Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ClimateWire

The politics and business of climate change
  1. GEOTHERMAL: The 'invisible renewable' struggles with slow U.S. growth
    Geothermal energy is sometimes referred to as the "invisible renewable."
  2. FORESTS: Amazonian governments turn to drones to monitor deforestation
    As Brazil steps up its regulations to protect the Amazon from deforestation, municipalities are turning to drones to help monitor their progress.
  3. EDUCATION: Climate change slowly entering school curriculums
    Climate change is slowly gaining ground in school science curriculums, though tight education budgets, beleaguered teachers and political opposition have made this difficult in some countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom.
  4. RENEWABLE ENERGY: Bloomberg Philanthropies invests in a solar lamp
    A low-interest loan from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation has brought about a stylish solar-powered lamp that is expected to light up homes and classrooms across Africa.
  5. BIOFUELS: EPA sends 2013 cellulosic blending requirement sharply downward
    U.S. EPA has revised the number of cellulosic biofuel gallons in 2013 that needed to be blended in the U.S. fuel supply to 810,185 ethanol-equivalent gallons -- about five ten-thousandths of a percent of the country's fuel -- a move supported by both oil and renewable fuel groups.
  6. NEW YORK: De Blasio says city's sustainability efforts show 'early progress'
    NEW YORK -- Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) commemorated Earth Day yesterday by revealing a snapshot of how much work has been done to green the city and make it more resilient to climate change risk.
  7. WEATHER: Tornado season gets its safest start in nearly a century
    So far this year, no one in the United States has been killed by a tornado. The country hasn't experienced such a promising start to a tornado season since World War I.
  8. WATER: Groundwater management and stormwater recycling bills begin to move through Calif. Senate
    A California state senator has introduced a package of bills to address the state's drought and long-term water supply issues through increased regulation and management over water's entire life cycle.
  9. POLICY: Kerry makes climate change a new top international priority
    Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday launched a new diplomatic road map that puts climate change at the forefront of long-term global challenges.
  10. WILDFIRES: The relationship between forest fire and climate change is complex but vital
    Twenty years ago, a cross-disciplinary team of scientists set out to study wildfire carbon emissions in Glacier National Park. It was a moment of heightened public attention for both fire and climate, due to a number of high-profile burns a few years before, and interest was building in the interplay between local ecosystems and global warming.