Connecticut could mandate climate change education in schools

January 22, 2019 by  
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Connecticut state Representative Christine Palm, a Democrat from the town of Chester, has proposed a bill in the state legislature that would mandate instruction on climate change in public schools across Connecticut . If Palm’s proposed bill became law, the study of  climate change  in Connecticut would begin in elementary school. It would also be the first bill in the U.S. to make climate change instruction mandatory via statute. Some people don’t believe the legislation is necessary, because the state already adopted Next Generation Science Standards back in 2015. Those standards include teaching about climate change, Phys.org reported. “A lot of schools make the study of climate change an elective, and I don’t believe it should be an elective,” Palm said. “I think it should be mandatory, and I think it should be early, so there’s no excuse for kids to grow up ignorant of what’s at stake.” Related: Climate change is causing spring to come earlier in national parks The Next Generation Science Standards already make climate change studies a core of science education , but it doesn’t start until middle school. Fran Rabinowitz, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, said that because the curriculum is already addressing climate change and educators are already teaching the standards set forth by the 2015 legislation, this new proposal isn’t needed. So far, 19 states and  Washington D.C.  have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards. However, it does leave the specific curriculum up to individual school districts and only gives indications about what the state wants students to learn. During the last legislative session, a similar bill to Palm’s was introduced, but it did not pass. Some states have also proposed legislation to either allow or require teachers to present students with alternative viewpoints about climate change and other topics. Palm believes that climate change is such an urgent and threatening matter that it should be a top priority in a child’s education. “I’d love to see poetry be mandated,” Palm said. “That’s never going to happen. That’s not life or death.” Via Phys.org Image via Wokandapix

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Astronomers spot the most distant star ever seen 9 billion light-years away

April 2, 2018 by  
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The Environmental Protection Agency is poised to undo Obama -era greenhouse gas emission regulations and fuel economy standards that were designed to encourage the development of cleaner, more efficient vehicles. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt will likely describe the move as lifting burdensome regulations on automakers to support the production of cheaper vehicles, but it doesn’t account for the costs of increased air pollution and continued climate change. Left in place, the rules would have reduced oil consumption by about 12 billion barrels while reducing carbon dioxide pollution by about six billion tons over the lifetime of vehicles produced under the regulations. The rules that are set to be rolled back under the Trump Administration were created in 2012 as one of President Obama’s major initiatives to combat climate change . If allowed to be fully implemented, the rules would have required automakers to nearly double the average fuel economy of new cars and trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Some worry that the United States ‘s decision to step away from stricter emissions standards could set a dangerous precedent around the world. “The concern is that automakers will go around the world basically trying to lobby regulators, saying, look, because the United States has reduced the pace, everywhere else should too,” Anup Bandivadekar, a researcher at the International Council on Clean Transportation, told the New York Times . Related: Congress rejects Trump’s renewable energy budget cuts While American automakers had initially lobbied the Trump Administration for more relaxed standards, they did not expect to see a complete repeal of the rules. “We didn’t ask for that,” claimed Robert Bienenfeld , assistant vice president for environment and energy strategy at American Honda Motor. “The position we outlined was sensible.” In a blog post, Ford Motor Company chairman Bill Ford and CEO Jim Hackett wrote that “we support increasing clean car standards through 2025 and are not asking for a rollback.” The relaxed standards proposed by automakers were viewed as less likely to cause a showdown with California and the dozen other states that follow its lead on strict environmental standards. Now, California is preparing for battle. “We’re going to defend first and foremost existing federal greenhouse gas standards,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra told the New York Times . “We’re defending them because they’re good for the entire nation. No one should think it’s easy to undo something that’s been not just good for the country, but good for the planet .” Via the New York Times Images via Depositphotos and the White House

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Mind the gap: Are corporates translating climate risk disclosure into business action?

March 19, 2018 by  
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Analysis by CDP and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board shows that while more and more corporates are aware of climate risks, few are driving meaningful action to address them.

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Average New Car Fuel Economy Rises to Record 24.9 MPG

September 13, 2013 by  
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The Obama Administration’s aggressive fuel economy standards appear to be paying off. A multi-year study from the  University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute finds that the average sales-weighted fuel-economy rating of purchased new vehicles in August 2013 reached 24.9 miles per gallon, which is nearly five miles per gallon more than when researchers began collecting data in October 2007. Read the rest of Average New Car Fuel Economy Rises to Record 24.9 MPG Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autos , cars , EPA Fuel Economy Guide , fuel economy , fuel economy standards , fuel effficiency , obama administration , obama administration green , University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute        

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Mobile Machine Home in Spain is an Amazing Self Sufficient Module

September 13, 2013 by  
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Urban Mountain: Tallest Tower Planned for Norway Wins the Nordic Built Challenge

September 13, 2013 by  
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Beijing Announces Pollution Tax on Gas to Decrease Dangerous Smog Levels

June 3, 2013 by  
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Smog levels in Beijing reached dangerously high levels this past winter, and in January pollution levels were 10 to 15 times what the World Health Organization classifies as a health risk. Now China is finally doing something about the capital’s pollution problem. Officials recently announced that within the next 12 months, Beijing will impose a fuel pollution tax that will be added to standard gas prices in order to dissuade residents from driving as much. Read the rest of Beijing Announces Pollution Tax on Gas to Decrease Dangerous Smog Levels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beijing pollution tax on fuel , beijing removing 180000 polluting cars , Beijing smog , china pollution , china smog , dangerous pollution levels , gas tax to mitigate air pollution , higher fuel economy standards in china , replacing coal-burning heaters with cleaner heaters in china , rising gas prices in beijing , u.s. embassy particulate matter scale , World Health Organization        

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3 must-watch policy fights in sustainable business

May 28, 2013 by  
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Policies are being crafted that will impact Renewable Portfolio Standards, the farm bill and green power financing. Here's how you can support these measures.

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Simon Property ups sustainability tech to lure tenants, shoppers

May 28, 2013 by  
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The world's largest real estate firm is running pilot tests of a solar-powered EV station and plastic waste compressor.

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200-Year-Old Stone House in Switzerland Renovated to Achieve High Energy Conservation Standards

May 20, 2013 by  
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