Thursday, July 31, 2014

ClimateWire

The politics and business of climate change
  1. DEFENSE: Climate change is among top national security concerns -- experts
    National security once referred only to the defense against armed conflict. But today, there is substantial evidence that national security is also affected by a variety of climate-induced threats, which are expected to become more severe in the coming decades, government leaders and military experts said yesterday. They spoke at a forum hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
  2. NATIONS: Climate-vulnerable nation leaders hold summit in South Pacific
    Leaders from some of the nations most vulnerable to the effects of climate change met for a regional summit in Palau yesterday.
  3. OFFSETS: German chancellor's air travel funds carbon offset projects across the globe
    Thanks to the German government's purchase of carbon offsets, Chancellor Angela Merkel's international flights have helped fund environmental projects across the globe.
  4. CLIMATE: Ceres' Lubber discusses Senate costs of warming testimony, action on EPA carbon rule
    With a series of congressional climate hearings and U.S. EPA's public hearings on its Clean Power Plan scheduled this week, the Obama administration's climate and energy goals are in full focus in Washington. During today's OnPoint, Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, discusses her testimony yesterday before the Senate Budget Committee on the costs of climate inaction. She also talks about a new Ceres report that ranks the United States' largest electric utilities on their clean energy investments. Today's OnPoint will air on E&ETV at 10 a.m. EDT.
  5. CARBON CAPTURE: Kemper plant remains on schedule; costs hold steady
    The costs of the Kemper County carbon capture project -- the first proposed coal plant in the United States aiming to capture its carbon dioxide at scale -- increased little in the second quarter of the year as construction of the project nears completion in Mississippi, according to documents filed yesterday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  6. DROUGHT: Sacramento scraps 'Gold Rush Days' event, citing excess water use
    The relentless drought in California has forced event organizers to cancel Old Sacramento's Gold Rush Days, a Wild West-themed festival.
  7. RENEWABLE ENERGY: Germany gets more than a quarter of its electricity from renewable sources
    Germany is now getting more than a quarter of its electricity from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass, said the utility lobby BDEW.
  8. CALIFORNIA: Brown follows up Mexico climate pact with another on energy
    California Gov. Jerry Brown signed an agreement yesterday with Mexico to promote renewable energy, biofuels and other clean energy technologies.
  9. POLITICS: Some lawmakers see limited risk from climate change as White House plows ahead with carbon rules
    Opinions split sharply yesterday on whether tackling climate change would help or hurt the economy, but none of the lawmakers at a Senate hearing directly dismissed its scientific underpinnings.
  10. REGULATION: Concerned citizens bring a personal touch to EPA power plant emission hearings
    The first day of public listening sessions on U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP) brought out all the usual suspects: industry groups lambasting the agency's overreach, environmentalists citing long lists of climate impacts and policymakers staking out battle lines on an already politically charged issue.