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Our favorite picks for the week of June 15th

Take a break from whatever you’re doing and check out EV’s picks for this week’s best news stories, articles, and videos!

1) The Environmental Protection Agency proposes tougher mileage for trucks- The Obama administration proposed tougher mileage standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks, the latest move by President Barack Obama in his second-term drive to reduce pollution blamed for global warming.

The Environmental Protection Agency issued new rules that would lower carbon dioxide emissions from trucks and vans by 24 percent by 2027. It would cut fuel costs by about $170 billion and reduce oil consumption by up to 1.8 billion barrels over the lifetime of vehicles sold under the rule. More here

Trucks head eastbound on Rt 50 in Bowie, Md., Friday, June 19, 2015. The Obama administration on Friday proposed tougher mileage standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks, the latest move by President Barack Obama in his second-term drive to reduce pollution blamed for global warming. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trucks head eastbound on Rt 50 in Bowie, Md., Friday, June 19, 2015. The Obama administration on Friday proposed tougher mileage standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks, the latest move by President Barack Obama in his second-term drive to reduce pollution blamed for global warming. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

 

2) US energy secretary announces new office of technology transitions to help facilitate financing by connecting would-be investors with clean-energy firms- With $4bn and a new government office, the White House has unveiled its latest clean energy initiative and cast a subtle new role for the federal government: not only is it a funder of new research, of the latest solar converter or biofuel source, but it is also a market builder. More here


3) USDA federal marketing orders help reduce food waste- USDA’s Food Waste Challenge is underway and federal marketing orders for fruits and vegetables continue to help out in the food donation effort. Under these industry self-help programs that are overseen by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), groups decide minimum quality standards that benefit the entire industry. When products do not meet a marketing order’s quality standards but are still edible, they can be diverted to secondary markets to minimize food waste while increasing producer returns. More here
When products do not meet a marketing order’s quality standards but are still edible, they can be diverted to secondary markets to minimize food waste while increasing producer returns. USDA photo courtesy of Ken Hammond.
When products do not meet a marketing order’s quality standards but are still edible, they can be diverted to secondary markets to minimize food waste while increasing producer returns. USDA photo courtesy of Ken Hammond.

4) This year’s World Environment Day theme is 7 Billion Dreams. 1 Planet. Consume with Care- World Environment Day (WED) inspired many across the world to share how they can better care for the environment to achieve 7 Billion Dreams. Watch the WED community videos here and be inspired too.


5) Pope Francis, in sweeping encyclical, calls for swift action on climate change- Pope Francis has called for a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles to confront environmental degradation and climate change, blending a biting critique of consumerism and irresponsible development with a plea for swift and unified global action. More here
 Pope Francis was greeted by crowds at St. Peter’s Square this week. Credit Filippo Monteforte/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Pope Francis was greeted by crowds at St. Peter’s Square this week. Credit Filippo Monteforte/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

 

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