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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)

Building a supergrid – In response to concerns about power grid vulnerability from hackers and extreme weather, the Pentagon is pushing for the construction of stand alone power grids at military bases. (Wall Street Journal)

Odd couple – Senator Joe Manchin (WV) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) team up to figure out how climate change affects their respective states. (Los Angeles Times)

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The Washington Post: Climate records are breaking so often now, we’ve stopped paying attention

Scientific American: Oceans Could Lose $1 Trillion in Value Due to Acidification

EcoWatch: Top 10 Greenest Countries in the World

New York Times: Is There Room for Agreement on the Merits and Limits of Efficient Lighting

Grist: We were promised methane regulations! Where are our methane regulations?!

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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)

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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)

Path to Lima – At climate talks in Bonn, Germany this week, vulnerable countries make it clear that they want far more action on climate change in the lead up to the Lima Conference of the Parties (COP) later this year. (Responding to Climate Change)

Time for political expediency – This piece calls for action after algae blooms in Lake Erie contaminated the water supply. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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Inside Climate News: 5 Lose-Lose Senate Races for Climate Advocates

NBC News: 'Drought' Beer: California Breweries Hit a Dry Spell

New York Times: De Blasio Sees Progress for Hurricane Sandy Victims Through a Program He Overhauled

Reuters: Is it time to abandon 2 degrees?

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A new infographic by The Master of Public Administration program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill summarizes the last 10 years of hurricanes and the toll it has taken on communities. Check out the full infographic here. (Washington Post)

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325 - A letter signed by 325 sporting groups including Trout Unlimited and the Bull Moose Sportsmen's Alliance was sent to the president in support of efforts to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants. (The Hill)

A new climate economy – An event today will tout the findings in the recently released New Climate Economy report. The report highlights the economic returns Americans are seeing while reducing emissions. (World Resources Institute)

Rising tides – Senators Whitehouse and Nelson join EPA Administrator McCarthy in Miami Beach, FL to talk about the need to address climate change. Locally, seasonal high tides have stressed infrastructure over the years. (Houston Chronicle)

Protecting natural resources – The White House launched a set of initiatives that would set agency actions in motion to better incorporate natural systems into infrastructure and communities. (The Hill)

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Charleston Gazette: Citizens support DEP chemical tank ‘compromise’

Wall Street Journal: Chicago Toll Road Gets Go-Ahead From Regional Transportation Group

New York Times: Lincoln Center Turns to Solar Power to Provide Some of Its Bright Light

The Economist: Mean and green

EcoWatch: Creating Sustainable Strategies to Address China’s Growing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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A study by the Union of Concerned Scientists predicts East Coast cities will see more and more flooding during high tides. Tidal flooding is expected to go from occasional to chronic in 15 years. Sea-level rise is one of the factors that is exasperating this problem. (Union of Concerned Scientists & Washington Post)

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Making fiscal sense – Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers makes the case that infrastructure investments pay for themselves. (Washington Post)

Case dismissed – A federal judge in Nebraska has dismissed a challenge to EPA’s proposed rule limiting emissions from existing power plants, citing the fact that the rule hasn’t been finalized. (The Hill)

Iowa in the middle – According to experts from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, Americans fall into six categories with regard to their stance on climate change. Most Iowans—and many other Americans—fall somewhere right in the middle. (Des Moines Register)

Green Climate Fund – After the U.N. Climate Summit 10 countries pledged money to the Green Climate Fund—money to help poorer countries mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. The U.S. was not one of those countries. (Grist)

Be prepared – Florida has gone nine years without a hurricane—the longest stretch on record. The danger of this is the possibility that people become lulled into complacency. (Washington Post)

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The Hill: Greens launch operation to mobilize volunteers in key Senate races

Nature: Long-term carbon loss in fragmented Neotropical forests

Responding to Climate Change: African countries demand $7 billion for green fund by December

The Parliament: Open Days: Cities at heart of EU efforts to tackle climate change

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A Department of Energy study shows at least 54-gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy generation could be deployed off of U.S. shores by 2030. (Triple Pundit)

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Climate trades – An agreement made at the U.N. Climate Summit between Liberia and Norway—paying Liberia $150 million in aid to stop destruction of its trees—is one creative solution to help developing countries address climate change. (New Yorker)

Cooling climate change – This piece explores the benefits of a cap-and-trade system and other financial incentives to address climate change. (Arizona Daily Sun)

Damsel in distress – The spiny damselfish are a case study that reveal rising CO2 levels in the oceans are changing the behavior of some fish. (The Guardian)

Climate at your doorstep – The Climate at Your Doorstep project stimulates debate about the role of renewable energy in addressing climate change. (Daily Climate)

Cutting energy use across the Atlantic – According to unpublished European Union numbers for the United Kingdom, cutting energy use 40 percent by 2030 could create 40,000 new jobs and stimulate economic growth. (The Guardian)

Beyond the usual suspects – Two countries were noticeably absent from the negotiating table at the U.N. Climate Summit. That matters for many reasons. (Boston Globe)

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BBC: Different depths reveal ocean warming trends

Charlotte Observer: Will climate change send birds flying from Carolinas?

Grist: Morgan Freeman presents an awesome vision of a green future

The Guardian: The US has a jobs crisis. Here's how to fix it

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Many people across the country are enjoying the fall season that unfortunately has been warming over the past few years. (Climate Central)

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Going big here at home – Hundreds gathered in South Buffalo to take part in an announcement by Governor Cuomo that the Western Hemisphere’s biggest solar facility is coming to New York. (WKBW)

Protect the Great Lakes – Lessons learned by the algae bloom this summer have experts working to figure out how best to reduce the toxins suspected to have caused the contamination. (Wall Street Journal)

Dollars & cents – In an upcoming speech, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will emphasize the economic argument that failing to address climate change will hit everyone’s wallets hard. (The Hill)

U.N. Climate Summit – Early reports show one of the areas where the climate summit fell short is in its commitments to helping the world’s poorest countries. (Reuters)

Sunshine State politics – Florida may be the state where climate change is having some of the most dramatic effects but that doesn’t always make the debate any easier. (New York Times)

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Bergen Record: The price New Jersey pays by turning its back on RGGI

New York Times: Emissions From India Will Increase, Official Says

Vox: Obama says "we have to do more" on climate change. So what would that entail?

Reuters: World risks spending $250 billion just to monitor U.N. development goals

Washington Post: Obama to expand ocean preserve to 6 times the size

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The People’s Climate March can only be called a massive success. An estimated 311,000 people marched 2.2 miles in New York City to call on President Obama and world leaders to come together to address climate change. Obama and other leaders will begin meetings tomorrow at a summit in NYC. Other marches in solidarity occurred around the U.S. and the globe. The BlueGreen Alliance’s Kim Glas said the march was a clarion call for climate action. (New York Times & Huffington Post)

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Carbon up – Levels of carbon pollution in 2013 were higher than any other year in human history, according to a series of new studies. (The Hill)

HELP – A bipartisan bill called the Healthy Employee Loss Prevention (HELP) Act was introduced late last week. The BlueGreen Alliance called the proposal a good start that can still be strengthened, saying, “It's critical that we support workers and their communities when jobs are lost due to no fault of their own—which is what is happening in the coal industry. We applaud Reps. Welch and McKinley for showing the leadership to take this issue head on." (Insurance News Net)

Working for an accord – President Obama heads to the United Nations climate summit in New York City pushing for an international accord. (The Hill) 

Benefits of addressing climate change – An opinion piece looks at the economic benefits of addressing climate change. (The Hill) 

PCB – Levels of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)—a carcinogen—are decreasing after remediation efforts but remain high in the Sheboygan River in Wisconsin. PCBs are considered a carcinogen. (Sheboygan Press)

Going clean – Lackawanna, NY is turning into a clean energy powerhouse thanks to solar energy. (Take Part)

Rural clean energy – The Department of Agriculture is providing funds to eight renewable energy projects in South Dakota. (Watertown Public Opinion)

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CNN: Marchers sound urgent call for climate change action ahead of U.N. summit

Los Angeles Times: Thousands pack New York's streets to march against climate change

The Hill: Greens question Hillary on climate chops

Fox News: Sick veterans who served at shuttered, toxic Army base turn to Congress, VA for help

New York Times: Bottom Up Climate Fix

BBC: Rockefellers to switch investments to 'clean energy'

New York Times: Climate Realities

Wisconsin Gazette: As Wisconsin tries to kill clean energy, Indiana announces development of two massive solar farms

Port Huron Times Herald (MI): Michigan renewable energy grows

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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)

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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)

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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)

WHAT’S TRENDING

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)

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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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Source: USA TODAY

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)

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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)

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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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