Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina seeks summer interns

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Calling all college students: Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina seeks summer interns

Are you a college student interested in environmental stewardship and conservation? The Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina is currently accepting applications for a Land Protection Assistant Intern. The position is a paid, 10-week, full-time summer internship through Conservation Trust for North Carolina’s Diversity of Conservation Internship Program. Internships run from May – August 2020.

The Diversity in Conservation Internship Program seeks to engage two and four-year college students and recent graduates from underrepresented communities, particularly of Asian, Black, Hispanic, Multi-Racial, and Native American background, in conservation careers. 

Learn more and apply for the position here: https://ctnc.hiringthing.com/job/167893/land-protection-assistant 

California’s giant sequoias are dying because of climate change

According to a joint study by the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey, 28 sequoias at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks have died since 2014 due to drought, fire, and beetle infestation, all of which have been linked to global warming. 

Giant sequoias are the largest trees in the world and can live for over 3,000 years. Of the 28 dead trees, 25 appear to have lived in particularly wet areas, “which is very weird,” said Christy Brigham, chief of resource management and science at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. 

Read the full story here: https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2020/01/22/stories/1062150049 

The Department of Energy approves rule that will make it more difficult to set new energy efficiency standards

The Trump administration has approved a rule that will make it more difficult to set energy efficiency standards for common appliances and equipment like refrigerators, dishwashers and home furnaces as well as commercial air conditioners and industrial motors, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) said in a press release. These standards reduce pollution and save the average US household $500 every year.

The DOE made changes to its Process Rule, adding new steps to an already lengthy standard-setting process, says ACEEE. It will significantly increase the energy savings threshold needed to trigger the process and allow manufacturers to largely design the testing that decides if the products meet standards. 

Read the press release here: https://aceee.org/press/2020/01/new-doe-rule-undercuts-top-us-policy 

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