California re-evaluating its landmark climate strategy
California EPA Secretary Jared Blumenfeld laid out plans for re-examining whether the program is likely to meet its goals for reducing greenhouse gases. It signals a shift in the administration’s attitude and reflects problems posed by the pandemic-caused recession.
What we need to know about PPE associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in the marine environment
Since the COVID-19 outbreak was declared as a global health emergency, the use of multiple types of plastic-based PPEs as a measure to reduce the infection increased tremendously.
Business models shifts: Impact of Covid-19
No amount of crystal ball gazing may help us fathom the full impact of the Covid-19 (C-19) crisis on business organizations in a distinct manner. Given the lack of precedence, any such analyses seem to demand routine revisions as we progress further up the “number of infected” curve.
Research on international business: The new realities
This year (2021) marks the thirtieth year of the establishment of the International Business Review. This anniversary provides an appropriate occasion not only to reflect on past developments in the global economy and International Business (IB) research, but also to offer our thoughts on the new realities that we believe IB scholars should address in the coming years.
A collision of crises: Central Valley suffers searing heat, smoke and virus hot spots
The dangerous trio has Californians unable to escape unhealthful air and reluctant to leave home.
A month of Spare the Air days, and the sky still may not be clearing
The hope for relief from smoke-filled skies that weather and air quality forecasters once thought may arrive as the work week began was replaced Monday by the reality that the cloud of soot resulting from fires up and down the West Coast is sticking around at least a few more days.
As California burns, Trump blames forest management, Biden calls president “climate arsonist”
California’s plight took center stage Monday in the race for the White House as President Donald Trump visited the Golden State in the midst of an epic wildfire season that has ravaged Western states, blaming “forest management” and discarding a warning that a warming planet is making the fires worse.
“It will start getting cooler,” Trump told California officials during a briefing on the wildfires in Sacramento. “You just watch.”
Fixing the Covid Food Disaster Can Slash Climate Emissions
A San Francisco startup is matching farmers to distributors to get food to hungry people and reduce greenhouse gases
Shutdown of Marathon’s Martinez Refinery Prompts Calls for ‘Just Transition’ for Oil Workers
Elected officials, union leaders, industry representatives and environmentalists are expressing concern about the hundreds of workers set to lose their jobs at California's fourth-largest refinery in the coming months.
Major Components of Joint Economic Stimulus Plan
Sub-topics: New Revenues Without Raising Taxes; Support for Small Business; Protections for Working Families; Investments in our Green Economy
BROADBAND AS A GREEN STRATEGY
Broadband (high-speed Internet access) is an essential 21st Century infrastructure and a necessity for California’s future global competitiveness, prosperity, and high quality of life. The use of diverse broadband driven applications also has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy consumption, helping meet local, state, and federal air quality standards.
Los Angeles County Economic Resiliency Task Force Comprehensive Report
Retrofitting homes, small businesses for clean energy appliances will stimulate economy and fight climate change
A stimulus plan to retrofit homes and replace gas appliances for low-income Californians and small businesses will help fight climate change and create jobs.
California mandates zero-exhaust big rigs, delivery trucks
The requirements begin in 2024. By 2035, 55% of delivery vans and large pickups, 75% of commercial trucks such as garbage trucks and 40% of the big rigs sold in California must be emissions-free.
COVID-19 Considerations for Cleaner Air Shelters and Cleaner Air Spaces to Protect the Public from Wildfire Smoke
This document provides interim guidance to reduce the risk of introducing and transmitting SARS-CoV-2 (the virus responsible for causing COVID-19) in cleaner air shelters and cleaner air spaces. Cleaner air shelters and cleaner air spaces are public spaces where people can seek relief from wildfire smoke.
How micromobility can support a green economic recovery post-COVID-19
The transition to a post-COVID world is not going to be as simple as offering more micromobility options than before. How can service providers look to fill the void that COVID-19 has created?
California’s recovery efforts should include clean transportation
California can continue to lead in the transportation energy markets of the future by making investments that stimulate green transportation.
Legislature must prioritize resources to expand access to parks for underserved communities
Parks serve as sacred spaces to connect, hold vigils and launch peaceful calls for justice; however, the reality is that not all of us have equal access to parks.
County of Los Angeles COVID-19 Economic Resiliency Task Force Infrastructure Development and Construction Sector Recommendation Report
In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, the County must strengthen its commitment to sustainability, equity, and resilience in order to create a pathway for investment in a safe, healthy, and inclusive future.
Can the Internet Help Save the Environment? Yes.
We’ve all heard of the ways we can help save the planet, such as conserving energy in our homes and driving fewer miles in our cars. Such common environmentally-conscious strategies become a lot easier when technology supports our efforts. It turns out that high-speed Internet—also known as broadband— can do exactly that.
Economic, Environmental Benefits of Broadband
A lengthy document released by The American Consumer Institute reviewed industry and academic material, including 181 referenced items, to quantify the existing and future impacts of broadband. The paper stated that greenhouse gas reductions, resulting from the deployment and utilization of broadband Internet access, could exceed 1.1 billion tons over 10 years.
SDG&E Launches New EV Incentives Powering San Diego Fleets
California has been leading the charge to get more zero emission vehicles on the road in support of statewide goals to improve air quality and combat climate change. Electric vehicle (EV) deployments, particularly in the medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sectors that are largely dependent on petroleum-based fuels, are critical for the state to meet its climate-related goals as transportation is the single largest source of greenhouse gases, according to the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
A net-zero emissions economic recovery from COVID-19
The Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (SSEE) was established with a benefaction by the Smith family in 2008 to tackle major environmental challenges by bringing public and private enterprise together with the University of Oxford’s world-leading teaching and research.
Trump’s smog decision fails to protect Californians from unhealthy air, experts say
Rejecting a tougher smog standard is not based on the latest science, California officials say.
A COVID-19 recovery for climate
Although it is understandably difficult to contemplate other hazards in the midst of this outbreak, it is important to remember that we face another major crisis that threatens human prosperity—climate change.
Post Pandemic Recovery: Integrating the Economic and Environmental Responses to COVID-19
This paper explores the response to the coronavirus pandemic. While Covid-19 must be the priority in the short-term, actions and policies to recover from it should not neglect or exacerbate climate change. A ‘green’ recovery should be the focus and discusses policy recommendations from recent research to achieve that.
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Connect SoCal: Public Health Technical Report