A quick guide to the environmental issues you’ll find on the ballot

November 2, 2018 by  
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The general election for 2018 features many interesting issues related to environmental improvements. But with these environmental proposals competing with other issues on the ballot, it is easy for them to get lost in the shuffle. From funding eco-friendly projects to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, here is a quick guide to some of the environmental issues on the 2018 ballots around the U.S. Alaska Salmon Initiative The first measure on Alaska’s ballot is an initiative that would force the state’s Department of Fish and Game to hand out permits for projects and activities that might harm fish . The measure also focuses on improving habitats for anadromous fish, like salmon, by looking at water quality, stream flow and temperature. If passed, the measure will create a system for processing permits, which includes allowing public input on major permits. The fish and game department will still have the authority to deny permits if the project or activity harms fish or habitats. Any existing projects would be exempt from the new permit system. Arizona Proposition 127 In a push for clean energy, this proposal would mandate that 50 percent of electric utilities come from renewable sources by 2030, and the percent required would steadily increase each year. The acceptable renewable energy sources would include solar , wind and biomass as well as certain hydropower, geothermal and landfill gas energies. California Proposition 3 There are a number of propositions on California’s ballot related to environmental issues, but Proposition 3 is one of the most significant. This initiative will give the green light for close to $8 billion in funds for surface and groundwater storage, watershed protection (habitat restoration) and water infrastructure. The measure outlines where all of the money will be dispersed and how much funding each project will receive. Colorado Proposition 112 This proposition on Colorado’s ballot would limit the areas available for oil and gas development, including fracking , in an effort to maintain public health and safety. If passed, oil and gas developments would have to maintain a distance of 2,500 feet from occupied structures and vulnerable areas, including homes, schools, hospitals, parks, lakes, rivers, sporting fields and more. Florida Constitutional Revision 4 Florida is taking a major step against offshore drilling this election. Constitutional Revision 4 could ban offshore drilling, putting an end to oil and gas mining on lands under state waters. Lumped into this revision is a ban that will prevent individuals from vaping inside closed workplaces. The ban includes any electronic device that generates vapor, such as electronic cigarettes. The ban would only be enforced in indoor workplaces. Georgia Amendment 1 This amendment would allow up to 80 percent of the revenue from sales and use taxes of outdoor recreation and sporting goods retailers to go to the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund for land conservation, including protecting water quality, conserving forests and wildlife habitats and improving state and local parks. Montana Ballot Issue #14 I-186 This initiative will help regulate new rock mines in the state. If passed, new mines would be required to have plans for reclamation, restoration or rehabilitation to receive permits. More specifically, the new mines would be required to have adequate plans to avoid water pollution. Water contaminated by acid mine drainage often results in perpetual treatment to make the water safe for consumption. The measure also gives the Department of Environmental Quality the right to reject permits that do not have a reclamation plan in place. Nevada Question 6 Nevada’s environmental initiative this year will put the state on track for renewable energy by 2030. Question 6 on the Nevada ballot proposes that all utility companies invest in renewable energy over the next 12 years. If passed, the measure would require electric companies to transform half of their electrical output to renewable sources by the projected date. The current law requires utility companies to use 25 percent of renewable electricity by 2025. Rhode Island Question 3 This measure would authorize $47.3 million in funds for various environmental projects throughout the state. The measure outlines where the money will be allocated and the different types of projects that will be funded. The projects include coastal resiliency and access, clean water and treatment, dam infrastructure, bikeway initiatives, farmland access and local recreation. The largest project on the ballot is related to improving water quality and would receive $7.9 million. Washington Initiative 1631 Initiative 1631 in Washington targets greenhouse gas pollutants and rewards companies that promote clean energy. If voted in, the law would impose fees on carbon emissions. The price of the fee starts out at $15 for every metric ton of carbon, increasing every year by $2. The money generated from the fees will go right back into the environment. The revenue would help improve air quality, raise awareness about clean energy and examine environmental issues in various communities. Companies that comply with environmental standards could also receive credits from the added revenue. The measure also requires that Native American tribes have their voices heard on projects that affect their land. All of the money dispersed from the carbon fee will have to be approved by a public board first. Via Vote Smart , Ballotpedia and NCSL Image via Element5 Digital

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Solar-powered Floating Tidal House defies climate change with retractable legs

June 20, 2016 by  
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The concept house can flow with the tides and respond to environmental changes. Its legs can be deployed and retracted from the bottom of the San Francisco Bay using a rack and pinion gear system. Independently operable legs allow the structure to stay balanced and positioned closer to the surface of the water. Thanks to its aerodynamic spherical roof, the Tidal House can withstand strong winds and generate clean energy through integrated photovoltaic systems. Related: Two converging wings create a glass-clad fissure in the renovated mid-century Bal House Tidal House can be used as a prototypical floating structure for entire communities connected via a floating dock. The unique environmental conditions of each house, dependent on position around the dock, are addressed through the system of retractable legs and structural design. The solution can also accommodate different lifestyles and programs. + Terry & Terry Architecture Via v2com Photos by Patricia Parinejad

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Scientists to drill for answers in Mexico’s dinosaur-killing asteroid crater

March 8, 2016 by  
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This month scientists will drill deep into the seafloor off the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico in an effort to learn more about the beginning of the end for dinosaurs. A nine-mile wide asteroid smashed into the Earth 65.5 million years ago at that location, leaving behind what is known as the Chicxulub crater. Researchers from the University of Texas will lead the exploration, which seeks to collect samples from nearly 5,000 feet beneath the seafloor. Read the rest of Scientists to drill for answers in Mexico’s dinosaur-killing asteroid crater

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Safer sonar protects dolphins while providing better images

December 31, 2014 by  
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There’s a new type of seismic imaging called Acoustic Zoom , and it’s better than older forms of sonar for both dolphins and scientists alike. It works by emitting smaller amounts of energy over a longer period of time, so it’s gentler on marine life. Acoustic Zoom also creates higher resolution imaging, making it superior to other methods of seismic imaging. Scientists Jaques Guigné and Nick Pace at the University of Bath have been working on this technology for some time, and the benefits of this method are already impressive. Read the rest of Safer sonar protects dolphins while providing better images Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Acoustic Zoom , danger to animals , dolphins , drilling , environmental damage , environmental impact , gas , mapping , natural gas , offshore drilling , oil , sea animals , seismic imaging , SONAR , sonar mapping , sound waves , university of bath

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Cinch! is a solar-powered and spacious pop-up tent that sets up in seconds

December 31, 2014 by  
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The camping tent is one of the most essential pieces of equipment for the great outdoors, but it can also be one of the most aggravating because of poor assembly practices and build quality. Camping enthusiast Jake Johnson understands that frustration, which is why he’s invented Cinch! , a solar-powered pop-up tent that can be easily and quickly set up and disassembled in seconds. Equipped with LED lights , the Cinch! tent comes in a variety of sizes—each the biggest in its class—and folds down into a lightweight rucksack. If you’d like to get your hands on a Cinch!, head over to the Kickstarter where you can place a pre-order that’ll ship just in time for next year’s summer music festivals. + Cinch! Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cinch , Jake Johnson Kickstarter , LED lighting , pop up tent , reader submitted content , solar powered tent

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Fish Win Big When Dead Oil Rigs are Left to Rot in Rigs-to-Reefs Program

July 2, 2013 by  
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Though it’s hard to imagine, sometimes oil and gas rigs in the ocean can be a force for good. Offshore rigs act as artificial reefs for wildlife, providing plants and sea life a place to bunker down. Which is why a recent announcement from the Obama administration, which relaxes rules regarding the removal of dead rigs (not the parts that contain oil — just the platforms), is a small win for the environment. Read the rest of Fish Win Big When Dead Oil Rigs are Left to Rot in Rigs-to-Reefs Program Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artificial reefs , dead oil rigs , Decommissioned oil rigs , fuel clean up , ocean clean up , ocean conservation , ocean drilling , offshore drilling , removing dead oil rigs , removing decommissioned oil rigs , Rigs-to-Reefs , sea life conservation , Wildlife conservation        

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Lightning Electric Motorcycle Tops All Gas-Powered Motorcycles at Pikes Peak Race Course

July 2, 2013 by  
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The  Pikes Peak Hill Climb in Colorado is one of the most challenging race courses in the U.S. with its 156 turns and extreme elevation changes from 4,720 feet up to 14,110 feet. This year marked the first time ever that an electric motorcycle led its segment when Lightning Motorcycles and Carlin Dunne managed to pull ahead of the competition with a fully electric motorcycle . Read the rest of Lightning Electric Motorcycle Tops All Gas-Powered Motorcycles at Pikes Peak Race Course Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Carlin Dunne , electric motor , electric motorcycle , electric transportation , green motorcycle , green transportation , Lightning Motorcycles , Pike’s Peak Hill Climb        

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Six Years After Katrina, Tropical Storm Lee Hits the Gulf Coast

September 3, 2011 by  
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Almost exactly six years after Hurricane Katrina slammed New Orleans, producing one of the worst natural disasters in American history, the Gulf Coast is set to get battered by another major storm. By all accounts, Tropical Storm Lee isn’t expected to cause the level of destruction that Katrina left behind, but it might test the rebuilt levees on the Mississippi. About 6,000 New Orleans residents were evacuated in advance of the storm’s landfall, and Louisiana and Mississippi have declared states of emergency. So far, about 35,000 homes in Louisiana were reported to be without power. Read the rest of Six Years After Katrina, Tropical Storm Lee Hits the Gulf Coast Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: gulf coast , gulf of mexico , Hurricane Katrina , louisiana , Mississippi River , natural disasters , New Orleans , offshore drilling , Tropical Storm Lee

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US Announces Tougher New Offshore Drilling Rules

September 30, 2010 by  
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Designed to avoid this sort of thing. Photo via Maritime Lawyer Offshore Drilling Moratorium Still In Place Today, the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, announced newly tightened regulations for offshore drilling.

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BP Continues to Pollute Local Landfills With Oil Spill Waste

September 7, 2010 by  
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There may — or may not — be some scientific disagreement about how much spilled oil remains in the Gulf of Mexico , but there’s no mystery about how much oily waste is collecting in local landfills: more than 50,000 tons . Although the waste contains the carcinogen benzene, federal law — in another costly giveaway to the industry — exempts wastes related to oil drilling from being classified as toxic, allowing BP to merrily offload their used boom and other materials to local landfills, including several that have histories of environmental problems. Read the rest of BP Continues to Pollute Local Landfills With Oil Spill Waste http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BP , bp oil spill , british petroleum , environmental heatlh , environmental justice , epa , gulf of mexico , offshore drilling , toxics , trash , Waste

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