Climate & Resilience: Page 5

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    NOAA releases high-resolution land cover data to boost coastal climate resilience efforts

    The new data is 900 times more detailed than what the agency previously provided. Local leaders have asked for such data for years, but it is often prohibitively expensive, NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad said.

    By Jan. 26, 2024
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    Connecticut beefs up energy storage incentives to meet 1 GW goal by 2030

    Residential customers can get as much as $16,000 in upfront incentives — up from the previous maximum of $7,500.

    By Kavya Balaraman • Jan. 25, 2024
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    Top 5 stories from Smart Cities Dive

    From worsening climate change to a shifting transportation landscape and the housing affordability crisis, cities have their work cut out for them in 2024.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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    Public pensions in liberal-leaning states falling short on addressing climate risk: report

    Failing to curb climate-related financial risk “puts the hard-earned savings of millions of Americans at risk,” the Sierra Club said of its report findings.

    By Zoya Mirza • Jan. 25, 2024
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    Chicago mayor proposes natural gas ban in new buildings

    This marks the first time the city has introduced a building decarbonization ordinance, a city employee said. The proposal drew swift backlash from the local gas industry.

    By Jan. 25, 2024
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    Google’s top AI tools for cities in 2024

    Tools that identify disaster risks and aim to reduce vehicle emissions were among those a top Google executive highlighted at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting last week.

    By Paige Gross • Jan. 23, 2024
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    ASHRAE updates energy efficiency standard for existing buildings

    The 2024 edition of Standard 100 contains new metrics for setting emissions targets and a “simple” compliance mechanism for energy-efficient and low-emission buildings.

    By Joe Burns • Jan. 22, 2024
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    More heavy rainfall, flooding prompt NYC to create innovation working groups

    Stakeholders will meet for six months to inform existing efforts and come up with new ideas as the city faces a comptroller investigation into its heavy rainfall management.

    By Jan. 22, 2024
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    Robot worms, lasers, drones and AI: How the DOE wants to move the US power grid underground

    The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday announced $34 million in funding to explore novel approaches to undergrounding power lines to increase resiliency.

    By Robert Walton • Jan. 19, 2024
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    FEMA overhauls disaster aid to help survivors recover faster

    The reforms announced Friday mark the most significant update to survivor assistance in 20 years, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell said. However, “implementation will be key,” one expert said.

    By Jan. 19, 2024
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    Bag bans’ environmental impact mixed in recent studies

    A multi-site study says state and local bans have effectively reduced plastic waste. A separate analysis of New Jersey’s policy found higher polypropylene consumption and carbon emissions linked to alternative bag uptake.

    By Maria Rachal • Jan. 18, 2024
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    What’s next for mobility innovation? This venture capitalist has some ideas.

    Nicole LeBlanc, a partner at Toyota’s investment arm, Woven Capital, is optimistic about the talent and innovation coming to cities.

    By Jan. 18, 2024
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    6 trends that could shape US cities in 2024

    Cities will contend with a shifting transportation picture, increased urgency to act on climate change, and innovative policies and technologies to address longstanding concerns.

    By , , Jan. 17, 2024
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    (2023). [Photograph]. Retrieved from NYS DEC.
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    New York solid waste plan aims to boost recycling, lower emissions

    The road map calls for a fee to discourage materials generators from landfilling or combustion, with proceeds going to municipalities to implement their solid waste plans.

    By Jacob Wallace • Jan. 17, 2024
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    US greenhouse gas emissions fell in 2023, despite economic growth: Rhodium

    Preliminary estimates show emissions are now 17.2% below pre-2005 levels, but the emissions reduction rate needs to more than triple to reach Paris Agreement goals.

    By Lamar Johnson • Jan. 16, 2024
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    What could FEMA’s new disaster resilience zones mean for communities?

    The program could be a “major inflection point in U.S. climate and disaster policy,” according to Urban Institute researchers, but the investment could also spur “green gentrification.”

    By Jan. 16, 2024
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    3 crucial infrastructure priorities for city leaders in 2024

    As infrastructure challenges mount, local governments have critical choices ahead. Why now is the time to invest in resilient and future-ready solutions.

    Jan. 16, 2024
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    Hertz reverses course on electric vehicles

    The company, which once said EVs would account for a quarter of its rental fleet by 2025, is selling some 20,000 electric vehicles and replacing them with gas-powered cars.

    By Jan. 12, 2024
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    California launches website to track $180B in infrastructure investment

    While details on projects such as the state’s infamous high-speed rail project are scant, the map provides a broad overview of the work that is underway.

    By Joe Bousquin • Jan. 12, 2024
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    Delivery has a pollution problem. These cities are working to address it.

    A new initiative will help cities test innovative startup and corporate solutions in a bid to curb ballooning emissions, primarily from trucks.

    By Jan. 12, 2024
  • Climate funding takes hit in California governor’s 2024 budget proposal

    Transit funding, however, was relatively unscathed in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2024-25 fiscal year budget, which represents $20 billion in cuts from last year.

    By Jan. 11, 2024
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    What 2024 may hold for municipal bonds, a ‘crucial financing tool for cities’

    Interest rate trends, investor demand and the 2024 elections could all impact the municipal bond market, according to finance experts.

    By Gaby Galvin • Jan. 11, 2024
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    Outdoor workers at risk even on ‘cooler’ summer days, study finds

    Researchers found that laborers came to work dehydrated and had elevated core temperatures even under moderate conditions.

    By Zachary Phillips • Jan. 10, 2024
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    New buildings that use natural gas lose final utility subsidy in California

    Incentives that indirectly help expand the gas system don’t align with the state’s climate goals, the California Public Utilities Commission said.

    By Jan. 9, 2024
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    How 3 states are attacking carbon emissions from transportation

    While 21 states sued the federal government over its new rule requiring transportation emission reduction targets, others are forging ahead to clean up this sector.

    By Jan. 8, 2024
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    FEMA disaster resilience loan program grows to $150M this year

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency streamlined the application process for the funding program based on feedback from last year.

    By Jan. 8, 2024