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January 20, 2023
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The Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry unanimously granted tax credits totaling millions of dollars for two huge industrial projects in Plaquemines and Caldwell parishes.

January 26, 2023
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Every day, the process of processing crude oil into petroleum creates millions of gallons of wastewater containing hazardous chemicals and heavy metals.

January 16, 2023
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Community solar projects include the building of huge photovoltaic (PV) systems, the net outputs of which are subsequently allocated to consumers in other areas.

January 20, 2023
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The Harris County Commissioner Court voted 3-1 on January 10 to establish a climate action plan that intends to reduce greenhouse gas emissions created by the county government.

January 4, 2023
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The EPA has suggested increasing the federal Renewable Fuel Standard's mandated requirements. The 2005 program regulates how much renewable fuels including corn-based

December 22, 2022
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Over the last year, the Supreme Court has rapidly restrained government agencies from addressing climate change, health crises, and other critical challenges. The Biden administra

October 27, 2022
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As summers heat up and people turn up the air conditioning, low-income families will consume more energy and suffer an increased likelihood of having their power switched off in the fall due to late bill payments. According to a survey of low-income homes in California, many more might be disconnected from the grid by the end of the century.

October 27, 2022
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Major climate initiatives on the ballot in New York and California, if passed, would raise billions of dollars for new climate action in two of the most populous states in the country, namely New York's Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022 and California Proposition 30, which aims to fund zero-emissions automobiles and wildfire mitigation. In Rhode Island, a modest $50 million environment and recreation bond initiative would finance local climate resilience.

October 27, 2022
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By 2030, vulnerable nations might suffer $290-580 billion in annual climate "residual damages." Losses might reach $1-1.8 trillion by 2050. This year, Dartmouth College released the first assessment of countries' climate responsibilities. The biggest historical emitter, the US, generated $1.9 trillion in climate damages between 1990 and 2014. In the same period, China, Russia, India, and Brazil caused $4.1 trillion in global economic losses. Annually, 11% of global GDP is lost.

September 30, 2022
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Climate change is one of the most important ethical issues of our time. Urban scholars and policymakers now recognize the need to address justice concerns associated with cities’ responses to climate change. However, little empirical research has examined whether and how cities have integrated justice into climate mitigation planning.

October 3, 2022
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From 1980 through July 2022, the United States experienced 332 disasters that each caused at least $1 billion in damages – and their frequency is escalating. Ian will certainly be added to the list after barreling across Florida, causing tens of billions of dollars in estimated damage and the deaths of at least 44 people.

October 6, 2022
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World leaders at last year’s international climate change conference COP26 pledged $1.7 billion to support Indigenous people’s efforts to protect their rights and land.

October 6, 2022
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Two Louisiana parishes devastated by repeated hurricanes and two rural Nebraska counties had among the highest rates of households with missing information about themselves during the 2020 census that required the U.S. Census Bureau to use a last-resort statistical technique to fill in data gaps, according to figures released Thursday by the statistical agency.

October 5, 2022
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The transition to electric vehicles is largely driven by a need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and reduce emissions associated with burning fossil fuels. In 2021, 40% of the electricity produced by the electric power sector was derived from non-fossil fuel sources.

September 26, 2022
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The Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights will focus on supporting minority communities in the U.S. being disproportionately affected by pollution and other environmental issues. $3 billion in grant money will be delivered through the climate and environmental justice block grant program created by the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes a total of $60 billion for environmental justice initiatives.

September 27, 2022
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Between 1991 and 2020, the number of "very hot" days increased in 9 of the country's 10 fastest-growing urban areas. This long-term population growth will put pressure on cities' water resources, power grids, and other utilities and increase the risk of heat-related illnesses for many Americans. This data shows that, despite the problems that high temperatures can pose, people are still not currently taking them into account when deciding where to reside or raise their family.

September 27, 2022
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A new report shows that being connected to neighbors may save lives in the event of a climate crisis. The report states that connecting with others on your block is one of the key ways to build resilience to climate change in your community. The report draws on previous research around the deadly 1995 heat wave in Chicago which found people with social connections were less likely to die from extreme heat.

September 24, 2022
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Melanie Oldham, founder of Citizens for Clean Air & Clean Water of Freeport and Brazoria County, traveled to Washington D.C. and spoke against the proposed Sea Port Oil Terminal (SPOT). This project would place a pipeline through Surfside Village, TX to connect to an export terminal in the Gulf of Mexico. Oldham met with the US Department of Transportation and presented a letter addressed to Secretary Pete Buttigieg that opposed the SPOT project.

September 22, 2022
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What will be the state's second-largest solar farm will be spread over 1,500 acres in rural Fort Bend County. The ultimate goal for Spanish company Acciona Energy is to have 590,000 solar panels to power the 317-megawatt plant.

September 22, 2022
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The Energy Department has opened up applications for $7 billion to establish up to 10 regional hydrogen hubs, part of a broader road map unveiled Thursday that officials described as essential to lowering emissions in industrial sectors such as energy, transportation, steel, and cement.

September 22, 2022
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Scientists, health experts and environmental groups have condemned new legislation negotiated in secret by the fossil-fuel-friendly Democratic senator Joe Manchin and the Senate leader, Chuck Schumer, which will fast-track large energy projects by gutting clean water and environmental protections.

September 21, 2022
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UN Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions Michael R. Bloomberg launched Beyond Petrochemicals: People Over Pollution, a new campaign that aims to halt the rapid expansion of petrochemical and plastic pollution in the United States.

September 22, 2022
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Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir, is so low it's getting perilously close to what's known as "deadpool," the level where the dam's hydropower turbines would be shut off for the first time in its 86 year history.