Climate Clips: It’s DC’s final autumn with the grating symphony of gas-powered leaf blowers

As the DC government gets ready to implement a ban on the use or sale of gas-powered leaf blowers at the start of 2022, this will be the final fall that the particular noise and fumes from the equipment will exist without the potential for a $500 fine.

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Saving History With Sandbags: Climate Change Threatens the Smithsonian
The New York Times
Nearly two million irreplaceable artifacts that tell the American story are housed in the National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonian Institution, the biggest museum complex in the world. Now, because of climate change, the Smithsonian stands out for another reason: Its cherished buildings are extremely vulnerable to flooding, and some could eventually be underwater.

Why Some Lawmakers are Pushing for a Virginia Flood Board
Virginia Mercury
With sea-level rise and more frequent intense rainstorms putting pressure on communities statewide, some Virginia officials are again pushing for the creation of a state flood board.

Maryland, Virginia Lawmakers Spearhead Drive to Make the Chesapeake Bay a National Recreation Area
Inside Climate News
Almost four decades after President Ronald Reagan called the Chesapeake Bay “a national treasure” in 1984, a group of lawmakers, environmentalists, and watermen are at work on legislation to make coastal sites along the vast estuary parts of a national recreation area managed by the National Park Service.

Baltimore County Seeking Public Input On Transit Development Plan
CBS Baltimore
The Baltimore County Department of Public Works and Transportation on Monday released its final draft on a plan to improve and expand transit over the next five years, and the county is looking for public input.

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At the Forefront: The Biggest State Clean Energy Legislative Trends of 2021
Utility Dive
States have been at the forefront of clean energy policy for many years and 2021 was no exception, with states enacting numerous bills promoting clean energy technologies, grid modernization, and transportation electrification. Noteworthy trends in 2021 legislative activity are identified.

3 Issues to Watch with Biden’s Oil and Gas Overhaul
E&E News
The Biden administration’s “high-level blueprint” for revamping the federal oil and gas program, published over the Thanksgiving holiday, is either a bombshell or a dud depending on who’s talking.

The Clean Energy Transition Enters Hyperdrive
Inside Climate News
After decades in which governments and industry groups have often assumed that the shift to renewable energy will be a financial burden, economists and analysts are increasingly making a case that the opposite is true: The transition will lead to cost-savings on a massive scale that will add to its momentum.

The Rise of the Local Climate Candidate
As the effects of climate change become more severe, local officials like Boston Mayor Michelle Wu are spotlighting environmental issues and solutions — and winning.

Biden Keeps Jerome Powell. What it Means for Climate
E&E News
In nominating Jerome Powell yesterday for a second term as Federal Reserve chair, President Biden chose the conventional route — and in the process left many climate activists and advocates disappointed.