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The EPA said Monday it would soon launch its Cleaner Trucks Initiative, which would update an outdated rule aimed at cutting nitrogen dioxide pollution from U.S. highways. The trucking industry had lobbied the administration to impose a national standard as states like California moved forward with stricter rules of their own, and this new rule would pre-empt those more stringent standards.
"I am very suspicious about what is going on here," Margo Oge, who directed the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality from 1994 to 2012, told The Washington Post.
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Germany's target for renewable energy sources to deliver 65% of its consumed electricity by 2030 seemed on track Wednesday, with 52% of electricity coming from renewables in 2020's first quarter. Renewable energy advocates, however, warned the trend is imperiled by slowdowns in building new wind and solar plants.
Half the world is on lockdown. So, the constant hum of cars, trucks, trains and heavy machinery has stopped, drastically reducing the intensity of the vibrations rippling through the Earth's crust. Seismologists, who use highly sensitive equipment, have noticed a difference in the hum caused by human activity, according to Fast Company.