Top Northwest Sustainability Headlines

July 2, 2015

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1. California greenhouse gas emissions fall — but not by much

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.

San Francisco Chronicle | Climate Change | Tweet This

2. Oregon moves closer to phasing out chemicals in kids’ products

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.

The Oregonian | Toxics | Tweet This

3. How can Portland become more bike-friendly?

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 Public Broadcasting | Transportation | Tweet This

4. Is warm-water mass off West Coast linked to drought, climate change?

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.

Corvallis Gazette-Times | Climate Change | Tweet This

5. Views: Oregon legislature wise to keep clean fuels bill intact

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.

Eugene Register Guard | Clean fuels | Tweet This

6. Everything Oregon legislators need to know about climate pollution

In seven minutes of testimony.

Sightline | Climate Change | Tweet This

7. California residents cut water use by hefty 29% in May

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.

Los Angeles Times | Drought | Tweet This

8. In California, people of color are dangerously close to oil train disasters

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.

Grist | Oil Trains | Tweet This

9. Just how green are state governments?

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?

The Olympian | Green economy | Tweet This

10. How the UK and Washington can lead on climate change

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.

Climate Solutions | Climate Change | Tweet This

More News from July 2, 2015

Senate bill seeks to advance Yakima River basin water plan

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.

The Seattle Times | Drought | Tweet This