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    Hogs feed in a pen in a concentrated animal feeding operation, or CAFO, on the Gary Sovereign farm, in Lawler, Iowa. October 2018Charlie Neibergall / AP PHOTO For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.This piece was originally published by the Center for Public Integrity.  On nice days, Elsie Herring can sink back into her porch rocking chair, enjoying the rural property that’s been in her family since 1891. Other days, the wind carries a foul-smelling mist that chokes Herring and coats the pink siding of her home. It’s hog manure, part of life in North Carolina’s Duplin County, hog farm capital of the United States. “It burns your eyes....
    The world's oceans are better at soaking up carbon dioxide than most scientific models have previously found, according to a new study.  Although emissions of carbon dioxide are easily quantifiable, how much goes into the atmosphere and how much is absorbed by bodies of water is hard to calculate.  Due to a previous oversight, the oceans may actually soak up an extra 0.9 petagrams of CO2, the same as 900 million metric tonnes.  One petrol car averaging 9,000 miles a year, 40 miles to the gallon and 0.4kg of CO2 a mile will produce 408 kg of CO2 a year.  Therefore, 900 million metric tonnes of CO2 equates to the same amount of CO2 emissions as approximately 2.2 billion cars.  ...
    Grant Mohn of Las Vegas attempts to fry an egg in the parking area at Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America at 279 feet below sea level, in Death Valley National Park, California, U.S. August 17, 2020.David Becker | Reuters As the world heats up, cities with heat-trapping asphalt and little tree cover have left residents sweltering and breathing in more air pollution. Asphalt is releasing hazardous air pollutants into communities, especially when hit with extreme heat and sunlight, according to research published in the journal Science Advances on Wednesday. Researchers found that asphalt in California's South Coast Air Basin emitted more secondary organic aerosols in the summer than gas and diesel motor vehicles combined. While vehicle emissions are likely...
    California air quality officials are poised to adopt their biggest pollution-cutting regulations in more than a decade, targeting diesel trucks and cargo ships that spew much of the state’s cancer-causing and smog-forming emissions. The state Air Resources Board is expected to vote after a public hearing Thursday on two rules: one to establish stringent new emissions standards for heavy-duty diesel trucks and one to reduce pollution from ships docked at ports. Together, the measures take aim at what remain the largest, most poorly controlled pollution sources in California. Diesel trucks emit nearly one-third of smog-forming nitrogen oxides and more than one-quarter of diesel particulate matter in the state. Oceangoing ships are projected to surpass trucks to become Southern California’s...
    Nearly all farm animals — 99 percent — are raised on one of the 20,000 factory farms located in the United States. That includes an estimated 42 million cows that go through the factory farm system every single year. These “factory farms” or “CAFO”s (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) are minimally regulated due to ag-gag laws, which has led to a whole host of health and environmental problems. Sadly, this contamination of our air is destroying our planet and making us sick. 1. Animal Waste Causes Harmful Air Pollution Animal farms may produce food, but they also produce massive amounts of animal waste like urine and manure that emit around 400 different harmful gases into the atmosphere. Some of these gases include nitrous oxide, ammonia, particulate...
    In a Nature Climate Change paper, researchers say the world needs to consider tradeoffs of untested technologies before dismissing known options such as immediate carbon emissions reductions. Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A team led by researchers at the University of Virginia cautions that when it comes to climate change, the world is making a bet it might not be able to cover. The team’s new paper in Nature Climate Change explores how plans to avoid the worst outcomes of a warming planet could bring their own side effects. The handful of models the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and decisions makers around the world trust to develop strategies to meet carbon neutrality commitments all...
    This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet. If 2020 has done anything, it has made us question our assumptions. From big systemic problems to personal issues, everyone’s ideas about what matters have shifted to some degree. The sudden decline in global air travel also carried a major silver lining: It contributed to a drastic reduction in carbon emissions. An article in the journal Nature estimated a global 17% daily reduction in carbon dioxide emissions in April 2020 compared with 2019. It turns out that climate sustainability might be possible — if we’re all willing to stop driving and flying so much. Though changes in air travel weren’t wholly responsible for the drop in emissions, for me it raises a...
    Tech giant Apple has said it will be 100 per cent carbon neutral by 2030 by offsetting emissions of the greenhouse gas from its operations. The iPhone maker said it will have a net zero carbon footprint in 10 years across its entire business, including its manufacturing supply chain. Apple is already carbon neutral for its global corporate operations, such as its offices and data centres, which are powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.  But this new commitment means every Apple device sold, including iPhones and Mac computers, will have net zero climate impact, according to the company.  Apple's most recent environmental report, covering fiscal 2018, put its carbon footprint at 25.2 million tons.  The company is responsible for...
    Georgia mayors speak out against governors ban on face mask mandates 10 Things You Didnt Know About Fast Food Burgers As the world heats up, converting to energy-efficient cooling systems will curb greenhouse gas emissions A shift to energy-efficient air conditioning appliances could cut as much as 460 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in the next four decades, according to a new report from the U.N. Environment Programme and the International Energy Agency.  On the current warming trajectory, it's virtually certain that 2020 will be among the top hottest years in recorded history. The number of air conditioning units globally is expected to quadruple by 2050, from 3.6 billion to 14 billion by mid-century. © Provided...
    It is going to take decades before any efforts to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide can be detected, scientists warn. Experts from the CICERO Center for International Climate Research analysed how global warming will evolve under different assumptions on emission reductions.   The impact of significant reductions in human emissions - needed to slow global warming - will take decades to be visible in global surface temperatures. This is partly due to the fact that the Earth's climate responds slowly to emission changes and the fact the annual mean temperature is naturally variable. It could be 2035 before we see any impact from emission reduction efforts made over the past few decades but that doesn't mean they aren't...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is expanding hours for vehicle emissions testing to accommodate drivers who did not have their vehicles tested during the COVID-19 pandemic.The extended hours include Saturdays, Mondays and Tuesdays and will be in place at all 12 testing locations. Testing hours for Wednesday through Friday will remain the same.The new hours at Illinois emissions testings facilities are as follows:Saturdays - 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Normally 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)Mondays and Tuesdays - 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Normally 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)Wednesdays - Fridays - Hours remain the same from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.All Vehicle Emissions Testing Stations will be open on Friday, July 3 and closed on Saturday,...