Friday, October 24, 2014

ClimateWire

The politics and business of climate change
  1. TRANSPORTATION: DOE issues updates to emission, energy accounting tools for transportation sector
    The Department of Energy presented the latest iterations for two greenhouse gas emissions accounting tools that assess the nation's transportation sector, providing a glimpse into the country's possible energy future and electricity generation mix.
  2. NEGOTIATIONS: Portugal could block E.U. climate deal in push for energy connectivity
    Portugal said it could block the E.U. proposal to cut greenhouse gas emissions if other countries at a summit this week don't agree to a binding target for connecting the bloc's power supply.
  3. TRANSPORTATION: Environmental Law and Policy Center's Learner urges lawmakers to move transportation policy to reduce emissions
    What impact do low oil prices have on efforts to reduce emissions in the transportation sector? During today's OnPoint, Howard Learner, executive director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center, discusses the intersection of transportation and climate policies and talks about efforts in the Midwest to broaden the reach of plug-in electric vehicles and expand high-speed rail access. Today's OnPoint will air on E&ETV at 10 a.m. EDT.
  4. STATES: Energy efficiency grew across U.S. in 2013, despite some setbacks
    Over the course of 2013, the United States saved enough energy through efficiency programs to power 2 million American homes for a year, according to the latest state scorecard from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
  5. WEATHER: Pacific approaches El Niño conditions -- NOAA, Australian meteorology bureau
    The Pacific Ocean is warming and driving global temperatures upward, creating ripe conditions for an El Niño system to develop in the coming months, according to Australian and American weather forecasting agencies.
  6. NEGOTIATIONS: Energy security becomes a factor in E.U. emissions target talks
    Europe's climate goals and its quest for energy security should go hand in hand, a panel of experts said yesterday as European leaders prepared to finalize the bloc's goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
  7. NATIONS: Climate change boosts fire frequency, but Australia's PM calls the link 'hogwash'
    The changing climate is fueling the severity of brush fires in New South Wales and lengthening the fire season by months, warns a report from Australia's Climate Council.
  8. FORESTS: Brazil protects 1.65M acres of Amazon forest
    The government of Brazil this week announced a new 1.65-million-acre protected area in the Amazon rainforest, one of the globe's biggest natural carbon sinks.
  9. WORKFORCE: Nonbinding E.U. clean energy targets could lead to job loss -- unions
    The European Union could lose close to 1 million possible jobs if the bloc's leaders do not agree on strong climate and energy targets, according to the head of Europe's trade union movement.
  10. BUSINESS: Companies begin to offer discounted solar energy as a worker benefit
    For a handful of large U.S. companies and organizations, employee benefits are extending beyond the three-legged stool of health care, retirement and vacation to include clean energy delivered to employees' homes at little or no upfront cost.