Thursday, October 30, 2014

ClimateWire

The politics and business of climate change
  1. FORESTS: Southern pine beetle detected in N.Y. for first time
    NEW YORK -- The southern pine beetle has been discovered on Long Island, marking the first detection of the insect in the Empire State.
  2. NATIONS: Chile passes carbon tax
    Last month, Chile became the first country in South America to approve a carbon tax.
  3. CITIES: Mich. communities plan climate resilience
    Communities in Michigan are joining together to plan a response to climate change.
  4. FLOODS: Sri Lankan landslide kills 10; more than 100 feared dead
    A landslide brought on by days of monsoons in south-central Sri Lanka is believed to have killed more than 100.
  5. AUSTRALIA: Bank asked not to finance coal port near Great Barrier Reef
    An environmentalist group is asking Bank of America Corp. to live up to the bank's climate action commitments by ruling out financing to a coal port project near Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
  6. RESEARCH: Atmospheric CO2 increased in 3 bursts after last ice age
    The carbon dioxide in the planet's atmosphere increased in three large bursts during the deglaciation period following the last ice age, according to new research.
  7. NATIONS: Australian government announces emission-reduction compromise
    The Australian federal government has reached a compromise for a $2.2 billion fund to lower greenhouse gas emissions, Environment Minister Greg Hunt said yesterday.
  8. STATES: With close legislative races in Ore. and Wash., prospect of a 'green bloc' looms in the West
    For years, the states of California, Oregon and Washington have been allied by a common commitment to lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Starting with the Western Climate Initiative in 2007 and reaffirmed in the Pacific Coast Collaborative in 2008, governors in the three states pledged to transition to clean energy, establish aggressive reduction targets and set a fixed price on carbon.
  9. TECHNOLOGY: U.S. invests $10M in wave and tidal power tests
    The Department of Energy and the Navy have announced a $10 million investment into testing wave energy conversion devices off the coast of Hawaii.
  10. ENERGY EFFICIENCY: LEDs are good but can do better, inventor says
    Using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to illuminate homes, offices, roadways and parks saves energy compared with most conventional bulbs. An LED lamp uses one-quarter of the energy and can last 25 times as long as a traditional 60-watt incandescent bulb.