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Sustainable jet fuel costs twice as much as fossil fuel. New federal subsidies aim to close that gap.

May 2, 2024
The Biden administration wants increase the use of sustainable aviation fuel around 180 fold by 2030.
Right now, the aviation industry uses about 16 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel each year. The Biden administration is hoping to hit 3 billion gallons by 2030.
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Nonprofits to receive billions of dollars for clean energy projects

Apr 5, 2024
$20 billion in grants and loans will be forthcoming from the Biden Administration. It's hoped this will attract private investment too.
At least 70% of recent federal funding for "green banks" is going to clean energy projects in low-income and disadvantaged communities.
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Hydropower production took a hit in 2023

Mar 28, 2024
Regions that depend on it are having to look to other sources of energy — which can cost more.
In May 2023, California's Lake Oroville reservoir rose to 100% capacity due to record-setting rains and heavy snowfall. Early, rapid runoff can make it harder to store water and generate hydroelectricity year-round.
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Rising insurance costs are making homeownership even more expensive

Mar 21, 2024
Climate risk and inflation are making insurance harder to find and mortgages harder to afford.
The main reason for higher home insurance costs is climate change, which is increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events.
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Record heat, drought decimate Louisiana’s beloved crawfish season

Mar 15, 2024
Farmers are catching less than half of their normal haul. Restaurants are hiking prices for the tiny, lobster-like crustacean, which is threatening neighborhood traditions of gathering around a crawfish boil.
Andy DeGrange holds a batch of freshly boiled crawfish. One pound of his recipe sells for $19 this year, which is about twice as expensive as last year.
Matt Bloom

SEC adopts rule making companies disclose climate risks

Mar 7, 2024
The rules are softer than those initially proposed.
New SEC rules are intended to standardize reporting requirements on things like emissions and exposure to climate change-related disasters.
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Historic drought at the Panama Canal threatens global shipping

Mar 6, 2024
Many fewer vessels now traverse the canal daily. The water deficit is a global phenomenon that has been linked to climate change.
Water levels at the Panama Canal are among the lowest on record.
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Coal has increasingly been replaced by alternative fuel sources, like natural gas and renewables.
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How the budget fight in Congress threatens federal wildland firefighters' pay

Feb 21, 2024
Federal firefighters make as little as $15 an hour. A permanent boost has bipartisan support, but it’s tied up in Congress' budget fight.
Federal firefighters starting out in their careers may earn as little as $15 an hour.
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Small ski resorts face uphill battle with snow shortfalls

Jan 8, 2024
As climate change makes winter snowfall uncertain, selling lift tickets gets trickier — especially at smaller, locally owned resorts.
In the past, White Pine ski resort in Wyoming has been able to open by Dec. 1, but this year there was not enough snow for the resort to open by Christmas.
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