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The RPM Act — How A Multi-Billion Dollar Industry Is Trying To Ruin Our Air

September 22nd, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

With “defeat devices” once again in the news, thanks to yet another manufacturer failing to comply with the Clean Air Act, now seems as good a time as any to remind folks how the automotive industry is actively working to undermine the protections of the Clean Air Act and increase the use of defeat devices in passenger cars and trucks

Air Pollution And The “I Can’t Breathe” Movement

September 19th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

"I can't breathe" is foremost the cry of suffering and dying Black people who have been killed by police, and the rallying call of a movement to bring systematic change in criminal justice. Rightfully so — securing African American communities from police violence is vital, and the movement has extraordinary momentum and is scoring major successes. But, for environmentalists, “I can't breathe” has a deep resonance, too

EU Recharges Climate Plan But Risks Letting Countries Off The Hook On Transport

September 17th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

Plans to increase the EU’s climate targets to achieve a 55% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 have been welcomed by clean transport group Transport & Environment (T&E). The European Commission today indicated more ambitious CO2 reduction targets of -50% for new cars, a phase-out of engine cars, and action to start cleaning up ships and planes

EU Ramps Up Climate Ambition, But Risks Undercutting National Action

September 17th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

The -55% climate target, announced this week, makes the EU Green Deal the most ambitious climate initiative in the world, green group Transport & Environment (T&E) has said. But European Commission president Ursual von der Leyen risks undermining her own efforts with a plan that would undercut national action to cut pollution from cars and trucks

EU Parliament Tells VdL To Make Shipping Polluters Pay

September 17th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

The European Parliament this week voted for ships to be required by EU law to cut their carbon emissions. MEPs said that for the first time shipping industry polluters must pay for their emissions in the EU carbon market

NRDC & Partners Go To Court On EPA’s Methane Surrender

September 17th, 2020 | by NRDC

As enormous fires engulf the West and hurricanes pummel the South, Andrew Wheeler, the former oil and gas lobbyist running Trump's U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has taken another step to let climate-polluting industries off scot-free

Where Does The Heat Go?

September 15th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

The first comprehensive assessment of where the Earth’s excess heat is accumulating has been released by the Global Climate Observing System, co-sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission-UNESCO, International Science Council and United Nations Environment Programme

5 Key Reasons To Stop The Mountain Valley Pipeline

September 12th, 2020 | by NRDC

It’s time to stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline system, aka MVP, and its dangerous attempts to transport dirty fracked gas across Appalachia. This massive dirty energy project makes no more sense today than when it was first proposed more than five years ago. It would keep communities dependent on dirty fossil fuels for generations while jeopardizing sensitive rivers and streams, drinking water sources, the climate, and local communities

Climate Change Is Ravaging California. It’s Time To Electrify.

September 10th, 2020 | by Rocky Mountain Institute

COVID-19 isn’t the only crisis taking a toll on California this summer. Record-breaking heat has helped fuel the largest wildfire season on record, with more than two million acres already burned. Smoke from the fires has blanketed much of the state, causing some of the worst air quality in the world

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