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A new MIT study looks at all possible benefits of curbing emissions and suggests policies that cut emissions could be just as good economically as for the environment. (Christian Science Monitor)

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Solar surge – Solar energy could be growing faster than it already is if only the right people lead on renewable energy. (Huffington Post)

Climate rule – Attorneys general from 13 states wrote a letter to EPA contesting the agency left out supporting information in the release of the Clean Power Plan. (The Hill)

Slow going – Sales of natural gas powered heavy duty trucks are crawling along despite an otherwise strong market for commercial trucks. (Wall Street Journal)

About face – In a switch from his previous stance, New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown has said man-made climate change has not been proven. A Washington Post editorial explains that our leaders shouldn’t wait any longer to take climate action. (The Hill & Washington Post)

Islands’ dime– In the face of rising seas and other vulnerabilities small islands face, small island states seek to diversify their economies by making investments in renewable energy and more. (Reuters)

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Bloomberg: China Said to Consider $16 Billion EV-Charging Fund

Climate Progress: Verizon Announces $40 Million Solar Energy Investment

USA Today: FEMA to review Mich. flood damage, need for aid

The Hill: GAO finds no fault with ‘social cost of carbon’

The Inquirer: Fight for clean power

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Around 100 retired union members gathered together yesterday in Toledo, OH to har from the BlueGreen Alliance, Moms Clean Air Force and National Wildlife Federation. The event focused on ways to better protect area water quality and public health and invest in area infrastructure for the long term. (Toledo Blade)

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New wind – Renewable energy developers in Chile plan to invest $7 billion for wind and solar projects. (Bloomberg)

Energy portfolio – New data profiles where each state stands on energy generation. (Wall Street Journal)

North Dakota – In North Dakota, a group has urged the state spend $1 billion over the next two years repairing the state’s infrastructure. (Billings Gazette)

Tap water – Ohio offers $150 million to help cities improve water treatment capacity. (Huffington Post)

Flood of problems – Detroit’s flooding exposes a host of failures in area infrastructure. (Detroit News)

Green Tea Alliance – The Environmental Defense Action Fund launches an effort to help conservationist Republicans this election season. (Politico)

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The International News: IPCC warns of widespread impact of climate change in South Asia

The Sydney Morning Herald: We shouldn't go cold on the science around global warming

Detroit News: Metro Detroit's sewage overflow feeds Lake Erie algae growth

Journal Times: More must be done to protect state's water supply

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Typically mid-July is the hottest point of the summer, but where you live depends on when the hottest days will hit. (Climate Central)

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Record breaking rain – Islip, NY and Detroit, MI have received record-breaking rainfall in the past few days. Scientists say heavy downpours are increasing significantly. (Wall Street Journal and ABC News)

National treasure – As a result of more severe drought and temperature swings, America’s national parks are requiring more care than ever before. (Accuweather)

Carbon tax – Environmental economists play out how a carbon tax could also help reboot the U.S. corporate tax code. (Bloomberg)

Double check – House GOP asks EPA to double check the numbers on the Clean Power Plan. (The Hill)

Clean Power Plan – Software and data company Opower is psyched about the Clean Power Plan. Here’s why. (National Journal)

Grrrreat – Cereal maker Kellogg’s is getting in on the action to address climate change by committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its supply chain. (The Hill)

Do tell – How to talk about climate change so people will listen. (The Atlantic)

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Climate Central: New CO2 Satellite Sends First Data Back to Earth

Scientific American: Epic Animal Migrations Could Change with Global Warming

Mother Jones: When Did Republicans Start Hating the Environment?

Bloomberg: Just a House That Uses 90 Percent Less Energy Than Yours, That's All

Taiwan Today: Ma seeks diverse, viable energy mix for Taiwan

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While five western states endure record high temperatures, Michigan and the Southwest are experiencing a summer chill. More and more, scientists are seeing an east-west divide in temperature trends. (Climate Central)

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Disaster declaration – President Obama signed a disaster declaration for Washington-state after a near record fire season. (Yahoo)

Need for speed – High-speed rail could play an important role in the American economy, if only federal lawmakers would give it the chance it deserves. (New York Times)

Contagion – Some scientists argue humans and climate change are the major driver of emerging diseases and Ebola is the latest iteration of this. (Time)

Comment time – Two senators have written EPA to request the comment time on the Clean Power Plan be extended 60 days. (The Hill)

Call for action – At the American Renewable Energy Day summit former President Jimmy Carter calls a carbon tax “the only reasonable approach” to addressing climate change. (KDVR)

Warming trend - Top administration officials along with state and local leaders gather in New Mexico to discuss ways to expand on the region’s renewable energy potential(Washington Post)

Don’t forget Paris – Disaster reduction negotiations could prepare climate adaptation strategies outside of a Paris deal. (RTCC)

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Los Angeles Times: Fish and Wildlife drops proposal to list wolverine as threatened

Deutsche Welle: Climate change and health - joining the dots

BBC: Rising economies 'ahead on climate'

Mashable: 'Unprecedented' Flooding Event in Detroit Fits Global Warming Pattern

Sierra Magazine: America’s Top 10 ‘Coolest Schools’ in Sustainability

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Ten states are driving America’s solar energy growth including Arizona, California and Colorado. It’s not sunlight availability that’s driving these policies. (EcoWatch)

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Toledo’s water – Leaders in northwest Ohio are setting their sights on finding out what role farms may play in causing the blue-green algae that’s impacted Toledo's water supply. (AP)

Environmental epiphany – Florida Governor Rick Scott is launching a campaign to protect Florida’s natural resources that conflicts with his past record. (Herald Tribune)

Waters of the US – Arguing that polluted waterways disproportionately affected Latinos, groups back the EPA’s proposed rule to better protect the water quality in waterways. (The Hill)

Energy & jobs – House Republicans say they are working on an energy and jobs package of bills to send to the Senate for approval. (Politico)

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Time: Giant Waves Pose New Risk for Ships in Ice-Diminished Arctic

Washington Post: Study: History of cultural bias has led to a lack of diversity at liberal green groups

New York Times: Cleaner New York waters see surge in whale and shark numbers

Mother Jones: Bottled Water Comes From the Most Drought-Ridden Places in the Country

Times Dispatch:Toxic algae found in James River

New York Times: Swimming Against the Rising Tide

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Inaction on climate change comes at a cost of $150 billion according to a new report released by the White House yesterday. The 33-page report was released by the Council on Economic Advisors. For every decade of inaction, the costs to control global warming rise an average of 40 percent. (Politico & Inside Climate News)

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Story time – Facts alone may not be enough to sway people on the need for climate action, but personal stories provide a more convincing argument. (New York Times)

Budget debate – The Senate Budget Committee confronts the issue of climate action, and inaction. (The Hill)

Praise for Clean Power Plan – At the Denver Environmental Protection Agency hearing on the Clean Power Plan, officials hear praise from diverse groups of speakers. (New York Times)

Short-term fix – The Senate passed a short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund. While the House version kicks the can down the road another year, the Senate version extends funding only until December 19. (Wall Street Journal)

Carbon dividend – Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen today plans to introduce legislation creating further economic incentives to curb carbon emissions. (New York Times)

Clean Energy in Ohio – For the past five years, renewable energy has been a success story in Ohio. (Toledo Blade)

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Huffington Post: We Can't Wait: The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change

Alaska Dispatch News: Southeast, southwest Alaska communities at highest risk from ocean acidification, study says

Bloomberg: German Wind Installations Soar Ahead of Subsidy Reduction

Discovery: Could California Go All in On Renewable Energy?

Al Jazeera: Report: World faces water crises by 2040

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The AFL-CIO and the BlueGreen Alliance are releasing a report today called Interconnected – The Economic and Climate Change Benefits of Accelerating Repair and Replacement of America’s Natural Gas Distribution Pipelines. In it, we examine how moving up repairs to our natural gas distribution lines can have a tremendous impact in terms of jobs created and sustained, millions of metric tons of greenhouse gases avoided, cost savings from consumers not paying for lost gas, and growth in our nation’s Gross Domestic Product.

After 11:30 a.m. ET, make sure to head to www.bluegreenalliance.org/interconnected to check it out!

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Testify – EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy went before a Senate committee yesterday. The results were predictable, with one Senator accusing the EPA of “trying to run the country” and other Senators praised the work of the EPA on the Clean Power Plan. (The Hill)

Interestingly – A new report says that the states that have filed suit and are trying to stop the Clean Power Plan moving forward—like Texas and Oklahoma—are some of the states who would gain the most from its implementation. For example, wind power in Texas continues to grow stronger as more wind farms go live. (New York Times)

Clean energy fund – Illinois will have a new clean energy fund to help clean energy businesses grow. The fund will give startups up to $500,000 in convertible notes in areas like smart-grid technology, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and next-generation transportation. (Sustainable Business)

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National Journal: The Obama Administration Safety Agency At War With Itself

Los Angeles Times: As Washington fires spread, threat of flash flooding rises

The Hill: Green group targets Latinos in clean energy push

Los Angeles Times: Some bumps in the road on the way to a bike-friendly L.A.

Wichita Eagle (KS): Brownback’s office clarifies position on renewable energy standards

Deseret News (UT): Renewable energy advocates decry proposed surcharge for solar panels

Minneapolis Star Tribune (MN): Delay in alerting public to dangerous Williston toxic chemical fire raises concerns

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Renewable energy was 56 percent of the energy capacity added in the U.S. in the first half of this year. Of the 3,529 megawatts (MW) installed, 1,965 MW came from renewable sources. A third of that was solar. (The Energy Collective)

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Hearing from the people – Yesterday, officials in Minnesota hear public testimony on the Clean Power Plan to limit carbon pollution from power plants. (MinnPost)

Black lung – Federal officials are contacting coal workers to ask them to re-apply for black lung benefits after their claims were initially denied. (The Hill)

Climate impacts the Windy City – Chicago residents are feeling the impacts of climate change and they aren’t pretty. (Washington Post)

No surprise – A global survey on climate change shows that Americans are more divided and doubtful about the issue than people in other leading countries. (CBS News)

Task force – Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and Fort Collins, Colorado Mayor Karen Weitkunat talk about the work of the Obama administration’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. (The White House blog)

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New York Times: Washington Mudslide Report Cites Rain, but Doesn’t Give Cause or Assign Blame

Los Angeles Times: Brown signs bill lifting ban against light-rail in San Fernando Valley

The Hill: Climate change hits all Pentagon operations, official says

The Hill: Sen. Murkowski blames Obama for drop in federal land energy production

The Hill: Industry to EPA: Climate rule 'not workable'

Rock River Times (IL): Renewable energy featured at Aug. 23-24 fair in Oregon, Ill.

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Source: Human Dynamics of Climate Change

From shipping routes to population density, to airports, fishing cyclones and more, new global maps are helping to illustrate climate change’s impacts on our daily lives. (The Carbon Brief)

WHAT’S TRENDING

Under the microscope – Senators will grill Environmental Protection Agency Administrator McCarthy this week in a hearing on the Clean Power Plan. (The Hill)

Highway Trust Fund – The onus is on the Senate to renew funding for the Highway Trust Fund this week now that the House has approved its own measure. (The Hill)

Energy star – One manufacturer has asked Congress to ban class-action lawsuits against Energy Star rated products. (New York Times)

Protecting historic sites – Bostonians work to protect sites of historic importance vulnerable to sea level rise and more. (WBGH)

Carbon tax – One Oregonian argues to bring back the carbon tax because it’s the most effective way to combat climate change. (The Oregonian)

Charleston, WV settlement – Attorneys have reached a $2.9 million agreement with Freedom Industries, the company responsible for a chemical spill that contaminated area drinking water for 300,000 residents. (The Hill)

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Los Angeles Times: Lake Morena caught in crosshairs of San Diego's water policy

The Guardian: Great Barrier Reef 'in worst state since records began'

The Sentinel: Midstate Profile: Perry County man revamps truck to run solely on electricity

The Sydney Morning-Herald: Climate models on the mark, Australian-led research finds

The Guardian: Missed targets: when companies fail to keep their key sustainability promises

Engineering.com: Students Build Record-Breaking Solar Electric Car

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They didn’t just win the World Cup, Germany came out on top of new energy efficiency rankings of the world’s major economies. The U.S. comes in at number 13 of 16 in the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) scorecard. (ACEEE)

WHAT’S TRENDING

Climate compendium - Average sea surface temperatures in 2013 were among the 10 highest on record. This and other data has been compiled and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (New York Times)

Nice, Minnesota – Minnesota has emerged as a clean energy leader now as a state that gets more of its power from wind than only four other states. (New York Times)

Water quality – EPA has awarded $2.1 million in grants to 37 organizations to improve water quality in urban settings. (The Hill)

“Secret science” – Eight GOP senators have introduced a bill that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from using undisclosed scientific studies—what they call “secret science”— to justify regulations. (The Hill)

3-D mapping – As part of President Obama’s efforts to arm communities with both the data and the resources to protect against the threat of climate change, he’s announced a new 3-D mapping tool that would help identify flood risks and more. (USA Today)

Lost ground – The Senate in Sydney, Australia voted to repeal the carbon tax, making it the first country to reverse progress on climate change. (New York Times)

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New York Times: U.S. Raises Threat of Quake but Lowers Risk for Towers

WBEZ : In Dayton, Ohio an economic comeback is in the water

Union of Concerned Scientists: Brilliance from Sea to Shining Sea: Which States are the Clean Energy Superstars?

Clean Technica: India Targets 35% Renewable Energy Share In Installed Capacity Mix By 2050

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