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Floating Turbines Eyed to Ease Offshore Wind’s Permitting Woes

Offshore wind supporters hope nascent floating turbines backed by the Biden administration can ease legal conflicts while building a US supply chain to harness most of the renewable energy potential along the country’s coastlines.

Legal Right to Safe Climate Goes on Trial in Montana Youth Case

A landmark climate trial that will reverberate in states and litigation across the US is set to begin Monday, when more than a dozen young people face off with the state of Montana at Lewis and Clark County District Court.

US, Canada Wildfire Risk Raised by Rapid Melting of Arctic Ice

As millions of people in New York and other major North American cities choke on acrid smoke, they could point their accusatory fingers farther North than the wildfires ravaging Quebec — all the way to the global Arctic.

PFAS Settlements of $11 Billion Only a Start for Water Utilities

Utilities facing financial hurdles from coming federal water limits for PFAS stand to receive a boost from an historic $11 billion in potential legal settlements, but that money isn’t likely to fully meet utilities’ needs, according to attorneys.

NYC’s Financial Boss Denounces Politicization of ESG Investing

Politicized rhetoric against ESG is making it harder for investment managers to consider the financial risks posed by climate change, says the overseer of the nation’s biggest municipal pension fund.


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NYC, DC Lag Western States in Wildfire Smoke Preparations

Hazardous smoke from wildfires has become a near-annual occurrence on the West Coast since 2017. But the hazy skies and thick burning smell spreading from wildfires burning in Canada are new to many people on the East Coast experiencing their region’s worst-ever air quality.

How Fast, Cheap Fashion Is Polluting the Planet: QuickTake

The business model known as fast fashion has proved wildly successful. Apparel makers churn out new styles on an ever-shorter cycle, offering them at prices so low — like $5 for a shirt or $20 for jeans — that consumers buy more and more items, sometimes getting only a few wears out of them. But there’s a dark side: The boom in the production of garments has increased carbon emissions and other ecological harms, and generated enormous clothing waste. Some consumers say they would prefer to buy clothing made with less injury to the environment, and brands in the $1.5 trillion fashion industry are starting to commit to producing so-called sustainable fashion. Even so, fast fashion continues to grow unabated.

How Gas Stoves Became a Weapon in the US Culture Wars: QuickTake

Gas stoves were already developing a reputation as a climate villain. Then a came a report linking their use to childhood asthma and a US regulator’s comment that they might be banned, and they were suddenly a part of the country’s left-right culture wars.

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