"The US government has suspended its effort to survey cryptocurrency mining operations over their ballooning energy use following a lawsuit from an industry that has been accused by environmental groups of fueling the climate crisis."
Economy & Business
"Cash-strapped city water systems are struggling to envision how they’ll pay to filter “forever chemicals” out of drinking water in light of an EPA rule that could be finalized as soon as March."
"Britain announced this week that it would withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) over its failure to align with its net zero plans. Since the late 1990s, the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) has allowed firms and investors to sue governments whose plans to cut emissions from fossil fuels could hurt corporate profits."
"Nancy Matela co-owns a vacation home in a wildfire zone northwest of Bend that has a new, annual property insurance premium of $9,000. It’s more than nine times what the company Safeco charged her a year ago."
A new book makes the case that U.S. cities have had their environments, their housing and their businesses warped by parking policies. BookShelf contributor Jennifer Weeks, who shares her own parking-related frustrations, explores the arguments made in “Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World,” and also takes a look at what the author sees as “parking-light” solutions.
"The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has removed some of its most ambitious greenhouse gas emission disclosure requirements from corporate climate risk rules it is preparing to adopt, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday."
"EPA Administrator Michael Regan and White House climate adviser Ali Zaidi arrived at international climate negotiations in the United Arab Emirates late last year with a big announcement: The Biden team had finalized a major climate rule aimed at slashing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. But nearly three months later, the rule hasn’t been officially printed by the government."
"Home builders have used their political muscle to prevent states and cities from adopting the latest code, which would lower the climate impact of new houses".
"American liquefied natural gas exports surged from basically nothing just eight years ago to a formidable force reshaping domestic and global politics. Now, thanks to the Biden administration’s recent pause on approvals of new LNG projects, it’s become the hottest topic in U.S. energy news. It’s also one of the most confusing."
"Aid for victims of climate change is in danger of being delayed as wealthy countries brawl over who gets to sit on the board of a new global fund."