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Airline travel and more disrupted by global tech outage; Nevada gets OK to sell federal public lands for affordable housing;Science Moms work to foster meaningful talks on climate change; Scientists reconsider net-zero pledges to reach climate goals.

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As Trump accepts nomination for President, delegates emphasize themes of unity and optimism envisioning 'new golden age.' But RNC convention was marked by strong opposition to LGBTQ rights, which both opened and closed the event.

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It's grass-cutting season and with it, rural lawn mower races, Montana's drive-thru blood project is easing shortages, rural Americans spend more on food when transportation costs are tallied, and a lack of good childcare is thwarting rural business owners.

Report: Rural communities deal with emissions from industries that benefit cities

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Friday, June 7, 2024   

Nearly 70% of Wyomingites live in non metro areas, and a new report finds that a large portion of the state's greenhouse-gas emissions originate there.

A Rural Climate Partnership report finds that 36% of U.S. emissions are produced in rural America, and that includes in Wyoming.

Maria Doerr, program manager for the partnership and one of the authors, said the emission impacts of rural America are disproportionately large for the population they represent. Emissions are created by the goods and services produced in rural places -- such as electricity -- that are then sent to urban and suburban communities. For rural communities, that means air pollution and other environmental damage.

Doerr said achieving the nation's climate goals will take a sharper focus on rural areas.

"That is why we need rural communities to be the leaders of change for themselves because solutions will not work if they come from out of state or from the coastal cities," she said. "Solutions must be coming from rural communities, and when they do they can both address climate issues and reduce emissions."

Doerr said that while climate action has moved forward thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, a portion of which have funds stipulated for rural places, the work must continue.

Wyoming produces more than 12 times the energy it consumes, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and the state's economy depends on energy production industries, including coal, that tend to have boom and bust cycles.

John Burrows, energy and climate policy director for the Wyoming Outdoor Council, said diversifying could help reduce emissions while also supporting rural communities.

"There's really no one silver bullet to the replacement of a lot of these jobs, from the energy sector, from the ag sector," he said. "But there are a lot of silver BBs."

According to the study, increasing renewable energy, funding regenerative farm practices and electrifying homes and vehicles are good options. So is philanthropic funding, only 6% of which currently benefits rural communities.


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