Thursday, May 26, 2016

ClimateWire

The politics and business of climate change
  1. WEATHER: Earliest snowmelt recorded in Barrow, Alaska
    Snow is melting sooner than it ever has in the most northern city in the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  2. AUTOS: 'Mild hybrids' could ease carmakers into electrification
    A low-cost electric drive system may soon become a popular feature in new cars to boost fuel economy, industry analysts say.
  3. CLEAN POWER PLAN: W.Va. AG Morrisey says rule driving changes in energy market despite stay
    Following last week's surprise move by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to postpone Clean Power Plan arguments to September, and before the full panel, parties involved in the case have spent the week assessing shifts in their strategies for arguments. During today's OnPoint, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) discusses how he plans to proceed during this fall's arguments. He also explains why he believes the U.S. coal industry could see a comeback if the Clean Power Plan is defeated in court, despite the market trending away from coal. Today's OnPoint will air on E&ETV at 10 a.m. EDT.
  4. SCIENCE: Scientists comment on accuracy of news stories on new site
    The website Climate Feedback allows scientists to review articles in the press on climate change.
  5. CALIFORNIA: State claims cap and trade is a bargain for suing businesses
    California regulators defended their landmark cap-and-trade program yesterday in a closely watched case that could interfere with the state's ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  6. OIL AND GAS: French oil giant cuts exploration due to climate change
    French oil company Total SA said it's cutting back on drilling in oil sands and avoiding Arctic ice to help meet the international goal of keeping global warming under 2 degrees Celsius.
  7. BUSINESS: 'Wind is winning,' but leaders remain watchful
    NEW ORLEANS -- Riding high on last year's congressional extension of the production tax credit, the U.S. wind energy sector must now focus on reducing costs to remain competitive with other fuels like natural gas and solar, industry leaders told a national meeting of wind power officials gathered here this week.
  8. SCIENCE: Engineered 'super coral' could survive warming
    Human-caused climate change is killing coral, but mankind might save it, too.
  9. RESILIENCE: D.C., Miami join resilient cities group
    The Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities program announced plans to add 37 urban areas to its global network today, a move that brings the nation's capital and seven other U.S. communities into the fold of the urban resilience movement.
  10. FINANCE: World Bank seeks to harness private-sector climate investment
    The World Bank and partners offered a voluntary road map yesterday for how governments, businesses and others can work to mobilize money for global warming.