In the U.S., taking the train is already one of the climate-friendliest ways of getting around. But it will soon be even greener, as Amtrak, the country’s federally chartered passenger rail company, announced a plan last week to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. Ultimately, Amtrak aims to power all of its trains with zero-emissions technologies.
New Jersey’s Democratic Governor, Phil Murphy, set the East Coast’s most ambitious target for offshore wind energy last week, vowing in an executive order to develop 11 gigawatts by 2040 — enough to power about 4.7 million homes. The announcement now puts New Jersey ahead of other renewable energy powerhouses in the Northeast.
Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell approved new funding last week to reduce climate pollution and foster a just transition away from fossil fuels. The funding allocates $2.4 million to develop “resilience hubs” — community spaces where people can go during climate emergencies, whether to escape wildfire smoke or cool off during a heat wave.