Climate Clips: Maryland offers grant funding for tree plantings in underserved communities

Groups looking to plant trees in “overburdened, underserved communities” in Maryland can apply to receive funding for their project through a new grant fund.

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation Court Filing Supports Legal Effort to Keep Virginia in RGGI
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Ahead of a Feb. 5 court hearing, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation filed a supporting brief arguing for Virginia’s continued participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

Poll Shows Wide Support in Md. for Making Polluters Pay for Climate Change
Maryland Matters
As environmental advocates begin to push an audacious plan to make polluters compensate the state for the ravages of climate change, they are now armed with a poll showing voters want policymakers to be tough with fossil fuel companies.

Dominion Offshore Wind Farm Earns Final Federal Approvals
Virginia Business
Dominion Energy has earned the final two federal approvals needed to move forward with the construction and operation of its $9.8 billion, 176-turbine offshore wind farm 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.

Republican Delegate Eyes Fixes for Tire Recycling
Virginia Mercury
A Republican delegate got the backing of Democrats but not colleagues on his side of the aisle to increase regulations on tire recycling.

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Electrified Transport Investment Soared Globally in ’23, Passing Renewable Energy
Inside Climate News
Electrified transportation sped past renewable energy last year to become the world’s largest category of energy transition investment.

In a First, the US Just Finalized Stove Energy Efficiency Standards
Until now, stoves haven’t had efficiency performance requirements in the US, so setting energy efficiency standards will put an end to the wide variety of stove efficiency in the US market. Inefficient stoves cost consumers more in the long run because they use more energy.

Data Shows a Surprising Shift in How Americans are Powering Their Homes: ‘[It’s] Driven Largely by Economics’
The Cool Down
This growth of renewables should be good news for reducing the U.S.’s air pollution from heat-trapping gases, and some reports have also noted that reductions in these gases may have also been driven by natural gas replacing coal-fired energy production.

Zero-Waste Advocates See Opportunity in EPA’s $4.6B GHG Reduction Grants
Waste Dive
At a webinar Wednesday, speakers from zero waste organizations and municipalities said there are opportunities on the horizon related to the EPA’s Climate Pollution Reduction Grants Program meant to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Everyone Says Trees Are Good for Us. This Scientist Wants to Prove It.
Washington Post
So far, Aruni Bhatnagar has published a few studies about the immediate effects of introducing trees. His team has found higher air pollution near fast food restaurants, and better sleep and sense of well-being near green spaces — all interesting, but the most meaningful results are the changes over time.