and store energy use and autonomously decide when to sell the power back to the grid to reduce carbon emissions and costs of living.
Extreme weather events, water scarcity, risks of illness: Climate change is here, and it’s already affecting Texans.
The state saw 13,626 new electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle registrations in the first three months of the year, placing it third nationally. But sales numbers are still well below pre-pandemic levels.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law gave the Department of Energy billions to invest in clean hydrogen hubs. There’s broad agreement hydrogen is needed for the energy transition, but not about how it should be produced and used.
Silicon Valley’s electric grid was built around household energy needs from more than 50 years ago, making it incapable of supporting the region’s switch to electric dependency as a way to offset greenhouse gas emissions.
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