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California carbon ban?

Environment | Lawmakers aim to wean the state’s electric grid off of fossil fuels
by Julie Borg
Posted 9/13/18, 04:02 pm

California lawmakers voted this summer for strict energy legislation that would require the state’s electricity sources to be 100 percent carbon-free within less than 30 years. The bill, passed by the State Senate and Assembly and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 10, will bump up California’s current mandate, increasing from 50 percent to 60 percent the amount of renewable power generation required in the state by 2030. The ultimate goal: All California electricity would be produced without greenhouse gases by 2045.

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Trump to relax emissions rules for states

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/21/18, 01:14 pm

The Trump administration proposed new rules Tuesday that would roll back Obama-era constraints on coal-fired power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency would direct states to focus on making coal power plants more efficient and allow them to develop their own emissions reduction plans with federal oversight. Critics say the rules would allow utilities to run older, dirtier power plants more often and extend the plants’ overall operating life, undercutting potential environmental benefits. President Barack Obama aimed to cut U.S.

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A green farming movement

Science | Agroecology: Sensible idea or costly green initiative?
by Julie Borg
Posted 7/19/18, 03:13 pm

Agroecology, a back-to-nature farming approach based on ecological science, is growing into a movement proponents hope will transform the way we grow food. “Farming the land as if nature doesn’t matter has been the model for much of the Western world’s food production system,” wrote agroecology advocates Daniel Moss and Mark Bittman in The New York Times recently. “The results haven’t been pretty: depleted soil, chemically fouled waters, … a worsening of public health and more.”

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