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Climate Change News Digest for 2/1/23

This digest provides a selection of recent news articles relating to climate change and other environmental issues. Click on the title to read the full article from its original source. New Wind and Solar Are Cheaper Than the Costs to Operate All But One Coal-Fired Power Plant in the United States By Dan Gearino (Inside Climate News) New analysis shows that renewables beat existing coal plants 99 percent of the time, thanks to long-term trends and an assist from the Inflation Reduction Act. Revealed: how US transition to electric cars threatens environmental havoc By Nina Lakhani (The Guardian) By 2050 electric vehicles could require huge amounts of lithium for their batteries, causing damaging expansions of mining. But ambitious policies investing in mass transit, walkable towns and cities, and robust battery recycling in the US would slash the amount of extra lithium required in 2050 by more than 90%. 2 Years of Justice40: Integrating Environmental Justice into US Climate Policy By Carla Walker and Julia Jeanty (World Resources Institute) Shortly after entering office, President Joe Biden set a climate goal of achieving a 100% clean energy economy and net-zero emissions in the United States no later than 2050. In doing so, he aims to direct 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal climate investments to disadvantaged communities. This is known as the Justice40 Initiative. Now, two years later, has there been any substantive progress? Food, feed and fuel: global seaweed industry could reduce land needed for farming by 110m hectares, study finds By Graham Readfearn (The Guardian) Scientists identify parts of ocean suitable for seaweed cultivation and suggest it could constitute 10% of human diet to reduce impact of agriculture How Water Finally Became a Climate Change Priority By Vidhisha Samarasekara (Scientific American) A collaboration helped convince policy makers at COP27 to finally prioritize water as a critical resource affected by climate change. It was a win long in the making About the Digest: Articles included here are selected from several organizations which consolidate climate change related news from many sources around the world. These organizations include Carbon Brief and Inside Climate News. Accessing the full articles from the links provided here may sometimes not be possible due to access restrictions of the originating publications.

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