What’s going on with particulate matter regulation?

Nov 2022 update. The World Health Organization (WHO) reduced exposure guidelines for PM 2.5 concentrations to 5 ppm in 2021. https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/detail/what-are-the-who-air-quality-guidelines The World Health Organization maintains that clean air is a basic human right. Yet, air pollution continues to pose a significant threat to people worldwide – it is the greatest environmental threat to health and a leading cause of …

How Cities Are Using Digital Twins Like a SimCity for Policymakers

CityLab Design The new technology, which creates virtual models of cities and simulates policy scenarios, could be a potential game-changer for urban planning. By Linda Poon April 5, 2022 The entire 40-square-mile metro region of Orlando, Florida, may soon live virtually inside the offices of the Orlando Economic Partnership (OEP). The group has partnered with the gaming company Unity to develop …

Public support for climate and clean energy policies has increased

As Congress considers President Biden’s ”Build Back Better” bill, we are pleased to release a new report “Politics & Global Warming” based on our latest national survey, conducted in September 2021. Overall, we find that public support for climate and clean energy policies has increased since our last study in March. Large majorities of registered voters, including many Republicans, support …

San Diego Decarbonizes New Building Development Starting 2023 for Residential and Commercial Development. Zurich starts in 2025.

San Diego released their draft CAP this past month.  Related to building electrification it has:  Strategy 1: Decarbonization of the Built Environment Measure 1.1: Decarbonize Existing Buildings 2030 Target: Phase out 45% of natural gas from existing buildings 2035 Target: Phase out 90% of natural gas from existing buildings Measure 1.2: Decarbonize New Building Development 2030 Target: All-electric reach code starting 2023 at new residential …

Hydropower in Jeopardy? Alarming low water levels are closing power plants and reducing production at others

ByRyan Slattery, Treehugger, fact checked by Haley Maston September 8, 2021 https://www.treehugger.com/is-american-hydropower-in-jeopardy-5200627 Share Twitter Pinterest Email News Environment Business & Policy Science Animals Home & Design Current Events Treehugger Voices What’s happening with water issues in the U.S. West is more than just concerning. With wildfires raging and water sparse, it’s been a rough summer and unfortunately, forecasts for this …

An Equity-Based Primer on Paying to Pollute

Nuts, Bolts, and Pitfalls of Carbon Pricing While carbon pricing and emissions trading schemes have been a part of climate policy discussions for decades, the concept has gained popularity in recent years. The term usually refers to two common policy mechanisms, “cap and trade” and a “carbon tax,” which are market-based measures that create a carbon market by putting a …

GAF Energy invests in integrated solar rooftops, adds US manufacturing jobs

“It’s all about “American jobs, getting the facility in place, hiring locally and promoting U.S. solar.” Eric Wesoff11 May 2021, https://www.canarymedia.com/articles/gaf-energy-growing-integrated-solar-rooftops-and-us-manufacturing-jobs/ Last week, we reported that GAF Energy (part of GAF, one of the world’s largest roofing companies) has installed over 2,000 integrated solar roofs — more deployments than the higher-profile Tesla has managed to pull off for its solar …

Quantifying national responsibility for climate breakdown: an equality-based attribution approach for carbon dioxide emissions in excess of the planetary boundary, based on equal per capita access to the atmospheric commons. The US is responsible for 40 percent of excess emissions as of 2015.

By Jason Hickel, The Lancet | VOLUME 4, ISSUE 9, E399-E404, SEPTEMBER 01, 2020 PDF [372 KB] jasonhickel@gmail.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2542-5196(20)30196-0PlumX Metrics Summary: This analysis proposes a novel method for quantifying national responsibility for damages related to climate change by looking at national contributions to cumulative CO2 emissions in excess of the planetary boundary of 350 ppm atmospheric CO2 concentration. This approach is rooted in the …

Clean electricity standard carries $1.8T upside — study

Miranda Willson, E&E News, July 12, 2021 Health and climate benefits from an 80% clean energy standard would exceed costs. Pixabay/Pexels. Smallman12q/Wikipedia. ulleo/Pexels. A national clean electricity standard would save thousands of lives and yield other health and climate benefits that would outweigh the policy’s costs, according to a first-of-its-kind study. Establishing a standard to reach 80% carbon-free power by 2030 …