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Statement: The Home Depot shareholders take first step to protect forests

Forests

Statement: The Home Depot shareholders take first step to protect forests

Sixty-five percent of The Home Depot shareholders voted on Thursday to take a first step toward reducing the hardware giant's forest footprint. The proposal that passed directs the company to produce a report disclosing the company’s current impact on primary forests. The proposal also asks The Home Depot to determine steps it can take to eliminate both deforestation and degradation of primary forests from its supply chains. This action comes a month after The Home Depot’s chief rival, Lowe’s, voluntarily committed to undertaking similar measures. 

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Natural Resources Committee to consider strengthening roadless area protections

Forests

Natural Resources Committee to consider strengthening roadless area protections

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands will hold a hearing on Wednesday to consider the Roadless Area Conservation Act. Introduced in 2021 by Reps. Ruben Gallego of Arizona and Diana DeGette of Colorado, this bill would reinforce the landmark 2001 Roadless Rule, which was enacted under the Clinton administration. Indigenous leaders and conservation advocates expressed support for the Roadless Area Conservation Act because it will establish more permanent protections for critical forests, including the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska.

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Conservation groups welcome Biden order on Climate Forests

Forests

Conservation groups welcome Biden order on Climate Forests

On Friday, President Joe Biden will issue an executive order that directs federal agencies to conduct an inventory of mature and old-growth forests on America’s federal lands so that policies can be adopted to protect them. The administration framed the move as a key strategy to store carbon and address climate change. 

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New study ranks Phoenix in top ten U.S. cities for solar

Solar power

New study ranks Phoenix in top ten U.S. cities for solar

Phoenix ranked no. 7 in the U.S. for total installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the latest edition of the Environment Arizona Research & Policy Center’s report Shining Cities: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy. The report, which is the eighth edition of America’s most comprehensive survey of installed solar PV capacity in major U.S. cities, designates Arizona’s capital city a ‘Solar Superstar,’ meaning it boasts 100 or more watts of solar PV capacity installed per capita.

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Nation’s environmental leaders urge Governor Newsom to save solar

Solar power

Nation’s environmental leaders urge Governor Newsom to save solar

SAN FRANCISCO – As the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) considers gutting the state’s bedrock solar program, a broad coalition of national and state environmental organizations delivered a letter Wednesday to CPUC commissioners and Gov. Gavin Newsom urging them to immediately issue an alternative that allows rooftop solar and battery storage to continue to grow. The letter was delivered by 70 organizations, including Environment America, Environment California, Greenpeace, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, Environmental Working Group and the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Environment America submits nearly 16,000 comments in support of restoring protections for Tongass National Forest

Wildlife & wild places

Environment America submits nearly 16,000 comments in support of restoring protections for Tongass National Forest

With the comment period for a proposal to protect 9.2 million acres of Tongass National Forest ending Monday, Environment America submitted 15,941 comments to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) as part of a national effort which generated more than 100,000 comments in favor of protection. I

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Statement: EPA makes right choice by enacting strong clean car rule

Electric vehicles

Statement: EPA makes right choice by enacting strong clean car rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule on Monday to limit global warming pollution from cars and trucks. In total, the EPA’s new rule will result in more than 3.1 billion tons of avoided greenhouse gas emissions through 2050, which is the equivalent to more than half of net U.S. carbon dioxide emissions in 2019.

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