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Climate Change

With farms, ranches and rural communities facing unprecedented threats, a worrying trend leads to a critical question: Who owns the water?
The Oregon facility will now include solar power in the design, which could allow the plant to run for 178 days entirely on solar power and earn the city a net revenue of $24,000.
Some members of the group warned that the latest plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions will not be enough to meet Gov. John Bel Edwards’ goal of net-zero by 2050. The plan’s approval deadline is Feb. 1.
Newly released research points to the need to both electrify the transportation sector and make cities less car dependent if there’s any hope of curtailing the worst effects of climate change.
The Transportation Commission hopes the new rules will encourage the state to not only get more EVs on the roads but also to improve other transportation options. The plan goes into effect on Feb. 14.
The 2021 Clean Energy Scorecard from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranks progress in 100 major U.S. cities, and the findings show there’s plenty of room for improvement.
If the current reduction rate continues, the state will achieve its 2030 goal in 2063. The state will need to more than double its yearly cuts in emissions to meet the original target.
Natural gas powers the majority of electricity in Texas, especially during winter. Some power companies say the state’s gas system is not ready for another deep freeze.
The state’s transportation section is not on track to meet its aggressive climate goals of reducing emissions by 45 percent below 1990 levels by 2035. By the end of 2020, the state had just 32,000 registered zero-emission vehicles.
The new federal funds should be targeted to projects that protect communities from climate change and promote social and economic mobility. Cities have hundreds of such projects ready to go.
Building energy use accounts for nearly 30 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions. The latest energy codes can reduce carbon dioxide, but many states continue to use standards that are outdated.
The local gas utility called the plan’s language “problematic for our industry.” Miami floated the idea for a new policy banning hookups starting with new construction and expanding to city building retrofits.
19 countries’ leaders at the global climate summit have pledged to create zero-emission shipping routes to reduce industry pollution while 103 cargo ships continue to idle, awaiting their turn to dock at the Port of L.A.
Commercial nuclear reactors produced one-fifth of the nation’s electricity in 2020, without requiring the direct combustion of fossil fuels. But it’s difficult finding the funds to develop and maintain the sites.
COP26 convened amid projections that greenhouse emissions were on track to go up, not down, over the next decade, and severe climate impacts have arrived much sooner than imagined. Will the summit change this picture?