DC's big solar goal and heat pump slowness in RI
It's messy, but it's what we've got.
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We're coming up quickly on a new year, and this week and next is the world's largest climate conference, COP28. The UN-backed conference is a yearly effort towards cutting the world's emissions and adapting to climate change. It is controversial, messy and yet pretty much the only thing we have on a global level. I'm never quite sure what to do during COP week. This newsletter doesn't really cover international efforts, but its unavoidable that they do have an impact on the work happening locally. If you're interested in following along with this year's COP, I'd recommend Context News from Reuters, The Guardian's COP28 page and this scene-setting series from Vox about the conference in context of communities around the world. In the spirit of being consistent, I'm sharing the many stories that came across my desk in the past two weeks for this week's paid members bonus edition. Next week I'll be back with a free edition building on an earlier interview I did on free transit, talking to a rural community that took it on this summer.
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