Hot News: August 22 - Years Of Living Dangerously

Hot News: August 22

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FEMA Proposes Flood-Proofed Aid Projects: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released a proposal to require projects funded through the agency’s disaster aid and mitigation grants be built two feet above the 100-year flood elevation to account for more frequent and severe floods due to climate change. This proposal is part of the Executive Order issued by President Obama last year to establish a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard that requires all federally funded projects to factor in the risks of more extreme floods. (Politico Pro $)

Parks Need Climate Action, Says Pres: Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, President Obama highlighted the threat of climate change to national parks. “Rising temperatures could mean no more glaciers in Glacier National Park. No more Joshua Trees in Joshua Tree National Park,” he said in his weekly address, emphasizing the need to protect public lands and act on climate. (News: The Hill, CBS NewsHigh Country NewsCommentary: Denver Post, Penelope Purdy op-ed)

Solar Power Price Hits New Low: Chile awarded a contract to sell solar power for $29.10 per megawatt hour (MWh), the lowest ever across the planet. This surpasses the record set in May of a $29.90 per MWh bid in Dubai for an 800 megawatt (MW) solar project. “This is the lowest price ever seen, for any renewable technology,” an analyst told Bloomberg. The low price is possible due to the rapid fall in cost of solar technology and the 12 MW solar plant’s location in the ideal conditions of Chile’s Atacama Desert. (BloombergBusinessGreen, SeeNews Renewables)

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TODAY’S NEWS

 

US News
  • ‘Climate change is water change’ — why the Colorado River system is headed for major trouble (Washington Post $)
  • Alienated and angry, coal miners see Donald Trump as their only choice (New York Times $)
  • Mike Pence put ideology before science — And the people of Indiana suffered (Think Progress)
  • Green Party candidate Jill Stein calls for climate state of emergency (Guardian)
  • Ex-regulators back Obama in fracking rule court appeal (The Hill)
  • Elon Musk leads Tesla effort to build house roofs entirely out of solar panels (Guardian)
  • Billionaire environmentalist ramps up super-PAC spending (The Hill)
  • While cap-and-trade funds stay mired in debate, businesses feel the hit (LA Times $)
  • Mass. court bans electricity rate hikes to fund gas pipeline projects (InsideClimate News)
  • Trump tours flood-ravaged Louisiana but thinks climate change is a hoax (Think Progress)
  • America’s rice crop threatened by Louisiana flooding, Arkansas rain (CBS News)
  • Preparing for climate change in the nation’s oldest city (WFSU)
  • Reeling from effects of climate change, Alaskan village votes to relocate (New York Times $)

World News

  • English village becomes climate leader by quietly cleaning up its own patch (New York Times $)
  • Canada’s British Columbia keeps carbon tax frozen in new climate plan (Reuters)
  • Canada’s ‘dirty oil’ climate change dilemma (BBC)
  • Exxon touts clean tech in Olympic ads as climate pressure grows (Reuters)
  • Ocean slime spreading quickly across the Earth (National Geographic)
  • China power glut seen lingering five years on slower growth (Bloomberg)
  • China’s drive to clean up its coal power, one plant at a time (New Scientist)
  • Law firm calls out Soco and Cairn over climate risk reporting (Financial Times $)
  • Health warning over plan to use hospital generators to avoid blackouts (Telegraph)
  • Could electrification of older cars drive emissions cuts? (BusinessGreen $)
  • Poverty, drought and felled trees imperil Malawi water supply (New York Times$)
  • Gassy ponds may hold key to Alberta’s oil-sands emissions battle (Bloomberg)
  • TerraForm power said to seek sale of 365 megawatts of U.K. solar (Bloomberg)
  • Meet Kokam: The firm behind Solar Impulse’s extraordinary battery (Business Green $)
  • Carmakers face profit threat as China toughens emissions rules (Financial Times$)
  • Brexit worsens U.K. energy supply risk as coal closures loom (Bloomberg)

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