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Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool

Council on Environmental Quality: “Explore the map – Census tracts that are overburdened and underserved are highlighted as being disadvantaged on the map. Federally Recognized Tribes, including Alaska Native Villages, are also considered disadvantaged communities. Zooming in and selecting shows information about each census tract.”  Search for an address, city, state or zipcode.

The Air Quality Life Index

“The Air Quality Life Index, or AQLI, converts air pollution concentrations into their impact on life expectancy. From this, the public and policymakers alike can determine the benefits of air pollution policies in perhaps the most important measure that exists: longer lives. Produced by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), the… Continue Reading

Twitter Ranked Dead Last on Climate Misinformation Scorecard

Climate Action Against Disinformation (CAAD) Report: “Misinformation around climate change and disinformation fueled by the fossil fuel industry have stalled climate action for decades. Big Tech has become a complicit actor in climate denial’s resurgence—so much so that the International Governmental Panel on Climate Change publicly called out the problem in 2022. In addition, the… Continue Reading

Facility Level Information on Greenhouse Gases Tool

Via Jeremy Singer-Vine, Data is Plural: The EPA’s Facility Level Information on Greenhouse Gases Tool “gives you access to greenhouse gas data reported to EPA by large emitters, facilities that inject CO2 underground, and suppliers of products that result in GHG emissions when used in the United States.” The information comes from the agency’s Greenhouse… Continue Reading

Planetary Boundaries

“Throughout our collaboration with the esteemed researchers at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, we have been privileged to contribute to the visualisation and communication of planetary boundaries over the years. Planetary Boundaries are a set of key concepts related to Earth’s capacity to maintain a stable and habitable… Continue Reading

2 ways of knowing if there are PFAS in your drinking water

PopSci – “If forever chemicals made it into your water supply, a filtration system can help remove them. Ever since the US started churning out per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the 1940s, these long-lived toxic chemicals have been accumulating everywhere humans have trodden. Since then, these compounds have leached from industrial facilities and trash systems into our… Continue Reading

Building America’s Clean Energy Future

Energy.Gov Invest – “President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda has spurred a new industrial revolution in clean energy. This web resource provides an interactive map on how the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law are leading to announcements of historic levels of private sector investments in the United States, bringing manufacturing back to America… Continue Reading

Why the Global Stocktake is a Critical Moment for Climate Action

“The global stocktake is a critical turning point in our battle against the escalating climate crisis – a moment to take a long, hard look at the state of our planet and chart a better course for the future. “The global stocktake is an ambition exercise. It’s an accountability exercise. It’s an acceleration exercise,” said… Continue Reading

A new tool to help governments with climate data

“To provide a starting point, our organisation, the Center for Open Data Enterprise (CODE), has developed a new tool to help governments and their partners identify the kinds of data that may be most useful for climate action. The Climate Data for Adaptation and Resilience Typology (DART), which has just been published, describes more than… Continue Reading

Bird migration forecast maps

“Bird migration forecasts show predicted nocturnal migration 3 hours after local sunset and are updated every 6 hours. These forecasts come from models trained on the last 23 years of bird movements in the atmosphere as detected by the US NEXRAD weather surveillance radar network. In these models we use the Global Forecasting System (GFS)… Continue Reading

Law Schools: Want to Help Bend the Arc of the Moral Universe Toward Justice? Hire Law Professors with Public Service Experience

Kincaid, Rachel, Law Schools: Want to Help Bend the Arc of the Moral Universe Toward Justice? Hire Law Professors with Public Service Experience (September 5, 2023). University of Richmond Law Review, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: “We are living in momentous times. Social justice and the legitimacy of our political systems are at the forefront… Continue Reading