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In the last 90 years, about 2,000 square miles of Louisiana’s coast have been swallowed up by the Gulf of Mexico. And, with sea levels rising and our climate changing, things are set to get a lot worse. (Salon)


Clinton and clean energy – Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. should become a clean energy superpower during her speech at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas yesterday. (ABC)

142,000 – That’s the number of jobs added the U.S. in August, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number is lower than anticipated. (Forbes)

Recognition – President Obama is launching a contest to showcase how local governments are taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change. (The Hill)

Heatin’ up – Interest in heating water using solar energy is spreading around the globe. (New York Times)


The Hill: Inhofe blasts EPA plan to regulate methane emissions

Politico: Harry Reid: Kochs are ‘enemies of progress’

MSNBC: Hillary Clinton calls out climate change deniers

KIMA TV (WA): Ecology Department launches toxic chemical database

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The president of China and the prime minister of India will not be at the international climate summit later this month in New York City. President Obama will be on-hand, however. (The Hill)


Making climate a top-tier issue – Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer’s group NextGen is working to make sure voters consider candidates’ stances on climate change when they go to the ballot box. (The Hill)

Drought hits us all – Extreme droughts —like the one in the American West—hurt all of us because it threatens our food supply. They also highlight the need for spending on infrastructure to waste less water. (USA Today)

Assessing chemical dangers – Take a look at this piece that asks the question: does the EPA favor industry when assessing chemical dangers? (Newsweek)

Silver State win – Nevada will be the home to Tesla’s new battery factory. (The Hill)

Also in Nevada – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Clean Energy Summit 7.0 will feature former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (CBS Las Vegas)


Christian Science Monitor: Michigan Senate race: Can outsider millions make climate change an issue?

E&E News: Researchers find mix of pollution and extreme temperatures can be deadly to some

Washington Post: Forming unions shouldn’t be such heavy labor

The Guardian: Brian Cox: scientists giving false sense of debate on climate change

Washington Post: Study: Global warming to heighten risk of Southwestern megadroughts

Bismark Tribune (ND): EPA waterways maps raise questions

MLive: Clean and renewable energy were topics of discussion Wednesday in Kalamazoo

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California is now in the third year of its drought, making it one of the worst in the past century. Wildfires, water shortages and restrictions and the potential for crop losses are just a few of the impacts the state is seeing from this prolonged drought that has lingered in the American West. (USA Today)


Right-to-work for less – A federal circuit court in Indiana has ruled the state’s “right-to-work” law is constitutional, but the battle over the measure continues in state courtrooms. (WBAA)

$1.1 billion – That’s the price Haliburton will pay in a settlement for their role in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and leak. The explosion killed 11 workers and spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (New York Times)

Solar on the rise in Utah – The Utah Public Service Commission has rejected a request from a utility for a monthly fee on homeowners who have rooftop solar. (RenewableBiz)

Clean Power Plan – When the House comes back from recess they Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing on “state perspectives” on the Clean Power Plan, the EPA's effort to limit carbon pollution from power plants. (The Hill)

Badger state blues – The current proposals by utilities in Wisconsin before the state’s Public Service Commission are a bad deal for Wisconsin energy users, according to the Executive Director of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. (Midwest Energy news)

A smart investment – Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp says EPA regulations for utilities are a smart investment for utilities as they become more efficient. She concludes her opinion piece with, “I am confident that our power sector can cost-effectively meet the emissions cuts called for in EPA’s Clean Power Plan, just as it has met other ambitious air pollution goals established by the Clean Air Act a quarter century ago. And in so doing, it will emerge more modern, more competitive, and more credit worthy. Such a transformation will generate higher quality investment opportunities for Maryland and the rest of the market.” (The Hill)


The Hill: GOP launches probe of 'improper influence' on EPA climate rule

Boston Globe: Cool summer doesn’t invalidate climate change

Clean Technica: A Rarely Tapped City Strategy for Boosting Local Renewable Energy

The Hill: BP wants oil spill claims administrator kicked out

Wall Street Journal: The Climate Change Agenda Needs to Adapt to Reality

The Hill: Group hits GOP Senate hopeful on climate change

San Jose Mercury News (CA): Governor should sign historic groundwater bill

Des Moines Register: Climate change group aims to turn out 100,000 Iowa voters

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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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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.

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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)


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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