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January 15, 2020

Top Story

Why Is Air Pollution So Harmful? DNA May Hold the Answer

By Carl Zimmer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-01-15 04:25:02

Ninety-two percent of the world’s people live in places where fine particulate matter — the very small particles most dangerous to human tissues — exceeds the World Health Organization’s guideline for healthy air. Air pollution and tobacco together are responsible for up to 20 million premature deaths each year. Airborne toxins damage us in a staggering number of ways. Along with well-established links to lung cancer and heart disease, researchers are now finding new connections to disorders such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Offshore wind firms form climate change coalition

By Heather Richards, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-01-15 04:24:25

The largest offshore wind developers in the world announced a global coalition yesterday to foster ocean-based renewable power as a means to combat climate change. Denmark’s Ørsted A/S and Norway’s Equinor ASA, companies dominating the burgeoning U.S. offshore wind industry, are leading the initiative, alongside partners including MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S, Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Calif. requires solar on new homes, a first for U.S.

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-01-15 04:25:22

Many new homes in California must have solar panels on their roofs under a law that took effect this year, the first such mandate in the nation. The law approved by the California Energy Commission (CEC) under a building code update requires solar on new single-family homes and multifamily buildings up to three stories high. That will wrap in some apartments and condominiums. [ read more … ]

Climate

BlackRock Puts Climate at Center of $7 Trillion Strategy

By Annie Massa, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-01-15 04:26:25

Larry Fink struck an urgent note in his annual letter to America’s corporate executives: Climate change will upend global finance sooner than they might think. The BlackRock Inc. chief executive officer issued his strongest warning yet to business leaders on the climate crisis, and said his firm will take steps to address the issue across the thousands of companies in which it invests. [ read more … ]

EVs

Are the 2020s the EV decade? 4 key questions will decide

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-01-15 04:25:42

Talk to an energy or climate wonk, and it’s almost an article of faith that the electric car is the next big thing. It needs to happen to solve climate change; the prices for batteries are dropping; it’s only a matter of time. But will that transition become apparent in 2022 … or in 2030?
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N.J. advances ‘landmark’ bill to increase EVs twelvefold

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-01-15 04:26:03

New Jersey’s Legislature passed a bill last night to multiply twelvefold the number of electric vehicles registered in the state and increase charging infrastructure, despite criticisms about the cost to ratepayers.The plan would require at least 330,000 of the state’s vehicles to be plug-in electrics by 2025, up from about 26,000, as per the latest estimate from state environmental officials.
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