Pandemic Hit to Travel, Trade Caused Record Drop in Carbon Emissions

The coronavirus pandemic’s crippling blow to the global economy has also led to a record drop in carbon emissions, researchers said in a new analysis released Thursday, though the drop is nowhere near what’s needed to halt the potentially disastrous impacts of climate change over the longer-term.

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Judge: EPA Has No Duty to Periodically Review Industrial Pollution Risks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has no duty to review risks associated with major sources of industrial pollution on an ongoing basis — but it must update emissions-control technology for coke ovens and other sources of pollution every eight years, a federal judge ruled Friday.

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California Adds Trucks to Its Electric-Vehicle Mandate, a US First

California air quality regulators approved the nation’s first electric truck standards Thursday, requiring over half the trucks sold by manufacturers in the state be zero-emission vehicles by 2035 — a rule that will impact air quality and greenhouse gas emissions beyond the Golden State’s borders.

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Emissions Scandal

The Clean Air Act does not prevent two counties from enforcing regulations against Volkswagen for tampering with post-sale vehicles by updating the software in cars to better avoid and prevent compliance with federally mandated emission standards, the Ninth Circuit ruled. The court notes its ruling may “result in staggering liability for Volkswagen.”

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California Leads Charge Against Fuel Economy Rollback

Led by California, 24 states and several cities on Wednesday challenged the Trump administration’s rollback of the Clean Car Standards, the 2010 rule that was supposed to guide fuel efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas emissions reduction through 2026.

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