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New York state releases proposed regulations to battle climate change

new york state releases proposed regulations to battle climate change

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(Reuters) – New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on Friday released proposed regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emission and to implement the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. The proposed regulation will be published in the state register on Aug. 19 and mandates a 40% reduction of methane and other harmful gases by 2030 and an 85% reduction by 2050, according to a statement. The regulation also requires the state to achieve a carbon- free electricity system by 2040, the department said in a statement. Reporting by K. Sathya Narayanan in Bengaluru; Editing by Dan GreblerOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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As The North Face battles Patagonia in outdoors market, it bets tackling climate change will pay off

as the north face battles patagonia in outdoors market, it bets tackling climate change will pay off

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Sheep on a Modoc County, California ranch that supplies climate beneficial wool to The North Face. The ranch’s efforts offset about 800 passenger vehicle emissions per year, according to nonprofit Fibershed.Paige Green Photography for FibershedThe sheep grazing lazily on a ranch in the northeastern-most corner of California probably don’t know it, but they’re endorsed by The North Face for their role in mitigating climate change. The outdoor apparel behemoth pays a 25% to 30% price premium for the merino wool the animals provide, then weaves it into beanies that sell for $62 — double the price of most of the brand’s other hats.The superiority of the wool, extra soft against your skin, goes beyond its feel: Its purveyors loll on landscapes where carbon-capturing practices are carried out, which aim to enhance the soil’s ability to take in more carbon from its surroundings. Carbon farming is one effort environmentalists say can help move the needle on climate change. And support from big businesses, like The North Face — funneled through thousands of dollars per year it pays in price premiums, as well as a separate annual donation to a carbon farm fund — could help speed its widespread adoption.”The North Face wasn’t just trying to …

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BHP to steer mining lobby groups’ climate change policies

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FILE PHOTO: A tonne of nickel powder made by BHP Group sits in a warehouse at its Nickel West division, south of Perth, Australia August 2, 2019. REUTERS/Melanie BurtonMELBOURNE (Reuters) – BHP Group (BHP.AX) said on Friday it will closely monitor the work of industry associations to ensure they match its climate position on keeping the world’s warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius. The world’s largest listed miner has faced increasing pressure from investors worried that some mineral lobby groups, particularly in Australia, are promoting coal in contravention of the goals of the Paris climate pact, and have urged BHP to stop funding them. BHP, which quit the World Coal Association in 2018, said it will publish annually a list of material association memberships and disclose in real time if any of the associations breach its global climate policy standards. “We welcome this effort to ensure trade associations remain in step with their more forward-thinking members,” said Thomas O’Malley, Global Head of Corporate Governance at HSBC Global Asset Management and co-lead of the Climate Action 100+ engagement with BHP. BHP also said industry groups it supports should not advocate in favour of Australia’s use of Kyoto carryover credits, …

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BHP puts powerful lobby groups on notice over climate change

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Climate change is a pressing global challenge and urgent action is required,” the policy says. “An important component of our climate change strategy is collaborating with others to enhance the global policy response including advocacy for policy that will enable a ‘well below 2 degrees’ world.”LoadingMining companies in Australia and around the world are coming under growing pressure from activists and institutional investors alike to improve their climate credentials.The world’s largest wealth manager, BlackRock, has announced a partial retreat from thermal coal investment citing climate concerns. Australia’s First State Super, which holds $130 billion in retirement savings, has set a 30 per cent emissions-reduction target across its portfolio by 2023 and 45 per cent by 2030.BHP said it would work with its industry associations to establish public standards and plans for how and what they would advocate for by the end this year, and would then monitor their activities in real-time for consistency with BHP’s own positions. The new standards will require industry groups each year to outline which policy areas they intend to advocate.Top BHP investors on Friday said the company’s industry group links had been a “key area of engagement” for them with the miner, including through the Climate Action 100+ …

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Konrad Steffen, Who Sounded Alarm on Greenland Ice, Dies at 68

konrad steffen, who sounded alarm on greenland ice, dies at 68

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Konrad Steffen, an Arctic scientist whose work showed that climate change is melting Greenland’s vast ice sheet with increasing speed, died on Saturday in an accident near a research station he created there 30 years ago. He was 68.Police investigators said he had fallen into a crevasse in the ice and drowned in the deep water below.A fellow scientist at the station, Jason Box, said the crevasse, or large crack, was a known hazard. But he added that high winds and recent snowfall had made visibility poor and landmarks harder to spot.The small group at the site — christened Swiss Camp by Dr. Steffen — was installing new equipment when he walked off to perform another task. Over the next few hours, Dr. Box said, they assumed that Dr. Steffen had gone back to his tent for a nap. But when they finished their work he was nowhere to be found.Ryan R. Neely III, a climate scientist at the University of Leeds who studied under Dr. Steffen, said that not long ago crevasses in the area where Dr. Steffen was working “were unheard-of,” but that they had begun emerging with the stresses on the ice sheet created by warming.“ …

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Here’s How Climate Change Has Become Politicized

here’s how climate change has become politicized

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Earth Uprising Climate Change Activist Says ‘Lawmakers Will Listen’ to Youth Movement

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As young people around the world become increasingly aware of how climate change is impacted by decisions made by lawmakers, they’ve been starting their own coalitions that push for real policy change.Alexandria Villaseñor, the 15-year-old founder of Earth Uprising, a global movement focusing on policy spearheaded by youth climate activists, said young people’s willingness to share information, educate each other regarding the climate crisis and demand change is working.”I think that one thing that the youth movement has made clear is that lawmakers will listen to us because we continue to take action and make our voices heard,” she told Cheddar.Villaseñor said she launched Earth Uprising after the devastating 2018 Paradise Fire in Northern California.”Seeing climate impact my community, that was something that I wanted to find out more about,” she explained.Being just 15-years-old, going to the polls just isn’t a reality, but for Villaseñor, the importance of eligible voters electing officials who understand the current crisis state of the Earth is critical. “I think this upcoming election is super important, that we get someone into office that actually listens to the science,” Villaseñor said.Earth Uprising has not only garnered the attention of global policymakers, …

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Why the Pa. Legislature Isn’t Acting on Climate Change – The Allegheny Front

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Heavy rain pounded parts of Pennsylvania over the summer of 2018.
Some flash floods turned deadly. Many took a toll on property, roads and bridges. Water rushed through Chanceford Township, York County so fast, pavement floated up and away like pieces of paper, said Township Supervisor David Warner.
One man ran out to get pizza and returned to find his house destroyed. “Luckily nobody died,” Warner said. Two years later, Warner said, six bridges are still closed, causing a headache for ambulance crews and farmers moving equipment.
As devastating as the floods were, the damage was concentrated and didn’t rise to the level of a federal emergency disaster. Chanceford Township and others across the state had to rely on Small Business Administration loans and their own resources to handle the cleanup.
A sign offers a warning to drivers in Chanceford Township, York County that Old Forge Road is closed on July 21, 2020, two years after it was damaged in flash floods. Rachel McDevitt / StateImpact Pennsylvania
Scientists say climate change can’t be blamed for a single weather event. But Pennsylvania’s Climate Action Plan says in the coming decades, the state is expected to experience higher temperatures, changes in precipitation, and …

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Climate change, not hunters, may have killed off woolly rhinos | Science News

climate change, not hunters, may have killed off woolly rhinos | science news

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Rather than getting wiped out by Ice Age hunters, woolly rhinos charged to extinction in Siberia around 14,000 years ago when the climate turned warm and wet, a study of ancient DNA suggests.

Numbers of breeding woolly rhinos stayed relatively constant for tens of thousands of years until at least about 18,500 years ago, more than 13,000 years after people first reached northeastern Siberia, scientists report online August 13 in Current Biology. Yet only a few thousand years later, woolly rhinos died out, probably because temperatures had risen enough to reshape arctic habitats.

These findings build on a previous argument, based on dated fossils, that woolly rhino populations across northern Eurasia began to decline between 40,000 and 35,000 years ago, with surviving animals moving progressively eastward and dying out in northeastern Siberia around 14,000 years ago. Reasons for initial population losses are unclear, though there’s little evidence that human hunters killed substantial numbers of woolly rhinos, the researchers say.

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Instead, a shift to warm, rainy conditions, which occurred between roughly 14,600 and 12,800 years ago, “likely played a large role in the rapid decline of this cold-adapted …

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WSJ News Exclusive | New EPA Rules Could Raise Bar for Climate-Change Regulations

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The Environmental Protection Agency plans to use new methane rules to help set a higher bar for regulating other emissions that contribute to climate change, according to people familiar with the situation and an excerpt of the new rule. The rules being adopted Thursday will rescind regulations for methane-gas emissions adopted in 2016, including ending requirements that oil-and-gas producers have procedures to detect and fix methane leaks in their systems….

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