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June 29, 2020

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Pandemic’s Cleaner Air Could Reshape What We Know About the Atmosphere

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-06-28 04:26:45

“Our goal is not just to celebrate the silver lining but to seize upon that lining and institutionalize it,” said Benjamin H. Grumbles, the head of Maryland’s environmental agency. Policy experts say the new data could even bolster legal fights against the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back major air pollution regulations. Early studies appear to show that even as the coronavirus took more than 100,000 American lives, deaths related to more typical respiratory illnesses like asthma and lung disease fell in the clean air, boosting the case that Mr. Trump’s environmental rollbacks will contribute to thousands of deaths. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar leads options for replacing New Mexico power plant

By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-06-28 04:28:26

Solar panels with the capacity to produce hundreds of megawatts of electricity and back-up battery storage systems would be installed in northwestern New Mexico to replace the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station under one alternative that will be considered by state regulators. Hearing examiners with the state Public Regulation Commission issued the recommendations Wednesday in a case that has been fraught with protests, political power struggles and legal battles. [ read more … ]


COVID-19, carbon and electricity: 3 issues to watch

By Edward Klump, Arianna Skibell and Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-06-28 04:28:05

The coronavirus outbreak has slashed more than a half-million U.S. clean energy jobs this year, putting progress to cut carbon emissions from the grid in jeopardy. But what does that mean for the push toward a cleaner electricity mix? The short answer: It depends. [ read more … ]


California mandates big increase in zero-emission trucks

By Russ Mitchell, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2020-06-28 04:27:14

The nation’s toughest clean-air mandate on trucks was approved Thursday by the California Air Resources Board. In effect, the board ordered manufacturers of medium-duty and heavy-duty commercial trucks to begin selling zero-emission versions in 2024, with 100,000 sold in California by 2030 and 300,000 by 2035. [ read more … ]


Amazon will rename a Seattle sports stadium ‘Climate Pledge Arena’ after buying the naming rights

By Avery Hartmans, Business Insider  •    •  Posted 2020-06-28 04:27:42

Amazon has purchased the naming rights to a Seattle sports arena, renaming it “Climate Pledge Arena.”  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced on Instagram Thursday that the company chose not to name it Amazon Arena so that the name would serve “as a regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action.” [ read more … ]

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