30 Août, 2018

La Californie développe une politique en faveur du changement climatique qui pourrait s’avérer un modèle pour le monde

On late Tuesday, the California Assembly passed a bill requiring 100 percent of the state’s electricity to come from carbon-free sources by the end of 2045. This puts one of the world’s most aggressive clean-energy policies on track for the governor’s desk.
Movin’ on up: The new bill also moves up the state’s earlier time line to reach 50 percent renewables from 2030 to 2026. But notably, California regulators have said the state’s major utilities could reach that milestone as early as 2020. This underscores the rapid pace at which the energy transformation has unfolded since the state put its renewable standards in place in 2002.
The testing grounds: California is acting as a test bed for what’s technically achievable, providing a massive market for the rollout of clean-energy technologies and building a body of knowledge that other states and nations can leverage, says energy economist Severin Borenstein. “We are showing that you can operate a grid with high levels of intermittent renewables,” he says. “That’s something that can be exported to the rest of the world.

4 Mai, 2018

Nutrition: FDA pushes back deadline to update nutrition labels

The FDA is delaying big changes to nutrition labels. Back in 2016, the FDA under the Obama administration set new rules that require food manufacturers to list added sugars, along with more visible calorie counts and clearer serving sizes. Those guidelines were set to go into effect in July. Now, the FDA is extending the deadline to January 2020 to give food manufacturers more time to comply, with companies that bring in less than $10 million in annual sales getting until 2021. Meanwhile, after years of delays, a new FDA policy is going into effect on Monday that requires restaurants with 20 more or more locations to display calorie counts.