Climate Clips: NOAA climate scientists cruise Washington and Baltimore for hotspots—of greenhouse gases and air pollutants

Sensors on a vehicle they jokingly call “NOAA’s ARC” detect carbon dioxide, methane, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and black carbon.

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Virginia Awards $52 Million for Additional Flood Resilience Projects
Virginia Mercury
The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation announced Friday additional recipients of $52 million in state flood resilience grants, including projects that will protect individual properties on the Middle Peninsula.

Maryland General Assembly to Consider Ways to Entice You — And Your Neighbor — To Buy Electric Cars
A lot of Marylanders need to go electric for the state to have any chance of meeting emissions goals the Maryland General Assembly passed last year. State officials are hoping to entice buyers to take the plunge.

Inside Montgomery County’s Transition to the Nation’s Largest Electric School Bus Fleet
Bethesda Magazine
Montgomery County Public Schools operates the largest electric school bus fleet in the nation, and the county expects to transition to an electric-only fleet within 10 years. As drivers adjust to the new models, transportation director Greg Salois said they’re discovering calmer rides.

Renewable Energy Now Entirely Powers Arlington Gov’t Facilities, County Says
Arlington County operations now run entirely on renewable electricity — a full two years ahead of schedule. As part of the Community Energy Plan adopted in 2019, Arlington County committed to transitioning 100% of county operations to renewable sources by 2025.

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3 Ways to Tap Billions in New Money to Go Green — Starting This Month
The Washington Post
Earlier this year, Congress passed the biggest climate bill in history — cloaked under the name the “Inflation Reduction Act.” But while economists say the bill may not reduce inflation very much, it could do one important thing for a country trying to move away from fossil fuels: Spur millions of households across America to switch over to cleaner energy sources with free money.

EPA Toughens Emission Rules for Heavy-duty Trucks, Engines
E&E News
For the first time in a generation, heavy-duty truck and engine manufacturers face substantially tougher long-term emission standards under what EPA Administrator Michael Regan called a historic set of regulations to cut harmful soot and smog pollution.

A New EPA Proposal is Reigniting a Debate About What Counts As ‘Renewable’
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new standards for how much of the nation’s fuel supply should come from renewable sources. The proposal, released last month, calls for an increase in the mandatory requirements set forth by the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS.

Why 2023 is a Cliff for Climate Rules
E&E News
The Biden administration’s team of veteran lawyers and regulatory experts tasked with proposing clear air rules and climate mandates is far behind schedule at the outset of 2023. Deadlines have come and gone for EPA actions on power plant mercury and air toxics, cars, and atmospheric ozone. The agency is also under the gun to propose carbon rules for new and modified power plants and to finalize its methane standards for the oil and gas industry.

EPA Proposes Tightening Fine Particulate Matter Standard, Potentially Affecting Coal Power Plants
Utility Dive
In a move that could add to regulatory requirements for coal-fired power plants, the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed tightening the primary annual air quality standard for fine particulate matter, called PM 2.5, to a range of 9 micrograms per cubic meter to 10 µg/m3 from 12 µg/m3.