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The Industry ‘Scandal’ That Might Upend How America Builds Houses

"Fossil fuel companies are trying to strip a series of climate-friendly measures out of the latest round of model building codes used to regulate construction virtually everywhere in the United States."

Source: HuffPost, 02/07/2024

"EPA Proposes To Enable States To Require ‘Forever Chemical’ Cleanup"

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to designate nine toxic “forever chemicals” as “hazardous constituents” under the nation’s law for cleaning up ongoing pollution, in a move that would enable states to require cleanups if the substances are released."

Source: The Hill, 02/06/2024

"Rocky Mountain Gray Wolves Won’t Get Endangered Species Protections"

"Gray wolves that inhabit the Northern Rocky Mountains will not receive protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced Friday."

Source: The Hill, 02/06/2024

"Two Climate Advisers Quit U.S. Export-Import Bank Over Fossil Fuel Plans"

"A federal bank that finances projects overseas is set to vote on Thursday on whether to use taxpayer dollars to help drill oil and gas wells in Bahrain, a contentious decision that prompted two of the bank’s climate advisers to resign, according to people with knowledge of their decisions."

Source: NYTimes, 02/06/2024

"The Dawn Of The Clean Hydrogen Economy"

"Clean electricity alone won’t get us to a fossil-fuel-free society — we’ll need other tools to fully decarbonize. ​“Clean” hydrogen, for all of its hype and baggage, might be the most promising way to cut carbon from difficult sectors like aviation and steelmaking. It could also be a boondoggle or a bust — it all depends on how the gas is made and how it’s used."

Source: Canary Media, 02/06/2024

"Biden Confronts Unfinished Business With Ohio Train Wreck"

"Stalled efforts to reform the nation’s rail safety and chemical oversight as well as lingering toxic exposure concerns will loom over President Joe Biden’s upcoming visit to the Ohio town devastated by last year’s train wreck."

Source: E&E News, 02/06/2024

"Big Companies Cashed In on Mississippi’s Water. Small Towns Paid the Price."

"They vowed to fix water woes and save cities millions. But a Times investigation found the deals racked up debt and left many worse off than before."

Source: NYTimes, 02/06/2024

"Atmospheric River Lashes California With Heavy Rain And Wind"

"A firehose of rain has parked over Southern California, worsening the risk of flooding. At least two people have died as a result of falling trees and more than 16 million people are under a rare high risk of excessive rainfall, with downtown Los Angeles receiving 75% of its annual rainfall in only the second month of 2024."

Source: CNN, 02/06/2024

Finding Repeat Work Means Gaining an Editor’s Trust

Veteran environmental freelancer Christine Woodside makes the case for fostering long-term connections with editors to keep your journalism work coming in. In the latest Freelance Files, the column’s co-editor shares three things that tend not to work in gaining trust and two things that do. What a weird job for a beer heir taught her about building freelance relationships.

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