Saturday, January 31, 2015

ClimateWire

The politics and business of climate change
  1. AIR POLLUTION: Greenwire's Peterka discusses future of ozone rule after EPA hearings
    Following its November proposal to tighten federal ozone standards, U.S. EPA began a series of three public hearings on the plan yesterday. How contentious were the discussions and what impact could the comments have on EPA's final proposal, which is expected later this year? On today's The Cutting Edge, Greenwire reporter Amanda Peterka, discusses expectations for the final rule. Today's The Cutting Edge will air on E&ETV at 12:30 p.m. EST.
  2. SPECIES: Climate changes push Australian fish toward colder waters
    Australian fish species are moving south to cope with climate change, new research says.
  3. FLOODS: Floods displace 170,000 in Malawi
    Since earlier this month, heavy floods have displaced 170,000 and killed at least 79 in 15 of Malawi's 28 districts. The Food and Agriculture Organization reported that 63,000 hectares of land is underwater and 153 people are still missing in one district alone. The death toll is expected to rise.
  4. PUBLIC OPINION: Flooding boosted Britain's belief in climate change
    Nine out of 10 Britons say they believe in climate change, with 84 percent attributing it fully or partially to human activity, according to a new study.
  5. BUSINESS: To cut emissions, GE and Statoil partner on technology
    Two energy companies, General Electric Co. and Norway's Statoil ASA, are creating a research and development partnership focused on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as well as costs.
  6. POLICY: Energy storage industry calls for inclusion in Clean Power Plan compliance
    Whether it's batteries, pumped hydroelectric power, flywheels or compressed air, storing and dispatching electricity will be an important asset in complying with the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, industry officials said.
  7. POLITICS: Senate easily approves Keystone XL but reveals 'glimmers' of climate hope
    The Senate's approval yesterday of the Keystone XL pipeline further cements the image of bipartisanship for a project that many Democrats describe as a climatological misstep. Yet the monthlong debate also revealed a collection of conservatives who see rising temperatures as a fact.
  8. SCIENCE: Researchers find little evidence for a climate change 'pause'
    Climate change deniers often assert that a global warming "hiatus" has been in place since 1998, keeping temperature rise relatively mellow. They fault climate models for simulating a much warmer world than has resulted.
  9. REGULATION: State regulators worry about EPA rule's timeline
    Environmental and utility regulators from a diverse mix of states offered a cheat sheet of sorts yesterday to the U.S. EPA employees tasked with sorting through the more than 3 million public comments on the agency's Clean Power Plan.
  10. RELIGION: EPA's McCarthy visits the Vatican today
    U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy heads to the Vatican today. The Obama administration's top environmental official will brief Catholic leaders on the administration's ambitious plans to cut the domestic power sector's carbon footprint by 30 percent by 2030.