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Electric Companies Like Entergy Are Using Affiliate Transactions to Block Renewable Energy, Here’s How

, Senior Energy Analyst

Despite the environmental, economic, and reliability benefits of switching to  a renewables future, New Orleans, Louisiana is being blocked by local utility monopoly, Entergy.

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Illinois Youth Lead Strike for Climate Justice

, Energy policy analyst

A recent UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report warns that the world will miss the opportunity to stay on track towards the 1.5°C temperature goal in the Paris Agreement unless global emissions drop by 7.6 percent each year over the next decade. The report notes that solutions to reduce carbon emissions are available, and meeting our goals is possible, but we are not acting fast enough or at a large enough scale.

Instead of action, the Trump Administration is formally taking steps to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. For this reason, it’s more important than ever for states and cities to address the climate crisis–and many of them are doing their part. Youth around the country are doing much of the work and filling the void left by the executive branch.  Read more >

Jessica Collingsworth
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The 2019 Lancet Countdown US Policy Brief on health and climate change impressively connects the puzzle pieces between climate change and profound threats to people in the US, highlighting the urgent need to act to limit these threats.

2019 Lancet Countdown US Policy Brief Pieces Together Climate Change’s Public Health Effects

, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist

The U.S. Policy Brief, which launches today, discusses the ways in which vulnerable and marginalized populations are negatively and disproportionately impacted by climate change. It also found that US energy-related carbon emissions rose in 2018, the largest increase in 8 years. Read more >

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Ultrafine Particles are an Emerging Environmental Health Risk

Doug Brugge, PhD, MS, Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences, , UCS

Ambient particulate matter air pollution (PM) is one of the top ten causes of illness and death in the world.  While PM pollution is worse in many developing countries, it remains a problem in the United States as well.  Many people in the US may not be aware of the magnitude of the problem because the levels of pollution that present a health risk include concentrations that are usually not readily visible. Read more >

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East Boston, una subestación controvertida y oportunidades ante la crisis climática

, energy analyst

En inglés

Este es el segundo de una serie de cuatro blogs sobre East Boston, una Controvertida Subestación Eléctrica y las Oportunidades para una Transición a Energía Limpia

Vivimos en un mundo que enfrenta una crisis climática que ya se está manifestando en todas partes a través de calentamiento extremo, inundaciones, sequias, tormentas e incendios. Científicos de las Naciones Unidas han pronosticado al menos 3 pies (0,9m) de aumento en el nivel del mar antes del final de este siglo, y en el Noroeste de EEUU este aumento amenaza con suceder aún más rápido. Y sin tener que ir más lejos, la Administración Nacional Oceánica y Atmosférica (NOAA, por sus siglas en inglés) pronosticó para este año en Boston 19 días de inundaciones por marea alta sin siquiera incluir lluvias y fuertes temporales.

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