Top Northwest Sustainability Headlines
Data released by the state on Tuesday show that California’s emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases started falling in 2013. The drop wasn’t much, just 0.3 percent. But considering the circumstances, state officials still consider that a success.
A bill targeting chemicals in children’s products triumphed in the Oregon Senate on Wednesday – but not without a fight from Republican senators, who fueled nearly an hour of impassioned floor debate.
Portland is already considered one of the best cities in the country for cycling. But activists and city officials agree that there’s more that can be done to make the city safer and more efficient for bikes.
Oregon State University scientists are looking for a link between the California drought, climate change and a mass of warm water lingering in the Pacific Ocean off the West Coast. “We’re in, if not uncharted territory, pretty near it. It is an extreme sort of thing,” said Washington climatologist Nick Bond.
Odd political shenanigans have pitted two objectives against one another in the state Capitol, presenting legislators and Oregonians with a false choice: clean air or good infrastructure. We can and should have both.
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The drop in usage was the biggest monthly decline yet reported since Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a mandatory 25% cut in urban water use on April 1 due to severe drought conditions.
In California, as more and more crude arrives by rail, more people will find themselves within the “blast zone,” a one-mile evacuation area recommended by the U.S. Department of Transportation. As a report released Tuesday finds, California’s “blast zone” lands squarely on the shoulders of people of color.
States have employed a host of energy-saving programs, green-purchase requirements, building efficiency standards and financial incentive arrangements to save taxpayers money, reduce pollution and set an environmentally friendly example. So how are they doing in meeting targets they have set for themselves?
We may not be the largest emitters globally, but what happens in places like the United Kingdom and Washington State will set an example for others while ensuring that we are well positioned to capture the full economic benefits of the rapidly emerging clean economy.
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., has introduced legislation to push forward a long-term plan to ease water shortages in the Yakima basin, one of the state’s hardest-hit regions during this summer’s drought.