The Top EHS Stories From February 2020

Did you miss February’s top EHS stories?

We've assembled a list of 10 articles for you from EHS and global news outlets, industry leaders, and technology experts.

The 10 stories that made our list include a Trump-era tax break for carbon capture, climate risk investing, coronavirus concerns, and more.

A Rare Trump-Era Climate Policy Hits an Obstacle: The Tax Man [The New York Times]

In 2018, Congress passed a tax break for companies that invest in carbon capture technology. However, delays from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have prevented companies from claiming the tax credit.

Coronavirus Concerns in the Workplace [SHRM]

With multiple reported cases of coronavirus in the U.S., many employers are wondering what they should do to prepare and protect their employees. This article answers common questions about workplace precautions, business travel restrictions, and what to do about employees who have recently returned from China.

Trend: Companies Warm to Nature-Based Solutions [GreenBiz]

More than 350 companies have made commitments to help reverse nature loss and restore vital natural systems on which economic activity depends.

6 Things Investors Want to Know About Your Climate Risks [Perillon]

As global concerns about climate change grow, investors are weighing climate risk when deciding which stocks to add to their portfolios.

Investor Coalition Demands Faster Action on Climate Change from Fast Food Companies [Environment + Energy Leader]

A global coalition of investors representing more than $11.4 trillion of assets is calling on McDonald's, Burger King, and other fast food giants to take action to deal with climate change and water risks.

JP Morgan Chase to Restrict Arctic Oil and Coal Lending [Business Green]

Along the same lines, banking giant JP Morgan Chase announced new rules that will effectively end all investment in Arctic drilling projects by the bank and impose tough new criteria for financing companies involved in coal mining and coal power.

BP’s Bold Climate Plan Doesn’t Add Up to Net Zero [Bloomberg Green]

This month, BP made a bold announcement that it aims to reach net zero emissions across its operations and oil and gas production basis by 2020. Experts were quick to point out that the plan only applies to some, not all, of BP’s emissions.

Augmented Reality Is Ready for Its Close Up on the Training Floor [EHS Today]

Hands-on training is highly effective, but not always practical — or even possible. Now, manufacturers are using AR to overcome educational challenges.

Attorneys General Sue EPA Over Rollback of Chemical Safety Rule [Safety + Health]

On December 19, the Environmental Protection Agency’S (EPA) Risk Management Program Reconsideration final rule went into effect, eliminating various provisions of the Obama-era Chemical Disaster Rule. Now, attorneys general of 14 states and the District of Columbia are suing the EPA and its administrator, Andrew Wheeler, over the agency’s recent changes on the grounds that the new rule is “unlawful”.

What Will it Cost to Save the Earth’s Oceans? [GreenBiz]

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include SDG 14, to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development." A new study published in the journal Marine Policy estimates that to hit the targets needed to achieve this SDG, the world must spend $175 billion per year.

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