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06/29/2016 08:00 AM
Here comes the sun: US solar power market hits all-time high
Guardian: Solar energy in the US has had a rocky existence. Ever since Ronald Reagan symbolically removed Jimmy Carter’s solar panels from the White House roof in 1986, federal policy has been unpredictable, such that manufacturers and consumers could never depend on reliable incentives to produce and install solar energy systems. Remarkably, the US solar energy industry is now entering what may be its most prosperous decade ever, thanks to a new wave of federal and state policies and positive economics...


06/29/2016 08:00 AM
Brexit is not a vote against climate change says UN’s climate chief
Guardian: Britain’s decision to leave the European Union was not a vote against climate change, nor was it a vote against the innovation key to fighting climate change, UN climate chief Christiana Figueres told an audience of business and policymakers at the annual Business & Climate summit in London today. In her last speech as the head of UN’s climate change body the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Figueres said, “It’s absolutely clear that should article 50 be triggered, the UK would have...


06/29/2016 05:36 AM
Fill Good Inc – are we close to a refill revolution?
Guardian: While Boris Johnson is busy reducing the size of Europe, his father, Stanley, is appealing to Europe to help us reduce the amount of rubbish we create. This month, Environmentalists for Europe, the cross-party group co-chaired by Johnson senior, called on the EU to ban non-returnable bottles. Instead, the group said, consumers should be charged a 20p deposit, refundable when they take back the bottle. Or we should make all plastic bottles refillable. Refilling isn’t a new idea, but it’s one...


06/29/2016 04:49 AM
Scotland's fishing industry welcomes decision to leave the EU
Guardian: Scottish fishermen’s representatives were adamant on Tuesday that Brexit would be good news for the 5,000 strong fleet, despite warnings that the uncertainty surrounding the UK’s departure from the EU could hurt fisheries. Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said that leaving the EU would give fleets “the ability to recover proper, sustainable, rational stewardship through our own exclusive economic zone for fisheries”, comparing the situation with Norway...


06/29/2016 08:00 AM
Science groups to Congress: Climate change is real threat
Associated Press: Thirty-one of the country's top science organizations are telling Congress that global warming is a real problem and something needs to be done about it. The groups, which represent millions of scientists, sent the letter Tuesday, saying the severity of climate change is increasing and will worsen faster in coming decades. Eighteen groups sent a similar letter in 2009. But Rush Holt, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said the climate problem...


06/29/2016 04:44 AM
Soy diesel less toxic than other fuels
SciDevNet: Unlike conventional diesel, fuel made from soybeans does not directly damage lung cells, a lab study has shown. "Some of the soybean biodiesel presently being used in Brazil does not exhibit direct adverse effects on human lung cells nor [does it] induce inflammatory response,' says the paper, published in the August issue of the journal Toxicology in Vitro. To assess the fuels' toxic effects, researchers from Brazil and Puerto Rico exposed lung cell cultures to particles emitted by the combustion...


06/29/2016 04:35 AM
California firefighters contain most of state's biggest wildfire
Reuters: Firefighters in central California had by Wednesday contained most of a major blaze that ranks as the biggest and deadliest of several that are raging in an early summer heatwave. Crews had contained about 60 percent of fire, named Erskine, up from 15 percent on Tuesday, in the drought-parched foothills near Lake Isabella in Kern County, about 110 miles (180 km) north of Los Angeles, fire managers said. A major highway through the area had also been reopened and more evacuees had been allowed...


06/29/2016 08:00 AM
Firefighters gain ground over devastating California blaze
Reuters: A burned out truck rests on a roadside after the Erskine Fire burned through Weldon, California. Reuters/Noah Berger left1 of 2right Firefighter Bryan Gant sprays water on a residence leveled by the Erskine Fire in South Lake, California, U.S. June 26, 2016. LOS ANGELES Firefighters in the foothills of central California have made significant gains against a blaze that has killed at least two people and destroyed scores of homes in a devastating start to the state's wildfire season, authorities...


06/29/2016 04:50 AM
Witnessing a great white shark breach ... terrifying, awesome or both?
Mother Nature Network: For those who have been forever traumatized by the 1972 classic "Jaws," there is nothing more terrifying than the prospect of seeing a great white shark burst through open water and fly through the air. On the other hand, for fans of Discovery's annual Shark Week, there is nothing more amazing than observing one of these breaches firsthand: Shark breaching may be rare, but it represents just one of many fascinating behaviors exhibited by these cartilaginous marine creatures. Scientists believe...


06/29/2016 08:00 AM
GHGs are rising despite fuel economy standards. What's the solution?
ClimateWire: Americans' cars are getting bigger and they're driving more than ever before -- two reasons why U.S. transportation emissions continue to grow despite fuel economy standards, experts say. Correction appended. Ingrid Fol chose her minivan, a 2007 Honda Odyssey, because it gets good mileage. Now that gas prices have gone down, the Northern Virginia resident said, there's less pressure to make every gallon count. "When it was $3-something, I would try to stay within a budget, and choose to...


06/29/2016 08:00 AM
Mexico, Canada, US to make clean power pledge
Climate Central: The U.S., Mexico and Canada are expected to pledge Wednesday to collectively generate 50 percent of their electricity from zero-carbon sources by 2025, according to White House officials. The agreement is expected to be struck at the North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa. It means that when all the electricity generated in the three countries is added up, the amount coming from zero-carbon sources will jump from 37 percent today to half within 10 years. Zero-carbon sources include solar, wind,...


06/29/2016 08:00 AM
Banning fracking is the only rational option
BaltimoreSun: Unconventional gas development using high-volume hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, has been intensely debated in our state for almost a decade. Initially promoted as a "clean" fuel that would provide cheap energy, create jobs and help the climate, fracked gas was embraced by politicians of both major parties. States like Pennsylvania and West Virginia welcomed the industry with open arms, setting in motion a vast public health experiment. Maryland wisely waited. When Maryland...


06/29/2016 03:18 AM
Amber Rudd: UK will be a climate leader post Brexit
Climate Home: "The UK will not step back from international leadership... climate change has not been downgraded as a threat." Addressing clean energy investors in London on Wednesday, Britain’s climate and energy chief Amber Rudd struck a bullish tone post last week’s vote to leave the European Union. It was not a result she had wanted, but the decision to leave the world’s largest single market would not affect the government’s commitment to tackling global warming, she stressed. Rudd confirmed the...


06/28/2016 09:32 PM
UK govt says committed to fighting climate change despite Brexit
Reuters: Britain's government remains committed to fighting climate change despite last week's vote to leave the European Union, the country's energy and climate minister said on Wednesday. "While I think the UK's role in dealing with a warming planet may have been made harder by the decision last Thursday, our commitment to dealing with it has not gone away," Amber Rudd told a Business and Climate Summit in London. "Climate change has not been downgraded as a threat. It remains one of the most serious...


06/29/2016 04:17 AM
UK Won’t “Step Back” From Climate Change Fight
Blue and Green: Amber Rudd MP confirmed that the fight against climate change will not take a back seat following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. The UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change made the announcement at the start of the second day of the Business and Climate Summit 2016 which is taking place in London’s Guildhall. She said: “Climate change has not been downgraded as a threat. It remains one of the most serious long term risks to our economic and national security. “I was...


06/29/2016 04:00 AM
Leaving the EU 'will make it harder for UK to tackle climate change'
Guardian: Brexit will make it harder for Britain to play its role in tackling climate change, the UK energy and climate secretary has said. But Amber Rudd said that the UK remained committed to action on global warming and Whitehall sources have told the Guardian that on Thursday she will approve a world-leading carbon target for 2032. “While I think the UK’s role in dealing with a warming planet may have been made harder by the decision last Thursday, our commitment to dealing with it has not gone away,”...


06/28/2016 08:48 PM
Increase in bacteria threatens fish in the Baltic
WorldFishing: Increase in bacteria threatens fish in the Baltic An increase in bacteria in the northern Baltic is leading to a reduction in fish numbers. Photo: Kristina Viklund, UMF An increase in bacteria as a result of climate change is reducing the number of fish, according to environmental experts. In the northern parts of the Baltic Sea both precipitation and river discharge are expected to increase as more carbon is dissolved in sea water. The increased river discharge will lead to a higher inflow...


06/29/2016 02:17 AM
North American Leaders to Discuss Climate Change in Canada
Voice of America: Climate change will be a priority during President Barack Obama's discussions in Canada Wednesday as he attends a North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto will join Obama in announcing a continent-wide climate partnership aimed at generating half of North America's electricity from non-carbon sources by 2025. Currently just over a third of the continent's electricity comes from clean energy sources such as wind, solar,...


06/28/2016 09:01 PM
Acidic waters dull snails' ability to escape from predatory sea stars
PhysOrg: Ocean acidification makes it harder for sea snails to escape from their sea star predators, according to a study from the University of California, Davis. The findings, published in the journal Proceedings of The Royal Society B, suggest that by disturbing predator-prey interactions, ocean acidification could spur cascading consequences for food web systems in shoreline ecosystems. For instance, black turban snails graze on algae. If more snails are eaten by predators, algae densities could...


06/29/2016 03:45 AM
Brexit hot air causes climate problems
Climate News Network: The shock waves felt round the world at the UK’s decision in a referendum to leave the European Union will have unexpected consequences for some major projects linked to climate change. Plans for four giant nuclear reactors to be built in England by the French are almost certain to be scrapped because opposition among trade unions in France has hardened since last week’s vote. A second major project - a third runway at Heathrow, London’s busiest airport - was due to be given the go-ahead on...