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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that 2015 was officially the second-hottest year on record in the U.S. The temperature was 2.5 degrees above the 20th century average.

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“We’re not just going to stay with what we’ve already done. We’re going to look for other opportunities,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on her agency's plans in 2016.

WHAT’S TRENDING

All bluster – The House will take up a bill next week designed to block an EPA clean water rule. President Obama is expected to veto the bill if it comes to his desk. (The Hill)

Empty promises – An editorial says the Trans-Pacific Partnership has a “familiar hollow ring” to it. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Gas tax alternatives – Two Democrats in Congress are pushing the Obama administration to allow states to search for alternatives for the federal gas tax to pay for infrastructure spending. (The Hill)

BLUEGREEN LINKS

The US needs to warm to climate realities (The Hill)

Sen. Sherrod Brown warns against TPP threat to hurt auto industry (WFMJ)

Clean Power’s Overlooked Tool (Governing)

Poll: 70 percent believe in climate change (The Hill)

Here’s the secret to making people care about climate change (Washington Post)

The Conservative Case for Solar Subsidies (New York Times)

State apology, resignation over Flint water first step (Detroit Free Press)

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Last weekend, the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change was wrapped up and it has now been signed by nearly 200 nations. The BlueGreen Alliance’s Executive Director Kim Glas said, “This is a proud moment in world history and a strong step forward to solving the biggest challenge of our time. While not perfect—the Paris Agreement urges a just transition for impacted workers and underscores the obligation to protect human rights.” (New York Times & BlueGreen Alliance)

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“…exporting oil will cost U.S. refinery workers their jobs. The oil they would have converted to gasoline and other products will, instead, be shipped overseas to be refined, and then hauled back to the United States as gasoline. The ban on exporting U.S. crude helped save jobs at two refineries in Philadelphia just four years ago.” – former United Steelworkers International Vice President Gary Beevers.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Budget – The House passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September. (Politico)

Lead – In Flint, Michigan, there is a water crisis due to the amount of lead in the water. (Washington Post)

Paris Agreement – Congress is sure to try to fight against the Paris Agreement on climate change. (New Republic)

Renewable energy boom – U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz says that renewable energy is set to far exceed current levels. (CNBC)

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World Organizations React To Paris COP21 Climate Accord ( CleanTechnica)

Funds for Obama climate deal survive in spending bill ( The Hill)

The Paris Climate Pact Will Need Strong Follow-Up ( New York Times)

Senate passes overhaul of chemical safety rules ( The Hill)

Collaboration can help Montana meet emission reduction goals ( Montana Standard )

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EDITOR’S NOTE: After a hiatus we’re back! From here on out, the BlueGreen Source will now be a once-weekly recap of the news sent out on Friday mornings.

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A top economist looks at how the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement could be used to undermine climate change protections. (Grist)

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“On Oct. 14, I took part in a national day of action organized by the People’s Climate Movement. A diverse group of people banded together to talk about how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan can help Minnesota. The Clean Power Plan is an opportunity to become more energy independent, reduce the pollution driving climate change and impacting all of us—especially communities of color and low-income communities—and drive the growth of quality jobs in our state.” – Jamie Gulley is the president of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota and the SEIU Minnesota State Council. (MinnPost)

WHAT’S TRENDING

Paris – Read this opinion piece from United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres about how the world is gearing up to tackle climate change. (The Guardian)

Business show support for Clean Power Plan – Here’s a look at why some big businesses are showing their support for the first-ever limits to carbon pollution from existing sources. (Michigan Radio)

On trial – Don Blankenship, the former CEO of the mining company that owned the Upper Big Branch Mine that killed 29 workers when it exploded, is on trial for his part in the safety violations that lead to the explosion. (New York Times)

Climate justice – Our very own Michael Williams took part in a roundtable discussion on how the climate talks in Paris could be used as a path to achieve climate justice. (The Morning News)

A good question – Three years after Hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast, this piece asks if coastal cities are any safer from events like it. (New York Times)

BLUEGREEN LINKS

Stop stalling on Lake Erie (Toledo Blade)

Greenland Is Melting Away ( New York Times)

McConnell sets up Senate fight on Obama water oversight rule ( The Hill)

Climate Change is Real, and Important (Medium)

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NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: The BlueGreen Source will be on hiatus until Monday, September 14.

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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)

BLUE-GREEN LINKS

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)

BLUE-GREEN LINKS

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)

BLUE-GREEN LINKS

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)

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“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)

BLUE-GREEN LINKS

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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