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New California law requires all packaging to be recyclable or compostable, significantly cutting plastics use Legislation strengthens state’s recycling system and shifts burden of plastic waste from Californians to the plastics and packaging industry SACRAMENTO – On the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court kneecapped the federal government’s ability to reduce pollution and tackle climate change, California took nation-leading steps to cut plastic pollution and hold the plastics industry accountable for their waste. Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 54, requiring all packaging in the state to be recyclable or compostable by 2032, cutting plastic packaging by 25 percent in…

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Climate change is bringing more frequent extremes in heat and this is a threat to human health, especially for the elderly. However, a new study from researchers at USC has found that the risks to human mortality increase dramatically when extreme heat events coincide with days on which air pollution is at its worst. This scenario is associated with wildfires, for example, which often involve extreme heat and pollution that last for days or weeks. Such wildfires are expected to increase in frequency by up to 50 percent before the end of the century,  The researchers used data from death certificates filed…

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OAKLAND – California Attorney General Rob Bonta today intervened in a lawsuit challenging Moreno Valley’s 2040 General Plan for violations of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The General Plan, which is the city’s primary document for long-term land use planning, sets out to increase development in Moreno Valley, particularly in western Moreno Valley, which is already home to dozens of large scale warehouses and some of the worst air pollution in the state. In the petition, Attorney General Bonta argues that Moreno Valley’s environmental review did not adequately analyze, disclose, and mitigate the air pollution that would be generated from buildout…

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Written by Kurt Arnold Tropical Storm Alex, the first named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, struck from June 2 through June 5 before being downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone. Alex, caused by the remnants of the category 2 Pacific Hurricane Agatha, caused flash flooding in South Florida and claimed at least three lives in western Cuba.  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this is just the beginning. NOAA predicts yet another above-average Atlantic hurricane season with 14 to 21 named storms, 6 to 10 of which could become hurricanes. NOAA also predicts that 3 to…

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By Clark Mindock (June 30, 2022, 3:05 PM EDT) — The New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated a $2.38 million verdict against a Dow Chemical unit in an asbestos liability case, finding the company didn’t do enough to warn employees about its product risks by telling employers and hoping the message trickled down.A divided court said that precedent on asbestos in the workplace has long held that asbestos manufacturers like Dow unit Union Carbide have a “dual duty” to provide adequate warnings of the risks of its products both to the employer and its employees.The court said that precedent…

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WASHINGTON— The National Marine Fisheries Service released a final biological opinion today establishing critical protections for salmon and Puget Sound orcas from exposure to three widely used insecticides — chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion.Today’s analysis finalizes a March draft biological opinion that concluded the three insecticides put 37 protected species in jeopardy of extinction and harm their designated critical habitat.“This is how pesticide consultations are supposed to work. The Fisheries Service followed the science and the law, and now salmon and orcas will receive long-overdue protections,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “The agency should…

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Health Sector Steps Up to Protect Public Health and Lower CostsToday, the Biden-Harris Administration announced that 61 of the largest U.S. hospital and health sector companies responded to the Administration’s Health Sector Climate Pledge, committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030. The new commitments represent over 650 hospitals and thousands of other providers across the country, and include plans to strengthen resilience to climate change, protect public health, and lower costs. The health care sector accounts for 8.5% of U.S. emissions, so these bold commitments advance President Biden’s goal to reduce nationwide greenhouse gas emissions 50-52% in 2030…

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For the first time, NATO is updating its strategic plans to treat climate change as a major threat. In documents published yesterday as allied leaders gathered in Madrid, NATO declared that the 30-member alliance — which soon will include Finland and Sweden — aspires to become the “leading international organisation” on climate security, including the need to curb greenhouse gases. Rising temperatures will threaten global stability, the alliance warned, and also degrade militaries’ capabilities to fight wars and respond to disasters. “Climate change is a defining challenge of our time, with a profound impact on Allied security,” NATO wrote in…

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Kathleen Gallagher | Special to the Journal SentinelWisconsin’s Public Service Commission faces two opportunities to accelerate competition, innovation and job growth in alternative energy.Unfortunately, if the past is any indication, the regulators will punt.As clean tech ascends, Wisconsin is falling further behind — held back by regulatory and legislative inaction, and utilities’ iron grip on their old-fashioned business models.The issue before the regulators seems technical but shows the monopoly power that controls a fundamental part of our state’s economy.Midwest Renewable Energy Association and Vote Solar in May asked the PSC to rule on a nagging issue: Is a group that…

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A complex network of air quality sensors has been installed across the London borough of Camden which will provide real-time data points on air quality. Developed by AirScape, the fixed network has 225 AirNode sensors that will provide 45 times more data points and refreshes 60 times more regularly than existing air-quality reference stations, to show a street-by-street picture of air quality in real time. The data collected will be made freely available online to enable individuals, businesses and local authorities to make quality-of-life decisions that improve air quality for all. The National Audit Office recently said that government initiatives…

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