Climate change is slowly killing American workers

The Biden administration must not only curb emissions. It also has to move swiftly to issue its planned OSHA regulation limiting the heat exposure that kills more workers every year.
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Climate-driven extreme heat threatens $500 bln in new U.S. costs

Threats to agriculture, construction and service workers could cause hefty annual setbacks to the U.S. economy - and more deaths - by mid-century, researchers warn.


California’s Plan to Make New Buildings Greener Will Also Raise Costs

A recent building code change for new construction could reduce emissions by requiring use of solar panels and batteries, raising prices in an already expensive state.
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Solar power booms in Georgia, where it isn’t mandated

The state has no subsidies or renewable-energy requirements but is experiencing rapid solar-farm growth with the support of Republican utility regulators and rural communities.

Imagining the climate-proof home in the US: Using the least energy possible from the cleanest sources

Dealing with the climate crisis involves the overhauling of many facets of life, but few of these changes will feel as tangible and personal as the transformation required within the home.

Building solar farms may not build the middle class

Some of the wealthiest companies in the world are investing in the green economy. But they’re not investing in paying union wages.

California looks at curbing construction in wildfire-prone areas

The state’s insurance regulator endorsed proposals that could reshape the real estate market, the latest sign of climate shocks hitting the economy.

China adds more parks to its cities to raise quality of life

A national push to build urban parks is transforming Chinese cities, as the country tries to improve the quality of daily life.

House hunters are leaving the city, and builders can't keep up

For years, people most wanted to live in places where it was the hardest to build. Now, with a rise in remote work, exurban areas look more appealing.

Colorado's now-$5.4 billion transportation bill, broken down

A nearly $5.4 billion transportation bill under consideration in the Colorado legislature would tackle several big-ticket items at the same time — fixing and expanding highways, boosting transit and other alternatives to driving, and rapidly expanding the use of electric vehicles.

California proposal embraces all-electric buildings but stops short of gas ban

California officials have decided not to propose a ban on natural gas in new construction, disappointing environmental advocates who had hoped for a much more decisive move against fossil fuels.

Biden’s big bet: Tackling climate change will create jobs, not kill them

For decades, Democrats have countered opposition to "job-killing" environmental regulation by saying combatting climate change would create well-paying new jobs. President Biden is betting on it.
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