Arnold Schwarzenegger says “No one gives a damn about climate change” and calls for a new name

Arnold Schwarzenegger says "No one gives a damn about climate change" and calls for a new name

Arnold Schwarzenegger, known for his climate change activism, advocates a new approach to tackling the problem. In an interview with CBS News, Schwarzenegger expressed his belief that reframing the climate crisis as pollution could have a more significant impact on mobilizing people to protect the planet.

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Schwarzenegger said, “As long as they keep talking about global climate change, they’re not going anywhere, because nobody gives a damn about it.” So my thing is, let’s rephrase that and communicate it differently and really tell the people who were talking about pollution. Pollution creates climate change and pollution kills.

In line with his vision, innovative companies like Timeplast contribute to a greener future by developing innovative technology to tackle plastic pollution. Timeplast’s patented additive alters the molecular structure of traditional plastics, allowing them to fully biodegrade in a fraction of the time it takes for ordinary plastics to break down.

The famous actor and former governor of California has made tackling climate change the focus of his efforts. Having recently hosted the Austrian World Summit, an event dedicated to reducing the impact of climate change, Schwarzenegger remains committed to addressing this pressing issue.

“I’m on a mission to go and reduce greenhouse gases around the world because I want to have a healthy body and a healthy Earth,” Schwarzenegger said. This is what I’m fighting for, and this is my crusade.

During this year’s Austrian World Summit, held at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Schwarzenegger reiterated his call to action to promote sustainability and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

I demand change, the Commando star said at the conference. Change is never easy, but this is an emergency, and this emergency calls for action. Build better. Build cleaner. Build now. Build, build, build. We can do it. As our motto says here, we have the power.

Schwarzenegger has played an integral role in making California a global leader in environmental initiatives. Thanks to his efforts, California successfully met all of its environmental goals while experiencing remarkable economic growth, becoming the world’s fifth largest economy and generating more jobs than any other state.

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Even after he left office in 2011, Schwarzenegger’s dedication to advancing clean energy initiatives has remained unwavering. Through the Schwarzenegger Institute at the University of Southern California, he has continued to support state and local clean energy efforts with the goal of creating a sustainable future. With a firm commitment to ending pollution, he seeks to expand his business and collaborate with partners around the world.

Schwarzenegger established The Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative, marking the logical progression in his relentless pursuit of a cleaner, more sustainable planet. The initiative is now led by Monika Langthaler, who co-founded the Austrian World Summit (AWS) with Schwarzenegger in 2017.

One of the key goals of The Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative is to raise awareness of the climate crisis and the urgent need for action. The annual AWS has become one of the largest environmental gatherings globally. It serves as a platform to highlight tangible solutions and measures proposed by influential decision makers committed to preserving a healthy planet and achieving a carbon neutral economy by 2050.

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Is it caused by climate change?

Smog from wildfires in Canada has made its way across the upper United States.  The smog obscures part of the Rochester skyline that is normally clearly visible at Cobb Hills Park.


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The destruction of Ukraine’s dams could change ecosystems forever, officials say

The destruction of Ukraine's dams could change ecosystems forever, officials say

Destruction of a major dam and hydroelectric plant on the frontline of the war in Ukraine could dry up the rich agricultural region of southern Ukraine, carry pollutants into waterways and disrupt ecosystems that had grown up around the huge reservoir whose waters are now rapidly flooding downstream, though the full impact could take months or even years to understand, officials and experts said.

The drain of the massive reservoir from the reservoir will reshape the map of Ukraine, its habitats and livelihoods, endangering communities that depend on water to drink and grow crops, forcing farmers out of business, pushing cities to move and upsetting the delicate ecological balance. Ukrainian officials have warned that at least 150 tonnes of oil stored within the hydroelectric plant at the dam has been washed into the waterway. Water from the tank also fed the cooling ponds of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, in Zaporizhia, although nuclear experts said there was no immediate threat.

There are catastrophic consequences for the environment, Ukraine’s Environment Minister Ruslan Strilets told reporters on Tuesday.

For some of our ecosystems, he said, we have lost them forever.

Damage to Russian-owned hydroelectric plant floods southern Ukraine battlefield

The largest and most immediate impact is likely to be on the residents of southern Ukraine, who depended on reservoir water for daily needs, as well as agriculture which is the source of much of the country’s important agricultural exports. The reservoir’s water irrigated the thirsty agricultural region of southern Ukraine, which grew to depend on water-fed canals in the decades following the dam’s construction in the 1950s. And while it’s possible Ukraine could pump water out of the ground to make up for some of the reservoir’s loss, it could quickly deplete it, said Doug Weir, director of research and policy at the Conflict and Environment Observatory, a British organization that has monitored the environmental impact of the war in Ukraine.

It will be weeks before the consequences of such a massive and sudden shock to river ecosystems are clear, experts said.

The floods will come quicker than that, crossing some of Ukraine’s most valued environmental sites, including Oleshky Sands National Nature Park and the Black Sea Biosphere Reserve in the littoral area where the Dnieper flows into the Black Sea, which is home to wild horses and protected snakes and hawks. Some fish spawning grounds within the shallow parts of the reservoir will also disappear.

People will not have drinking water or water for cooking, said Anna Ackermann, a board member of Ecoaction, one of Ukraine’s leading environmental civic organizations, who added that she was most concerned about the human impact of dam destruction. . There will be no water to cultivate the fields.

He also said pollutants from industries clustered along the banks of the Dnieper River downstream of the dam could easily be washed into the waterway and then into the Black Sea. Warehouses and other industrial buildings in the city of Kherson and elsewhere already look be flooded.

The war in Ukraine is a human tragedy. It is also an environmental disaster.

We don’t know yet what it will be like, he said. Imagine this flood coming down, washing away all the dams and all the landfills and all the industrial areas. There will be many different pollutants in the water.

Ackermann said there could also be a residual radiation hazard from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster if contamination was trapped in sediment that had built up at the bottom of the tank that is now being swept away.

There’s a lot of different debris that will flow into the flood, including from all the factories and workshops that make and use chemicals and different toxic things, said Mohammad Heidarzadeh, assistant professor of architecture and civil engineering at the University of Bath.

Dam breaks like this can eventually release every hazardous material you can imagine. Everything is swept away in the flood, he said.

He noted that Brazil is still struggling to assess the impacts of similarly large dam breakages that occurred years ago.

And because the Dnieper River has been a frontline in the conflict, a flash flood could pose other dangers, experts said, including washing away landmines that had been placed on the embankments and moving them to other unexpected places.

There’s a huge amount of unexploded ordnance and mines now being swept away by pretty aggressive floodwaters, Weir said.

Mines are being moved and remobilised, he said. Presumably, the Ukrainian and Russian forces would have had maps of these minefields. The flood moves and redistributes them.

In October, a group of Swedish engineers modeled the potential fallout if Russia used explosives to destroy the dam.

The model, from the firm Damningsverket, predicted that a surge of water 13 to 16 feet high would hit Kherson within 19 hours. The model predicted that water would gush out of the basin faster than water flowing out of Niagara Falls and warned that cities along the river would be overwhelmed.

One of that study’s authors, Henrik Olander-Hjalmarsson, said in a statement that the actual event will likely cause more damage.

It appears that the real-world scenario is worse than the one I modeled as water levels in the reservoir were significantly higher than in the model, he wrote to reporters in an email.

Ukrainian officials also warned of a large release of potentially more than 150 tonnes of oil that was stored inside the hydroelectric plant within the dam. That oil could have a significant impact, depending on how it behaves within the massive water flow, Ackermann said, though he said the implications weren’t yet clear.

Because the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant uses water from the reservoir to fill its cooling pools, there are some concerns about the long-term impact of the dam failure.

But the International Atomic Energy Agency said the facility is positioned to avoid a meltdown, as it has access to alternative pools of water that can keep the reactors and fuel rods cool for at least the next two months. Operations at the Soviet-era facility were largely dormant before the dam collapsed, experts said, which helped reduce the threat.

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has warned that the facility remains in a state of maximum alert, as any disruption to the remaining cooling ponds could rapidly increase the threat of a nuclear accident.

The location of the nuclear power plants upstream of the dam made it possible to avoid potentially catastrophic flooding. And experts said the plant was designed with safety devices to keep the cooling systems running in the event that tank water becomes unavailable, as is the case now.

They have a pool to draw from, said Henry Sokolski, a longtime adviser on nuclear proliferation at the Department of Defense and in Congress who is now executive director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center. In normal times, that would be insufficient. Since they have things off, they have enough water to keep it cool.

He warned that the situation could change if the facility comes under a military attack and the backup pools are breached. There are ways you could damage that fuel tank, but that doesn’t seem likely, Sokolski said.

The plant is under Russian control. Although the IAEA has pleaded with fighters to avoid fighting in its vicinity, that is likely inevitable as Ukraine pushes to regain control of the area. Those fighting threaten to further destabilize the situation.

Water and electricity are the lifelines of a nuclear power plant, even one that is shut down, said Najmedin Meshkati, an engineering and international relations professor at the University of Southern California.

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This startup is hoeing seawater to tackle climate change

This startup is hoeing seawater to tackle climate change

A new California-based startup is trying to tackle climate change by simultaneously eliminating carbon dioxide from the ocean and air and creating hydrogen as an alternative fuel. Boeing has already inked a deal with Equatic, the company it launched last week.

The deal calls for Boeing to purchase 2,100 tons of hydrogen from Equatic that it can use as sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The hydrogen is a byproduct of Equatics’ efforts to filter planet-warming CO2 from the air and seawater. Boeing has also agreed to purchase 62,000 tons of carbon removal to offset some of its own climate pollution.

Equatics technology brings together two nascent climate change strategies that are starting to take off in the United States

Equatics technology brings together two nascent climate change strategies that are starting to take off in the United States. More and more companies from Big Tech to Big Oil are funding efforts to capture the CO2 that has built up in the atmosphere and oceans; it’s a way to atone for some of the pollution they generate by burning fossil fuels. Hydrogen is an alternative to oil and gas that the Biden administration has called a high-priority technology to be developed as the United States seeks to meet its climate goals.

Unlike other startups that focus on getting CO2 out of the air OR the sea, or sourcing carbon-free hydrogen from renewable energy, Equatic does it all. The company grew out of a research initiative at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and already has two small pilot plants in Los Angeles and Singapore. Each plant absorbs ocean water and then runs an electric current through it. This splits the water molecules, freeing up the hydrogen that Equatic can sell as fuel.

The electric shock also separates the water into two streams: one very acidic and another very alkaline or basic. In basic flow, dissolved calcium binds to CO2 in the water to form the mineral calcium carbonate. Then, to extract the CO2 from the air, Equatic bubbles the air through the same stream of basic water. The gas is mineralized into magnesium bicarbonate. Equatic must then neutralize both water streams back to ocean pH so they can release the seawater which is now laden with mineralized carbon dioxide. The idea is that these minerals will trap CO2 in the ocean for more than 10,000 years, preventing it from entering the atmosphere, where it would cause global warming.

Equatic is attempting to control a very complex ocean chemistry.

But the process could potentially have some unforeseen consequences, some environmental advocates warn. Equatic is trying to control a very complex ocean chemistry, says John Fleming, senior scientist at the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity, in an email to The limit. Equatic says it will monitor to make sure what it releases into the ocean meets necessary thresholds, but with technology this new, there could be effects on ocean chemistry and life that have not currently been accounted for.

For example, Fleming fears that if Equatics’ technique upsets the balance of minerals in the ocean, it could affect shell-building creatures that are already struggling with human-caused ocean acidification. Because these creatures form the basis of marine food chains, what happens to them has knock-on effects throughout ecosystems.

Equatic says its technology doesn’t change the acidity of the ocean and that the water it releases is comparable to the effluent from desalination plants or other industrial plants. I’m more optimistic than concerned about some of the environmental effects of what we do, says Equatic COO Edward Sanders in an interview with The limit.

Equatics pilot plant in Los Angeles.
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We will take technology from high-income countries and move it to low- and middle-income countries. This is the diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies, says Sanders. The startup plans to build much larger plants to fulfill its deal with Boeing and other new customers, one in Singapore and an even larger one in a location the company hasn’t disclosed yet.

Besides Boeing, Equatic has other big backers. It was launched with more than $30 million in funding from the US Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and other foundations. Former BP CEO John Browne, who is now chairman of climate tech firm BeyondNetZero, is also chairman of the Equatics advisory board. And electronic payments company Stripe paid for the CO2 that Equatic captured at its Los Angeles pilot plant while still part of UCLA, at a whopping $1,370 per ton of carbon dioxide.

In order for Equatic to grow, the price will need to be lowered. It aims for $100 a ton by 2028. By 2026, it plans to bring a giant plant online capable of capturing 100,000 tons of CO2 annually. For comparison, the largest plant in operation today that sucks CO2 from the air only has the capacity to capture 4,000 tons per year. Equatic may have an advantage in that it could eventually generate its own electricity from the hydrogen it produces, which could reduce costs.

The energy intensity of such operations is another concern for Fleming and other environmental advocates who are skeptical of technological solutions to climate change. Power grids around the world are still pretty dirty, and there isn’t enough renewable energy on the line to meet global climate goals. Rather than climate strategies that further alter the natural functioning of our planetary ecosystem, our goal should instead be to phase out the fossil fuels that drive climate disruption, Fleming says.

Equatic is taking an all of the above approach. We recognize that if you’re going to decarbonize, you need to do two things, Sanders says. You have to eliminate carbon dioxide [of the atmosphere] and you need to stop putting more. And the process we’ve developed does that.

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New Maryland Recycling Law Aims to Change ‘Throw Culture’

Maryland Senate Pro Tem Malcolm Augustine, D-Prince George's, speaks at a news conference in Annapolis April 7, 2023. Behind him from left to right are Senator Will Smith, D-Montgomery, Senate Chairman Bill Ferguson, D -Baltimore City, and Senator Brian Feldman, D-Montgomery, each holding leadership positions in the General Assembly.

In one county in Western Maryland, 350 tons of garbage, yard and construction debris roll across the scale in the landfill every day. In Annapolis, a new law is trying to reduce that number, while making sure recycling rates statewide are high and only what’s needed to begin with is produced.

While the legislation’s most significant effects may still be years away, the bill’s sponsor Sen. Malcolm Augustine, D-Prince Georges, is trying to get Marylanders to consider their statehood.

Think of the entire state as (you) would think of (your) living room or (your) family rooms, Harvard-educated Senate Speaker Pro Tem said in a telephone interview. Treat it the way (you) would like (your) family rooms, (your) backyard, (your) living rooms to be treated.

Maryland Senate Pro Tem Malcolm Augustine, D-Prince George's, speaks at a news conference in Annapolis April 7, 2023. Behind him from left to right are Senator Will Smith, D-Montgomery, Senate Chairman Bill Ferguson, D -Baltimore City, and Senator Brian Feldman, D-Montgomery, each holding leadership positions in the General Assembly.

The environmental law, Statewide Recycling Needs Assessment and Producer Responsibility for Packaging Materials, signed by Democratic Governor Wes Moore last month, requires a report and analysis of where Maryland stands as a state when it comes to waste and recycling. The law also creates an advisory council to recommend how packaging manufacturers should be held accountable.

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Road to COP28: Key Space Sector to Mitigate Effects of Climate Change: UAE Space Chief

Road to COP28: Key Space Sector to Mitigate Effects of Climate Change: UAE Space Chief

Space exploration can play a vital role in mitigating the devastating effects of climate change, according to the head of strategic research at the UAE Space Agency. (Stock photo)

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Space exploration can play a vital role in mitigating the devastating effects of climate change, according to the head of strategic research at the UAE Space Agency.

Speaking ahead of the COP28 summit, which will take place in the UAE in November, Abdulla Alshehhi told Al Arabiya English that harnessing the power of space technology – from Earth observation satellites providing crucial data on climate patterns, emissions greenhouse gases and deforestation to cutting-edge research on other celestial bodies – it can revolutionize the way humanity meets the pressing challenge.

Abdulla Alshehhi, head of strategic research at the UAE Space Agency. (Provided)

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With climate change high on the agenda of governments and global institutions, I believe the space sector can play a critical role in minimizing the impact climate change has on our planet, he said. Today, space technology not only helps us understand more about climate change, it has proven to be a catalyst for change in the way certain sectors or industries work.

For example, in agriculture, space satellites provide critical data when it comes to monitoring soil quality, drought conditions and crop development. Satellites are also instrumental in providing weather forecasts that help farmers plan harvest times and decide how much irrigation their crops will need.

With the world’s population expected to grow to 9.7 billion by 2050, improved satellite data is critical to helping farmers improve agricultural yields and ensure there is enough food to meet the needs of the growing population Alshehhi said.

Satellites can enable scientists to gather valuable information about global weather patterns, sea levels and ecosystem health with unprecedented accuracy and range. The data collected helps governments and environmental agencies make informed decisions to combat climate change and establish effective policies.

Space agencies like NASA and the European Space Agency already have dedicated programs that track how the Earth is changing due to greenhouse gas emissions.

Alshehhi said the space technology will also pave the way for more widespread use of climate-friendly autonomous electric vehicles, noting that the way the global population travels will look markedly different in a few years.

Autonomous vehicles under development will rely heavily on GPS technology, which relies on space satellites and communications systems, to operate safely, while autonomous electric vehicles and shared modes of transport can help reduce carbon emissions.

He added: Overall, harnessing the latest space technologies is key as it will not only make our planet more sustainable, but will benefit a wide range of sectors such as energy, food and water, aviation and telecommunications.

UAE Ten Year Plan

In its continued efforts to boost the economy and become a global space leader, the UAE has invested around $10 billion in the space sector as part of its 10-year plan.

In addition to the 10 new spacecraft under development, the UAE possesses more than 20 orbiting satellites and is home to more than 80 international emerging space companies, institutions and facilities, as well as five research centers for space sciences.

Its initiatives include the 2030 National Space Strategy, aimed at enhancing the contribution of the space sector to the national economy, and the UAE Astronaut Programme, which is developing a national team of astronauts for manned and scientific space exploration missions.

The country also celebrated a major milestone this year when Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi took off on a historic six-month mission to the International Space Station, the longest space mission in the Arab world. He made history as the first Arab astronaut to complete a spacewalk on the International Space Station.

Astronaut Sultan al-Neyadi of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). (AFP)

Alshehhi believes the UAE’s space sector will continue to grow rapidly and go from strength to strength, saying there is no better time than now for the younger generation and adults to pursue a career in space.

He said: Many countries, including the UAE, are now investing significantly in space as it will be crucial in shaping a better future. With a variety of programs and initiatives already underway in the UAE, the space has promising potential to drive positive change in the years to come. The time has come to put more emphasis on the importance of space and attracting talent to the industry.

Space today is not just about developing the next generation of astronauts. It’s a huge industry that requires skills from a diverse range of backgrounds, such as medicine, IT, finance and engineering, all of which are critical to the advancement of the industry. Thus, individuals interested in joining the space industry can explore a wide range of careers including as a data scientist, satellite operator or systems engineer.

Most importantly, the limitless possibilities of the space allow for creativity. With space development a key national priority for the UAE, there is a bright future ahead that can inspire young people to take an interest in space and study subjects in the STEM field.

Alshehhi represents the space sector in NEP 3.0, a program that aims to foster the development of leaders working in sectors strategically important to the future of the country. He is one of 15 UAE-based specialists taking part in the programme.

He joined the Emirates Mars Mission team in 2020 and, in his current role, focuses on promoting the space sector in the UAE and internationally, including representing his country at high-level global gatherings.

He added: The UAE has outlined ambitious plans to boost its economy and I pledge to play my part in this journey by imparting my knowledge from the NEP to all, especially the younger generation, as it will help guide our future progress. .

Young people are already making their voices heard when it comes to sustainability, and it’s vital that everyone joins the conversation at COP28 and hear what impact the space sector can have on a more sustainable future.

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New York companies criticize the change in the packaging reduction law

New York companies criticize the change in the packaging reduction law

State business leaders welcomed last-minute changes to a bill to limit plastic pollution and increase recycling statewide with fierce pushbacks in efforts to keep the measure from passage in the closing days of the session .

The legislation, dubbed the Packaging and Recycling Infrastructure Act, would establish an extended producer responsibility system in New York and make packaging manufacturers responsible for consumer waste costs and reduce used toxins. It would limit single-use plastic products for companies that sell packaged products and charge them a fee to join a fund to improve recycling infrastructure, increase the amount of waste recycled, and support other local recycling programs.

“Cities are drowning in waste,” sponsor state Senator Pete Harckham said on Monday. “It’s costing our taxpayers in our municipalities hundreds of millions of dollars that can be better spent on teachers, firefighters or social workers.”

Harckham, who chairs the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, says the measure is estimated to save taxpayers $250 million a year and relieve local governments of recycling costs.

The proposed law would apply to companies with annual net income exceeding $1 million. Companies would be required to register with the Packaging Reduction Organization to come up with a plan and ensure compliance with the new packaging and recycling rules with six months to implement it.

The bill was amended and reprinted for the eighth time on Friday to streamline the reduction process for affected companies and give the state Department of Environmental Conservation more oversight.

“We believe in shared responsibility,” said Assembly sponsor Deborah Glick, who chairs the Environmental Conservation Committee in the lower house. “This shouldn’t just be the responsibility of municipalities and the taxpayer. This should be something where our friends in industry take some responsibility for the waste they generate in our homes.”

Affected companies would be required to reduce their packaging by 10% in weight within three years, 20% in five years, 30% within eight years, 40% after a decade and 50% in 12 years.

If approved, the measure would ban 12 types of chemicals and three types of plastics used in packaging.

It would limit single-use plastic products for companies that sell packaged products, charge them a fee, and use that money to increase and improve recycling.

But state business leaders are strongly against the measure, arguing it would increase costs for consumers and could lead to more long-term packaging or materials that won’t protect a product as effectively.

“If you want that convenience of [next-day shipping]and you want it in the exact size box and you want it tomorrow, I may not have time to wait for the exact size box to get it on hand,” said Walter Reiter, director of defense and regulatory affairs with the EPS Alliance a association representing manufacturers and recyclers of polystyrene compound.

Reiter said the EPS Alliance has supported extended producer responsibility schemes created in Oregon and Canada, which restrict, but do not prohibit, certain compounds. He cited DEC’s guidance on potential alternatives for packaging such as starch, bamboo or mushrooms that may be compostable, but not recyclable or intended for reuse.

“If it’s about extended producer responsibility, it should focus on what the packaging is,” Reiter added. “I would like the EPR to focus on keeping material in commerce and out of landfills and not diving into bans and attacks on chemicals and materials that are not understood. There is no assessment as to whether others have a greater or lower environmental impact. Some materials use more water. Some materials produce more acidification, there are more categories as to where these impacts are.”

Dozens of organizations have sent letters to legislative leaders and sponsors of the law over the past week railing against the proposal before the session concludes.

Meanwhile, other entrepreneurs have made the switch to reusable packaging on their own, proving that it is already feasible. Lauren Sweeney, co-founder and CEO of DeliverZero, relies on reusable containers for her takeout and delivery business, which has dozens of locations in New York City.

“We know reuse is possible, we know reuse can be profitable,” he said on Capitol Hill Monday. “We know that reduction is only possible through reuse. There is both the technology and infrastructure to support reuse through businesses that exist in upstate New York.”

The decision rests with legislative leaders to take the bill on the floor for a vote in the Senate and Assembly before the session ends at the end of the week. Representatives with Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins ​​and the offices of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie did not respond to requests for comment on the legislation.

Sources on Monday doubted he would authorize the legislature within the next few days, citing insufficient time to review the changes made to the bill and their impact on New York businesses.

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Will Climate Change Migration Overpopulate Asheville?

Asheville was named to a list of cities most likely to see an influx of people due to climate migration.  The Blue Ridge Parkway, seen here, runs through Asheville.

Asheville was named to a list of cities most likely to see an influx of people due to climate migration.  The Blue Ridge Parkway, seen here, runs through Asheville.

If elbow room seems to be in short supply on Asheville’s roads and trails, just wait for expected climatic migration.

Asheville was recently named third in a list of the top 12 US cities most likely to receive an influx of residents due to climate migration by a sustainable real estate expert in conversation with USA TODAY.

The ever-increasing impacts of climate change, including warmer temperatures, rising sea levels, more powerful and destructive storms, will drive more people to flee coastal areas for places more resilient to climate change, such as North Carolina western.

Willingness to sign up for a 30-year mortgage can often depend on how well the property can be expected to stand the test of time, a test that has become increasingly difficult to pass due to the effects of climate change, according to USA TODAY.

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Why climate change is fueling the increase in mosquito numbers in NC

A new study has found it "first" Mosquito days are on the rise in the Wilmington area and throughout North Carolina as climate change causes warmer temperatures.  STARNEWS FILE PHOTOS

A new study has found it "first" Mosquito days are on the rise in the Wilmington area and throughout North Carolina as climate change causes warmer temperatures.  STARNEWS FILE PHOTOS

They’re as much a part of summer in Southeast North Carolina as the sun, sand, and surf.

But the buzz generated by these kids isn’t one that anyone really appreciates, and a new study shows that North Carolina’s warm climate fueled by climate change is creating better living conditions for the region’s bloodsucking residents.

A recent analysis by Climate Central found that Wilmington had 11 more “mosquito days” for a total of 221 in 2022 than in 1979. The non-profit climate communication group defined mosquito days as having a relative humidity average of 42% or higher and daily minimum and maximum temperatures between 50 and 95 degrees. While Port City’s numbers are pointing in the wrong direction, it was better than what researchers found in Raleigh-Durham (+27 days), Greenville (+22 days), and Asheville (+22 days).

Last year Wilmington experienced 221 days considered favorable for mosquitoes, an 11-day increase from 1979.

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Overall, the study found that 173 locations, or 71 percent of the 242 U.S. locations analyzed, saw annual mosquito days increase by an average of 16 days. In 55 locations, annual mosquito days increased by 21 days or more. Leading the pack was Santa Maria, California, which saw an increase of 43 days, closely followed by San Francisco with 42 days. Unsurprisingly, the Southeast and South experience mosquito days more than half the year, the highest in the nation.

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