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Businesses, cities, and states across the U.S are stepping up to climate action

U.S. Cities, States and Business Tackle Climate Change Despite Trump Inaction

Despite inaction from the Trump administration, cities, states, and businesses take up the mantle of climate action.

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Path to New Climate Economy Leads to $26 Trillion in Economic Benefits

The potential rewards of making the transition to sustainable, circular economies are greater than originally estimated – including $26 trillion worth of economic benefits globally out to 2030. We’re at a critical juncture regarding the forging a new, climate-conscious economy and avoiding the profound impacts of runaway global climate warming, however, according to the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

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US Tops Ranks of G7 Governments Failing to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies

G7 governments continue to provide billions of dollars to subsidize fossil fuel production and use despite pledges to phase them out completely by 2025, according to the G7 Fossil Fuel Subsidy Scorecard.

When government falters, business can lead on climate change action

Business Leads the Way In Climate Change Action

Where government fails, business can lead. That axiom has never been truer than it is now under President Trump. Trump announced on June 1, 2017, that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate treaty. Businesses began signing the We Are Still In declaration in June 2017, along with mayors and governors. The coalition now has over 2,700 representatives from…

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California Is the First State To Require Solar On New Houses

The California Energy Commission recently adopted building standards requiring solar photovoltaic systems on new homes starting in 2020. The new standards, the first in the nation to require solar, are expected to increase the cost of a new home by $9,500, which is around half the cost of installing solar PV systems on existing homes. But they will reduce energy…

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Is Shell Really Serious About Dealing With Climate Change?

Under Shell’s Sky Scenario, a world is possible where net-zero carbon emissions is achieved by 2070, and global average temperatures are beneath the target of two degrees Celsius. Or in the words of Shell, it “illustrates a technically possible, but challenging pathway for society to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.” It envisions a future where renewable energies are…

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The Interior Department is In Bed With the Oil and Gas Industry

President Trump signed an executive order last year promoting energy independence. The day after, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued two orders with the intention of implementing Trump’s executive order. They promote the development of energy, including oil and gas, on public lands. Reuters recently reported that oil and gas drillers only bid on a “tiny fraction” of Gulf of Mexico…

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