New York Senate Bill 740 would require the office of general services to establish a methodology for state agencies to estimate the greenhouse gas emissions that occur through the life cycle of all food and beverages purchased by a state agency or through third-party vendors.
New York Considers Tracking GHG Emissions that Occur through State Food and Beverage Purchases
Human Exceptionalism and Climate Change
A new study out of Northeastern University by Nicole Betz and John D. Coley, “Human Exceptionalism: A Cognitive Barrier to Understanding and Engaging with Global Climate Change,” explores the interaction between humans’ belief that they are fundamentally different than other species and their unwillingness to engage in the climate crisis.
9th Circuit Says Climate Suits Do Not Raise Federal Issues
The 9th Circuit has held [1, 2] that climate related tort suits are a matter of state, not federal, law. The decision remands claims brought by several California jurisdictions against fossil fuel companies to state court, defeating the companies’ attempt to have the cases addressed in federal court.
Senator Warren to Co-Sponsor Senator Booker’s Farm System Reform Act
Senator Elizabeth Warren announced that she will co-sponsor the Farm System Reform Act, legislation introduced in 2019 that would both prevent the construction of any new factory farms and require the closure of existing factory farms by the year 2040. The legislation would also amend the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 to bolster antitrust enforcement and require country of origin labeling.
House Considers CAFO Moratorium Legislation
H.R. 6718, introduced by Democrat Ro Khanna, proposes to place a moratorium on concentrated animal feeding operations and to require country of origin labeling on some animal products. The full text of the bill has not yet been released.
New Book Grapples with the Sustainability of Meat Production
A new book, Green Meat?: Sustaining Eaters, Animals, and the Planet, examines the complexity of the relationship between raising animals for food and sustainability by considering the issue from interdisciplinary lenses.
Office of Inspector General Announces Dramatic Drop in EPA Enforcement
The Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General issued a report that shows the agency’s enforcement actions are down over the last ten years, in some categories by more than 50%.
EPA Suspends Enforcement of Environmental Laws in Response to Coronavirus
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a temporary policy without any set end date that suspends the agency’s enforcement of environmental law during the coronavirus outbreak.
Investors Say Meat Industry is Doomed Without Adaptations to Climate Change
A group of investors are warning that without significant climate change plans, the world meat industry may be in serious trouble.
USDA Seeks Comments on Quantifying Agricultural Emissions of Greenhouse Gasses
The United States Department of Agriculture has announced it is seeking input on the agency’s methods to quantify greenhouse gas sources from the agricultural sector, including how the agency’s guidelines can be made more rigorous. The agency is accepting comments until April 20, 2020.