Transportation

Philly Steaks Out New Ground

It just wouldn’t be the Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference recap without the waggish tales of SEJ’s resident wit, David Helvarg, who once again this year skewers the lot of us, sparing not a jot of our five days in Philadelphia. Read on and prepare to snicker.

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Senate Votes To Reject Rule To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions On Highways

"The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a resolution that would overturn a federal agency's rule requiring states to measure and set declining targets for greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles using the national highway system."

Source: Reuters, 04/11/2024

US Agrees With Native American Tribe That Line 5 Pipeline Is Trespassing

"The Biden administration straddled the line on a controversial Canadian oil pipeline in a court filing Wednesday, saying a lower court’s order to drain portions running through tribal land may violate a 1977 treaty but agreeing with a Native American tribe that the operator is trespassing on tribal land."

Source: The Hill, 04/11/2024

"The First All-Electric Tugboat In The US Is About To Launch"

"With their roaring diesel engines, tugboats push, pull and guide much larger vessels into port and out to sea. They are small but mighty — and incredibly dirty, spewing huge amounts of toxic exhaust and planet-warming emissions every year. Now, however, the humble harbor craft is going electric."

Source: Canary Media, 04/10/2024

Humans Converted 250,000 Acres Of Estuaries To Cities And Farms In 35 Years

"Worldwide over the past 35 years, dams and land reclamation activities have converted 250,000 acres of estuary — an area roughly 17 times the size of Manhattan — to urban land or agricultural fields, with most land conversion and estuary loss in rapidly developing countries, a new study finds."

Source: AGU, 04/10/2024

"Railroad Agrees To $600 Million Settlement For Fiery Ohio Derailment"

"Norfolk Southern has agreed to pay $600 million in a class-action lawsuit settlement for a fiery train derailment in February 2023 in eastern Ohio, but local residents worry the money won’t go very far because their potential health needs down the road may be tremendous."

Source: AP, 04/10/2024

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