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05/11/2021

Air Pollution From Raising Livestock Accounts for Most of the 16,000 US Deaths Each Year Tied to Food Production, Study Finds

Food production, primarily the raising of livestock, causes poor air quality that is responsible for about 16,000 deaths a year in the United States, new research found. That’s roughly the same number from other sources of air pollution, including the transportation and electricity generation sectors, the report says. It’s the first study ever to look at the air quality impacts of the agriculture industry.

(Inside Climate News)

Final Approval Expected for Nation’s First Major Offshore Wind Farm

The Biden administration on Tuesday will announce its final approval of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm, a major step toward President Biden’s goal of expanding renewable energy production across the United States, the New York Times reports. The Vineyard Wind project, to be built off the coast of Massachusetts, will generate about 800 megawatts of electricity.

(The New York Times)

California Governor Declares Drought Emergency in 41 Counties

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday issued an expanded “drought emergency proclamation” for 41 of the state’s 58 counties, citing above-average temperatures and dry conditions for April and May. The move directed the state’s water board to consider modifying requirements for reservoir releases and take other conservation measures.

(Reuters)

The EPA Proposes a Ban on HFC-23, the Most Potent Greenhouse Gas Among Hydrofluorocarbons, by October 2022

A proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency would require the chemical manufacturer Chemours to follow through on a recent voluntary commitment to eliminate emissions of a climate super-pollutant from its Louisville Works chemical plant. The company pledged in March to eliminate 99 percent or more of its emissions of hydrofluorocarbon-23, a powerful greenhouse gas.

(Inside Climate News)

New White House Panel Aims to Separate Science, Politics

Eager to turn the page on the Trump years, this week the Biden White House is launching a new 46-person federal scientific integrity task force that aims to address past problems with the politicization of science within government agencies, the Associated Press reports. The task force will meet for the first time on Friday.

(Associated Press)

German Climate Goals Need ‘Massive’ Cut in Industry CO2 by 2030

German industry will need to swiftly implement a “massive” reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to conform with the country’s new climate protection law, Bloomberg reports. A draft of the law shows that the industry will need to cut annual CO2 emissions to 118 million tons by 2030, from 186 million tons last year, as Germany seeks to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.

(Bloomberg)

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