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Hot News: August 29

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Nation’s Largest Wind Project Gets Approval: The Iowa Utilities Board approved the nation’s largest wind energy project, which would power 800,000 homes once completed. The 2000-megawatt Wind XI project should be completed by the end of 2019. “Wind energy helps us keep prices stable and more affordable for customers, provides jobs and economic benefits for communities and the state, and contributes to a cleaner environment for everyone,” said Bill Fehrman, the CEO of the utility behind the project. (APQuad Cities Online)

Trouble Brewing for Coffee Crops: Climate change could reduce global coffee production 50 percent by 2050, endangering the livelihoods of more than 120 million of the world’s poorest people. According to a new report, rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns are already impacting coffee crops from Africa to Central America, and the effects will worsen in the coming decades. Coffee is the second most valuable commodity exported by developing countries, worth $19 billion worldwide. For consumers, reduced production would mean lower quality and higher prices. (The GuardianABC AustraliaAAP)

Big Trouble for Little Krill: Antarctic krill could be in dire straits due to sea ice decline and changing ocean conditions, according to a new study. The tiny creatures, which are a crucial part of the Antarctic food chain, could lose up to 80 percent of their suitable habitat by 2100. Krill populations have declined more than 70 percent over the past 40 years in some regions, and a further decline would have “consequences for the Antarctic marine food web, having both ecological and commercial ramifications.” (Climate Central)

It’s an Election Issue: Presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hold radically different views on climate change and how – if at all, in Trump’s case – the issue should be addressed. The Earth has had three record hot years in a row with deadly heat waves scorching cities, sea level rise swamping coastlines and diseases threatening public health. Government action can make a difference on climate issues, as evidenced by the Reagan-approved Montreal Protocol and George H.W. Bush’s campaign to reduce acid rain. For not just America but the world, climate change matters in this election. (AP)

US News
  • Coal country is wary of Hillary Clinton’s pledge to help (New York Times $)
  • Gov. Brown signs bill to block state funding of coal terminals (Los Angeles Times$)
  • More electric cars, more solar power expected as state struggles to reach tough new climate standards (San Jose Mercury News)
  • California’s new climate bill may dampen growth but it won’t cripple the economy (Los Angeles Times $)
  • Here’s a way to make it easier to sue climate polluters in court (Grist)
  • The nation’s first offshore wind farm is ready to go, despite critics’ blowback (Washington Post $)
  • North Dakota oil pipeline battle: Who’s fighting and why (New York Times $)
  • Changing climate hitting one of the nation’s cutest animals hard, study finds (CNBC)
  • Living near a fracking site is tied to migraines, fatigue (New York Times $, Think Progress)
  • States review clean energy projects for New England region (AP)
  • A Texas startup’s big energy idea: storing electricity underground (The Guardian)
  • Kansas City area hit by floods after three days of downpour (Reuters)
  • PG&E may build nation’s largest deployment of EV charging spots (ClimateWire$)
  • Dirty water: Good and bad news about the future of the Charles River (WBUR)
  • Greens sue Obama to stop fossil fuel production on federal land (The Hill)
  • Environmentalists fight feds for hiding climate harm of public lands drilling in west (Denver Post)
  • Tropical depression forms near Carolinas; other system threatens Gulf Coast (USA Today)

World News

  • World’s 200-year energy demand boom seen peaking by the 2050s (Bloomberg)
  • Batteries power UK switch to renewables (Financial Times $)
  • This animated map shows why animals can’t survive climate change without our help (Quartz)
  • Light-driven bacteria can convert carbon dioxide into fuel, new study finds (IB Times $)
  • Humans are completely altering the Earth, but there might be some good news (Think Progress)
  • Brazil urges ICAO to give UN credits an early pass into aviation carbon market (Carbon Pulse $)
  • Can ‘smart migration’ build climate resilience in Africa? (Climate Home)
  • Mount Everest climbers may one day climb ice-free (EcoWatch)
  • Indian scientists design solar tree to save space for solar power generation (VOA News)
  • Brazil climate pledge questioned after ethanol snub (Reuters)
  • Churchill Barriers to have new role taming the tide (The Times $)
  • Climate skeptic MP appointed chair of environment and energy committee (The Guardian)
  • Greg Hunt’s approval of Adani’s Queensland mine upheld by federal court (The GuardianSydney Morning Herald $)

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