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Logging mature and old trees threatens U.S. climate goals

Forests

Logging mature and old trees threatens U.S. climate goals

 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday signed a memorandum to clarify the U.S. Forest Service’s direction on climate policy. The memo, "Climate Resilience and Carbon Stewardship of America's National Forests and Grasslands," follows a recent White House executive order highlighting the importance of conserving mature and old-growth forests on federal lands as a climate solution. The memo, which lays out “actions to restore forests, improve resilience, and address the climate crisis”, falls short in meeting the ambition outlined in President Joe Biden’s order on old forests and trees. Secretary Vilsack acknowledges the role that older trees play in absorbing and storing carbon and supporting biodiversity. But he fails to outline a plan for his agency to protect mature and old-growth forests and trees from commercial logging. 

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RESOURCE: The 10 most polluting power plants in Georgia

Fossil fuel pollution

RESOURCE: The 10 most polluting power plants in Georgia

Atlanta, GA– Ahead of the Georgia Public Service Commission’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) decision and the Supreme Court’s decision on West Virginia vs Environmental Protection Agency, a case that will determine the EPA’s authority to regulate climate pollution, Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center released a new factsheet ranking Georgia’s dirtiest power plants. Though increased renewable energy generation has led to decreased emissions from the power sector, more than 3,400 fossil-fuel power plants are still contaminating American skies and contributing to climate change.

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Statement: EPA advises stronger limits on levels of toxic PFAS chemicals to protect Georgians’ health

Clean water

Statement: EPA advises stronger limits on levels of toxic PFAS chemicals to protect Georgians’ health

Atlanta -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled on Wednesday new health advisories for four of the most common toxic PFAS chemicals that pollute drinking water nationwide. These official EPA actions “provide technical information to drinking water system operators, as well as federal, state, Tribal, and local officials, on the health effects, analytical methods, and treatment technologies associated with drinking water contaminants.” In addition, the EPA announced the first round of funding to help clean up these so-called “forever chemicals” in public water systems. However, the EPA does not have the authority to enforce any PFAS standard associated with the health advisory.

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Environment Georgia’s clean water associate named a rising green leader in Atlanta

Clean water

Environment Georgia’s clean water associate named a rising green leader in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA–Environment Georgia is proud to recognize their Clean Water Associate, Jennifer Duenas who was featured as a next generation green leader in an article by Reporter Newspapers  and Atlanta Intown.The article highlights eight young professionals that are working to protect Atlanta’s environment and residents.

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Statement: Cost overruns at Georgia nuclear reactors offer cautionary tale

Clean energy

Statement: Cost overruns at Georgia nuclear reactors offer cautionary tale

ATLANTA – The only nuclear reactors under construction in the United States are now projected to cost more than $30 billion -- and the price tag for Plant Vogtle near Augusta, Georgia, doesn’t even include $3.68 billion that the project’s original contractor paid to the owners after going bankrupt.

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Statement: California Energy Commission releases big offshore wind target

Wind power

Statement: California Energy Commission releases big offshore wind target

As California seeks to secure a 100% renewable electricity grid to address the climate crisis, the California Energy Commission (CEC) has released their initial Offshore Wind report with goals of 3,000 MW of offshore wind energy by 2030 and 10,000 to 15,000 MW by 2045 with a potential of 20,000 MW by 2050, with sufficient technological improvements.

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