Oil company drove some of the leading science of the era only to publicly dismiss global heating
The Guardian, Jan. 12, 2023
The oil giant Exxon privately “predicted global warming correctly and skilfully” only to then spend decades publicly rubbishing such science in order to protect its core business, new research has found.
A trove of internal documents and research papers has previously established that Exxon knew of the dangers of global heating from at least the 1970s, with other oil industry bodies knowing of the risk even earlier, from around the 1950s. They forcefully and successfully mobilized against the science to stymie any action to reduce fossil fuel use.
Gas stoves are responsible for 15.4 percent of childhood asthma cases in Massachusetts, suggesting the Commonwealth could avoid more than one in seven percent childhood asthma cases by getting rid of the appliances, a new peer-reviewed study says.
The study was led by the sustainability-focused nonprofit RMI and is based on data from nine states. It comes as part of a growing body of research on the dangers associated with cooking with gas, countering the industry narrative natural gas is a “clean” fossil fuel. [Dharna Noor, Globe Staff, Jan. 5, 2023]
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New York’s climate council votes in favor of a final scoping plan that includes phasing in electric or non-combustion heat pumps and systems in new homes by 2025, but building code amendments are needed. (Syracuse.com)
• The New York climate council’s final scoping plan also lays a blueprint for transitioning to a climate-neutral economy, calling for slashing greenhouse gas emissions and expanding clean energy and zero-emissions electricity. (The City)
• Massachusetts’ governor elect wants to bolster the state’s climate tech sector with major government investments and plans to make a top U.S. EPA official the state’s first climate chief. (Boston Globe, WBUR/State House News Service)
• New England’s consistent snowfalls have been replaced by heavier, sporadic storms, threatening the region’s economy. (Providence Journal)
• New York City creates a map that includes details about each tree in the city, a publication that helps underscore the plants’ climate mitigation potential. (Smart Cities)
• Maryland environmental officials face a lawsuit brought by local environmental nonprofits that say the state’s industrial stormwater permit doesn’t address increased rainfall from climate change. (Baltimore Sun)
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