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Georgia, California and Michigan are among the states with the highest use of renewable energy, according to the quarter one review released by Environmental Entrepreneurs yesterday. (Environmental Entrepreneurs)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Today we can no longer claim ignorance as an excuse for inaction,” said actor Robert Redfordwhen he addressed the U.N. earlier this week.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Big deal – Ahead of the U.N. climate negotiations later this year, China announced its commitment to limit a rise in greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years. (Reuters)

More momentum – President Obama met with Brazil’s president yesterday. The two leaders each made announcements upping their commitments to climate action, both announcing an increased commitment to expanding renewable energy. (New York Times)

Hail Mary – President Obama yesterday expressed optimism that long term transportation funding can be approved before the end of his term. He has already proposed a six-year funding bill and asked Congress to act on it. (The Hill)

Snail’s pace – Meanwhile the climate talks are moving along at a snail’s pace, according to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. (The Hill)

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New York Times - A College in Maine That Tackles Climate Change, One Class at a Time

Inside Climate News - N.C. Church Takes a Defiant Stand—With Solar Panels

Charlotte Observer - DENR opposes bill that would overhaul NC environmental regulations

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Eighteen states sued the administration over expanded clean water protections for thousands of miles of rivers and streams. (The Hill)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Washington’s endless gridlock on almost everything ... is forcing the various committees with jurisdiction over our surface transportation laws to report bills that lack sufficient resources for the modernization and expansion of our highway and transit networks," said AFL-CIO TTD President Ed Wytkind.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Get on board – That’s the message European leaders are urging of China regarding climate change goals ahead of the Paris U.N. climate talks. (Wall Street Journal)

$2 billion – That’s how much money Bill Gates recently announced he plans to spend onrenewable energy over the next five years. (Huffington Post)

Social justice, economic justice – General secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, Sharan Burrow urges there be a plan in place for workers affected by the energy transition. (Reuters)

Mayors unite – Mayors of five major U.S. cities—including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio—call on Congress to act on long term transportation investments. (Fast Lane blog)

BLUE-GREEN LINKS

The Hill: Six states increasing gas taxes on July 1

Vox: The Supreme Court throws a wrench in the EPA's crackdown on mercury pollution

The Hill: GOP sharpens ax for regulations

RTCC: UN targets climate ‘momentum’ at New York summit

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The Castio de San Marcos fort in St. Augustine, Florida has never fallen, but it and other forts—along with miles of invaluable national park land—are threatened by sea level rise. This is a threat that comes with a $40 billion price tag. (First Coast News)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The Paris conference has the potential to be a great success, but only if measured by how much it speeds up progress, rather than whether we pass a finish line that is not yet within reach,” writesformer mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg.

WHAT’S TRENDING

On the horizon – Talks for a sweeping trade agreement—the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—will heat up soon and could even wrap up as early as this August. (The Hill)

Four weeks to go – As the countdown begins before federal highway funding runs out, the senate leans on the Finance Committee to address a $90 billion funding shortfall. (The Hill)

Thank you – Groups gathered in Rome this Sunday to thank the Pope for his encyclical on the environment that he released recently. (New York Times)

Underestimated – New findings show the Energy Information Administration consistently underestimates the potential of renewable energy. (Inside Climate News)

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The Hill: GOP battles to defund work of Obama labor board

The Guardian: Half of Europe’s electricity set to be from renewables by 2030

The Center for Public Integrity: Slow-motion tragedy for American workers

Business Insider: China's UN climate pledges 'expected': state media

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx pressed Congress to act on a measure allocating $275 billion to fund transportation over the next six years, approved by a Senate committee this week. (The Hill)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The eyes of the country are really on New York and where we are going and how we are going to get there,” said John Williams, director of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority about the state’s ambitious energy plans.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Coming together - As President Obama prepares to meet with Brazil’s president next week, climate action is expected to be a prominent topic for the meeting. (Washington Post)

Wall Street all in – After years of spending very little money on renewable energy, investors are now all in on these investments—spending billions on renewable energy projects and investments. (Wall Street Journal)

Making the ask – European climate negotiators have made their expectations clear, asking for a legally binding deal out of the Paris climate talks and enforcement through five yearly reviews. (Reuters)

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The Hill: Senate panel approves $9B Amtrak bill

Bloomberg: GE Signs First Deal After Australia Passes Clean-Energy Target

Reuters: Pakistan heat wave eases after more than 1,150 die

The Guardian: Gates to invest $2bn in breakthrough renewable energy projects

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In the first ruling of its kind, a court in the Netherlands has ordered the Dutch government toreduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from 1990 levels in the next five years, up from the current target of 15 percent. (New York Times)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Unfortunately, what used to be the best transportation system in the world is now deteriorating, and our global competitors are greatly outpacing us in their infrastructure investment," said Senator Inhofe.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Final review – The administration has sent a proposed methane rule to address inefficiencies to EPA and OMB for final review. (The Hill)

Partisan divide – Split over partisan lines, the House yesterday voted to allow governors to opt out of the Clean Power Plan. (Huffington Post)

Ticked off – Drastic environmental changes have helped the tick population in Missouri where the exploding populations have become a growing problem. (KSKK)

Crowdfund it – Crowdfunding renewable energy technology opens us up to a whole new realm of renewable energy possibilities. (Scientific American)

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Wall Street Journal: Data Centers and Hidden Water Use

BBC: Green Investment Bank to be part-privatised

Associated Press: Wildfires Blister Alaska with Increased Frequency, Intensity

Living Economies Forum: Obama's Push for Corporate Rule: A Moment of Opportunity

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EPA released a report this week on the consequences of inaction on climate change that said cutting emissions drastically will avert some of the risks of costly and extreme disasters. (Vox)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Transportation investment is a core federal responsibility. It’s time to transcend politics and do the right thing for America,” said American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) President Pete Ruane in a statement.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Fast Track – The Senate will take the final vote on Fast Track authority today. If passed, it goes to the president next. (Bloomberg)

Chemicals policy – A House vote last night successfully advanced a bill regulating toxic chemicals. The Senate recently passed its own measure. Lawmakers hope to update the law by the end of the year. (Science Mag)

Prescription for health – The U.S. Surgeon General yesterday said that extreme weather events along with disasters that strain health infrastructure are endangering human health. (Huffington Post)

Best bet – EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy yesterday said that every time environmental protections have been improved, the result has been a healthier environment and a stronger economy. (MPR News)

Ten million dollars – Under a New Jersey bill that’s been introduced, $10 million would be allocated to revive state funding to address lead poisoning. (Asbury Park Press) 

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TechTimes: Watch Bill Nye Explain Climate Change With Emoji

The Guardian: Dutch government ordered to cut carbon emissions in landmark ruling

RTCC: European countries urged to prepare for 1.5m sea level

Yahoo: Pakistan heatwave deaths close to 700

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We see climate change as a major health issue, and that's often neglected in policy debates," said Anthony Costello, director of University College London's (UCL) Institute for Global Health on the release of a new report on climate change today.

WHAT’S TRENDING

No go – Transportation advocates see the passage of a gas tax as the magic solution to many of the problems that plague federal transportation funding, but lawmakers see it as politically unfeasible. Meanwhile mayors across the country call for Congressional leadership to renew transportation funding. (The Hill)

Hour of truth – The fate of Fast Track trade authority rests in the hands of the Senate today. The first test vote takes place this morning. (Wall Street Journal)

Catch-22 – West Virginia residents affected by water contamination in the Elk River express high hopes that Congress will do more to prevent chemical spills in the future as Congress considers reforms to the Toxic Chemicals Substances Control Act today. (New York Times)

New global agreement – A new global agreement on climate action to further curb greenhouse gas emissions would prevent hundreds of billions of dollars in economic losses according to a new study. (Washington Post) 

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New Zealand Herald: Hidden cancer threat - the everyday chemicals around us

Huffington Post: Catholic Republicans Are More Likely To Believe In Global Warming, Surveys Find

Connecticut Post: Report praises state’s clean-energy programs

USA Today: Extreme weather events linked to climate change, study says

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Canada and the United States aren’t living up to their ends of the bargain with regard to mitigating the threat of chemical pollution in the Great Lakes. (The Glob and Mail)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“America’s economy depends on leadership in building the next generation of clean globally competitive energy and vehicle technology. These new standards can provide a critical opportunity to sustain jobs, further reduce the pollution driving climate change and foreign oil dependence while enhancing the competitiveness of U.S.-manufactured trucks in global markets.” SaidBlueGreen Alliance Executive Director Kim Glas about proposed efficiency standards.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Trade vote – The Senate will vote on a bill to grant the president Fast Track authority early this week. If passed, it would go to the president’s desk. It’s not too late to make your voice heard to urge lawmakers to say no to fast track. (National Journal)

Climate legacy – The administration on Friday announced a proposed rule to improve the fuel efficiency of heavy duty trucks. (New York Times)

Mayors’ mission – Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown recently announced he’s joined the Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda. (Santa Monica Mirror)

Recycling conundrum – Recycling is more important than it has ever been and utilized by more people than ever but the problem now is finding a way to make it profitable. (Washington Post)

BLUE-GREEN LINKS

Washington Post: How climate-change doubters lost a papal fight

WJLA: Actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo team up for clean energy campaign

New York Times: For Automakers, Fuel Economy Targets May Be Less of a Stretch

Alaska Dispatch News: All Finnish energy could be renewable in 35 years, researchers say

The Hill: House GOP leader sees gas tax as politically unfeasible

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Photo source: NOAA

May 2015 was the hottest on record and further increases the changes that 2015 could be a hotter year than last year. (RTCC)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Most people probably don’t think about how that cool new phone or shipment from Amazon got to their house, but it has a big impact on the climate and on your wallet,” said David J. Friedman, deputy administrator at the traffic safety agency about heavy-duty truck fuel efficiency rules expected to be released today.

WHAT’S TRENDING

#StopFastTrack – Fast Track authority passed the House yesterday and now the fight to stop this bad idea moves back to the Senate. The BlueGreen Alliance's Executive Director Kim Glas said, "We’re deeply disappointed with the members who chose politics and special interests ahead of what’s best for working families, America’s economic future and our environment. We now call upon the Senate to stand firm in rejecting this measure.” (The Hill)

Vexed – With just six weeks until federal highway funding expires once again, divisions emerge between Democrats and Republicans on how to solve the issue that’s seemingly been unsolvable for seven years. (Politico)

Welcome message – President Obama welcomed the message of the Pope’s encyclicalyesterday saying he hopes all world leaders will reflect on the Pope’s message. (AP)

Renewable future – Some states are looking to add offshore wind turbines to their typical tourist attractions, viewing it as a way to diversify. (Climate Central)

Seeing agreement – Former head of the U.N. climate summit in Copenhagen in 2009, Yvo de Boer, expressed confidence that the Paris climate talks will yield results. (AP)

BLUE-GREEN LINKS

ABC News: Why Jessica Alba is So Worried About Toxic Chemicals

The Hill: Senate panel advances $30B bill that targets EPA rules

On Politics:O'Malley unveils climate change plan

RTCC: Renewable energy in numbers – REN21 report 

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California officials adopted new rules this week to capture stormwater that until now has been washed back out through sewers and into the sea. The new rules could be a model for the state. (Los Angeles Times)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“At the end of the day, the case for climate action is much bigger than any one study. It comes down to a simple question: What kind of world do we want to leave behind for our children and grandchildren?” writes EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in a Medium oped.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Talking trade – House Republicans explore a new strategy—decoupling Trade Promotion Authority and Trade Adjustment Assistance—in order to reconsider fast track. (Huffington Post)

Solar – A ballot petition in Florida to increase consumers’ access to solar power is drawing unexpected ire from a range of groups. (Think Progress)

Encyclical excitement – Vice President Biden yesterday expressed support for the Pope’s encyclical, set to be officially released tomorrow, speaking to the importance of the moral, security and economic components of addressing climate change. (Washington Post)

BLUE-GREEN LINKS

The Hill: Senate GOP moves against Obama green agenda via spending

National Journal: How Mitch McConnell Is Attacking Obama's EPA

Greenfield Reporter: GOP-controlled Wisconsin board backtracks, allows staff to work on global warming issues

The Hill: Private investors pony up $4B for clean energy

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