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We’re re-designing the website. We decided it was time for a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint.Check back in a few weeks to see the new and much improved Civil Notion site.In the…


Top 24 Solar Energy Statistics for 2022 

The landscape of the solar industry is changing rapidly. Amid supply chain constraints, political battles and groundbreaking legislation, solar continues to gain popularity in the U.S.   To celebrate how far the industry has come, and has…


A Climate Change Resource Guide for Elementary School Teachers (2022)

Lesson plans to teach the next generation how to make a difference. Most children are already aware of the adverse effects of climate change. Research shows that children are even anxious about it.1  As a teacher,…


Donnel Baird wants BlocPower to be the Amazon of home electrification

By Michelle Ma Photo: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

“Turning buildings into Teslas” is a lofty goal, but that’s exactly Donnel Baird’s mission. The CEO and founder of BlocPower has created a company that’s working to get buildings across the U.S. off of fossil fuel-powered heating and cooling systems and onto electric heat pumps and solar panels.


Your Guide to Repurposing Everyday Household Items

It’s time to turn your trash into your treasure. You can sort your recycling all you want, but the sad reality is that more than 146 million tons of trash end up in landfills every year,…


Congress approves Democrats’ climate and health bill

By Alan Fram Photo: Patrick Semansky/Associated Press

A divided Congress gave final approval Friday to Democrats’ flagship climate and health care bill, handing President Biden a back-from-the-dead triumph on coveted priorities that the party hopes will bolster their prospects for keeping their hold on Congress in November’s elections.


Fossils Dismiss Federal Emissions Cap as ‘Aggressive’, ‘Unrealistic’

Canada’s biggest fossil companies are lining up to dismiss the federal government’s new emissions cap for their sector as “very aggressive” and “almost unrealistic”, even as Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault hastens to offer them flexibility…


Manchin says he won’t support new climate spending or tax hikes on wealthy

By Tony Romm and Jeff Stein Photo: Tom Brenner

Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) told Democratic leaders Thursday he would not support an economic package this month that contains new spending on climate change or new tax increases targeting wealthy individuals and corporations, marking a massive setback for party lawmakers who had hoped to advance a central element of their agenda before the midterm elections this fall.


New Advisory for ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water Announced by EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued new nonbinding health advisories for two nonstick and stain-resistant chemical compounds — known as PFOS and PFOA — that are found in drinking water. These chemical compounds,…


U.S. House Passes New Wildlife Conservation Fund

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act in a 231 to 190 vote. The bill would allocate over $1.3 billion in program funding for conservation efforts, with 15% of funds…