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Historic Senate Climate Deal Would Reduce Emissions 40% By 2030

Historic Senate Climate Deal Would Reduce Emissions 40% By 2030

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate worked out a deal for a reconciliation package that includes $369 billion toward climate and energy funding. The deal comes after Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.V., reversed his initial decision against the bill, citing concerns over increasing spending amid rising inflation. The bill, if passed, would reduce emissions by 40%, compared to 2005 levels, by the end of this decade.

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    Valuing Nature Through Lens of Economic Growth and Profit Puts It at Risk, Assessment Finds

    Valuing Nature Through Lens of Economic Growth and Profit Puts It at Risk, Assessment Finds

    Is market-based decision making compatible with a sustainable relationship between people and nature?  A new assessment from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) found that decisions about nature are being made based on a narrow range of values that precipitate biodiversity loss.  “Biodiversity is being lost and nature’s contributions to people […]

    Climate Activists Alarmed as Biden Admin Takes Major Step Forward in Proposed Alaska Oil Drilling Project

    Climate Activists Alarmed as Biden Admin Takes Major Step Forward in Proposed Alaska Oil Drilling Project

    The Biden administration has taken a major step on a proposed oil drilling project in Alaska’s North Slope by releasing a draft of an environmental impact statement (EIS), much to the dismay of climate advocates, CNN reported. The ConocoPhillips project, known as Willow, would release tons of carbon dioxide emissions and spell disaster for the […]

    Federal Judge Restores Endangered Species Protections Gutted by Trump

    Federal Judge Restores Endangered Species Protections Gutted by Trump

    A federal judge on Tuesday restored a wide swath of Endangered Species Act protections gutted by the Trump administration. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in Northern California comes as the Biden administration is working on replacement rules for the Trump rollbacks and means the protections will be restored while the review process […]

    New California Law Could Eliminate 23 Million Tons of Plastic in 10 Years

    New California Law Could Eliminate 23 Million Tons of Plastic in 10 Years

    A newly signed law in California, SB54, is set to reduce amounts of plastic waste, improve recycling rates, and place more responsibility on producers rather than consumers to curb plastic pollution. The new law requires a 25% decrease in single-use plastics entering the market over the next 10 years, and nearly half of that reduction […]