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New Mexico report shows progress in climate change efforts

new mexico report shows progress in climate change efforts

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has made progress in reducing greenhouse gases and adapting to the effects of climate change, but work remains, state officials said.

A state climate change task force released its second annual climate report Friday, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Friday.

The state’s commitment to fighting climate change has grown stronger as the effects of climate change are “laid bare” with an extended fire season, severe drought and low water levels, Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said.

“We are dead set against allowing climate change to bring about the next public health crisis,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement.

The report outlined steps being implemented to curb greenhouse gas emissions and conserve energy including updated building codes that improve energy efficiency and save new homeowners up to $400 annually in energy costs.

The initiative also includes $5.8 million in state investment for clean-energy and emissions-monitoring companies and job creation, and an estimated 1,346 megawatts of renewable energy expected between last year’s passage of the Energy Transition Act and the end of 2020.

The report also described future goals including state adoption of rules for low and zero emissions, hydrofluorocarbon cuts and further reduction in greenhouse gases …

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Cows Make Climate Change Worse. Could Seaweed Help?

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Scientists have spent years coaxing a fussy red seaweed called asparagopsis into cultivation. Their plan: to feed the underwater plant to cows and sheep in an effort to make the animals less environmentally destructive. The belching and flatulence of livestock release large quantities of methane and make up around 4% of global greenhouse-gas emissions, according to data from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. That’s equivalent to the amount contributed by Japan and Germany combined.

Seaweed alters bovine digestion, reducing the methane an animal produces by 80% or more, according to scientists at the University of California, Davis, and Australia’s national science agency. It is one of the plants and chemicals that meat and dairy businesses are experimenting with to reduce their contribution to global warming.

Simon Cameron, the owner of Kingston Farms in Tasmania, feeds his sheep barley with Sea Forest’s asparagopsis mixed in. The wool will likely be harvested for a line of carbon-neutral sweaters.

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These industries face competition from companies like Impossible Foods Inc. and

Beyond Meat Inc.,

which make plant-based burgers and have captured a growing share of the protein market by appealing to climate-conscious consumers. …

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New Mexico makes progress on climate change, but more to do, report says

new mexico makes progress on climate change, but more to do, report says

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New Mexico has made progress in reducing greenhouse gases and adapting to the effects of climate change that are already being felt, but there is still much work to do to combat this growing threat, a state task force said in its second annual climate report released Friday.The state’s commitment to fighting climate change has grown stronger as the effects are “laid bare” with an extended fire season, severe drought and low water levels, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a statement.“We are dead set against allowing climate change to bring about the next public health crisis,” the governor said.The governor’s 2019 executive order called for the state to reduce its greenhouse gases by 45 percent by 2030.The report outlined significant steps in curbing greenhouse gas emissions and conserving energy, including:u New building codes that improve energy efficiency and save new homeowners up to $400 per year in energy costs.u The state investing $5.8 million in clean-energy and emissions-monitoring companies, creating jobs and helping the state reach its climate goals.u An estimated 1,346 megawatts of renewables — enough to power more than 300,000 homes — will come online between the passage last year of the Energy Transition Act and the …

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Climate change rises as central topic while 2020 Election Day draws near

climate change rises as central topic while 2020 election day draws near

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Climate change has been discussed more often this presidential campaign than in previous years, and political experts say it’s a smart play to woo young voters.

SEATTLE — Fires, smoke, hurricanes – 2020 has made it impossible to ignore the impacts of climate change. And notably, the candidates for president are discussing it more in the runup to the election.

“It seems to be finally coming into the race,” said Marco Lowe, a professor in the Master of Public Administration Program at Seattle University. “It’s always been a top issue for younger voters who are less likely to vote, and yet you’ve seen both parties practically ignore it.”

But in the final days of the campaign, the Biden team is making climate change part of their closing argument, with an ad targeting Trump’s denial on the subject.

Trump has acknowledged some of humans’ role in climate change, though he still has faced criticism from scientists.

Some see this as a notable closing argument for the campaign, as climate change was a notoriously complex issue often avoided for simpler ‘wins’ in campaigns.

Biden has also faced tough questions on his position on fracking. The Trump administration also made its own environmental …

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Innovation is an essential part of dealing with climate change

innovation is an essential part of dealing with climate change

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GOVERNMENTS ARE lining up to set new climate targets for the middle of the century. This week Japan said that it would eliminate all greenhouse gases (see article). In the past month or so China and South Korea have declared that their economies will be carbon-neutral, meaning that they will put no more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than they take out. In March the European Union unveiled a “net-zero” plan of its own. Britain and France have enshrined their targets into law. A victory next week for Joe Biden could put America on a similar path.Targets are easier set than met. Today around 85% of the world’s industrial energy comes from fossil fuels. Getting consumption to near zero will involve enormous economic shifts. It will require huge changes in how energy is generated and used. And it will also require a sustained barrage of innovations to improve how steel or cement are made, say, or how buildings are designed and managed.The world’s green-innovation machine likes to make a big noise about its successes. The share prices of firms with climate-sustaining technologies have soared. Tesla’s value has reached $385bn, overtaking the combined total of the next …

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Stefanik, Cobb talk climate change, energy

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Both candidates for New York’s 21st Congressional District believe climate change is caused by humans, renewable energy will be more common in the future and that the Green New Deal is not their preferred plan for addressing the environmental threat to life on the planet.They also both say Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River flooding should be addressed by tweaking rather than overhauling Plan 2014.Though they agree on some big issues, incumbent Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik and Democratic challenger Tedra Cobb differ on why they agree, and they are taking different sides on the problems and solutions.
Climate historyCobb has spent most of her adult life taking steps to reduce her carbon footprint. Her home in Canton has collected solar power since 1993, and she drives a Chevrolet Volt electric car. While she was a student at SUNY Potsdam, she joined in successfully fighting a proposed garbage incinerator.She believes Congress should pass the Scientific Integrity Act because she said Trump’s administration has been trying to influence scientists with a political agenda.She also said the federal government should strongly fund home weatherization programs, consider purchasing electric vehicles for its departments and run federal buildings on green energy. …

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Pennsylvania’s Voters Are Concerned About Climate Change

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10/30/2020

This article is part of The State of Science, a series featuring science stories from public radio stations across the United States. StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Rachel McDevitt produced this story as part of the America Amplified initiative using community engagement to inform and strengthen local, regional and national journalism. WITF and StateImpact Pennsylvania are part of America Amplified, a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 

The November election will likely have big consequences for climate policy in the United States.
It comes at a critical time. Scientists say major action is needed by 2030 to avoid the worst effects of global warming.
President Donald Trump does not have a climate policy. His administration has rolled back Obama-era climate initiatives.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is promising to put the country on a path toward a 100% clean energy economy and net-zero emissions from the U.S. no later than 2050.
Polls show about 70% of Pennsylvanians want their state lawmakers to do more to address climate change. But polls rarely carry examples of what actions people want.
A recent StateImpact survey shows Pennsylvanians want a lot — from state and federal lawmakers.
The one-question survey attracted responses from more than 200 people, …

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Did you see it? Facebook giving you up-to-date climate change info on your page

did you see it? facebook giving you up-to-date climate change info on your page

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DALLAS (NEXSTAR) — The next time you open up your Facebook app, you’re like to see the company’s new “Climate Science Information Center” at the top of the page.

Facebook announced the new initiative Tuesday morning in a news release that began with the words, “climate change is real.”

Facebook says the center is designed to give its 3 billion users up-to-date climate information. If the display looks familiar, that’s because it’s modeled after the company’s COVID-19 Information Center, which rolled out earlier this year.

The social media giant described its new effort as a “dedicated space on Facebook with factual resources from the world’s leading climate organizations and actionable steps people can take in their everyday lives to combat climate change.”

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The dedicated climate change area also offers advice and suggestions on how people can get involved in climate change initiatives.

“The science is unambiguous and the need to act grows more urgent by the day. As a global company that connects more than 3 billion people across our apps every month, we understand the responsibility Facebook has and we want to make a real difference,” …

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