Climate change

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The Fayetteville City Council has approved new regulations for electric vehicle charging stations on private property. The standards require publicly available car chargers to be a level 2 charger, have a minimum 30 amps on a 240-volt circuit and be connected to a network that allows users to find them on a cellphone. The city's environmental director says the regulations will help the city establish LEED accreditation.

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The Sierra Club has issued a new report titled The Dirty Truth About Utility Climate Pledges, which ranks electric utilities operating across the U.S. on efforts to phase out coal-burning power plants and construction of new natural gas burning electric facilities, as well as investments in clean energy. The report coincides with the launch of a interactive online dashboard.

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University of Arkansas Geologist Matt Covington joined a team of explorers who, over a two-year span, descended hundreds of feet into several ice shafts, called moulins, on Greenland’s Ice Sheet. The scientists were able to map and measure how accelerating rates of summer melt water are carving massive ice drains into the sheet, possibly impacting its stablity.

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University of Arkansas Professor Emeritus of English, Dick Bennett, discusses the gravity of Earth Day on this 50th year of the event, which was first celebrated by millions of peace and environmental activists in 1970. Bennett is the founder of the OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology in Fayetteville.

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As more people are choosing to change their diets to plant-based or vegan, restaurants and retailers are noticing the demand. A restaurant with an almost entirely plant-based menu recently opened in Fayetteville and other local restaurants are adding vegan options to their menus. Large and small grocers are also putting numerous plant-based items on their shelves as companies continue to develop new products. 

Arkansas Staged is the lone Arkansas theater company to collaborate with Climate Change Theater Action to produce staged readings about climate change. You can see the one-night-only production at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at Mt. Sequoyah.

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Terra Studios will soon suspend its hot glass demonstrations, which include the creation its popular Bluebird of Happiness. Officials say they are making the decision because of glassblowing's effect on the climate and they hope to resume the practice when a greener version of glassblowing can be used.

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University of Missouri-Columbia research associate professor ermeritus of forest health and mycology, Johann Bruhn, says climate change is already affecting Ozark forests. Bruhn travels with Citizen Climate Lobby Missouri co-coordinator, George Laur, educating the public. The USDA Forest Service has launched an online Climate Change Resource Center to provide guidance.

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Hundreds gathered in Fayetteville Friday for a climate strike. They demanded elected leaders take climate change more seriously.

Today on Community Spotlight, Pete talks with Fayetteville High School senior Blue Brasher about the NWA Climate Strike.  The Strike will take place tomorrow, September 27th, from 12 P.M. to 4 P.M. on the Fayetteville Town Square.  

The Strike will feature a human-powered parade, vegetarian and vegan food trucks, a concert, and more.