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White House Announces Climate Change Initiatives
Monday, 21 July 2014 00:00

By Coral Davenport – The New York Times – July 16, 2014

President Obama announced a series of climate change initiatives on Wednesday aimed at guarding the electricity supply; improving local planning for flooding, coastal erosion and storm surges; and better predicting landslide risks as sea levels rise and storms and droughts intensify. The actions, involving a variety of federal agencies, were among the recommendations of the president’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, a group of 26 officials who have worked since November to develop the proposals. For full story, click here.

New Study Adds Up the Benefits of Climate-Smart Development in Lives, Jobs, and GDP
Monday, 21 July 2014 00:00

The World Bank – June 23, 2014

Modernizing landfills and cleaning up open dumps have obvious benefits for surrounding communities, but the value reaches deeper into the national budget that may be evident at first glance. For a country like Brazil, where waste-to-energy technology is being piloted today, integrated solid waste management practices including building sanitary landfills that capture greenhouse gas emissions to generate electricity can improve human health, add jobs, increase the energy supply, reduce the impact on climate change, and boost national GDP. A new study looks at a series of climate-smart development project scenarios, including landfills in Brazil, and for the first time on a large scale adds up how government actions can boost economic performance and benefit lives, jobs, crops, energy, and GDP – as well as emissions reductions to combat climate change. It provides concrete data to help policymakers understand the broader potential of climate-smart development investments. For full story, click here.

Sea Level Rise Cuts Across Political Divide in Norfolk, Virginia
Monday, 14 July 2014 00:00

By Christina DeConcini and C. Forbes Tompkins – World Resources Institute – July 2, 2014

While the climate change debate continues in some quarters in Washington, the impact of sea-level rise cut across political divides at the “Rising to the Challenge” conference in Norfolk, Virginia, earlier this week. Members of Congress and Virginia mayors from both political parties joined military and state and local officials to discuss the challenges sea level rise presents to the Hampton Roads area, as well as how to promote federal, state and local action. For full blog post, click here.

The Disaster We've Wrought on the World's Oceans May Be Irrevocable
Monday, 07 July 2014 00:00

By Alex Renton – Newsweek – July 2, 2014

In the great halls of La Boqueria, Barcelona’s central market, tourists, foodies and cooks gather every day to marvel at the fresh food, like pilgrims at the site of a miracle. The chief shrines are the fish counters, where thousands of sea creatures making up dozens of species gleam pink and gray on mounds of ice. But to many ocean scientists this is not a display of the ocean’s bounty but a museum—by the end of this century, many of these animals may be history due to man’s reckless abuse of the planet. As we keep dumping greenhouse gases into the air, the oceans keep sucking them up, making the waters deadly to their inhabitants. For full article, click here.

Supreme Court upholds rules curbing greenhouse gases from power plants
Monday, 30 June 2014 00:00

By David G. Savage – Los Angeles Times – June 23, 2014

The Supreme Court in a split decision Monday upheld most of the Obama administration’s environmental rules designed to limit greenhouse gases from power plants. For full story, click here.

NASA launches carbon satellite after 2009 failure
Monday, 14 July 2014 00:00

WHEC Rochester – July 7, 2014

A rocket carrying a NASA satellite lit up the pre-dawn skies Wednesday on a mission to track atmospheric carbon dioxide, the chief culprit behind global warming. The Delta 2 rocket blasted off from California at 2:56 a.m. and released the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite in low-Earth orbit 56 minutes later, bringing relief to mission officials who lost a similar spacecraft five years ago. Like the original, OCO-2 was designed to measure atmospheric carbon dioxide from 438 miles above the Earth's surface. Its polar orbit will allow it to cover about 80 percent of the globe. For full story, click here.

Can Coral Save Our Oceans?
Monday, 07 July 2014 00:00

Ocean News & Technology – July 2, 2014

Coral reefs are home to a rich and diverse ecosystem, providing a habitat for a wide range of marine animals. But the increasing acidification of ocean water is jeopardizing the calcified foundations of these reefs, endangering the survival of thousands upon thousands of resident species. For full story, click here.

Research raises new concerns about climate impact of natural gas
Monday, 30 June 2014 00:00

By Gayathri Vaidyanathan – E & E Publishing, LLC – June 26, 2014

Natural gas fields globally may be leaking enough methane, a potent greenhouse gas, to make the fuel as polluting as coal for the climate over the next few decades, according to a pair of studies published last week. An even worse finding for the United States in terms of greenhouse gases is that some of its oil and gas fields are emitting more methane than the industry does, on average, in the rest of the world, the research suggests. For full story, click here.

Money Men Tally Cost of Climate Change
Monday, 23 June 2014 00:00

By Jonathan Fahey ABC News June 24, 2014

Climate change is likely to exact enormous costs on U.S. regional economies in the form of lost property, reduced industrial output and more deaths, according to a report backed by a trio of men with vast business experience. The report, released Tuesday, is designed to convince businesses to factor in the cost of climate change in their long-term decisions and to push for reductions in emissions blamed for heating the planet. For full story, click here.

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