THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR MAY 31
Action: CO2 Levels Pass 400ppm Mark. Monitoring stations in the Artic found carbon dioxide levels are now above 400 parts per million. According to Jim Butler, global monitoring director at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth System Research Lab in Colorado, "The fact that it's 400 is significant. It's just a reminder to everybody that we haven't fixed this and we're still in trouble." Have you sent a comment to the Environmental Protection Agency telling them you agree it is time to do something about climate change and ensure new power plants release less pollution?
Clean Energy Rankings In. The third annual State Clean Energy Index has been released, and California once again is the top clean energy state in the United States for the third consecutive year. The study also found six states now get more than ten percent of their electricity from wind, solar and geothermal energy — double 2010.
Green Economy Could Bring 60 Million Jobs Worldwide. A new study released by the United Nation’s International Labor Organization and Environment program found 15-60 million jobs could be created globally in the green economy. The gains are mostly seen in agriculture, forestry, fishing, energy, manufacturing, recycling, building and transportation.
National and International Blue-Green
The Guardian looks at a study that found geothermal energy could fulfill a fifth of the United Kingdom’s energy needs.
Discovery News says a common flame retardant has been found in a number of foods including meat, peanut butter and fish.
To the States
Texas and California could be facing blackouts this summer, E&E News warns.
A proposal for a 110mile light-rail extension would link central Phoenix to Maryvale. Arizona Central says the new proposal would not split the St. Matthew neighborhood unlike previous proposals.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority Tuesday hired Jeff Morales to be its new chief executive, theSacramento Bee reports.
The Mercury News says California’s Energy Commission is likely to approve new energy efficiency which would require, among other things, new homes and commercial buildings to have “solar ready roofs.”
In New York, solar energy advocates announced new polls found 81 percent of New York voters support increasing the use of local solar power. Capitol Confidential has more.
New York Times: On Climate Change, It’s Money vs. Mouth
New York Times: Hidden’ Water: Where Does It All Go?
Wall Street Journal: Car Battery Start-Ups Fizzle
News Review (CA): Rebel Miner
Public News Service (CA): Seven Sectors Driving CA's "Clean" Economy
San Francisco Chronicle (CA): State should use fines against PG&E to fix pipes
Boulder Weekly (CO): Romney implies Colorado has no green jobs, even though the state has over 70,000
Chicago Tribune (IL): Money meant for wind, solar power loses steam as customers shift from utility giants
Chicago Post-Tribune (IL): ‘How can you not like it,’ electric vehicle fan says
Lexington Herald-Leader (KY): Kentucky Power abandons plan to upgrade aging coal-burning plant
Washington Post Local (MD): New stretch of Intercounty Connector in Md. makes fans of users, enemies of area residents
Detroit News (MI): Michigan still means manufacturing
The State (SC): Lake Murray among SCE&G Coal plants closing
Caledonia Patch (WI): Talgo Execs, Milwaukee, Racine Officials Blast Walker Administration on Transit and Jobs