Africa's first green hydrogen plant to be complete by 2024

Inhabitant

The plant will be complete in 2024, making it Africa's first hydrogen power plant. A French power producer HDF Energy (HDF.PA) is constructing a 3.1 billion Namibian dollar (USD $181.25 million) hydrogen plant in Namibia, Africa. The firm says that once the plant becomes operational, it will supply electricity 24 hours a day, all throughout the year

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2024 IECC proposals address energy use in budding industry

Environmental News Bits

HVAC and dehumidification accounts for most of … Continue reading 2024 IECC proposals address energy use in budding industry. Read the full story from the New Buildings Institute. With the rapid growth of new indoor agriculture facilities growing vegetables, cannabis and other plants, the increased demand for energy and carbon intensive lighting and dehumidification for plant growth has skyrocketed. Lighting can consume between 50-70% of an indoor grow facility’s energy.

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Iceland whaling: Fisheries minister signals end from 2024

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from BBC News. Commercial whaling in Iceland could be banned within two years, after a government minister said there was little justification for the practice. Read more → Wildlife

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Russia Plans to Leave the International Space Station after 2024

Scientific American

The announcement comes as NASA and Roscosmos are laying plans to transition to other orbital habitats. Space & Physics Space Exploration

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You’re Safe Til 2024: Deep History is about humanity's turning points

New Scientist

This impactful one-man show from David Finnigan explores the moments in Earth’s history when humans faced turning points

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AI tech ESET Campus will break ground in 2024

Inhabitant

Designer Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has unveiled a new technology campus for cybersecurity and AI in Bratislava, Slovakia called ESET Campus. The new central European tech hub is comprised of 55,000 square meters and was a partnership between designers BIG, Inflow, Pantograph, BuroHappold and ARUP

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Cicadas are waking up in Eastern Illinois but many more arrive in 2024

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Illinois Newsroom. After lying dormant for 17 years, billions of Cicadas – big insects with big wings are awakening in far eastern Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and other states. Illinois Newsroom’s Reginald Hardwick talked with Katie Dana, the scientific specialist in entomology at the Illinois Natural History Survey. She says this year’s… Read more → Illinois Prairie Research Institute Wildlife

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Republicans Reject the Freedom to Vote Act

Union of Concerned Scientists

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Climate Change and the California Vote

Environmental Law Prof Blog

This might seem interesting only if you’re predicting the 2024 presidential primaries. In one of Tuesday’s least surprising outcomes, California voters reelected Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. It wasn’t close.

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Producers need to start getting ready for the UK’s EPR packaging regulations

Environmental News Bits

The implementation of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations in the UK has been delayed until 2024, but packaging data specialist Ecoveritas is cautioning producers to not be complacent and to start making plans now. Read the full story at Bakery and Snacks.

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For Shein and other fast fashion offenders, ESG-washing is not the answer

Environmental News Bits

If reports are to be believed, Chinese fast-fashion behemoth Shein is trying to make amends, shifting its image to justify a steadily dropping $100 billion valuation ahead of an ambitious IPO in 2024. Read the full story at GreenBiz. It’s got a lot of work to do. While the company controls most of the category at 28 … Continue reading For Shein and other fast fashion offenders, ESG-washing is not the answer. ESG Fast fashion Greenwashing

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Gasoline-powered lawn mowers, leaf blowers to be banned under new California law

Environmental News Bits

Gavin Newsom has signed into law a bill that will ban the sale of small internal combustion engines predominately used in lawn and garden equipment, starting as soon as 2024. Read the full story at Ars Technica. Gasoline-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers will soon be a thing of the past in California. The new… Read more → Air quality Regulation

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Delta signs $1 billion sustainable aviation fuel agreement

Environmental News Bits

Deliveries are slated to begin in 2024, and the value of the agreement is estimated to be more… Read more → Aerospace industryRead the full story at ESG Today. Renewable fuels and biochemicals company Aemetis announced a new offtake agreement with Delta Air Lines for the delivery of 250 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) over 10 years.

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The Electric Cars of the Future Are Already Here Today

Union of Concerned Scientists

To be sure, this year there were also EV prototypes on display, but most were vehicles that are slated to arrive for sale in the US in 2023 or 2024 rather than mere concepts.

NYC Department of Buildings Releases Proposed Local Law 97 Regulations

SPR Law

LL97 requires most large buildings in NYC to meet increasingly stringent greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions limits starting in 2024. On October 6, 2022, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) issued proposed regulations to implement Local Law 97 of 2019 (LL97).

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DHL, Eviation Partner On Zero-Emissions Cargo Planes

Environmental Leader

The cargo planes are expected to be delivered in 2024. DHL Express has ordered 12 all-electric Alice eCargo planes from Eviation, maker of the world’s first all-electric aircraft.

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Hempcrete approved for U.S. residential construction

Environmental News Bits

The material was approved as an appendix for the 2024 International Residential Code (IRC), which governs U.S. Read the full story at Ganjapreneur. Hempcrete was approved for the model U.S. residential building code during a hearing last week overseen by the International Code Council (ICC), HempBuild Magazine reports. residential building codes for 49 out of 50 states. … Continue reading Hempcrete approved for U.S. residential construction. Green building

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Market Center of the Ozarks to boost local agriculture

Inhabitant

The Market Center of the Ozarks will break ground in the summer of 2022, with a 2024 completion goal The Walton Family Foundation, headed by the same Walton family of the Walmart empire, has announced plans for a $31 million food market to boost local agriculture in the Springdale region of northwest Arkansas.

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New Jersey passes ambitious recycled content bill, which now heads to governor for signature

Environmental News Bits

Starting in 2024, rigid plastic containers will need to contain at least 10% postconsumer recycled content, and plastic beverage containers will need to contain at… Read more → Circular economy Packaging RegulationRead the full story at Waste Dive. New Jersey’s recycled content bill, S2515, is on its way to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk after passing the state’s Assembly and Senate Jan.

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A new digital tool to help co-ops and condos cut carbon emissions

Environmental News Bits

Beginning in 2024, boards that fail to bring their buildings’ carbon emissions under prescribed caps will face stiff fines. Read the full story in Habitat. The Department of Buildings (DOB) has unveiled new digital resources designed to help co-op and condo boards and their property managers comply with the looming Climate Mobilization Act. A second set of caps must be met by 2030. The… Read more → Green building Information tools Sustainable communities

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Partners open source PFAS alternative for food packaging

Environmental News Bits

By January 2024 these toxic “forever chemicals” will be prohibited in the manufacturing of food contact packaging. Read the full story at Waste360. The clock is ticking for food manufacturers and consumer packaged goods companies who use per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS)-containing materials.

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Michelin will transform yogurt cups and PET bottles into tires

Environmental News Bits

Michelin is looking to roll out tires made from recycled yogurt cups and PET bottles as early as 2024, “with the potential for around four billion PET bottles to be recycled every year as raw material for tires,” the Clermont-Ferrand, France-headquartered brand said in a release. Read the full story in Business World.

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UK Aims to Dump Coal Early, While Asia Stays the Course

Yale E360

Britain announced that it is aiming to phase out coal power by October, 2024, one year earlier than its previous target date, Reuters reported.

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A new digital tool to help co-ops and condos cut carbon emissions

Environmental News Bits

Beginning in 2024, boards that fail to bring their buildings’ carbon emissions under prescribed caps will face stiff fines. Read the full story at Habitat. The Department of Buildings (DOB) has unveiled new digital resources designed to help co-op and condo boards and their property managers comply with the looming Climate Mobilization Act. A second set of caps must be met by 2030. The… Read more → Green building Information tools Sustainable communities

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DHL, Eviation Partner On Zero-Emissions Cargo Planes

Environmental Leader

The cargo planes are expected to be delivered in 2024. DHL Express has ordered 12 all-electric Alice eCargo planes from Eviation, maker of the world’s first all-electric aircraft.

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Fighting Climate Change and Unhealthy Air, California Wants to Electrify Trucks, Too

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Advanced Clean Fleets (ACF) rule would require the largest, most profitable, and most polluting commercial fleets in the state to begin transitioning to electric trucks in 2024, eventually requiring that the state’s largest fleets purchase only 100 percent zero-emissions in 2042.

COP27 Heads into Final Stretch with Critical Issues Still in the Balance

Union of Concerned Scientists

has only indicated support for a two-year process for broad discussions on financial arrangements for loss and damage with an uncertain outcome in 2024. It’s the middle of the final week of COP27 and this is when everything goes into high gear.

BOEM Slated to Act on Two Gulf of Maine Offshore Wind Activities in 2023

Law and Environment

While the first Gulf of Maine offshore wind lease sale is not expected until 2024, this post explores recent actions BOEM has taken to advance offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine and the agency activity we’re likely to see in the year ahead.

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New US Policy Makes Federal Science Accessible to All

Union of Concerned Scientists

According to OSTP’s guidance , federal agencies will have until December of 2024 to develop policies and plans to implement plans to make their research accessible.

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Norway expands gas production even as the climate crisis bites

A Greener Life

The two new discoveries Tommeliten A and Frosk, are both located in the North Sea; Tommeliten which will start production in 2024 is estimated at 21 million standard cubic meters (MCM) of oil equivalent (of which just over three-quarters is gas) and Frosk’s recoverable reserves are estimated at 1.51

California Air Resources Board Begins Process to Update Low Carbon Fuel Standard Regulations

E2 Law Blog

Any changes that result from this effort may be implemented by 2024. On Dec. 7, 2021, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) began the process of updating California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) by holding a virtual workshop where CARB staff discussed their initial amendment proposals.

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Ohioans Stuck Burning Coal, Burning Cash

Union of Concerned Scientists

The OVEC coal bailouts, which the PUCO approved in 2014, were set to expire in 2024 and only applied to utility customers who had a stake in OVEC. Even if you don’t live in Ohio, you may have heard about H.B.

Sabin Center files third-party intervention in the Klimaseniorinnen case at the European Court of Human Rights

Law Columbia

After the ECtHR analyzes all submissions, it is expected to hold a hearing April or May 2023, and reach a decision later that year or in early 2024. Sabin Center files third-party intervention in the Klimaseniorinnen case at the European Court of Human Rights. By Maria Antonia Tigre. On Monday, December 5, the Sabin Center filed written observations as a third-party intervener at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Verein KlimaSeniorinnen and others v Switzerland.

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California Needs to Focus on Electrifying Big Rigs

Union of Concerned Scientists

This regulation, called the Advanced Clean Fleets (ACF) rule, has the potential to deliver significant reductions in both air and climate-warming pollutants by requiring the state’s largest and most profitable commercial and public fleets to transition to electric trucks, vans, and buses over time, beginning in 2024. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is currently considering one of the most critical rules for air quality and climate change in many, many years.

Canada Will Publish Draft Framework for Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials for 60-Day Comment Period

Nanotech

On December 17, 2021, Canada published the Chemicals Management Plan implementation table for 2021- 2024. Continue to conduct assessments, including for titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, between 2021 and 2024.

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Changes to California’s Electric Truck Proposal Could Reap Huge Climate and Air Quality Gains

Union of Concerned Scientists

While it is true that EV battery prices have increased this year compared to last year despite increased production, battery prices are anticipated to fall to $100/kWh by 2024.

The Battle for the Senate

Legal Planet

The Democrats have less to worry about in 2024 if they can hold onto the Senate this year. Of course, they might lose at the polls in 2024 anyway, which would make control of the Senate irrelevant. How much does control of the Senate matter for purposes of environmental law?

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Susquehanna River Basin Commission To Hold Business Meeting Sept. 15

PA Environment Daily

formal notice ) The business meeting will include actions or presentations on the following items: (1) adoption of a revised Civil Penalty Matrix and a revised Policy and Guidance Statement for the Settlement of Civil Penalties/Enforcement Actions; (2) adoption of the Commission's Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Budget; (3) adoption of member jurisdictions allocation for FY 2024; (4) approval of contracts, grants and agreements; and (5) actions on 20 regulatory program projects.

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Making Fossil Fuels Pay for Their Damage

Legal Planet

And the GOP is likely to be able to block such a bill until the 2024 elections. But depending on how things go in 2024, it might be well worth considering. Production and combustion of fossil fuels imposes enormous costs on society, which the industry doesn’t pay for.

Cities & the Inflation Reduction Act

Law Columbia

All amounts are to be made available within 180 days and remain available until September 30, 2024. By Amy Turner. On August 16, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (or “IRA”), widely hailed as the most ambitious piece of climate legislation in U.S. history.

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Next Up for Massachusetts Building Emissions Reductions: Tackling the Clean Heat Challenge

Law and Environment

This week, the Massachusetts Commission on Clean Heat released its final report. The report seeks to establish a framework for a long-term reduction in emissions from heating fuels, to align with the Commonwealth’s emissions reduction target of net zero by 2050 and the 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap.

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Celebrating Open Access Week 2021, new environmental open-access journals

Physics World

2024.?After Next week marks International Open Access Week 2021 , which has as its theme “It matters how we open knowledge: building structural equity”. Now in its 13th year, the global event aims to promote the benefits of open-access publishing.

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The IOC creates an Olympic Forest

A Greener Life

The IOC has committed to reducing its carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2024, and by 45 per cent by 2030, in line with the Paris Agreement. Photo credit: IOC. By Anders Lorenzen.

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