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Retrofitting buildings in New York City at a cost of $500 to $15,000 per building would save $11 million per year in energy costs and cut carbon emissions by 30,000 metric tons. (New York Times)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“We want our society to come together and take action on climate change,” said Eric Michelman, director of More than Scientists. “We know it is possible. We’ve come together to tackle challenges before. The solutions are out there and we have an immense capacity for problem solving, innovation, and creativity.”

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$114 million – Congressman Frank Pallone estimates Governor Christie’s decision to pull New Jersey out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) has cost the state $114 million and will cost $387.1 million through 2020. (Star Ledger) 

Presidential power – President Obama this week will sign an executive order to cut the federal government’s greenhouse gas emissions. (New York Times)

Environmental legacy – On the global stage, the president is working more behind the scenes to broker a climate deal in Paris to help create a green global policy that will last decades. (Politico)

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Reuters: New global disaster plan sets targets to curb risk, losses

National Journal:The Renewable Energy Fight

MLive.com: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder creates new energy agency

Reuters: Amazon rainforest soaking up less carbon as trees die young: study

Vatican Radio: Climate change under the spotlight after Vanuatu cyclone

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A federal agency urges states to make climate change-related disaster preparation a permanent part of their emergency planning. Failing to do so cause states to lose federal grant funds. (Climate Central)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Instead of improving the Science Advisory Board's structure or operation, the bill will limit the quality of scientific advice that the EPA receives and allow seemingly endless delays in EPA's regulatory process," said Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) about legislation passed in the House.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Unfortunate, not unexpected – For the second year in history, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska was forced to alter the route due to insufficient snowfall. (Alaska Dispatch News)

Clean energy – Better technology and lower prices are all making it easier to expand clean energy despite the political uncertainty that hinders this progress. According to Environmental Entrepreneurs, last year more than 170 public and private renewable energy projects across the U.S. created about 47,000 jobs. (Fortune)

At odds – In the budget debates, the GOP budget calls climate change research a waste and the Department of Defense says it’s an immediate risk. (Washington Post) 

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NPR: Kentucky Right-To-Work Battle Shifts To Counties

Bloomberg Business: China Boosts Solar Target for 2015 as It Fights Pollution

New York Times: As California Drought Enters 4th Year, Conservation Efforts and Worries Increase

Inside Climate News: Speaking From the Heart, Climate Scientists Launch Personal Campaign

The Hill: Interior secretary seeks cleaner, safer energy on public lands

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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren will keynote the 2015 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference! We're less than a month away, so secure your spot for this exciting event taking place April 13 in Washington, D.C. 

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Solar power could meet California’s energy demand three or four times over according to a new study. Capacity could be significantly expanded even without building over the natural environment. (Phys.org)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Americans are beginning to connect the dots between climate change and extreme weather, jobs, national security, faith and values, making it here and now," said Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Overlooked opportunity – Cities are an overlooked opportunity in terms of solar power development. Solar power shows tremendous potential especially in built environments like in California. (Climate Central)

Gas tax – Transportation advocacy groups decried Congressional efforts to eliminate the gas taxthat helps fund infrastructure, calling it “dangerous.” (The Hill)

Getting on board – President Obama in a recent interview stated that eventually Republicans will change their position on climate change because “voters will insist upon it.” (The Hill)

Just as dangerous – Replacement plastics used to rid products of bisphenol-A (BPA) are suspected to have the same or similar dangerous health effects. (Student Science)

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New York Times: Harvard's President Speaks in China About Climate Change

National Catholic Reporter: Catholic-led global fast for climate justice arrives in US

Reuters: Pacific nations to highlight Cyclone Pam in climate talks

Bloomberg: Researchers See El Nino Link to Tornadoes in Southern U.S. 

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This winter, daily high temperature records outpaced daily lows by a ratio of 3-to-2. A new tool by Climate Central can show you how your city stacked up this winter. (Climate Central)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It gets to the point where you can't look anyone in the eye seriously and say, well, it's nothing having to do with manmade," said Vice President Joe Biden aboutclimate change. (Huffington Post)

WHAT’S TRENDING

10.8 billion – According to the American Public Transportation Association, Americans took 10.8 billion trips on public transit last year, the highest ridership in 58 years. (The Hill)

Unwanted consequences – While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urges states to just say “no” to Clean Power Plan emissions limits, EPA officials urge there will be unintended consequences. (The Hill)

Muzzling science – According to an investigation, Florida Department of Environmental Protection employees were ordered not to use the terms “climate change”and “global warming.” (Tampa Bay Times)

Solar garden – A new concept in renewable energy is spreading: solar gardens. Community or shared solar feeds into the local grid and customers have the option of subscribing to that power and receiving credit in their bills. (ABC News)

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Iowa State Daily: Editorial: Elected officials need to represent beliefs of voters

Santa Fe New Mexican: Our View: Utilities shouldn’t fear solar power

The Guardian: Time to Act: climate change protesters march in London

Reuters: Europe submits U.N. climate pledge, urges U.S., China to follow

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Energy will be a central focus for Michigan’s state legislature as lawmakers consider extending the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. Advocates say the state could easily achieve a higher target than the existing 10 percent target that expires at the end of the year. (MI Biz)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I’m Nick. I’m also in history. We need a union because power concedes nothing without a fight,” said one of many Columbia graduate students pushing to form a union .

WHAT’S TRENDING

Finish in sight – America’s first offshore wind farm is scheduled to begin construction this summer, clearing a final hurdle toward completion. (Inside Climate News)

Veto threat – The White House has issued a veto threat for two bills that attack EPA’s use of so-called secret science . (The Hill)

Repealed – Wyoming’s Governor Matt Mead signed a bill to overturn a ban on teaching kids about global warming in school. (National Journal)

Changing skyline – One hundred years from now New York’s iconic skyline will look a little different than it does today thanks to climate change. Rising temperatures and flooding pose the most immediate threats. (Wired) 

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CS Monitor: Big business invests big in green energy. When will the government?

Boston Globe: Senate committee battles over climate change transparency

Huffington Post: Getting Behind Pope Francis on Climate Change: Why People of Diverse Faiths Should Support the Eco-Encyclical

Mail Tribune: Our View: Small climate steps add up to big ones

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In Chicago yesterday, President Obama designated the Pullman area—a site rich in labor and civil rights history—as one of America’s newest national monuments. Our statement praising the designation is online here. (New York Times & BlueGreen Alliance)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The financial benefits to tackling climate action are becoming clearer by the day,” write Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group and Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever in CNN.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Block and tackle – A Kansas Senate committee works to advance a bill that would delay, and possibly even prevent, action on the Clean Power Plan. (Lawrence Journal-World)

Hot and cold – So far winter has taken to the extremes on both ends of the spectrum with record cold in one half of the country and record heat in the other. (AP)

Unwelcome examination – American diplomats test foreign air quality around embassies abroad. Not everyone likes this idea much. (Washington Post)

Forward and backward – Illinois legislators introduce a bill to expand the state’s renewable energy standard by requiring 35 percent of energy consumed in the state to be generated by clean renewable sources by 2030. Meanwhile in New Hampshire, lawmakers voted against investing carbon tax profits back into energy efficiency. (Midwest Energy News & NHPR)

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Washington Post: Solar and wind energy leaders to push for renewable energy

National Journal: Dietary Panel: Eating Less Meat is Better for the Environment

CBS: Rising seas could cause largest ever human exodus

Newsweek: WHO Fears Climate Change Will Accelerate Spread of Some Tropical Diseases

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Despite the uptick in home size and number of homes, energy efficiency improvements have successfully delivered energy savings. Improvements in energy efficiency reduced energy intensity enough to offset more than 70 percent of the growth in both the number of households and the size of dwellings. (The State Journal)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"You can see the impact of coastal erosion in the village," Interior Secretary Jewell said during a tour of an eroding Alaska village. "You can hear the fear in people's voices about what's happening with climate change. Things are changing up here, and that's part of what I'm on this trip to learn about."

WHAT’S TRENDING

Double down – Citigroup has doubled its previous commitment to environmental projects with the announcement of $100 billion for renewable energy, greenhouse gas reductions and sustainable transportation projects over the coming decade. (CNBC)

All in on renewables – Kaiser Permanente announced it will invest in wind and solar energy. "Our primary motivation is that climate change is also a health issue," said Rame Hemstreet, Kaiser's chief energy officer. (San Jose Mercury News)

Windfall – Wyoming’s wind energy production tax generates $2.6 million for the state. (Casper Star Tribune)

Right-to-work for less – Last week in Missouri the state house passed right-to-work legislation. It’s headed to the Senate now, but some lawmakers express doubt the governor will sign it. (Missourinet)

 

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Reuters: Indiana House panel advances measure to add solar power fees

Washington Post: Greening the faith in the Washington area

Climate Central: California Water Becomes Scarce and Energy Hungry

Rolling Stone: US Navy Reacts To Blockbuster Rolling Stone Climate Change Story

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The New York City Panel on climate change finds that the city is expected to see sea levels rise11 to 21 inches by the middle of the century and up to six feet by 2100. (Huffington Post)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It is time Congress and President Obama took a stand on behalf of the American worker and openly negotiate trade deals that are worthy of the nation they are elected to serve," writes Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Two sides of the same coin –Making the argument that addressing climate change is also an essential part of our national security strategy. (The Hill)

States of renewable energy – State officials from across the political spectrum in 18 states convene find key areas of agreement on efficiency and renewable energy—unlike those in Washington, D.C. (Midwest Energy News)

Clear need for change – As Ohio lawmakers move to strengthen clean water regulations, advocates urge a key regulation be made permanent. (Columbus Dispatch)

Transportation hotspot – Silicon Valley emerges as a hotspot of transportation development. (Detroit News)

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Wall Street Journal - Endocrine Disruption and BPA Use

U.S. News & World Report: Energy Report to Examine Cyberattack, Global Warming Threats

Huffington Post: Feds Direct $8 Million To Native Communities To Address Effects Of Climate Change

National Catholic Reporter: Catholic group launches global climate-focused Lenten fast 

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After Ohio passed a law putting a two-year freeze on meeting renewable energy targets, several wind farm projects have been put on hold. (The Oklahoman)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The 2015 climate negotiations are off to a promising start,” said Jennifer Morgan, head of the climate programme at the World Resources Institute. “Much hard work remains.”

WHAT’S TRENDING

By the thousands – Solar energy is providing jobs in Arizona by the thousands. The state now ranks third in the nation for solar jobs behind California and Massachusetts. (EcoWatch)

Key players – State regulators gather in Washington, D.C. this weekend in the hopes that they’ll come away with a clear understanding of what it means for states to comply with the Clean Power Plan. (E&E News)

Teaching science – The Board of Education in West Virginia weighs issuing new standards about how teachers educate students about climate change­—including additional language that casts doubt on climate change. (WV Public Broadcasting)

Bipartisan consensus – Energy-efficient buildings are a model of bipartisan consensus writes Rogers Platt, President of the U.S. Green Building Council. (The Hill)

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New York Times: Hurricane Sandy Victims Say Damage Reports Were Altered

Newsweek: Climate Change Poised to Make Infectious Disease Outbreaks More Frequent

USA Today: San Antonio takes different tack on solar energy

Sydney Morning Herald: Australian scientists make fresh attempt at explaining climate change

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Cities’ daily low temperatures are changing. Check out this new tool from NRDC to find out how your city’s winter temperatures will change by 2100. (NRDC)

Image source: NRDC

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"By the end of the year, Michigan will have reached its renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS)—10 percent by 2015," said MPSC Chairman John D. Quackenbush. "The RPS can be credited with over 1,450 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy projects becoming commercially operational since PA 295 took effect."

WHAT’S TRENDING

Left, right and power – A close look at what drives San Diego residents to adopt the use of solar energy reveals a divide amongst conservatives and liberals. (Washington Post)

Untested chemicals – Only 25 percent of the chemicals in consumer products have been fully tested thanks to an outdated and ineffective law called the Toxic Substances Control Act. The law is expected to be updated this spring. (The Guardian)

Unprecedented drought – According to a new study released by NASA, global warming could have a severe impact on California, the Midwest and Southwest by 2050. (New York Daily News)

$252 million – That’s how much removing Georgia’s Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Tax Credit would take away from the state’s economy. (Clean Technica)

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Yahoo: U.S. companies pledge to build 20 GW of renewable energy in India

The Hill: What can tobacco teach us about climate change policy?

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania vs. climate change

The Hill: House Dem wouldn't put climate change, terror in 'same sentence'

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