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05/10/2021

Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack Could Cause Gasoline Shortages in Southeast

A ransomware attack on one of the country’s largest pipelines is threatening to leave some gas stations in the Southeast without fuel, USA Today reports. The Colonial Pipeline, which delivers about 45 percent of the fuel for the East Coast, was hobbled by a cyberattack Friday, sending fuel prices up and worrying analysts that the stations that rely on the line could soon run out of gasoline to sell.

(USA Today)

E-Commerce Mega-Warehouses, a Smog Source, Face New Pollution Rule

Officials for a southern California air quality district adopted a landmark rule Friday that will force about 3,000 of the largest warehouses in the area used by Amazon and other retailers, to slash emissions from the trucks that serve the site or take other measures to improve air quality, the New York Times reports. The move could spur similar measures nationwide and speed up electrification efforts for freight trucks.

(The New York Times)

California Proposal Embraces All-Electric Buildings But Stops Short of Gas Ban

California’s proposed building code doesn’t include a ban on natural gas, a big disappointment for some environmental advocates who were hoping the Golden State would become the first in the nation to implement such a ban. The draft code instead relies on heat pumps as the baseline technology for new construction, which will incentivize—but not force—builders to go all-electric.

(Inside Climate News)

In California’s Farm Country, Climate Change Is Likely to Trigger More Pesticide Use, Fouling Waterways

As climate change drives population growth among insects, California’s waterways could face more toxic runoff as farmers opt to spray more pesticides, scientists warn. Temperature strongly influences insect growth, development and reproduction, while carbon dioxide can affect insect feeding behavior. Additionally, more frequent and severe storms help wash the chemicals into rivers and streams.

(Inside Climate News)

A Just Transition? On Brooklyn’s Waterfront, Oil Companies and Community Activists Join Together to Create an Offshore Wind Project—and Jobs

The Biden administration has built its climate agenda on a promise that the country can create millions of high-quality jobs and address environmental injustice, all while driving a rapid transition off of fossil fuels. But this notion of a “just transition” has remained largely conceptual. An offshore wind project in New York could be an early test in spelling out the specifics.

(Inside Climate News)

Warming Trends: Farming for City Dwellers, an Upbeat Climate Podcast and Soil Bacteria That May Outsmart Warming

For $139,000, you could get a fully operational farm delivered in a shipping container. A new podcast flips the script on climate change and highlights the exciting innovators coming up with solutions to the big problems facing our planet. And global warming is ever so slightly shifting Earth’s axis. That and more in the latest Warming Trends.

(Inside Climate News)

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