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This week’s good climate news


Global coalition to cut methane formed

A blast of fire coming off a methane valve which is somehow the correct way to handle things

The U.S., European Commission, Australia, South Korea and Japan are joining forces to cut methane emissions. Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is responsible for almost one-third of global heating since the industrial revolution, making efforts to limit its emissions crucial in the fight against climate.

And coming early next year, a new satellite will help spot methane leaks.

US solar jobs trending upward

Solar panels being installed on a roof

The executive summary from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council shows a 3.5% increase in solar job growth since 2021, demonstrating a positive trend in the renewable energy sector.

The report showcases a remarkable surge in employment opportunities within the solar industry, highlighting its significant contribution to the U.S. job market and sustainable economic development.

Court rules to protect US monument

Pilot Rock in Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

In a significant ruling, the U.S. D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, protecting vital wildlife habitats and preserving natural beauty. This decision marks a victory for environmental conservation efforts and secures additional land under federal protection.

The monument covers 114,000 acres in northern California and southern Oregon.

US government to buy 9,500 EVs

A row of electric vehicles plugged into chargers

To scale up clean transportation, U.S. government agencies plan to purchase 9,500 electric vehicles in 2023 — nearly triple the amount bought in the previous budget year. The move reflects a significant commitment to reduce carbon emissions.

President Biden issued an executive order in December 2021 to replace the entire federal fleet with domestic EVs.

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