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Portland, Maine unanimously passed a tough ban on synthetic pesticide use in the city, leading many residents to applaud their city’s new “organic” status. Learn more Slideshow Category: Flex Slider
01/16/2018 - 17:21
Andrew Olsen

It is one year since the Presidential inauguration, though to many of us it now seems like time is measured in dog years—each approximates seven in our own lifetimes. The election really energized the science community and many others to push back against the hateful rhetoric and frightening agenda of the president and his administration. That rhetoric too often embodies racism, misogyny, homophobia, and divisiveness. And the agenda has valued big business interests over the public interest across the board, withdrawing public health, safety and environmental protections to boost corporate...
01/16/2018 - 16:12
Andrew Rosenberg

When it comes to President Trump’s proposal to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico (never mind the fact that many such physical barriers already exist), many people have focused on two questions: Shouldn’t there be comprehensive immigration reform instead? And who’s going to pay for it? But there’s another question we should ask. Who is going to build it? I’m referring to the engineering companies that will actually design and construct “the wall.” Whatever form it takes (a monolith or a mishmash), hundreds of companies are lining up to build it—and that reflects the willingness of...
01/16/2018 - 15:48
Darshan Karwat

SEATTLE, WA – Washington Governor Jay Inslee has proposed SB 6203, a carbon pricing bill that, if enacted, will over time reduce the state’s dependence on polluting fossil fuels, accelerate the transition to clean and affordable renewable resources, stimulate the state’s already growing clean energy economy, and help ensure that the benefits of the transition are shared broadly among all Washington communities, including those with low incomes and others that may be adversely affected as the state pivots away from fossil fuels. The bill would initially impose an emissions tax of $20 per...
01/16/2018 - 13:31
Sean O'Leary

McDonald's committed to making 100 percent of its packaging sustainable by 2025.
01/16/2018 - 11:30
Sophie Bertazzo

Bad Air to Better Oceans: 6 Environment and Development Stories to Watch in 2018 Comments|Add Comment|PrintBeijing’s air pollution is starting to improve, thanks to government efforts. Photo by David Barrie/Flickr The big question for 2018 is whether last year’s troubling trends for environment and development – rising global carbon emissions, multiple billion-dollar natural disasters, U.S. President Donald Trump’s abandonment of climate action — will continue or turn in a more positive... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
01/16/2018 - 10:46
Wil Thomas

Cascadia could thrive by embracing fleets of autonomous electric vehicles. | Editor’s note: This piece marks the Sightline debut of Daniel Malarkey, our newest Sightline fellow. A Seattle native, Daniel will be writing about issues of infrastructure, technology and energy with a view towards sustainability. You can read his full bio here. Ford Motor Company recently had news for investors: Ford was “evolving to become the most trusted mobility company”; not a motor, car, or truck company but a “mobility” company....
01/16/2018 - 09:30

RELEASE: Dependence on Scarce Water Puts India’s Electricity Supply at Risk New analysis finds over one third of India’s thermal power generation faces high water risk NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON (January 16, 2017) –Although thermal power plants generate most of India’s electricity, they are not required to disclose how much water they consume. A new paper from the World Resources Institute, Parched Power: Water Demands, Risks and Opportunities for India’s Power Sector, analyzes all of India’s 400+... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more...
01/16/2018 - 01:00
Ally Friedman

In less than a decade, Bhutan’s Royal Manas National Park has achieved a big win for tiger conservation. From only 10 tigers in 2010, its population has now grown to 22. Singye Wangmo, the Royal Manas National Park’s manager, credits the increase to the great teamwork, including strong transboundary collaboration with Indian counterparts in India’s Manas National Park and partnerships with local communities and WWF, and the leadership of the Royal Government of Bhutan to protect the endangered cat. With a global population of as few as 3,890 wild tigers, every population...
01/16/2018 - 01:00

40% of India’s Thermal Power Plants Are in Water-Scarce Areas, Threatening Shutdowns Comments|Add Comment|PrintTuticorin thermal power station. Photo by Begoon/Wikimedia Commons Water shortages are hurting India’s ability to produce power. New WRI research finds that 40 percent of the country’s thermal power plants are located in areas facing high water stress, a problem since these plants use water for cooling. Scarce water is already hampering electricity generation in these regions—14 of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more...
01/16/2018 - 01:00
Sarah Parsons

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