Saturday, August 23, 2014

ClimateWire

The politics and business of climate change
  1. NATURAL DISASTERS: Hiroshima landslides kill dozens, force widespread evacuations
    Thirty-nine people were dead and 51 people were missing as of yesterday following a spate of landslides Wednesday morning in a hilly residential area in the Hiroshima region of western Japan.
  2. CHINA: Big polluter reduces coal use for first time in 100 years
    China reduced its coal consumption for the first time in about a century during the first half of 2014.
  3. SCIENCE: Sun's activity influences regional climate change and skeptics -- study
    Almost every scientist agrees that the Earth is warming. But how important is the sun?
  4. LEGISLATION: Calif. lawmakers pass bill forcing cities to cut rooftop solar red tape
    California cities and counties must adopt a streamlined process for permitting residential solar under a bill that passed the state Legislature yesterday and was headed to Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) desk.
  5. FORESTS: Increasing European tree loss likely to amplify climate change
    Europe's forests are increasingly under stress from wind, bark beetles and fires, according to a recent report from the European Forest Institute.
  6. BUSINESS: Big turbine maker feels the breeze of growing U.S. markets
    Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world's largest wind turbine maker, said the U.S. market continues to show high activity, but the industry is starting to focus on whether the production tax credit (PTC) will be renewed before the end of the year.
  7. ARCTIC: Ice loss in Greenland has doubled since 2009 -- study
    A new investigation from a European satellite -- the European Space Agency's CryoSat -- has revealed Greenland appears to be losing about 375 cubic kilometers of ice annually.
  8. POLITICS: Evangelical leader says Fla.'s governor is being 'very frustrating' on climate change
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is being pressed by more than just scientists to act on climate change. The religious Republican is also being courted by an evangelical reverend who delivered 60,000 signatures to his office last week.
  9. COAL: Rejection of export permit may shake up finances of Australian coal company, green groups say
    The rejection of a key permit for the Coyote Island Terminal earlier this week was a major setback for Oregon's last proposed coal export facility, setting the stage for challenges and appeals that will likely take years to resolve (ClimateWire, Aug. 19). But the company behind the project may not have that much time, according to green groups.
  10. CALIFORNIA: State's 8th carbon auction finds prices holding steady
    Demand for California greenhouse gas allowances remained steady as the market nears a planned expansion, according to auction results released yesterday.