Friday, April 24, 2015

ClimateWire

The politics and business of climate change
  1. RENEWABLE ENERGY: Floating solar farms start producing power for Japan's grid
    Two large, floating solar panel farms have come online in Japan.
  2. NATIONS: Australian government under fire for funding climate contrarian's research institute
    Decisions by the Australian government to fund a new research institute led by Bjørn Lomborg, an academic who says governments should not attempt to halt climate change, were challenged this week by the former head of Australia's Climate Commission.
  3. EPA: Greenwire's Bogardus discusses details of FOIA request leading to new look at Alaska mine raid
    A controversial raid by U.S. EPA of a Chicken, Alaska, gold mine in 2013 is given a fresh look, following a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Greenwire. On today's The Cutting Edge, Greenwire reporter Kevin Bogardus discusses what he uncovered in the photos, videos and reports released by the government as a result of the FOIA request. He also talks about how the coverage could impact efforts to remove EPA agents of their ability to carry firearms. Today's The Cutting Edge will air on E&ETV at 12:30 p.m. EDT.
  4. FOSSIL FUELS: Banks need to support clean energy, not coal, to clean up China's pollution -- report
    To effectively tackle China's air pollution problem, the government needs to push banks to finance clean businesses and decrease lending to coal industries, according to a new study.
  5. SCIENCE: The Keeling Curve -- tracker of CO2 since the 1950s -- named a 'chemical landmark'
    Chalk up one more honor to late scientist Charles Keeling's eponymous curve that shows a long-term trend of rising carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere. The Keeling Curve will be named a "National Historic Chemical Landmark" by the American Chemical Society, joining a list populated by Joseph Priestly's discovery of oxygen, the development of the genetic code, day-glo paint and other such remarkable chemical discoveries.
  6. ELECTRICITY: Largest D.C. federal solar project starts up at USDA facility
    The largest federally owned solar project in the Washington, D.C., area is a half-hour car ride to Beltsville, Md., where just outside the Capital Beltway the Agriculture Department this week began drawing energy from more than 5,000 ground-mounted PV panels built atop a patch of former research farmland.
  7. NEGOTIATIONS: Diplomats say they are 'worried' about GOP attacks on Obama's climate plan
    Diplomats from around the world this week said they worry Republican attacks on climate change action in the United States could undermine a global accord, despite efforts by the Obama administration to reassure them.
  8. RESEARCH: New nitrogen model suggests warming this century may be worse than thought
    Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have come up with a more accurate way to measure nitrogen in global models, potentially reducing the level of uncertainty in climate change predictions.
  9. PEOPLE: Environmental Defense Fund lawyer joins U.S. climate negotiating team
    U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern has a new No. 2.
  10. BUSINESS: Largest U.S. coal exporter turns to natural gas
    As coal consumption drops in favor of natural gas, the United States' biggest coal exporter plans to join the natural gas boom.