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Take This Clean Electricity ‘Dashboard’ for a Trip Into the Energy Transition Future

To better understand progress in the U.S. energy transition, some of the best nonpartisan data comes from the Energy Information Administration. And, as the latest Reporter’s Toolbox explains, EIA has an effective dashboard tool for exploring state-by-state variations in clean energy performance, among other things. Here’s how to use it smartly. Plus, a few caveats.

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"What Are The Odds That Extreme Weather Will Lead To A Global Food Shock?"

"Envision, for a moment, a multiyear period of extreme weather, including heat waves, freezes, droughts, floods, and windstorms, topped off by extreme weather during an El Niño event, leading to major crop failures in the U.S. A disruption of the global agricultural and food supply chain results, leading to panic buying and price shocks."

Source: Yale Climate Connections, 01/29/2024

Avian Flu Devastates Farms In Calif. ‘Egg Basket,’ Roiling Poultry Industry

"Last month, Mike Weber got the news every poultry farmer fears: His chickens tested positive for avian flu. Following government rules, Weber’s company, Sunrise Farms, had to slaughter its entire flock of egg-laying hens — 550,000 birds — to prevent the disease from infecting other farms in Sonoma County north of San Francisco."

Source: AP, 01/29/2024

Bayer Ordered To Pay $2.25B As Jury Links Herbicide Roundup To Cancer

"A jury handed down a $2.25 billion verdict, including $2 billion in punitive damages, against agrochemical giant Monsanto, according to the lawyers of a man who said he developed cancer from using the company’s weed killer, Roundup."

Source: Washington Post, 01/29/2024

Trump Deregulated Nearly 21 Percent Of Streams, 25 Percent Of Wetlands

"A rule published by the Trump administration removed protections for 21 percent of streams and 25 percent of wetlands that otherwise could have received federal protection, new research has found."

Source: The Hill, 01/26/2024

"Who Pays for Cleanup When a Solar Project Reaches the End of Its Life?"

"One of the objections to utility-scale solar power that I hear most often is that local communities will be left to cover the costs of cleanup at the end of a project’s life. But state and local rules in nearly all of the country are clear about who pays: The developer or the owner is responsible for restoring the land once a project is no longer operating."

Source: Inside Climate News, 01/26/2024


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