Energy and Environment News Roundup – 5.28.14

A daily roundup of the most important energy, environment, and climate news from around the world.

EMISSIONS 

World Bank: Carbon price efforts hurt by Australia, Russia policies (via Bloomberg)

Australia’s opposition leader concedes carbon, mining taxes to go (via Reuters)

South Korea releases tough CO2 caps on utilities, industry (via Reuters)

China’s Shenzen province to hold its first carbon permit auction (via Reuters)

Algeria site offers note of caution to storing carbon dioxide underground (via Christian Science Monitor)

Wind giant Texas stands tall as emissions rule change looms (via Houston Chronicle)

Cap and trade lives on through the states (via Politico)

Fossil fuel divestment spreads in Massachusetts: Three towns in ten days (via Treehugger)

RENEWABLES 

Lessons from South Africa: Mobilizing renewable energy investment (via WRI Insights)

Consumer solar sales will hit $2.4 billion by 2024 (via Energy Manager Today)

U.S. seeks offshore wind investments near New York coast (via Bloomberg)

Big business buys into big wind (via Navigant Research)

How a little-used NREL tool could have saved the U.S. solar industry $6 billion (via Renewable Energy World)

Capitol One, SolarCity create $100 million investment fund (via CleanTechnica)

Barclays downgrades entire utility sector because of solar’s rise (via Sustainable Business)

Siemens plans to unveil 10MW offshore wind turbine by 2020 (via Recharge)

ENERGY POLICY

White House releases sweeping regulatory agenda (via Greenwire)

NATURAL GAS 

Ukraine, Russia near deal to avoid natural gas cutoff (via The Hill)

Japanese lawmakers to lobby Abe for Russian gas pipeline (via Bloomberg)

CLIMATE 

Light-colored insects surviving warming conditions in Europe (via Science World Report)

Pentagon “clear” climate change is a national security issue (via RTCC)

Yale poll: Americans much more worried about global warming than climate change (via Climate Progress)

Climate change officially now more divisive than abortion (via Climate Progress)

U.S. industry gears up to fight Obama’s climate change rules (via Huffington Post/Reuters)

Las Vegas water czar warns other U.S. cities to gear up for climate change (via Inhabitat)

Florida Governor Rick Scott won’t say if he things manmade climate change is real, significant (via Miami Herald)

OIL 

Mexico’s oil production fell 25% in last decade, says EIA (via Houston Chronicle)

SEC writing new rules for foreign oil payment disclosures (via Houston Chronicle)

BP loses bid to stall oil spill payments during court appeal (via Bloomberg)

TRANSPORTATION 

Top eight automakers all reduced vehicle emissions in 2013 (via The Hill)

Men and women drive, enjoy their EVs differently (via Autoblog Green)

KEYSTONE XL/TAR SANDS 

Pipeline defects lead to new federal safety mandates on Keystone XL (via Houston Chronicle/AP)

Koch Brothers get rolling on their first tar sands project (via Grist)

GRID 

Wall Street steps up warnings on distributed energy’s threat to utilities (via Greentech Media)

What the court decision on FERC Order 745 means for demand response (via Greentech Media)

NUCLEAR 

Power market auction results place Exelon nuclear plants in jeopardy (via Chicago Tribune)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Efficiency directive could boost energy services in Europe (via Navigant Research)

States examine energy efficiency resource standards (via Energy Manager Today)

OPINION 

Emissions markets with Chinese characteristics, or how transparency is key (via Energy Collective)

On oil and mining rules, should progressives be worried? (via National Journal)

New utility models require new understanding of customers (via Navigant Research)

How much difference can a year make? A lot, where emissions are concerned (via ClimateWire)

Four reasons why small solar installers will rise again (via Greentech Media)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 5.28.14

A daily roundup of the most important energy, environment, and climate news from around the world.

EMISSIONS 

World Bank: Carbon price efforts hurt by Australia, Russia policies (via Bloomberg)

Australia’s opposition leader concedes carbon, mining taxes to go (via Reuters)

South Korea releases tough CO2 caps on utilities, industry (via Reuters)

China’s Shenzen province to hold its first carbon permit auction (via Reuters)

Algeria site offers note of caution to storing carbon dioxide underground (via Christian Science Monitor)

Wind giant Texas stands tall as emissions rule change looms (via Houston Chronicle)

Cap and trade lives on through the states (via Politico)

Fossil fuel divestment spreads in Massachusetts: Three towns in ten days (via Treehugger)

RENEWABLES 

Lessons from South Africa: Mobilizing renewable energy investment (via WRI Insights)

Consumer solar sales will hit $2.4 billion by 2024 (via Energy Manager Today)

U.S. seeks offshore wind investments near New York coast (via Bloomberg)

Big business buys into big wind (via Navigant Research)

How a little-used NREL tool could have saved the U.S. solar industry $6 billion (via Renewable Energy World)

Capitol One, SolarCity create $100 million investment fund (via CleanTechnica)

Barclays downgrades entire utility sector because of solar’s rise (via Sustainable Business)

Siemens plans to unveil 10MW offshore wind turbine by 2020 (via Recharge)

ENERGY POLICY

White House releases sweeping regulatory agenda (via Greenwire)

NATURAL GAS 

Ukraine, Russia near deal to avoid natural gas cutoff (via The Hill)

Japanese lawmakers to lobby Abe for Russian gas pipeline (via Bloomberg)

CLIMATE 

Light-colored insects surviving warming conditions in Europe (via Science World Report)

Pentagon “clear” climate change is a national security issue (via RTCC)

Yale poll: Americans much more worried about global warming than climate change (via Climate Progress)

Climate change officially now more divisive than abortion (via Climate Progress)

U.S. industry gears up to fight Obama’s climate change rules (via Huffington Post/Reuters)

Las Vegas water czar warns other U.S. cities to gear up for climate change (via Inhabitat)

Florida Governor Rick Scott won’t say if he things manmade climate change is real, significant (via Miami Herald)

OIL 

Mexico’s oil production fell 25% in last decade, says EIA (via Houston Chronicle)

SEC writing new rules for foreign oil payment disclosures (via Houston Chronicle)

BP loses bid to stall oil spill payments during court appeal (via Bloomberg)

TRANSPORTATION 

Top eight automakers all reduced vehicle emissions in 2013 (via The Hill)

Men and women drive, enjoy their EVs differently (via Autoblog Green)

KEYSTONE XL/TAR SANDS 

Pipeline defects lead to new federal safety mandates on Keystone XL (via Houston Chronicle/AP)

Koch Brothers get rolling on their first tar sands project (via Grist)

GRID 

Wall Street steps up warnings on distributed energy’s threat to utilities (via Greentech Media)

What the court decision on FERC Order 745 means for demand response (via Greentech Media)

NUCLEAR 

Power market auction results place Exelon nuclear plants in jeopardy (via Chicago Tribune)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Efficiency directive could boost energy services in Europe (via Navigant Research)

States examine energy efficiency resource standards (via Energy Manager Today)

OPINION 

Emissions markets with Chinese characteristics, or how transparency is key (via Energy Collective)

On oil and mining rules, should progressives be worried? (via National Journal)

New utility models require new understanding of customers (via Navigant Research)

How much difference can a year make? A lot, where emissions are concerned (via ClimateWire)

Four reasons why small solar installers will rise again (via Greentech Media)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 5.16.14

A daily roundup of the most important energy, environment, and climate news from around the world.

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Mexico’s energy reform could take a bite out of U.S. shale-gas sellers, says EIA chief (via Houston Chronicle)

North Carolina fracking bill would clear way for exploratory drilling next spring (via News Observer)

FERC finds little environmental impact in Maryland natural gas export project (via The Hill)

EMISSIONS 

Obama said to consider power plant emissions rule that tests law (via Bloomberg)

RENEWABLES 

China targets 70GW of solar power to cut coal reliance (via Bloomberg)

Philippines cuts ribbon on first utility-scale solar farm (via BusinessGreen)

24/7 concentrating solar power plant gains environmental approval in Chile (via Triple Pundit)

The red-hot renewable that could incite a green power revolution (via Climate Progress)

On-site solar could spawn tax consequences (via Energy Manager Today)

What does the Colorado decision mean for challenges to state clean energy targets? (via Greentech Media)

Wind Production Tax Credit stalls in US Senate (via Recharge)

Austin’s energy mix just got much sunnier with 150MW solar farm (via StateImpact Texas)

CLIMATE 

Climate change “biggest issue in 2014 proxy season” (via Environmental Leader)

More big companies say they’re concerned about climate risks (via The Guardian)

Brazil “unprepared” for climate change, warns leading scientist (via RTCC)

Wyoming Gov. Mead seeks to recast on climate change to solutions (via Star-Tribune)

New $1.1 billion sea wall protects New Orleans against major storms but may cultivate complacency (via ClimateWire)

KEYSTONE XL 

Beyond Keystone XL, more pipelines with more problems (via Greenwire)

Keystone XL delays fuel push for Canada east coast oil pipeline (via Bloomberg)

ENVIRONMENT 

A future of thirst: Hydrologists predict worldwide water crisis (via Jamaica Observer/Agence France-Presse)

All of California in severe drought for first time this century (via USA Today)

Drought among the worst in Texas in past 500 years (via Houston Chronicle)

23% of American honeybee colonies died this winter, report Feds (via Huffington Post/AP)

GRID 

FERC approves changes to PJM’s demand response program (via Renew Grid)

Texas mulls capacity market (via EnergyBiz)

Elon Musk sees nearly unlimited demand for energy storage (via San Francisco Chronicle)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

How much did Nest Labs save utilities last summer? (via Greentech Media)

In Opower’s first earnings report as a public company, it grows sales, widens loss (via GigaOm)

TRANSPORTATION 

Why the federal gas tax is way too low (via Washington Post)

U.S. Senate panel backs transportation bill to maintain funding (via Reuters)

Plug-in rebates finally come to Texas, but not for Tesla (via StateImpact Texas)

POLITICS 

The dirty politics that killed the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill (via Greentech Media)

Sen. Whitehouse challenges Sen. Rubio on climate change (via The Hill)

OPINION 

Why the struggle over climate is moving to the executive branch (via National Journal)

Local, state governments lead the way on global warming (via The Oregonian)

Why is Texas terrible at producing solar power? (via National Journal)

Inslee’s climate effort will face steep odds (via Crosscut)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 5.8.14

A daily roundup of the most important energy, environment, and climate news from around the world.

CLIMATE 

Climate change making food crops less nutritious, finds research (via The Guardian)

Lloyd’s calls on insurers to take into account climate change risk (via The Guardian)

Americans start to feel effects of climate change (via Politico) 

The Southeast US has more billion-dollar disasters than the rest of US combined (via Climate Progress)

NATURAL GAS 

Industrial combined heat and power capacity will grow 30% annually through 2023 (via Navigant Research)

Is a boom in floating LNG facilities on the horizon? (via Houston Chronicle)

RENEWABLES 

Solar making big strides to power the developing world (via Renewable Energy World)

PwC: Biofuels funding future looks bright (via Environmental Leader)

France awards $5.6 billion offshore wind tender to GDF-led consortium (via Reuters)

JV plans 3GW solar PV project in Nigeria (via Recharge)

EIA says US solar surge continues (via Energy Manager Today)

Your tax dollars at work: $141 million to spark US offshore wind (via CleanTechnica)

First Solar Q1: Beats Street, raises guidance on strong utility growth (via Greentech Media)

Solar City eyes 1GW new capacity in 2015 (via Recharge)

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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 5.7.14

A daily roundup of the most important energy, environment, and climate news from around the world.

CLIMATE 

Climate change is harming economy, says report (via Wall Street Journal)

US climate report says global warming impact already severe (via Washington Post)

Almost 200,000 glaciers mapped in global inventory baseline for study of global warming effects (via Treehugger)

Industry sees costly rules after Obama climate report (via Bloomberg)

The tech trends to watch while America is boiling, storming, burning, & drying up (via GigaOm)

Climate change in the US – eight compelling charts (via Climate Central)

COAL 

Indiana leads nation in coal ash ponds, raising toxin concerns (via Indy Star)

Stanford University divestment is a warning to coal industry (via RTCC)

Has Wyoming passed peak coal? (via Sightline Daily)

RENEWABLES 

Annual wind power capacity installations in key emerging markets will double by 2023 (via Navigant Research)

With a little help, Africa could become a renewable energy powerhouse (via Climate Progress)

Brazil tests suggest more ethanol means more local smog (via Autoblog Green)

Court upholds EPA’s 2013 renewable fuel mandate (via The Hill)

Ohio’s renewable energy industries spent $1 billion, employed 3,500 (via Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

The promise of shared renewables: Will California’s SB 43 bring solar for all? (via Energy Collective)

Top 10 things you didn’t know about offshore wind energy (via Energy.gov)

EMISSIONS 

EU proposes shield for 175 industries in carbon market (via Bloomberg)

Carbon tax goes into effect in France (via Sustainable Business)

Stanford to purge $18 billion endowment of coal stock (via New York Times)

ENERGY POLICY 

EIA releases complete Annual Energy Outlook 2014 report (via US EIA)

Why utilities need to get real about distributed energy (via GreenBiz)

Five climate charts that should deeply worry the electricity sector (via Greentech Media)

Experts: Cost gap between renewables and natural gas “is closing” (via Greentech Media)

Earthquake potential could cause shale sector to lose footing (via Forbes)

Ohio’s efficiency and renewable energy standards would be kept in compromise (via Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

ENVIRONMENT 

In China, 64% say they are environmentalists (via Reuters)

The risks to US water resources from climate change (via Science Blogs)

Energy companies warned about water availability (via Houston Chronicle)

OIL 

Asia is most vulnerable to Mideast oil supply shock, says report (via Reuters)

Researcher: BP oil becoming “part of the geological record” of the sea floor (via Climate Progress)

New offshore decommissioning requirements coming (via Houston Chronicle)

Solar-powered oil production could shake up California carbon rule (via Greenwire)

TRANSPORTATION 

China leans on automakers to produce EVs, but infrastructure lags (via Green Car Reports)

KEYSTONE XL 

It’s game over for the Keystone XL pipeline (via The Guardian)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Still no deal on amendments as test vote planned for Shaheen-Portman (via E&E Daily)

Ten smart building myths busted (via Energy Manager Today)

OPINION 

Obama’s global warming talk is beside the point (via National Journal)

Climate change affects us all – so what’s stopping us from joining forces? (via The Guardian)

States and cities need to act now on climate change (via Washington Post)

Bill Clinton, Barack Obama weather déjà vu (via Politico)

The top ten global warming skeptic arguments answered (via The Guardian)

John Podesta: Congress won’t stop EPA’s climate rules (via Politico)

Six tips for communicating about the National Climate Assessment (via EcoAffect)

From grid defected to grid connected (via RMI Outlet)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 5.6.14

A daily roundup of the most important energy, environment, and climate news from around the world.

CLIMATE

Obama turns toward climate action (via The Hill)

Finally Neil deGrasse Tyson and “Cosmos” take on climate change (via Mother Jones)

KEYSTONE XL

Lobbying surges for Keystone XL before Senate vote (via Bloomberg)

56 senators try to force Keystone XL past Obama and the public (via EcoWatch)

RENEWABLES

Solar demand grows in Russia, surges in Chile, stumbles in India, marches on in China (via Greentech Media)

Morocco on track to deliver Africa’s largest wind farm (via BusinessGreen)

UK will install three times more solar than Australia in 2014 (via Renew Economy)

Russia expects solar investment to reach $4.2 billion by 2020 (via CleanTechnica)

Solar power breakthrough hints at cheaper panels for more roofs (via Christian Science Monitor)

EIA: US ethanol imports from Brazil down in 2013; US net exporter for the year (via Green Car Congress)

Almost 60,000 US farms have on-site renewables (via SustainableBusiness)

Missouri’s solar problem: Too many people like it (via Climate Progress)

Hawaii wants 200MW of energy storage for solar, wind grid challenges (via Greentech Media)

Iowa lawmakers see tax credits opening wider door for solar (via Midwest Energy News)

Kansas House rejects renewable energy standard repeal (via Wichita Eagle)

Kasich urges changes in “green energy” bill (via Columbus Dispatch)

First Dallas wind farm is on college rooftop (via SustainableBusiness)

EMISSIONS

The meteoric rise of carbon dioxide in one video (via Climate Central)

California climate tax is reducing electricity bills (via Triple Pundit)

OIL

BP tech chief: Enhanced oil recovery key to world reserves (via Houston Chronicle)

Canada ups rail tanker safety standards (via Environmental Leader)

TRANSPORTATION

Study details differences in fiscal policies to support EVs across 11 markets (via Green Car Congress)

Tesla wants a Gigafactory or two ready by 2017 (via Climate Progress)

NUCLEAR

China starts 19th nuclear reactor amid construction push (via Bloomberg)

GRID

In Japan, smart meters accelerate (via Navigant Research)

Renewables are key inputs for next-gen microgrids (via Greentech Media)

COAL

Coal reduction in China a long struggle, not a great leap (via Navigant Research)

ENVIRONMENT

Still counting Gulf spill’s dead birds (via New York Times)

POLITICS

Koch’s decline Steyer’s invitation to debate climate change, Keystone XL (via The Hill)

OPINION

Five out-there energy projects moving closer to reality (via GigaOm)

Can’t put solar on your house? Four ways to invest in solar leases (via Renewable Energy World)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 5.6.14

A daily roundup of the most important energy, environment, and climate news from around the world.

CLIMATE

Obama turns toward climate action (via The Hill)

Finally Neil deGrasse Tyson and “Cosmos” take on climate change (via Mother Jones)

KEYSTONE XL

Lobbying surges for Keystone XL before Senate vote (via Bloomberg)

56 senators try to force Keystone XL past Obama and the public (via EcoWatch)

RENEWABLES

Solar demand grows in Russia, surges in Chile, stumbles in India, marches on in China (via Greentech Media)

Morocco on track to deliver Africa’s largest wind farm (via BusinessGreen)

UK will install three times more solar than Australia in 2014 (via Renew Economy)

Russia expects solar investment to reach $4.2 billion by 2020 (via CleanTechnica)

Solar power breakthrough hints at cheaper panels for more roofs (via Christian Science Monitor)

EIA: US ethanol imports from Brazil down in 2013; US net exporter for the year (via Green Car Congress)

Almost 60,000 US farms have on-site renewables (via SustainableBusiness)

Missouri’s solar problem: Too many people like it (via Climate Progress)

Hawaii wants 200MW of energy storage for solar, wind grid challenges (via Greentech Media)

Iowa lawmakers see tax credits opening wider door for solar (via Midwest Energy News)

Kansas House rejects renewable energy standard repeal (via Wichita Eagle)

Kasich urges changes in “green energy” bill (via Columbus Dispatch)

First Dallas wind farm is on college rooftop (via SustainableBusiness)

EMISSIONS

The meteoric rise of carbon dioxide in one video (via Climate Central)

California climate tax is reducing electricity bills (via Triple Pundit)

OIL

BP tech chief: Enhanced oil recovery key to world reserves (via Houston Chronicle)

Canada ups rail tanker safety standards (via Environmental Leader)

TRANSPORTATION

Study details differences in fiscal policies to support EVs across 11 markets (via Green Car Congress)

Tesla wants a Gigafactory or two ready by 2017 (via Climate Progress)

NUCLEAR

China starts 19th nuclear reactor amid construction push (via Bloomberg)

GRID

In Japan, smart meters accelerate (via Navigant Research)

Renewables are key inputs for next-gen microgrids (via Greentech Media)

COAL

Coal reduction in China a long struggle, not a great leap (via Navigant Research)

ENVIRONMENT

Still counting Gulf spill’s dead birds (via New York Times)

POLITICS

Koch’s decline Steyer’s invitation to debate climate change, Keystone XL (via The Hill)

OPINION

Five out-there energy projects moving closer to reality (via GigaOm)

Can’t put solar on your house? Four ways to invest in solar leases (via Renewable Energy World)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 4.17.14

A daily roundup of the most important energy, environment, and climate news from around the world.

CLIMATE 

EU to host industry talks ahead of setting 2030 climate goals (via Reuters)

Farmers seeking heat relief signal Brazil climate peril (via Bloomberg)

California drought/polar vortex jet stream pattern linked to global warming (via Weather Underground)

COAL 

Is this the end of China’s coal boom? (via Climate Progress) 

North Carolina governor proposes new coal ash plan (via Citizen-Times/AP)

RENEWABLES 

Yingli forms $160 million China solar project fund (via Recharge)

HSBC says wind and solar best picks in climate stocks (via Renew Economy)

Gaps linger between clean energy and bond market support, says report (via ClimateWire)

Feds to provide $4 billion in green energy support (via The Hill)

Obama to challenge private companies to boost solar power use (via Washington Post)

Just how off is EIA’s renewable energy outlook? How about 20+ years? (via CleanTechnica)

Solar disrupting wholesale energy markets (via Greentech Media)

Virginia’s largest rooftop solar array to be dedicated (via Washington Times/AP)

Meet the governor who crippled his state’s solar energy future (via EcoWatch)

Oklahoma will charge customers who install their own solar panels (via Climate Progress)

EMISSIONS 

Beijing’s bid to move polluting firms watched warily in nearby regions (via Reuters)

Pope Francis urged to back fossil fuel divestment campaign (via The Guardian)

Alberta considers emissions rules to win support for oil (via Bloomberg)

California shows residents the greenhouse gas money (via Bloomberg BNA)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

EU agrees to Putin’s call for natural gas security talks (via Reuters)

With white papers, EPA takes first step on potentially far-reaching methane regulations (via ClimateWire)

Leading states tacking fugitive emissions head on (via Breaking Energy)

States peering over the fence on fracking rules (via National Journal)

Andarko joins ad blitz to thwart Colorado fracking curbs (via Bloomberg)

Ohio state plan for earthquake monitoring worries drilling industry (via Columbus Business First)

GRID 

Hydro-Quebec, Sony forming JV to develop large-scale energy storage for grids (via Green Car Congress)

Loan guarantees are back: DOE targets “catalytic” grid integration technology (via Greentech Media)

How synchrophasors are bringing America’s grid into the 21st century (via Energy.gov)

California to utilities: Connect battery-solar systems to the grid (via Greentech Media)

SolarCity resumes applications for California batteries (via Bloomberg)

OIL 

Industry opposes push to tighten oil field safety rules (via Houston Chronicle)

US Coast Guard, BP end “active cleanup” of Louisiana’s coast, nearly four years after spill (via Times-Picayune)

Is Gulf cleanup over or not? BP and Coast Guard differ. (via Washington Post)

TRANSPORTATION 

Selling Teslas in China won’t do much for the environment (via MIT Technology Review)

Nissan will expand free charging incentive to 25 Leaf markets (via Autoblog Green)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

One-degree thermostat change could save NYC buildings $145 million per year (via Energy Manager Today)

The link between home ownership and energy efficiency (via Navigant Research)

ENVIRONMENT 

California water contracts can be challenged by green groups (via Bloomberg)

Water shortage divides Californians on solutions and blame (via Los Angeles Times)

OPINION 

Is a clean energy boom coming in 2014? (via Christian Science Monitor)

Utilities have four choices in solar revolution, and none are easy to swallow (via CleanTechnica)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 4.16.14

A daily roundup of the most important energy, environment, and climate news from around the world.

CLIMATE 

Right wing threatens EU climate change goals (via RTCC)

Study ties epic California drought, “frigid east” to manmade climate change (via Climate Progress)

KEYSTONE XL 

The green case against Keystone XL (via Politico)

Jimmy Carter comes out against Keystone XL pipeline (via The Hill)

RENEWABLES 

Clean energy investment rises 9%, led by solar power (via Bloomberg)

European Investment Bank promises €2 billion clean energy funding boost (via BusinessGreen)

India signs power contracts for 700MW of new solar capacity (via Bloomberg)

IFC backs 50MW Pakistan wind project (via Recharge)

Solar trends for Q1 of 2014 and beyond: View from Mercom Capital (via Forbes)

Department of Defense undertakes largest solar project to date (via Climate Progress)

Oil group says EPA may flip-flop on ethanol mandate (via The Hill)

Dual turning point for biofuels (via New York Times)

Tiny portable wind turbine fits in your bag, charges your gadgets (via TreeHugger)

EMISSIONS 

Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions fall 0.8% in 2013 (via Reuters)

Plants are key to removing 63 million tons of CO2 a year (via The Guardian)

US greenhouse gas emissions dropped 3.4% in 2012 (via Los Angeles Times)

Federal appeals court says EPA can force power plans to cut mercury emissions (via Washington Post)

US EPA studies whether to regulate methane from oil and gas (via Reuters Point Carbon)

Pitzer College selling fossil fuel stocks in environmental move (via Los Angeles Times)

COAL 

Identifying the global coal industry’s water risks (via World Resources Institute)

The Pacific Rim coal bubble (via Sightline Daily)

Washington University students continue Peabody protest (via St. Louis Business Journal)

ENERGY POLICY 

American penitentiaries emphasize the need for sustainability (via TreeHugger)

BOEM announces plan to auction 21 million Gulf acres (via Houston Chronicle)

Investors urge Duke Energy to vote out directors (via News Observer)

ENVIRONMENT 

China poised to beef up national Environmental Protection Law (via BusinessGreen)

Congo deforestation could cause region to warm 3C by 2050 (via RTCC)

Pollution is substantially worse in minority neighborhoods across the US (via Washington Post)

GAO audit finds lack of data on environmental reviews (via The Hill)

A brutal allergy season is ahead – blame the polar vortex (via Mother Jones)

OIL 

Radioactive waste booms with shale oil as new rules mulled by US (via Bloomberg)

BP, Coast Guard end spill cleanup on Gulf shoreline (via Houston Chronicle)

TRANSPORTATION 

US to stay global first in vehicle miles drive, says futurist (via Green Car Reports)

BMW lifts i3 electric car production 43% on higher demand (via Bloomberg)

Where do US electric cars save money the quickest? (via Green Car Reports)

DOE announces $10 million to upgrade technology for renewable drop-in fuels production (via Green Car Congress) 

GRID 

How a small California county went grid positive (via RMI Outlet)

Home energy management grows in some mind-bending ways (via EnergyWire)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

EIA: Natural gas will slash diesel’s dominance as rail fuel (via Houston Chronicle)

Pennsylvania DEP “monitoring” Ohio earthquake situation (via StateImpact Pennsylvania)

Is Pennsylvania wasting its fracking wealth? (via National Journal)

New York City hotel commissions combined heat and power plant (via Energy Manager Today)

OPINION 

A backup plan for climate change (via Washington Post)

Felipe Calderon: Economic arguments needed to fight climate change (via Forbes)

The eight factors driving global industrial efficiency (via Greentech Media)

It’s okay to support nuclear power and still enjoy a movie now and then (via Bloomberg)

Why it’s a big deal that half of the Great Lakes are still covered in ice (via The Atlantic)

Energy companies need to remake their boards before activists force them to (via Forbes)

Why the great Washington University sit-in against Peabody Coal matters (via Huffington Post)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 3.17.14

A daily roundup of the most important energy, environment, and climate news from around the world.

CLIMATE 

Trust deficit blocking progress at UN climate talks (via RTCC)

Study says climate change accelerating Greenland’s ice loss (via Time)

Latin American nations agree to combat climate change (Fox News Latino)

Study: Climate impacts to hit crop yields starting in 2030s (via BusinessGreen)

Wyoming first state to block new national science standards (via Star-Tribune)

NATURAL GAS 

EU struggles to convince US to export gas under trade pact (via Reuters)

RENEWABLES 

Clean energy created nearly 80,000 green jobs in America during 2013 (via CleanTechnica)

DOE forms six wind energy resource centers (via Recharge)

And the future of residential solar is…up for grabs (via Renewable Energy World)

Huge win for Cape Wind offshore wind farm (via CleanTechnica)

Poll shows strong support for net metering in Florida (via Renew Grid)

OIL 

IEA raises 2014 oil demand estimate as world economy recovers (via Bloomberg)

OPEC production surges as Iraq pumps most in 35 years, says IEA (via Bloomberg)

Norway’s oil stimulus nears tipping point as growth fades (via Bloomberg Businessweek)

EIA report: Efficiency driving shale production growth (via Houston Chronicle)

Onshore oil production on public lands grows as gas continues slide (via Greenwire)

TRANSPORTATION 

Nissan on track to beat 2020 EV sales target? (via Green Car Reports)

ENVIRONMENT 

NASA-funded study: Industrial civilization headed for “irreversible collapse?” (via The Guardian)

Growing evidence that autism is linked to pollution (via Time)

California drought expected to drive up US food prices (via Journal Star)

California firefighters, residents bracing for long fire season (via Contra Costa Times)

COAL 

Merkel’s green push sinks Germany coal profits (via Bloomberg)

North Carolina coal ash spill cleanup will take two years, says Duke Energy (via Huffington Post/AP)

EMISSIONS 

Trade concern limits rich-nation effort to cut carbon (via Bloomberg)

Latest EPA greenhouse gas inventory may not reflect full scope of oil and gas emissions (via Breaking Energy)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Better Buildings Challenge draws record participants (via Energy Manager Today)

Who’s behind the effort to kill Indiana’s efficiency law? (via Midwest Energy News)

POLITICS 

In midterm elections, a battle of billionaires (via The Hill)

OPINION 

China wakes up to its environmental catastrophe (via Council on Foreign Relations)

Can the US military save us from climate change? (via GreenBiz)

Billionaires with big ideas are privatizing American science (via New York Times)

The misplaced emphasis on extreme weather in climate communication (via Washington Post)

Bill Gates explains how to save the planet (via Rolling Stone)

Why nothing will happen on oil by rail safety (via DeSmogBlog)