Climate change lawsuit to hold oil companies accountable

January 27, 2022 by  
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Recently, a Virginia federal appeals court heard a case regarding the role of fossil fuel companies in driving climate change . Major fossil fuel companies face several charges from cities and municipalities across the country. Litigation focuses on the fossil fuel industry’s false and misleading advertisements about fossil fuels’ effect on climate change. The case in question was filed by the City of Baltimore against some of the world’s leading oil companies. Baltimore city government officials want oil companies to pay for their direct contributions to climate change. In Baltimore, citizens have suffered the devastating effects associated with climate change. The city has also lost millions of dollars in damages caused by floods and heatwaves. Expensive infrastructure upgrades have also become necessary to deal with heatwaves. Related: Rihanna donates $15 million to climate justice Although many cases on the same subject have been filed across the country, many have failed to gain traction. Fossil fuel companies often block state attempts by arguing that climate change cases go beyond state jurisdiction. The Supreme Court in Baltimore considered the matter last year before handing it over to the federal appeals court. Tuesday’s hearing will affect several lawsuits filed by counties and cities in the Fourth Circuit. The ruling could establish precedence for other cases filed against leading oil companies across the U.S. As these cases progress, critics are attempting to shut down the action. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, state courts cannot hear a case on climate change since it is a global phenomenon. “State courts are not positioned to decide who, if anyone, is to be legally accountable for climate change, how energy policies should change to address it, and how local mitigation projects should be funded,” The National Association of Manufacturers wrote in a brief. However, Karen Sokol, a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans, dismisses this argument. Sokol argues that the case in Baltimore focuses on state laws meant to protect the public from misleading marketing rather than on climate change. Via NPR Lead image via Pixabay

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With California Design Den bedding your conscience can rest easy

January 27, 2022 by  
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In our ever-consuming world, sometimes we fail to pause and evaluate the impact of everyday necessities like linens. But textiles are a massive contributor to landfill  waste  and water pollution, so it’s important to consider the bedding you buy.  Proudly Californian brand California Design Den produces a line of bedding that will allow you (and your conscience) to sleep well at night. The lineup of sheets, duvets, towels, mattress covers, blankets and more is developed with sustainability in mind. Related: Modern Dane offers sustainable bedding for peace of mind while you sleep Sheet sets and individual flat or fitted sheets are made from non-toxic and chemical-free  natural materials  such as cotton and bamboo. To ensure a healthy and safe product, materials are independently tested to verify Standard 100 Oeko-Tex certification. This certification means they are free of over 300 commonly-found chemicals. The organic cotton is also GOTS certified. Since the bedding uses all-natural materials, they are even biodegradable at the end of their usable life. However, the goal is to keep them out of landfills as long as possible with a durable, quality design. Each product is crafted in a green-certified facility in India by experienced artisans.  The bedding is designed at the headquarters in California, a state widely known for its dedication to the  environment . The items are then produced in India and packaged in zero-plastic, paper-based boxes for shipment. The plant-based product and packaging materials mean California Design Den bedding doesn’t contribute to water pollution. “At California Design Den, ensuring our brand is sustainable and eco-friendly is our main priority,” said Deepak Mehrotra, Founder of California Design Den. “From production to packaging, we always want to ensure that what we’re putting out into the world is doing more good than harm. This is why we use natural fibers to produce our bedding, rather than microfiber which is known to cause  pollution . Our non-toxic and chemical-free biodegradable bedding is sourced from the highest-quality, earth-grown materials and crafted by skilled artisans in our certified green facility. Our packaging is also biodegradable and contains zero plastics to help prevent polluted waterways and oceans.” + California Design Den Images via California Design Den

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Burned stadium in Oregon receives an upcycling makeover

January 27, 2022 by  
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The new Civic Park in Eugene, Oregon was designed for the Eugene Civic Alliance by Skylab, along with local partner architect Robertson Sherwood Architects, to revitalize a neighborhood. A fire destroyed the iconic Eugene Civic Stadium, the site of the new park. The new project is designed to revitalize the neighborhood and create new opportunities for recreation, physical education and community connection. It’ll also use reclaimed materials from the original stadium to upcycle into the new stadium . The Eugene Civic Park is a complex comprised of a new 40,000 square foot field house, a new stadium, sports field and facilities for non-profit after-school activities through KidSports, a nonprofit afterschool organization. Related: ZHA gets the green light for world’s first all-timber soccer stadium in England The stadium is located next to Amazon Creek, which gave the project immediate environmental concerns. The new project addresses the site considerations by working to restore the site’s original watershed ecology. It also works with the existing topography to direct stormwater to a planted green space. North-facing angled clerestories provide ample sunlight for the six multipurpose athletic courts used for basketball, volleyball and other sports. The field house was built using an affordable , pre-engineered Butler steel building system for cost-efficient structural strength. The modular design afforded by this building material allowed the design team free reign designing interior spaces for coaches and public meetings. “The design of the field house is inspired by the patterns inherent in human movement. Subtle gestures, including syncopated window patterns, angled walls, sloping berms and shifts in the rib spacing of the metal siding, integrate movement into the building itself,” according to Skylab. Despite the unfortunate fire that destroyed the original stadium on this site, materials were able to be reclaimed from the damaged building and used for the new building project. This includes the indoor wood benches and reception desks. A second phase of the park still to be built will feature a 2,500-seat stadium. An office suite, skybox, press box, locker rooms, storage and officials’ rooms will go with the stadium. + Skylab Architecture Photography by Stephen A. Miller

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Earth911 Quiz #97: Do You Know Your Greenhouse Gases?

January 27, 2022 by  
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As climate change continues to bring us unpredictable weather events and uncertainty about the future… The post Earth911 Quiz #97: Do You Know Your Greenhouse Gases? appeared first on Earth911.

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Oatly wants farmers to plant more oats. Here’s how it’s helping

January 27, 2022 by  
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Oatly is working with farmers and millers to bring oats into their crop rotations for food, economic and environmental benefits

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Advanced Rate Designs Harnessing Vehicle-Grid Integration Technology

January 27, 2022 by  
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As we transition to an intelligent electric vehicle (EV) future, charging loads pose a potential major challenge for utilities without proper planning and management. Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) technologies convert EVs from a potential grid strain to a valuable new grid resource. EV customers want to minimize their EV charging costs, which are governed by their utility’s rates. Through Vehicle-Grid Integration, managing the time and power of this charging can create costs or benefits throughout the value chain. Time-of-Use (TOU) rates are by far the most common EV rate implemented by utilities, but these do not fully realize potential VGI benefits. Advanced metering, declining technology and communication costs, and rapid commercialization of smart charging technologies make advanced rate designs a viable and broadly available VGI pathway. Honda has set a target to sell 100 percent electric vehicles in North America by 2040. This paper, commissioned by Honda and authored by Energy + Environmental Economics (E3), presents a roadmap to new rate designs that harness active VGI technology and EV charging aggregators with the goal of benefitting customers, utilities, and the grid. To receive the companion paper, “Design Principles and Options for Retail Tariffs that Support Vehicle-Grid Integration,” click here.

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Should I Replace My Roof Before Going Solar?

January 27, 2022 by  
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Finding the Best Raised Bed Kit

January 27, 2022 by  
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It may seem like spring planting is a long way off, but if you’ve been… The post Finding the Best Raised Bed Kit appeared first on Earth911.

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California redwoods to be reclaimed by Indigenous groups

January 26, 2022 by  
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Ten Indigenous tribes on  California’s  Lost Coast are about to get their ancestral homeland back.  Save the Redwoods League  announced Tuesday that it will transfer over 500 acres back to the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council. “It’s a real blessing,” said Priscilla Hunter of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, as reported by The Guardian. “It’s like a healing for our ancestors. I know our ancestors are happy. This was given to us to protect.” Hunter is chair of the  InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council , which will now hold title to the land. The 10 tribes will be responsible for stewarding an area of land called Tc’ih-Léh-Dûñ, which means “ Fish  Run Place” in the Sinkyone language. Related: At COP26, Indigenous activists are fighting to be heard The 500 acres include both old-growth and second-growth  trees . The area hasn’t been logged for about 30 years. “This is a property where you can almost tangibly feel that it is healing, that it is recovering,” said Sam Hodder, president and CEO of Save the Redwoods League, as reported by The Guardian. “You walk through the forest and, even as you see the kind of ghostly stumps of ancient trees that were harvested, you could also in the foggy landscape see the monsters that were left behind as well as the young redwoods that are sprouting from those stumps.” Save the Redwoods bought the land for $3.5 million two years ago. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. funded the purchase as part of its mitigation efforts for environmental damage the utility has caused. Marbled murrelet and northern spotted owls are just two of the  species  that benefit from this conservation effort. The Lost Coast transfer is part of the bigger Land Back movement, which is returning  Indigenous  homelands to their descendants. “For so many decades tribal voices have been marginalized in the mainstream conservation movement,” said Hawk Rosales, former executive director of the Sinkyone council. “It’s only until very recently that they have been invited to participate meaningfully and to take a leadership role.” Via The Guardian Lead image via Pixabay

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3-in-1 flashlight, lighter and pry bar is rechargeable

January 26, 2022 by  
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Want a multi-functional tool that is also eco-friendly? The Hunt 4.0 by London-based SEPTEM Studio is a rechargeable flashlight you can plug into your laptop. It’s also a lighter and a multi-purpose opener tool that fits on your keychain. Hunt 4.0 is the seventh Kickstarter from its creators. It is set to start production after orders received up until the Kickstarter’s deadline in early January 2022. Related: “Cheesy” solar charger kit empowers students in East Africa Hunt 4.0 works in two lighting modes and has a high-powered cree emitter in a titanium body. The flashlight portion of the tool is powered by a lithium-ion battery that will last one and a half hours at maximum brightness, or up to seven hours if you turn it down to the lower 20 lumens mode. That’s enough to take for camping or outdoors where you need extra light. The Hunt 4.0 tool also fills a tiny compartment with lighter fluid and acts as a real lighter. The end of the tool is a flat-head screwdriver or bottle opener that can be used for any task. It’s water resistant and hardy enough to withstand the jangling of your keychain no matter where you keep it. All of these functions are packed into something that fits on your keychain. Hunt 4.0 is just 2.8 inches long and .55 inches across, or about the size of your pinky finger. We love the compact size and durability of a tiny flashlight multi-tool that doesn’t need constant battery changes. Of course you do need a power source with mini USB to recharge. To recharge the Hunt 4.0, you just unscrew the top of the flashlight tool and plug into the USB in the neck of the device. If you have a vehicle with USB that can charge this, you’ll never run out of light while on the road. + SEPTEM Studio Hunt 4.0 Images via SEPTEM Studio

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