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Yesterday a federal judge in North Dakota blocked Clean Water Act protections just before it was set to take effect. The decision only applies to the 13 states that are a part of the lawsuit. (The Hill)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“We strongly believe that this investment is not, as some would say, an expenditure of money but a true investment that provides a return to the public in the form of economic growth along with the jobs that are created by that growth,” writes Oklahoma’s transportation secretary.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Message of hope – President Obama yesterday traveled to New Orleans yesterday on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. In a speech he said, “Americans like you—the people of New Orleans . . . you’re what recovery has been all about.” (Washington Post)

Six in 10 – Six in 10 voters support the administration’s final rule limiting carbon pollution fromexisting power plants according to a new poll commissioned by the League of Conservation Voters. (The Hill)

31 percent – In July Californians accomplished the goal of cutting water usage by 31 percent. (Los Angeles Times)

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St. Louis Public Radio: Focus on 'right to work' gets more intense as legislators consider override attempt

The Guardian: Middle East faces water shortages for the next 25 years, study says

Bloomberg: U.K. to End Small-Scale Renewables Aid in Blow to Solar

Time: These Are the Cities Most Vulnerable to the Next Katrina

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Despite the effort by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and others to restore sediment and rebuild levees around New Orleans, rising sea levels continue to pose a threat to Louisiana. (Climate Central)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We don't have time to waste. We don't have time to lose,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a press conference yesterday urging leaders to accelerate climate change negotiations.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Ten years later – President Obama travels to New Orleans today to mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. He’s expected to speak about the structural inequalities across the city that contributed to the severity of the destruction. (Reuters)

Under pressure – Water pressure on the site of the Gold King Mine that contaminated the Animas River was never checked, according to an internal Environmental Protection Agency review. (Denver Post)

Sights set – Transportation advocates have set their sights on Republican lawmakers in a radio ad advocating a long-term highway funding plan. (The Hill)

Smart, comprehensive - Reducing leaks in our natural gas distribution networks, along with broader efforts to keep gas in the system throughout the energy sector, offer ways to grow our economy and make it more efficient. (Huffington Post)

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State Impact: Mayors call for city climate action amid Congressional ‘gridlock’

The Baltimore Sun: Baltimore wins grant to remove health hazards from homes

Washington Post: The troubling reasons why NASA is so focused on studying sea level rise

The Telegraph: Resource development expected topic during Obama trip

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Solar is the next energy boom in Texas. With the help of $1 billion in investment and improved transmission infrastructure, solar is being seen in a whole new light in the state. (Wall Street Journal)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“We know that water is coming to New Orleans again. It has always come in the past. It was a delusion to think the levees were going to keep it from happening again,” said Mark Davis, who directs the Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy at Tulane University.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Talking energy – President Obama traveled to Nevada to speak at the National Clean Energy Summit. It’s the first stop on his 11-day climate and energy tour. (Washington Post)

Right-to-work repeal – Michigan State House members have introduced a measure to repeal the state’s existing right-to-work status that undercuts workers’ ability to unionize. (Lansing State Journal)

More algae concerns – A blue-green algae bloom in the Ohio River forced a shutdown of water intakes around Wheeling, West Virginia this week. (WV Metro News)

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Los Angeles Times: The drought's hidden victim: California's native fish

New York Times: Philippines: Typhoon Takes Deadly Toll

The Hill: Energy secretary optimistic for climate pact

The Guardian: The US Congress is finally poised to rethink its outdated chemical laws

Greentech Media: Investment Bankers Think Solar and Wind Will Grow Way Faster Than the IEA Forecast

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An analysis of Massachusetts’ natural gas system shows the pipelines have around 20,000 leaks in the system. The discovery is concerning for public safety and our climate, as well as for ratepayers who are paying for lost gas. (Boston Globe)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The most important lesson we learned from Katrina was that hurricane protection and coastal restoration must be at the forefront of federal and state government for years to come,” said Chip Kline, who chairs the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Clean energy vision – In Nevada, President Obama’s clean energy vision is closer to reality than just about any other state with the help of a growing clean energy market. (Bloomberg)

Next time around – In an ear of rising seas, New Orleans residents need to rely on more than sea walls to protect them from another disaster like Hurricane Katrina. Restoring the area wetlands is crucial to protecting the city for the long term. (Washington Post)

Powerful weapon – The Navy and Marine Corps are expected to add 1.2GW of clean energy to their renewable portfolio this year. (Business Green)

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Reuters: India says rich world has responsibility to curb climate change

Washington Post: Why the U.S. just summoned firefighters from Australia and New Zealand

Los Angeles Times: The great El Niño of 1997-98, and what it means for the winter to come

USA Today: Hurricane Danny strengthens to Category 3, nears Caribbean

Wall Street Journal: California’s Prop. 39 Is a Winner

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Breaking a new record, U.S. drivers drove 1.54 trillion miles between January and June of this year, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This is as Congress continues to struggle to find a long term solution to fund highway and transit investments. (The Hill)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“What we’re seeing is a president that is prioritising the climate issue,” said Jennifer Morgan of Washington, D.C. think tank WRI.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Pulling out all the stops – In the lead up to 200 nations agreeing to and signing an historicclimate pact in Paris at the end of the year, President Obama pushes ambitious climate action forward in the hope of broad agreement. (RTCC)

Twenty percent – Experts estimate that climate change has made California’s drought more intense by 15-20 percent. The current drought started in 2012. (New York Times)

Questions & answers – Senators from western states affected by the Animas Rivercontamination sent a letter to EPA’s inspector general requesting details about the cause of the spill. (The Hill)

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Washington Post: Greenland’s stunning melting, in 24 unforgettable images

USA Today: Danny becomes first hurricane of 2015 Atlantic season

The Hill: July latest month to break temperature record in 2015

Yahoo News: Brazil and Germany to expand trade and combat climate change

Houston Chronicle: Renewable energy sources challenging assumptions

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Living Product Expo 2015, David L. Lawrence Convention Center 
Pittsburgh, PA, September 16-18, 2015

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Renewable energy is the second most utilized form of energy in the world. Globally, solar power has grown at a rate of 44.6 percent per year. (EcoWatch)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"So quality of life, direct exposure to environmental hazards is quite common among the Latino population; we shouldn't be surprised they're concerned about it,” said Gary Segura, co-founder of Latino Decisions.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Ten years later – On the occasion of the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, President Obama will travel to New Orleans to meet with the mayor and city residents. (Washington Post)

Guilty plea – The former head of Freedom Industries, the West Virginia company whose toxic chemicals contaminated the water supply of Charleston area residents last year plead guilty to environmental crimes. (New York Times)

Top issue – A new poll reveals the environment and climate change are a top concern for Latinos. (NPR)

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New York Times: Losing Water, California Tries to Stay Atop Economic Wave

Bloomberg: China’s Global Warming Pollution Estimates Cut in Harvard Study

Crain’s Business: MacArthur Foundation doles out $50 million toward climate change

The Hill: Poll: Pope’s climate views not well known

National Geographic: Protecting a New Generation of Poisoned Kids After Katrina

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Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, the threat of a similar disaster remains. The combination of more severe weather and flooding and the increasing potential of government flood estimates to be wrong is ever-more dangerous to certain communities. (Politico)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Keeping natural gas in the system is good for the environment and a significant opportunity to put American workers squarely at the forefront of developing, manufacturing, and implementing technologies needed to accomplish this—providing high-quality jobs and stimulating local economies,” said BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director Kim Glas about a newly proposedmethane emissions reduction strategy.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Broad push – First of their kind federal regulations on methane emissions were introduced by the administration and Environmental Protection Agency yesterday. The goal of the standards is to significantly reduce methane emissions from new operations in the energy industry. (New York Times)

Worldwide declaration – Muslim leaders and scholars from across the world yesterday called on Muslims and people the world over to take action on climate change. (Washington Post)

Not waiting around – Almost one-third of states have approved measures this year to raise the gas tax or similar measures to fund highway and road repairs in light of ongoing short-term fixesfrom Congress. (Herald-Review)

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New York Times: Methane Leaks in Natural-Gas Supply Chain Far Exceed Estimates, Study Says

The Hill: Christie, Foxx meeting to discuss NYC rail tunnel

Washington Post: With a stunning 7 million acres burned so far, the U.S. wildfire situation is looking dire

Denver Post: Animas River: Long-term impacts of wastewater spill lie beneath the current

Cincinnati Enquirer: Ohio lawmaker: Now is time for right to work

Environment News Service: 200 Electric Cars Headed for Paris Climate Summit 

The Living Product Expo is a groundbreaking new event that will bring together leading minds in the product industry and ignite a revolution in the way materials are designed, manufactured and delivered. Sustainability directors from the world’s leading design firms, prominent manufacturers and designers will gather to learn about game-changing innovations in product design. Find more info at http://www.livingproductexpo.org/

Living Product Expo 2015, David L. Lawrence Convention Center 
Pittsburgh, PA, September 16-18, 2015

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Today the administration is expected to announce the first-ever plan to reduce methane emissions 40-45 percent by 2025. Uncombusted methane lost through the system—pound for pound—has at least 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide over a 100-year time frame, making it a truly potent contributor to climate change. (Wall Street Journal) 

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“Even before salt water flooded into the tunnels during Hurricane Sandy nearly three years ago, the tunnels were in trouble. Now the corrosive residue left by the flooding is steadily eating into the concrete and the mechanical and electrical equipment vital to the system,” writes the New York Times Editorial Board.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Algae everywhere – Toxic algal blooms on the West Coast now stretch from California to Alaska and are a growing threat to marine life. (KQED)

Not the last – Contamination to Colorado’s Animas River is not the first—nor will it be the last such event—to take place, according to experts who urge it was a ticking time bomb. (The Guardian)

New opportunity – Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm in an oped calls the Clean Power Plan an “…unprecedented opportunity to strengthen the American economy and usher our energy system into the 21st Century.” (Detroit Free Press)

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San Diego Union Tribune: Navy signs largest-ever U.S. solar deal

New York Times: Officials: Less Chance of Colorado River Water Cuts in 2017

Bloomberg: SunEdison, Goldman Agree to Form $1 Billion Clean-Power Fund

Yahoo: Climate change: Where the 2016 presidential candidates stand on our global future

Bloomberg: Indian Airport First in World to Be Completely Solar Powered

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The combination of high heat and humidity cause so-called “danger days” in cities across the country—where the heat index is above 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Ten cities across the country are seeing more frequent danger days. (Climate Central)

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"Major infrastructure projects like roads and bridges, however, take years to build. Without the certainty of long-term legislation, states find it difficult to plan for and undertake these kinds of projects,” wrote Senate Majority Leader McConnell, pitching a long-term transportation funding solution.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Feeling the heat – NASA reports this July was the hottest on record. According to experts, it’s almost a safe bet that 2015 will continue to be the hottest year.

In the clear – Officials monitoring the Animas River and San Juan Rivers for contamination have cleared the rivers in Utah and New Mexico as safe for recreation and drinking water use. (Herald)

Good news, bad news – California’s biggest and most dangerous fire this year is 80 percent contained. In the mean time, another fire has grown enough to burn 20,000 acres in just five hours. (Washington Post)

Ramped up – Experts in Michigan express optimism that the state is poised to meet newemissions standards finalized by the administration recently. (Crain’s Detroit)

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National Journal:Can John Kasich Find Sunlight On Clean Energy?

The Hill: Tennessee debating potential gas tax hike

Los Angeles Times: The next drought: Water officials endorse a 'less is more' strategy for the future

ABC News: Manufacturing in New York Shrinks by Most Since 2009

The Living Product Expo is a groundbreaking new event that will bring together leading minds in the product industry and ignite a revolution in the way materials are designed, manufactured and delivered. Sustainability directors from the world’s leading design firms, prominent manufacturers and designers will gather to learn about game-changing innovations in product design. Find more info at http://www.livingproductexpo.org/ 
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Pittsburgh, PA, September 16-18, 2015

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According to the Department of Energy, trading out all incandescent lightbulbs for LEDs would save enough electricity to power 20 million American homes. (Bloomberg)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“What’s happening in Alaska isn’t just a preview of what will happen to the rest of us if we don’t take action. It’s our wake-up call. The alarm bells are ringing. And as long as I’m president, America will lead the world to meet this threat before it’s too late,” said President Obama about plans to travel to Alaska to highlight the climate impact.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Growing threat – Blue-green algae—the kind that threatened the Toledo-area water supply last year—is a more significant threat nationally than previously known, according to a new national analysis. (UPI)

Take another look – A newspaper editorial urges Congress to find a new way to fund highway projects after passing 34 short-term extensions since 2009. (South Bend Tribune)

Outlook in Paris – Key pieces of an agreement to be finalized by 200 countries at the Parisclimate talks later this year have been introduced for discussion. (The Conversation)

Delay, more delay – Fifteen states have asked a federal court to delay implementation of carbon pollution limits for existing power plants. States will have to submit plans for how they plan to meet the targets. (Bloomberg)

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NJ Spotlight: Bill Seeks to Inform NJ Consumers About Dangers of Removing Lead Paint

The Hill: Blumenthal: Don't push back deadline for rail safety improvements

New York Times: El Niño May Bring Record Heat, and Rain for California

Gizmodo: Nope, You Can't Learn About Climate Change in Georgia Schools

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