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661     2015-04-03    FEMA’s Disaster Preparedness Funds Will Go Only to States With Climate Plans.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man- made climate change. Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard mitigation plans that address climate change. Specifically, beginning in March 2016, states seeking preparedness money will have to assess how climate change threatens their communities. Governors will have to sign off on hazard mitigation plans. "The challenges posed by climate change, such as more intense storms, frequent heavy precipitation, heat waves, drought, extreme flooding, and higher sea levels, could significantly alter the types and magnitudes of hazards impacting states in the future," FEMA wrote in its new procedures

Reference(s):   (Inside Climate News, March 18, 2015,   )
Link(s)*:  http://         

661     2015-04-03    British Columbia Directs “Cash-for-Clunkers” to Electric Vehicle Rebates.

Trading in a 15 year-old car or older to be recycled can now score electric vehicle buyers in British Columbia up to $3,250 towards the purchase of an electric vehicle (EV), and perhaps as much as $8,250 if the BC government reinstates its $5,000 Clean Energy Vehicle rebate as expected. The new incentive program, Scrap-It, is the first in the country to offer rebates on new or used plug-in vehicles, including ones originally sold in the U.S., which will be eligible for a rebate of up to $3,000 from the organization, plus a $250 instant rebate from the participating BC dealer where the vehicle is purchased. BC’s largely renewable electricity grid helps EVs achieve huge reductions in carbon emissions compared with non-EVs.

Reference(s):   (, March 17, 2015,   )
Link(s)*: clunkers-ev-rebate/         

661     2015-04-03    Pineapple Fiber Textiles Being Woven as Alternatives to Leather and Synthetics.

Piñatex is a new sustainable textile made from pineapple leaf fibers, a by-product of the pineapple harvest, created and developed by Dr. Carmen Hijosa. She is a social entrepreneur and founder of Ananas Anam Ltd. While working in the Philippines as a consultant to the Product Development and Design Center of the Philippines in the ‘90s, Dr Hijosa became aware of the qualities of pineapple leaf fibres – their versatility and strength – and she began to explore possible ways to develop a new textile material that can be used as an alternative to leather and petroleum based textiles. Dr Hijosa has a track record in the design and manufacture of leather goods, selling through her own company in Ireland and supplying key retail outlets including Harrods and Liberties in London. After years of research and development with pineapple leaf fibers, the new material Piñatex was born.

Reference(s):   (Ananas Anam, 2015,   )
Link(s)*: launch-of-pinatex/pinatex-is-born-to-truly-challenge-the-textile-market/         

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