Climate Clips: Upcoming task force will study how to preserve ‘Tysons Last Forest’

With development starting to pick up in the Spring Hill area, the need to protect some of the last remaining natural green space in Tysons has taken on a new level of urgency.

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Governor Moore Announces $4 Million Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Retrofits Pilot Program
Governor Wes Moore today announced $4 million in grants to six jurisdictions for repairs that will enable nearly 300 homes to proceed with comprehensive energy efficiency retrofits. The funds will be deployed through a new pilot program that integrates the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s energy efficiency programs and rehabilitation programs, providing the repairs necessary to proceed with upgrades for homes deferred for health and safety reasons.

Dominion Gets Approval to Charge Customers Again For Carbon Market Participation
Virginia Mercury
Despite Virginia’s pending withdrawal from a regional carbon market, residential Dominion customers will see an additional fee of roughly $4.44 on their monthly electric bills beginning Sept. 1 to cover the utility’s costs of participating in the market between July 31, 2022 and the end of this year.

Community Solar Project in Howard County Touted As Step Forward for Renewable Energy
The Daily Record
On a mild mid-May earlier this year, officials from an unusual assortment of public and private organizations and businesses – including two energy companies, Loyola University Maryland, Howard County, and St. Mary’s Coptic Church – gathered at the church’s property in Cooksville to break ground on a long-anticipated project.

With Net-Zero Carbon Emissions From Day 1, New Amazon Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, Aims to Be Model For Sustainable Building
At HQ2, Amazon has created a workspace powered by 100% renewable energy that will produce zero carbon emissions. It’s a combination Amazon, and its design and construction team, hopes others will follow.

National and International News

7 Automakers Join Forces to Double EV Fast-Charger Network In U.S.
Washington Post
Seven major automakers on Wednesday announced plans to nearly double the nation’s network of high-powered electric vehicle chargers, an effort to address a key consumer reservation about EVs — that they may not have a place to power up on the road.

States Siphoned Away $750 Million in Infrastructure Law Climate Funds
Washington Post
With $14 billion in new federal funding, the infrastructure law was supposed to jolt efforts to protect the U.S. highway network from a changing climate and curb carbon emissions that are warming the planet. New records show the effort is off to an unsteady start as hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent elsewhere.

Biden Announces Steps to Help Communities Deal With Extreme Heat
New York Times
President Biden directly linked recent record heat waves with climate change on Thursday and announced new measures aimed at helping communities endure extreme weather, as rising temperatures scorch much of the country and amplify alarms about global warming.

Interactive Map Shows Which US Cities Will Be Underwater in 2050
The Hill
A map created by Climate Central, an organization of scientists and journalists focused on studying the impacts of climate change, shows what the future may hold for coastal communities as sea level rises.

More Than 40M Americans Living in Cities Experience ‘Heat Islands’: Study
The Hill
More than 40 million Americans in cities live with the impact of the “heat island” effect, in which city centers absorb more heat than surrounding areas, according to an analysis published Wednesday by the organization Climate Central.