Tuesday, February 9, 2016

ClimateWire

The politics and business of climate change
  1. FINANCE: World's biggest fund drops companies with green risk
    Norway's sovereign wealth fund sold its holdings in 73 companies whose environmental and social impacts hurt the fund's long-term profitability last year.
  2. HISTORY: Warming might have changed genetics of prehistoric Europeans
    Humans went through dramatic population and genetic changes as the planet's climate swung between glacial and warm periods tens of thousands of years ago, according to new research.
  3. ADAPTATION: Fixing slums, not razing them, to prep for warming
    Flames raged in Khayelitsha, a slum in South Africa's Cape Town, as emergency crews struggled through the labyrinth of unplanned shanties. It took 90 minutes for them to arrive at the scene.
  4. DROUGHT: Food lacking in southern Africa as cows die
    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe declared a state of disaster in rural areas experiencing severe drought, with more than a quarter of the population facing food shortages. Tens of thousands of the country's cattle are dying of hunger and thirst as water levels drop and crops wither.
  5. AGRICULTURE: Cleanup in produce: veggies on dizzying ride
    Changing climes and El NiƱo are causing vegetable prices this winter to peak and plummet unpredictably, industry insiders say.
  6. CLEAN POWER PLAN: Utah joins list of suing states plotting GHG reductions
    Utah leaders have begun to brainstorm how the state might reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, even though it is one of the 27 states legally challenging the new federal regulation requiring it to do so.
  7. TRANSPORTATION: Oil tax fight revives old debate over fixing infrastructure
    President Obama's plan to fund clean transportation with an oil tax has raised a flurry of opposition -- but it has also revived a debate on how to best fund infrastructure improvements.
  8. HEALTH: Zika outbreak may follow paths of other climate-linked diseases, researchers say
    The raging Zika virus epidemic in the Americas may soon follow in the footsteps of other climate-linked infections, researchers say.
  9. SCIENCE: CSIRO scientists decry 'mind-boggling' climate cuts
    With an ax rather than a scalpel, Australia's federal science agency last week chopped off its climate research arm in a decision that has stunned scientists and left employees dispirited.
  10. FISCAL 2017 BUDGET: White House seeks to double clean energy research funding
    President Obama has announced an ambitious plan to double federal research and development funding for climate change-fighting energy research to nearly $13 billion over the next five years.