Climate Clips: Community Heat Mapping in Montgomery County

The results are in from the County’s August 2022 community heat-mapping project! Montgomery County was one of 16 jurisdictions globally that collaborated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and community scientists to map heat inequities.

See the full story at ArcGIS Story Maps.

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Temporary Air Pollution Exception for Data Centers Sparks Opposition in Northern Virginia
Virginia Mercury
At a public hearing in Woodbridge Monday, fourth grader Myles Grove told the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality he was concerned about pollution that could result from the state giving data centers a temporary exception from air quality rules to run backup generators.

After Criticism, Gas Industry Official Withdraws as Candidate for Maryland’s Public Service Commission
Inside Climate News
A gas industry executive nominated by Gov. Wes Moore to serve on the Maryland Public Service Commission withdrew his candidacy on Tuesday after environmentalists questioned his commitment to fighting climate change and protecting ratepayers’ interests while regulating gas and electric utilities.

Does Virginia’s Renewable Future Have Space for Alternative Forms of Gas?
Virginia Mercury
After the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation in 2022 allowing natural gas companies to use biogas, a form of gas made from waste, state regulators approved the first project developed under the new law.

Whale Die-Off Raises Stakes in Virginia Offshore Wind Bid
The Bay Journal
As Dominion Energy’s massive wind-energy project proposed off the coast of Virginia enters a critical new regulatory phase, it faces strengthening political headwinds.

National and International News

EPA Announces $250M for Curbing Climate Pollution, Advancing Environmental Justice
Utility Dive
The U.S. EPA on Wednesday announced $250 million in funding to help state and local governments develop plans to lower greenhouse gas emissions and advance environmental justice.

Biden Administration’s Global Plastics Plan Dubbed ‘Low Ambition’ and ‘Underwhelming
Inside Climate News
Critics are describing the Biden administration’s opening position in a United Nations effort to reach a global treaty or agreement to end plastic waste as vague and weak, despite its recognition of a need to end plastic pollution by 2040.

‘We Can’t Find People to Work’: The Newest Threat to Biden’s Climate Policies
Companies trying to advance a new generation of clean-energy technologies face a struggle: Finding enough people to hire.

CO2 Emissions May Be Starting to Plateau, Says Global Energy Watchdog
The Guardian
Global carbon dioxide emissions are still rising but may at least be reaching a plateau, research from the International Energy Agency has shown.

Biden Set for First Veto on Senate Bill Opposing Climate-Friendly Investing
The Washington Post
The Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would revoke a Labor Department rule allowing the managers of the agency’s vast retirement funds to use climate-oriented and social criteria when making investments.