Twenty-five groups have filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency asking the agency to regulate pig and dairy operations under the Clean Air Act. The petition also requests the agency make an official finding that methane emissions from animal agriculture “contribute significantly to” air pollution.
Groups Petition EPA to Regulate Methane Emissions from Pig and Dairy Operations Under Clean Air Act
Meat and Dairy Companies’ Climate Responsibilities
A new study by Oliver Lazarus, Sonali McDermid, and Jennifer Jacquet published in Climatic Change, “The Climate Responsibilities of Industrial Meat and Dairy Producers,” evaluates the largest meat and dairy companies’ commitments to positive change and transparency regarding climate.
Animal Agriculture and Climate Change
A note in the Georgetown Environmental Law Review by Ryan Levandowski, “Polluting ‘til the Cows Come Home: How Agricultural Exceptionalism Allows CAFOs Free Range for Climate Harm,” outlines the ramifications of agricultural exceptionalism in the climate context and explores alternatives to regulation.
EPA Announces Meeting of White House Environmental Justice Advisory Committee
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Committee will meet on March 30, 2021 to address “current and historic environmental injustices.”
USDA Requests Comments on Climate-Smart Agriculture
The United States Department of Agriculture has requested public comment on what steps the agency could take to mitigate climate change in agriculture and forestry. The agency is accepting comments until April 29, 2021.
Cities Challenge Pennsylvania State Law Preempting Plastic Bag Bans
Philadelphia and three other Pennsylvania municipalities have filed suit against the state of Pennsylvania challenging a state-wide law preempting any local government ban on the use of single-use plastics, such as plastic bags.
CEQ Rescinds Draft Guidance on NEPA Consideration of Greenhouse Gasses
The Council on Environmental Quality has announced it is rescinding its “Draft National Environmental Policy Act Guidance on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions” consistent with President Biden’s Executive Order 13990 entitled “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.”
Minnesota Legislation Would Require Consideration of Climate Change in Invasive Species Management
Minnesota House Bill 228 would require that statewide invasive species management plans address the impacts of climate change on invasive species.
New York Considers Tracking GHG Emissions that Occur through State Food and Beverage Purchases
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.
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.