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A new study shows as much as 40 percent of the world’s population doesn’t know about climate change. The factors that lead to people’s awareness of the issues varied by country. One of the key predictors in the U.S. for knowledge about climate change was access to education. (Washington Post)

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"Without passing a robust, long-term highway bill that America needs, how can we leave doing that?" said Minority Leader Pelosi about House passage of a 3-month extension of transportationfunding.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Veto power – Just days away from the finalization of new rules to curb carbon pollution, the White House issued a veto threat against legislative efforts to weaken the rules. (The Guardian)

Going long – The Senate yesterday approved a six-year transportation funding measure yesterday. Meanwhile the House passed a 3-month funding extension and left for August recess. (The Hill)

Trade negotiations – Trade negotiators working on and agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership this week reached an agreement on environmental provisions. Some environmental groups—including the Sierra Club—contest that it lacks enforcement. (New York Times)

Energy policy – After several days of consideration, a Senate committee approved a broadenergy policy package. Senator Murkowski said, “This committee has gone too long without moving energy policy legislation.” (The Hill)

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RTCC: Global warming halfway to UN’s 2C limit – New Scientist

Washington Post: Yet another way that climate change makes itself worse

Los Angeles Times: Powerful storm delivers thunder, hail and rain to parts of Southern California

Las Vegas Sun:Efficiency programs save energy and money

EcoWatch: Germany Breaks Renewable Energy Record

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Both the House and Senate have signaled they will vote on a three-month highway transportation funding extension before the end of the week in order to prevent the fund from going bankrupt. (The Hill) 

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"Will the Congress just sit there with their feet getting ever wetter?" said Paul Bierman, a UVM geologist and senior author of a new paper about how Washington, D.C. is predicted to sink six inches over the next 100 years in a statement. 

WHAT’S TRENDING

Debatable – Yesterday, debate by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a broad energy bill struck a bipartisan tone. Senators worked through 25 amendments the first day of consideration, which will continue today. (The Hill) 

Deadline extended – The Obama administration announced just ahead of finalizing the Clean Power Plan that it plans to extend the deadline for states to implement emissions limits by two years from 2020 until 2022. (Washington Post) 

Risky business – A new report by the Risky Business Project found that increased heat and humidity in southern states will have an impact on the region’s manufacturing industry, agriculture and energy infrastructure. (Think Progress) 

Ahead of the game – Toledo, Ohio residents anticipating another algal bloom interrupting thelocal water supply are getting ahead of the problem by stocking up on water now. (Toledo Blade)

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Model D: Michiganders have a voice when it comes to the protection and strategy regarding the state's water 

Reuters: Thousands of salmon die in hotter-than-usual Northwest rivers 

The Hill: Federal court rejects EPA cross-state air pollution rules 

Carbon Pulse: Washington governor to impose cap on carbon emissions 

Greentech Lead: Google to triple its purchase of clean energy over next decade

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Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced her plans to address climate change and grow renewable energy in our country. (CBS News)

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"It's hard to believe there are people running for president who still refuse to accept the settled science of climate change who would rather remind us they're not scientists than listen to those who are. You don't have to be a scientist to take on this urgent challenge that threatens us all, you just have to be wiling to act,” said Clinton.

WHAT’S TRENDING 

Infrastructure woes – America’s busiest rail corridor has aging infrastructure that’s beginning to fail more and more often. (New York Times)

Businesses stepping up – Thirteen of our country’s largest companies—including Alcoa, General Motors and UPS—are joining President Obama to announce measures they’ll undertake to slash emissions and become more sustainable. (The Hill) 

Alaskan wildfires – Hundreds of wildfires have blazed across Alaska this year and 2015 may be a poster child for how climate change is impacting wildfires. (Washington Post) 

Renewables = robust economy – That’s the takeaway from a new report that highlights the benefits of renewable energy to our overall economic health. (Clean Technica) 

Toxics – More than 80,000 commercially used, man-made chemicals haven’t been tested to see how they impact human health by the EPA. But new grants from the agency will help develop “tissue chips” to see how chemicals impact cells. (Pueblo Chieftain)

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New York Times: Offshore Wind Farm Raises Hopes of U.S. Clean Energy Backers

Los Angeles Times: California needs to fix its freeways. But until it does, let's exploit them

Bloomberg: Trans-Pacific Partnership: Deal or No Deal?

CNN: Dr. James Hansen gives his idea to curb climate change on Fareed Zakaria GPS

Buffalo News (NY): Steelworkers leader sees growth prospects

Albany Times-Union (NY): State plan for clean, high-tech energy ambitious, laudable

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The Senate made progress on a six-year transportation funding bill yesterday as the measure was cleared for debate. The legislation is expected to face stiff opposition in the House. (The Hill)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“My goal has been and remains to move a bill out of committee that has support of not only the majority party but the party of our Democratic colleagues as well,” said Senator Murkowski about her energy legislation.

WHAT’S TRENDING

They have a bill – A House subcommittee yesterday approved a comprehensive energy package, with more important debate yet to come in the full committee. (National Journal)

Meanwhile, in the Senate – After months of negotiations, Senators Murkowski and Cantwell yesterday introduced their energy package yesterday in the Senate. (Alaska Dispatch News)

Interagency review – Congressional Republicans call for a full interagency review of the administration’s proposed rule to limit emissions from existing power plants before it is publicly announce this summer. (The Hill)

Making money - The first town in Massachusetts to generate 100 percent of its electricity for public buildings from renewable sources is earning $250,000 annually from the projects. (WATD)

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The Boston Globe: US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz: A Cabinet star is born

EcoWatch: Renewable Energy Accounts for 70% of New U.S. Generating Capacity in First Half of 2015

The Hill: Poll: Swing-state voters back climate change action, gay marriage

Phys.org: World mayors sign pact to fight climate change

Citizen-Times: NC state lawmaker offers plan to delay action on EPA rules

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Many hurdles remain for a six-year highway bill agreed upon by Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Senator Boxer before funding runs out July 31. Democrats voted against the bill, arguing they have had no time to read it. (The Hill)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“While these clean energy incentives never should have even been allowed to expire in the first place, lawmakers should use this opportunity to bring back the vitally important Production Tax Credit and other incentives,” said Kim Glas, BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director in a statement yesterday about the Senate Finance Committee’s approval of a set of tax extenders.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Congress jumps on energy reform - Members of a House committee yesterday unveiled their version of an energy reform package. Meanwhile, Senator Murkowski is working on her own version of energy reform. The House Energy and Commerce Committee holds a markup on the legislation today. (The Hill)

Meet the Pope - Dozens of city leaders from around the world gathered at the Vatican this week for a two-day conference on climate change. (New York Times)

Awaiting a decision – In Ohio, the Energy Mandates Committee is expected to deliver recommendations to lawmakers regarding the future of the state’s renewable energy mandates. (Columbus Dispatch)

Wind powered – Hewlett-Packard is the latest company to go all in on renewable energy, announcing a 12-year contract to buy 112 megawatts of wind energy. (Christian Science Monitor)

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Dozens of expired tax breaks would get renewed under bill

Wall Street Journal: Paper Makers’ Promotional Campaign Takes Page From Farmers

State Impact: Pa.’s new pipeline task force to meet this week

Reuters: Pope urges U.N. to take strong action on climate change

The Guardian: We’re exposed to hormone-disrupting BPA just by breathing

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For years offshore wind projects have encountered road blocks, but Deepwater Wind prepares to “break water” later this week with the delivery of five turbine foundations. (USA today)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Federal action is necessary to ensure that steps to limit methane releases are applied consistently across the industry,” write New Mexico Democrats including Democrats led by Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich—in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

WHAT’S TRENDING

Taking the lead – Senate Majority Leader McConnell attempts to move the Senate towards approving a multi-year spending bill for federal transportation projects. Senator Boxer and McConnell have been in negotiations all weekend and hope to release a bill today. (The Hill)

Queen City – Queen City of the Lakes—Buffalo, NY—is beginning to go through a bit of a rebound with the help of renewable energy projects. (New York Times)

New model - The WorX Printing Cooperative is a stepping stone back to a more democratic and local living economic present and future for worker-stakeholders by integrating the best of unions and cooperatives. (1worker1vote.org)

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AP: Another Month, Another Global Heat Record Broken

On Earth: Lake Bloomers - NOAA is predicting yet another doozy of an algae season for Lake Erie this summer.

Reuters: Natural disasters forced 20 million from their homes in 2014: report

AP: Mayors at Vatican Seek 'Bold Climate Agreement'

Sacramento Bee: California’s sensible evangelism needs to be heard

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In a survey of people from 40 countries across the world, people in 19 countries identified climate change as their biggest worry. (Pew)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“All these huge infrastructure projects across the country, which we need, many of them are multi-year projects and that’s why you need multi-year funding,” said Senator Hoeven about the Highway Trust Fund.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Clean water subpoena – House Republicans issued a subpoena of documents related to the EPA’s improved clean water protection standards. (The Hill)

In decline – A new report by Ceres shows carbon emissions are in decline, falling 12 percent from 2008-2013. (The Hill)

Good example – The Northeast’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is an example other states can follow as they seek to implement the Clean Power Plan, according to the analysis group. Earlier this week it was announced to have generated millions in profits and created 14,000 jobs over the last three years. (Inside Climate News)

Noted – Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx warns state transportation agencies federal funding may soon run out. (Transportation.gov)

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NJ.com: Just how much does the condition of N.J. roads cost you every year?

Biz Journals: Alabama Power seeking increased renewable energy generation, including solar

AP: DiCaprio Foundation grants $15 million to environmental groups

IB Times: Water Demand To Increase 55% Globally By 2050

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New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio put out a call to the energy industry Friday, announcing he wants to make city government 100 percent renewable energy powered within 10 years. (Grist)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The ultimate prize would be not to notice one brick from another,” said Tim Guy Brooks, Legosenior director of environmental sustainability about the companies effort to makeover the iconic plastic bricks.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Coming soon – The South is preparing to welcome its first commercial-scale wind farm in North Carolina. Iberdrola Renewables LLC will install 102 turbines on 22,000 acres near the coast in the state. (AP)

Blatant disregard – Several states such as Indiana and Oklahoma threaten to ignore President Obama’s proposed rule to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants, set to be finalized in the near future. (The Hill)

Warming up – Lawmakers edge closer to an agreement to prevent the Highway Trust Fund from going bankrupt at the end of the month as Democrats warm up to a plan to tax offshore corporate earnings. (The Hill)

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The Independent: Denmark produces 140 per cent of its electricity needs through wind power

Daily Beast: The Right’s Stealth Plan to Kill Unions: Do It County by County

Grist: Climate change is a security threat. Make it a foreign policy priority

Washington Times: Experts explore undetermined PCB source in Torch Lake

Bloomberg: Wind Farms Now Off Limits for Australia’s $7 Billion Energy Fund

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Ontario, Quebec, Vermont, Connecticut, California, BC and Baja California all joined several other states and provinces across the Americas in signing a statement yesterday calling for greenhouse gas emission targets aimed at keeping temperature rises below two degrees Celsius. (National Observer)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“All of the things that save money, increase efficiency, reduce emissions—they provide jobs, lots of jobs. This is not just an ideological assertion; many of you have already seen it happen,” said Al Gore recently at the Climate Summit of the Americas.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Dismissed - A bill to direct funding to EPA and the Department of the Interior—at significantly lower levels than years past and including several provisions to weaken the EPA—was pulled from consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives after the introduction of an amendment on the confederate flag. (Huffington Post)

Stinging reality – As honeybee populations continue to decline drastically, their relatives the wild bee are also found to be affected by habitat loss and pesticides. (Washington Post)

Monumental – President Obama will announce three new national monuments today that will protect and preserve over one million acres of land. (The Hill)

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Reuters: Officials test for possible toxic algae in Oregon river

New York Times: Dark Cloud Lifts Over Denver, but Experts Warn of More to Come

Think Progress: This 100 Percent Electric Eighteen-Wheeler Just Hit The Road In Germany

The Hill: Obama has 'strong preference' for long highway bill

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The Senate is now considering a bill, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act (S. 1140), that says it’s okay to pollute the same water the EPA and Army Corps are working to protect. Stand up for the Clean Water Act!

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We’ve long said that these short-term extensions are not conducive to the effective and efficient governance of the country," White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Monday talking about the Highway Trust Fund.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Strings attached – Congress takes aim at the president’s priorities—including clean water rules and more—through the budget process. (New York Times)

Liking renewables - A commitment to make its new Texas data center 100 percent renewable shows Facebook likes renewable energy. The company eventually plans to double use of renewable energy by 2018. (EcoWatch)

Moving ahead – EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says a Supreme Court ruling on mercury pollution will not affect the finalization of carbon pollution limits on existing power plants. (Star Tribune) 

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Inside Climate News: Reducing Building Emissions Crucial to Meeting NYC Climate Goals

Washington Post: Many Americans still lack access to solar energy. Here’s how Obama plans to change that

Reuters: Pope: Duty to protect planet, calls for 'social justice' on resources

The Hill: Polls show support for top conservation priorities

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