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An innovative report released today shows that repairing America’s infrastructure could create 2.7 million jobs across the economy and increase the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by $377 billion, while reducing carbon pollution and other greenhouse gas emissions and better protecting communities from the impacts of climate change. (BlueGreen Alliance)

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EU to lower emissions – Leaders from 28 European union countries have agreed on a target to lower emissions by at least 40 percent, compared with 1990 levels, by 2030. (New York Times)

Renewables at home – According to a new study, politics and income may not be as important factors in solar use as previously thought. (Washington Post)

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Making the Grade: How Investments in America’s Infrastructure Benefit Our Economy and Environment is our innovative report shows that repairing America’s infrastructure could create 2.7 million jobs across the economy and increase the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by $377 billion, while reducing carbon pollution and other greenhouse gas emissions and better protecting communities from the impacts of climate change. 

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Five years and 2,000 scientists later , the U.N. will release a report by over 30 governments pushing a strong explanation of climate change that presses the urgency of taking action. (Bloomberg)

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Securing solar – Employees at four companies through a new arrangement will have the option of buying or leasing solar systems for their homes at discounted rates. (New York Times)

Mission: secede – The city of South Miami recently passed a resolution to separate from northern Florida. The divisive issue this time however isn’t politics or money, it’s about climate change. (National Journal)

Campaigns & elections – The midterm election is a few days away and the issue of the environment has never been a more important issue for voters. (EcoWatch)

Fast track – A new prototype train in Japan brought riders through the mountains at top speeds of 314 miles per hour—what would be a one hour trip from New York City to Washington, DC. (New York Times)

The following blog by Jon Devine, Senior Attorney for the NRDC in Washington, DC was originally posted in The Switchboard blog. The original post is available online here. 

Forty-two years ago this past Saturday, Congress passed the law known today as the Clean Water Act.  I salute their forethought and bipartisan leadership, not just because I make my living implementing that law, but because it has helped to restore waters that are special to me. 

I grew up in Massachusetts, where the water pollution was so bad in Boston Harbor and the Charles River that the Standells’ “Dirty Water”became the city’s unofficial anthem.  I remember going into Boston on a boat for Fourth of July fireworks and my mom telling me not to touch the Charles.  My family also spent a lot of weekends by the Pemigewasset River in New Hampshire, which “was for yearsone of the most polluted rivers in New England, the repository for raw sewage from factories and towns,” and which “emitted an overwhelming odor and was known to peel the paint off buildings located on its banks.”  Today, these water bodies are significantly improved – thanks in part to the Clean Water Act’s requirements limiting pollution into the nation’s waters.  My sisters and I could swim in the Pemigewasset, and when we took a “duck boat” tour of Boston a few years back, I didn’t have to warn my own kids not to touch the water.

Posted In: Climate Change, Natural Resources Defense Council

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Want to know how your state ranks on energy efficiency? The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) releases a state-by-state report card today. The report card will be released at 11:30 a.m. ET today. (ACEEE)

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Through the campaign lens – The upcoming midterm elections serves up a chance to view how energy and environmental issues are polling in battleground states. (New York Times)

Uptick – According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, carbon emissions rose 2.5 percent last year. (The Hill)

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Just over a week ago the BlueGreen Alliance—a coalition of 15 of America’s largest labor unions and national environmental groups representing more than 15 million members and supporters—sent a letter to President Obama supporting national standards to reduce methane emissions. EDF’s Natural Gas Director of Communications, Lauren Whittenberg, recently talked with Rob McCulloch, Director of Infrastructure Programs at BlueGreen Alliance to learn more about their interest in this issue. 

Lauren: Hi Rob. Can you tell us a little about BlueGreen Alliance, and the work you’re doing?

Rob: BlueGreen alliance is a national partnership working to find common ground among labor unions and environmental groups and advance policies that help build a cleaner, fairer, and more competitive American economy.

Our partners agree: Our nation’s response to today’s environmental challenges will determine our future economy. It is important that our response includes the creation of good, family-sustaining jobs for future generations.

Posted In: Climate Change, Infrastructure

 

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Source: NOAA

Last year, there were nine extreme weather events where losses exceeded $1 billion. A new report out today by the National Wildlife Federation—Natural Defenses from Hurricanes and Floods: Protecting America’s Communities and Ecosystems in an Era of Extreme Weather—delves into what’s causing all of this. (National Wildlife Federation)

WHAT’S TRENDING

Curbing methane – California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill requiring the state to come up with a comprehensive strategy to curb methane emissions. (News Observer)

Hot year – After another record-breaking month in terms of temperature, 2014 is on pace to become the hottest year in history. (The Guardian)

Hitting the breaks – A measure that would regulate the energy efficiency of high intensity lamps used in gymnasiums, warehouses and parking lots has been put on hold by the Department of Energy. (The Hill)

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America can nearly quadruple renewable energy investments in the next 15 years, according to a new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The report uses the gains states have seen in renewable energy over the last five years as a starting point. (Clean Technica)

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53 storms in 2 days – During June, scientists witnessed a five-tornado supercell. A new study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows tornado clusters like this are becoming more frequent. (E&E News)

Climate assessment – The United Nations releases its final report on climate impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. The report confirms Australia is increasingly affected by climate change. (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Ohio is racing towards earning the hapless distinction of being a place where success doesn’t matter—at least when it comes to renewable energy. It is the home of both one of the most successful renewable energy programs in the country but also ground zero for draconian efforts to stunt the growth of renewable energy policies in the future. As the state’s politics work to undercut economic growth, its low-income and working families will feel the consequences of the governor and state legislators’ actions.  

One example is Ohio’s Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP). It is a successful effort to improve energy efficiency while at the same time working to save low-income families 20 percent or more on energy bills. That is important because according to an analysis by Policy Matters Ohio and the 2013 Home Energy Affordability Gap Report, “…more than 300,000 Ohio households pay over 30 percent of their annual income just on their home energy bills alone.”

Posted In: Ohio, Clean Energy

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Photo: A view of the toxic algae bloom near Toledo, OH earlier this summer. 

A new study says climate change and invasive species helped fuel the growth of large algae blooms in Lake Erie earlier this year and urges action now to protect the lake. (Detroit News)