Environment

Biden’s plan would boost conservation of US lands, waters

The multiagency effort will create thousands of jobs and strengthen the economy, the report says, while also tackling climate change and environmental justice, including expanded access by disadvantaged communities to the outdoors.

  Go forth and spend: Call for action closes US climate summit

  World leaders pledge climate cooperation despite other rifts

Biden aims for momentum as US returns to climate fight

Democrats push $25B to electrify school buses, a Biden priority

AP sources: Biden to pledge halving greenhouse gases by 2030

Also roaring back from pandemic: Earth-warming emissions

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Taco Bell to recycle, reuse hot sauce packets

Biden feels heat on emissions goal as climate summit nears

US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency

Business leaders urge Biden to set ambitious climate goal

  EBR: Operation Clean Up postponed

California’s Pacific Gas & Electric charged in 2019 wildfire

  Lessons from the pandemic to apply to global environmental awareness

After seeing the consequences of a global issue in action during the pandemic, 2021 seems prime for initiating a global call to action.

  Crews battling Black Hills wildfires gaining control

High winds are hampering firefighters battling wildfires in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Biden invites Russia, China to first global climate talks

The president is seeking to revive a U.S.-convened forum of the world’s major economies on climate that George W. Bush and Barack Obama both used and Donald Trump let languish.

  Louisiana’s Climate Initiatives Task Force hopes to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050

Gov. John Bel Edwards set goals to reduce net emissions by 26 to 28% by 2025, 40 to 50% by 2030 and net zero by 2050.

  Can COVID-19 face masks help against seasonal allergies?

Parts of U.S.’s Southernmost States Will ‘Tropicalize’ as Climate Changes

  Old South Baton Rouge suffers blight attracting disease carrying mosquitoes

  Adjacent BR neighborhoods provide evidence for health disparity thesis

  Freeport McMoRan agrees to big coastal damage settlement

  Baton Rouge’s dirty secret: 81 tons of litter in wetlands behind LSU’s Burden Center

Six power companies announce plan to add electric vehicle fast chargers to connect Atlantic Coast, Midwest, Gulf Coast, Central Plains destinations

Six major utilities today announced a plan to ensure that electric vehicle drivers have access to a seamless network of charging stations connecting major highway systems from the Atlantic Coast through the Midwest and South, and into the Gulf Coast and Central Plains regions.

Energy-related emissions up in December despite pandemic

Scientists have previously calculated that CO2 emissions fell by 7% during 2020 as people stayed home because of the pandemic.

Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico wintering grounds

The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year.

Texas blackouts fuel false claims about renewable energy

Some wind turbine generators were iced, but nearly twice as much power was wiped out at natural gas and coal plants.

Biden delays Trump rule that weakened wild bird protections

The Biden administration said Thursday it was delaying a rule finalized in former President Donald Trump’s last days in office that would have drastically weakened the government’s power to enforce a century-old law protecting most wild birds.

  Biden administration’s green pivot makes future fuzzy for Louisiana oil and gas

The future of Louisiana’s oil and gas industry is murky, according to industry leaders.

  President Biden’s climate change orders will impact Louisiana’s oil and gas industry

People across Louisiana are watching the President Joe Biden’s executive orders on climate change, that will have an impact the oil and gas industry in the state.

AP sources: Biden to pause oil and gas sales on public lands

Environmental groups hailed the expected moratorium as the kind of bold, urgent action needed to slow climate change.

  On Day One, Biden targets Trump policies on climate, coronavirus

Biden on Wednesday planned to halt construction on Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall, end the ban on travel from some Muslim-majority countries, rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and the World Health Organization and revoke the approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, aides said.

Energizing Louisiana’s economy with clean fuels for a healthy future

Louisiana Clean Fuels is a statewide organization that works to promote alternative fuels as a means of creating a healthier environment and stronger economy.

Heart of Louisiana: Bamboo reaches far beyond uses imagined

It’s very green, extremely fast growing and it’s gaining in popularity with home gardeners and sustainable manufacturing. That plant is bamboo, and it has found a home in the rolling hills of Washington Parish.

  West Baton Rouge officials discuss new solar panels

If you’ve driven past the vast empty fields in Port Allen located on Rosedale Road, you’ve most likely come across quite a few solar panels as well.

Bending the rules to create a better infrastructure for our environment

A research team is taking that ancient material into the future by creating a bendable product that will last longer and prove better for the environment.

  U.S. Army awards LSU $10 million for climate change research

The university will build computer models that can predict how coastal erosion, frequent severe weather events, and rising seas affect terrain near military installations.

50 countries vow to protect 30% of land and sea by 2030

A 2019 U.N. report on biodiversity showed that human activities are putting nature in more trouble now than at any other time in human history.

LSU student served on Biden-Harris campaign’s climate committee

LSU graduate Jack Green’s last semester at LSU focused on his classes and a presidential campaign, as member of the Biden-Harris campaign’s Climate, Energy and Environment committee.

Biden introduces his climate team, says ‘no time to waste’

President-elect Joe Biden hopes the environmental team he is set to introduce on Saturday will steer America toward greater action to curb climate change and protect the nation’s air and water.

Feds to delay seeking legal protection for monarch butterfly

The monarch butterfly will have to wait several years more to receive protection under the Endangered Species Act despite its declining population.

As leaders set fresh climate goals, Biden pledges US support

The outgoing administration of President Donald Trump, who pulled Washington out of the Paris accord, wasn’t represented at the online gathering.

Five years on, signs that Paris climate accord is working

But they caution that impacts of warming already are hitting Earth harder than scientists predicted.

Tired of it: The ugly truth about waste tires

Discarded tires seem to be everywhere, but why is this a problem we cannot seem to solve? The answer is complicated and will require some real innovation to solve.

UN calls on humanity to end ‘war on nature,’ go carbon-free

While the globe partly shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, extremes linked to human-caused climate change intensified, the World Meteorological Organization said in its State of the Global Climate report.

Report: Climate change damaging more World Heritage sites

Sixteen World Heritage sites have deteriorated since the last World Heritage Outlook was released three years ago, while only eight improved, said the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

  Trump slams global climate agreement Biden intends to rejoin

President Donald Trump railed against the Paris climate accord on Sunday, telling world leaders at a virtual summit that the agreement was designed to cripple the U.S. economy, not save the planet.

Governor initiates new climate change efforts

On Monday, Nov. 9, Governor John Bel Edwards kicked off two new initiatives to address climate change.

US formally exits Paris pact aiming to curb climate change

Some 189 countries remain committed to the 2015 Paris accord, which aims to keep the increase in average temperatures worldwide “well below” 2 degrees Celsius.

  Solar power facility in WBR Parish officially up and running

In West Baton Rouge Parish, the Capital Region Solar Facility is officially up and running, providing energy to Entergy Louisiana customers.

UN: Climate change means more weather disasters every year

In the wake of heat waves, global warming, forest fires, storms, droughts and a rising number of hurricanes, the U.N. weather agency is warning that the number of people who need international humanitarian help could rise 50% by 2030 compared to the 108 million who needed it worldwide in 2018.

It’s in the air we breathe: Microplastic in the atmosphere prompts new study at LSU

LSU Chemical Engineering Professors Bhuvnesh Bharti and Kalliat T. Valsaraj were awarded $300,000 by the National Science Foundation Chemistry Division to explore the impact of microplastic on the air we breathe.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Metairie artist makes unique Mardi Gras throws

Some people see rejection as the end of the road. For Metairie artist, Joycelyn Boudreaux, it was only a necessary step in the pursuit of success.

  Entergy one step closer to building one of the largest solar facilities in La.

A spokesperson for Entergy says the company is one step closer to building one of the largest solar facilities in Louisiana.

Scientists, conservation leaders touring Wax Lake Delta

The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is conducting a site visit to the Wax Lake Delta near Morgan City.

  How safe is Baton Rouge tap water? Water company and environmental group disagree

A new 2019 database report released Oct.22 by the national environmental non-profit, Environmental Working Group (EWG), says Baton Rouge tap water contains four different contaminants that are over EWG’s health guidelines, but well below federal limits (where applicable).

LSU professor refines process to make biodegradable Mardi Gras beads

An LSU researcher is refining a process to make biodegradable beads that could keep tens of thousands of pounds of plastic beads from entering the environment each year.