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Governor’s climate budget: one step forward, one step back

Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom released his proposed state budget of $222 billion for the fiscal year 2020-21 including $12.5 billion over five years to boost climate resilience, curb greenhouse gas pollution, and tackle the climate change-driven wildfire crisis. While this budget proposal is a good start, rapid decarbonization will require much greater investment in […]

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Germany goes greener with $95 billion push for train over plane

By Arne Delfs and Brian Parkin, Bloomberg Germany launched an 86 billion euro ($95 billion) plan to modernize and expand its creaky railway system, a move billed as an effort to make transportation greener. The 10-year plan is not only to upgrade rails, bridges and carriages but also build out capacity and electrify more routes […]

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New US building codes will make every home ready for electric cars

by Michael J. Coren, Quartz In January, the International Code Council (ICC) approved changes to building standards that preview a world in which every home has at least one electric car. The building standards organization, which sets voluntary guidelines for new homes, voted to approve a new provision that, functionally, will make all new homes […]

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California climate budget to include $1 billion green loan fund

by Judy Lin and Rachel Becker,CAL Matters Contending that California needs to better encourage small players with ideas to address the climate crisis, Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to include a $1 billion revolving loan program in his new budget Friday to seed recycling, low-carbon transportation and climate-smart agriculture projects, according to a summary document obtained […]

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Oslo closing in on Vision Zero goal with no pedestrian or cyclist deaths in 2019

by Katie Pyzyk, Smart Cities Dive Dive Brief: Oslo, Norway is getting closer to achieving a Vision Zero goal, with zero pedestrian or cyclist deaths last year. The city’s lone traffic death occurred when a driver ran his car into a fence this summer — a decline from five traffic fatalities in 2018, according to Norwegian […]

Jet Blue goes eco-friendly

JetBlue to become first airline to become carbon neutral

by Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg JetBlue Airways Corp. said it will become the first large U.S. airline to offset emissions from all of its domestic flights, aiming to become carbon neutral by July as pressure grows on the industry from climate change activists. The carrier also will begin using sustainable aviation fuel on its flights from […]

More than 95% of all Federal drilling occurs in established fields within the Kern County area of the San Joaquin Valley.

Why California’s climate solution isn’t cutting it

by Jacques Leslie, Los Angeles Times Many Californians take pride in the state’s position on the front lines of the global climate change struggle, but the dismal performance of its centerpiece climate program — cap and trade — shows that in a crucial way the state’s reputation is undeserved. Even here, in the heartland of […]

Electric vehicles for Uber and Lyft? Los Angeles might require it, mayor says.

by Leslie Hook, Financial Times Los Angeles is considering forcing rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft to use electric vehicles in what would be a first for any city as LA seeks to cut emissions and get more electric vehicles on the streets, the mayor said. Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles, told the […]

Rivian gets $1.3 billion investment in electric truck venture

by Peter Eavis, NY Times Rivian, an electric-vehicle start-up that has drawn an impressive roster of backers, announced Monday that it had received a $1.3 billion investment led by T. Rowe Price, the mutual fund company. It was the fourth investment in Rivian this year and the company’s largest funding round so far. Amazon and […]

California weighs controversial rule to tackle truck tailpipe pollution

by Rachel Becker, CalMatters The California Air Resources Board decided Thursday to toughen a proposed rule that will require manufacturers to sell non-polluting trucks in the state. The new directive is to “put more zero-emission delivery, box trucks, & big-rigs on the road, reaching 100% [zero-emission vehicle] sales sooner for several segments,” Air Board Chair […]