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Yesterday, Congressman Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, the Communications Workers of America, United Steelworkers, Sierra Club and the American Federation of Teachers joined the BlueGreen Alliance in calling on Congress to oppose “Fast Track” trade legislation that would keep trade deals shrouded in secrecy and remove the ability of Congress to protect American workers, our environment and public health. (Al-Jazeera America and San Francisco Chronicle)

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“We need to put fast track on the slow track to ensure that the TPP is done right,” said BlueGreen Alliance executive director Kim Glas. “We need fair, transparent trade that doesn’t engage the U.S. in a race to the bottom."

 

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Source: Center for American Progress Action Fund

 

A new map highlights where every governor in the country stands on climate change and clean energy. (Think Progress)

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"'I'm not a scientist' won't be a winner in the presidential field," - Republican strategist Ford O'Connell of the now common response Republican lawmakers and candidates about climate change. (Reuters)

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In the courts – The Obama administration told an appeals court that 12 states should not be allowed to preemptively challenge the Clean Power Plan. (The Hill) 

Worse blizzards – Climate change may drive blizzards to be far more severe in the future. (Washington Post)

2014 was hot – British scientists confirm U.S. findings that 2014 was a truly hot year—tied for the warmest on record. (New York Times)

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India and the U.S. are cooperating to address climate change and boost clean energy production. President Obama said of the deal reached between himself and Prime Minister Modi, “Perhaps no country could potentially be more affected by the impacts of climate change, and no country is going to be more important in moving forward a strong agreement than India. So we appreciate his leadership.”

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The West Virginia Board of Education has failed in their attempt to cast doubt over climate science in the classroom. An editorial on the matter sums it up nicely, “Thank heaven, the state Board of Education finally sided with science.” (Charleston Gazette)

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Cities are responsible for around 70 percent of CO2 emissions. A new report shows cities like Boston could be emitting twice the official estimates of methane. (Climate Central)

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“We are now upping our environmental focus and launching this new coverage to bridge the gap between the urgency of environmental and energy problems and a public that too often finds them mystifying, off-putting, daunting and dizzying,” writes Chris Mooney, Washington Post reporter about the newspaper’s environmental coverage.

The following blog post by Roberto Mera, scientist and Kendall Science Fellow with the Union of Concerned Scientists was originally posted in The Equation blog. The original post is online here.

The power of citizen science has pushed the boundary on what climate science can tell us about our changing climate, including extreme events. If you have a computer, you can help us advance the science and make connections between climate change and extreme events. Please join me and thousands of others on this journey — become a citizen scientist today!

How it works

Did you know that your screen saver time on your computer can help us investigate climate change? Yes! All you need to do is download the program and it will run actual climate models on your computer. These are versions of the same models climate scientists use to investigate the role of heat-trapping emissions in future scenarios.

The following blog by Benjamin Schneider communications manager at EDF was originally posted on the EDF Voices blog. The original post is online here.

What many suspected has now been confirmed: 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded. If there was ever a signal for Congress to take action and slow America's greenhouse gas emissions, this is it.

The following blog is from USW's blog. The original post is available online here

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In 2014 U.S. wind power installations rose six-fold—adding 4.7 gigawatts of new onshore wind capacity in 2014 in comparison to 764 megawatts the year before. (Bloomberg)

Source: AWEA

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“It’s really disappointing,” to see leaders continue to ignore that reality, guest of the first lady at the State of the Union and climate activist told Salon. ”I’m hoping we can start moving past that discussion — which really is just limiting the time we have to deal with climate change and to adapt — to discussions about how we can adapt, and how we can move quickly to mitigate the impacts of climate change.”

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$48 million to cut emissions – Two charitable organizations commit to providing $48 million over three years to help states reduce emissions. (New York Times)

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Five countries rise to the top on global renewable energy investments in 2014. The results are surprising. (EcoWatch)

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“Without a state production tax credit in place, surrounding states have a competitive advantage over Nebraska,” said Nebraska State Senator Jeremy Nordquist, a sponsor of one of the state’s proposed bills to boost renewable energy investments. (KNOP)

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The big speech – The State of the Union is tonight. Many energy industry groups prepare for shoutouts in the speech. Our Executive Director Kim Glas was on The Bill Press Show this morning previewing it. (E&E News & The Bill Press Show)

135 years – In 135 years of record-keeping, 2014 stands out as the hottest year on record. (AP)

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Companies in the U.S. are working to keep workplace injury data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and they are lobbying hard against an Obama administration rule that would require businesses to submit data on worker injuries to a national database. (Mother Jones)

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"Clearly we have had changes in our climate. I'll let scientists debate sources and their opinion of that change,” said Speaker of the House John Boehner at a GOP retreat.