Energy and Environment News Roundup – 5.30.14

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

EPA EMISSIONS PLAN 

Obama to unveil historic plan to cut U.S. carbon pollution by up to 25% (via The Guardian)

How Obama’s power plant emission rules will work (via Washington Post)

EPA’s approach on carbon limits to spark court challenges (via Wall Street Journal)

GAO shuts down McConnell’s push to block EPA carbon regulations (via The Hill)

NRDC says Obama climate rule will save consumers $37 billion (via The Hill)

EPA may nod to nuclear in carbon rules as generators fear closures (via Reuters)

EMISSIONS 

China expects to launch national carbon market in 2018 (via RTCC)

CO2 monitoring could be “space-based” in the future (via Climate Central)

RENEWABLES 

Brazil expects 3GW new wind power in auctions this year (via Recharge)

UK solar capacity passes 3GW (via RTCC)

Japan wind lobby boosts wind capacity target by half (via Bloomberg)

Iceland moves closer to power Europe with geothermal power (via Bloomberg)

UK radar fix could open up 1GW of onshore wind potential (via BusinessGreen)

Rooftop solar’s emerging markets are in middle-class neighborhoods (via Climate Progress)

Connecting the dots: How fossil-fuel interests are funding state RPS battles (via Greentech Media)

Biodiesel producers push for higher mandate (via The Hill)

Ohio freezes standards for renewable energy in landmark vote (via Bloomberg)

Solazyme opens commercial algae oil factory in Brazil (via GigaOm)

California moves closer to streamlined solar permitting (via Greentech Media)

COAL 

AEP foresees coal plant closures on Obama plan (via Bloomberg)

Testing shows slow movement of coal ash in Dan River (via Roanoke Times)

Coal ash spill upends North Carolina politics, but will substantive legislation result? (via E&E Daily)

CLIMATE 

Fishing industry is poised to lose billions due to climate change (via Climate Progress)

Markey meets Pope to make common cause on climate (via Boston Globe)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Russia’s energy minister says no gas payments from Ukraine (via Reuters)

Pro-fracking bill flies through North Carolina legislature (via Climate Progress)

ENVIRONMENT 

Study: Species disappearing far faster than before (via AP)

Brazil drought fuels World Cup blackout fears (via RTCC)

KEYSTONE 

TransCanada credibility dented by Keystone defects (via Forbes)

TRANSPORTATION 

California, seven other states ready for 3.3 million EVs by 2025 (via Autoblog Green)

GRID 

Advanced battery capacity for utility-scale storage will grow 71% per year through 2023 (via Navigant Research)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Missouri utility to make up for lost time on energy efficiency (via Midwest Energy News)

POLITICS 

Republicans on climate science: Don’t ask us (via Politico)

The House Science Committee spent yesterday in a climate change denial echo chamber (via Motherboard)

Harry Reid’s attacks on Koch Brothers sends GOP donors into shadows (via Washington Post)

Big money, the Koch Brothers, and me (via Politico)

OPINION 

Obama is planning his biggest climate policy yet – and he doesn’t need Congress (via Vox)

Wonks collide as Obama climate plan prompts new ideas (via Forbes)

Evolving the conversation on climate change (via Washington Post)

Lies, damn lies, and global warming rules (via National Journal)

You down with LCOE? Maybe you, but not me (via RMI Outlet)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 11.18.13

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

COP 19

Tense week ahead for UN climate talks (via AP)

Carbon market negotiations falter in Warsaw (via BusinessGreen)

3 ways to make progress on climate finance at COP 19 (via World Resources Institute)

EMISSIONS

Unabated coal use will break world’s “coal budget” (via World Resources Institute)

Carbon market “toolbox” could create global standards (via Environmental Leader)

The EPA might be able to push a carbon tax on its own (via Washington Post)

RENEWABLES

Brazil wind industry seeking clarity on grid operator interconnection plans (via Recharge)

EPA retreats on ethanol mandate (via The Hill)

US may be hitting its ethanol limit, so EPA wants to relax its biofuels goals (via Washington Post)

As ALEC shifts RPS opposition strategy, state law favors renewables (via Greentech Media)

Report highlights best practices to incorporate renewables onto grid (via Energy Manager Today)

California gets 19% electricity from non-hydro renewables, up from 12% in 2008 (via Facts of the Day)

First large-scale biogas plant in US coming online in California (via Sustainable Business)

LA solar energy investment atlas a model for renewables development (via Solar Industry Magazine)

Michigan Tech tests if solar power works up north (via Miami Herald/AP)

How whiskey makers could soon be providing a superior biofuel (via Climate Progress)

COAL

UN climate chief warns of financial risk to coal’s future (via BusinessGreen)

King coal enjoys an unexpected renaissance in the UK (via Financial Times)

The death of coal (via The Atlantic)

CLIMATE

Insurance shortfall hits poorest and most vulnerable (via Climate Central)

Super typhoon Haiyan: Realities of a warmed world (via Huffington Post)

Climate change rallies staged across Canada (via CBC News)

Thousands rally in Australia for climate action (via Phys.org)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING

Shale revolution spreads with record wells outside US (via Bloomberg)

Water shortages could dry up shale gas craze (via Forbes)

The backdoor bid to ban fracking (via National Journal)

Breaking down the new proposed fracking rules released in Illinois and California (via Climate Progress)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

As utility efficiency programs grow, some industries want out (via Midwest Energy News)

PNNL’s lab homes run energy efficient technologies through the paces (via Breaking Energy)

NUCLEAR

Workers begin removing fuel rods at Fukushima (via National Journal)

GREEN BUILDING

Tool measures building materials’ environmental impact (via Environmental Leader)

TRANSPORTATION

Fast charging key to EV adoption, finds study (via Greentech Media)

6,554 Tesla Model S units sold in California through September 2013 (via San Jose Mercury News)

POLITICS

House GOP revives energy battles with Obama (via The Hill)

Sen. Stabenow criticizes proposed EPA fuel mandate (via The Hill)

OPINION

Are UN global warming talks futile? (via National Journal)

UN’s Ban Ki-moon says Philippines typhoon a “warning” on climate change (via Phys.org)

Global warming pragmatism (via Washington Post)

Is business leading the way in developing off-grid energy? (via The Guardian)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 10.30.13

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

CLIMATE 

Bad news for storm-battered Europe: More extreme weather’s on the horizon (via Time)

Bangladesh rated world’s most vulnerable country to climate change (via RTCC)

Meet the Pacific Rim’s new environmental superpower (via Quartz)

New Boston city zoning plans tied to changes in climate (via Boston Globe)

Major expansion of Surging Seas launched on Sandy anniversary (via Climate Central)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Understanding the Bakken flaring challenge (via Breaking Energy)

Radioactive pollution in Allegheny River not from fracking, says Pennsylvania DEP (via Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

RENEWABLES 

States of change: Clean energy policy from Greece to Massachusetts (via Renew Economy)

French energy firms create Paris solar power R&D hub (via Reuters)

Renewable energy’s bird problem (via RMI Outlet)

The “science” of wind turbine syndrome (via Popular Science)

Some top solar states are flatlining: Where are “hidden” growth markets? (via Greentech Media)

Report: Ongoing Midwest renewable growth hinges on federal policy (via Midwest Energy News)

Ohio’s successful RPS program under attack in state senate (via Renewable Energy World)

COAL 

Coal’s future hinges on unproven carbon capture technology (via National Journal)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Europe’s new models for demand response (via Greentech Media)

NREL software could cut commercial building energy audit costs 75% (via CleanTechnica)

HURRICANE SANDY 

Sandy struck a year ago, but some federal moves could make climate risks worse (via ClimateWire)

Hurricane Sandy hasn’t shifted climate narrative (via Climate Central)

Turning Hurricane Sandy’s scars into badges of survival (via New York Times)

One year after Sandy, many coastlines are still vulnerable to storm surges (via Huffington Post)

TRANSPORTATION 

All across Europe, bicycles outsold cars in 2012 (via Autoblog Green)

POLITICS 

GOP to drive “war on coal” line in 2014 races (via The Hill)

Polls show energy doesn’t spark Americans’ interest (via Politico)

Industry poll shows most voters oppose raising energy taxes (via Houston Chronicle)

OPINION 

3 ways Superstorm Sandy could change utilities forever (via Greentech Media)

Is attacking the EPA the bright idea Tea Partiers think it is? (via Huffington Post)

Going green doesn’t boost hotel revenue (via Environmental Leader)

Four facts that demonstrate clean energy is on the rise (via Triple Pundit)

Just how badly are we overfishing the oceans? (via Washington Post)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 9.27.13

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

IPCC REPORT 

IPCC: Global warming “extremely likely” man-made (via AP)

Climate panel’s fifth report clarifies humanity’s choices (via New York Times)

Six things we’ve learned from the IPCC climate report (via The Guardian)

Why has geoengineering been legitimized by the IPCC? (via The Guardian)

IPCC climate change report by the numbers (via The Guardian)

ENERGY POLICY 

Merkel looks left to rescue Germany’s energy revolution (via Reuters)

Multiple factors push Western Europe to use less natural gas and more coal (via US EIA)

US energy independence by 2020 won’t mean isolationism (via Houston Chronicle)

National Parks will close to public but stay open to drilling if government shuts down (via Think Progress)

RENEWABLES 

Annual global solar installations to beat wind for first time (via Bloomberg)

South Africa “ideal” for wind turbine export hub (via Recharge)

UK renewable generation increases 56% since 2012 (via RTCC)

German researchers hit 44.7% solar cell efficiency record (via Climate Progress)

Largest US wind farm proposed for West Texas (via Houston Chronicle/AP)

Making renewables connect to the military’s energy security framework (via Greentech Media)

Can solar be a differentiator in deregulated electricity markets? (via Greentech Media)

State renewable portfolio standards survive conservative attacks (via EarthTechling)

Analyst: SunShot goals unachievable even with new solar technology (via Renewable Energy World)

California renewables rise and the grid survives (via EarthTechling)

Report says California net metering costs all utility customers (via Reuters)

NREL releases roadmap to reducing solar PV “soft costs” by 2020 (via CleanTechnica)

KEYSTONE XL 

Canadian PM on Keystone XL fight: It’s over when we’ve won (via The Hill)

CLIMATE 

China’s plan to clean up air pollution could be a climate disaster (via Washington Post)

White House, Kerry: UN report makes case for climate action (via The Hill)

First-ever bulk freighter to pass through Artic was carrying coal (via Climate Progress)

OIL 

Interior gets ball rolling on new Arctic drilling auction (via The Hill)

After the floods in Colorado, a deluge of worry about leaking oil (via New York Times)

North Dakota regulators say oil production to double by 2017 (via Houston Chronicle/AP)

TRANSPORTATION 

US backs market scheme for aviation emissions from 2020 (via Reuters)

Monthly EV sales shatter US records (via Energy.gov)

NATURAL GAS 

Boom in unregulated natural gas pipelines poses new risk (via InsideClimate News)

EMISSIONS 

World’s carbon budget to be spent in three decades (via WRI Insights)

China and UK forge ties on carbon capture (via BusinessGreen)

State Department: Obama climate plan hits emissions reduction target (via The Hill)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Is Europe emerging as a major demand response market? (via Renew Grid)

Scotland sets energy efficiency building standards (via BusinessGreen)

POLITICS 

UN climate report to fuel political battles (via The Hill)

White House seeking replacement for faltering energy nominee Binz (via The Hill)

OPINION 

10 things to know about the IPCC climate panel (via AP)

The science of global warming has changed in 25 years – the basic conclusions haven’t (via Washington Post)

Poll: two-thirds want Keystone pipeline, carbon limits (via The Hill)

Climate scientists issue their report, now it’s our turn (via Time)

What happens if you add lots of wind and solar to the grid? (via Washington Post)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 8.9.13

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

EMISSIONS 

Japan ramps up deals in carbon credits within more emerging economies (via TriplePundit)

Ukraine to come under fire for $500 million carbon permit deal (via Reuters Point Carbon)

California’s cap and trade isn’t a game – except when it is (via CleanTechnica)

Cut emissions? Congress itself keeps burning dirtier fuel (via New York Times)

COAL 

Global coal consumption up 50% in 10 years (via Facts of the Day)

Goldman Sachs: window for profitable investment in coal mining is closing (via Climate Progress)

US coal exports growing (via Huffington Post)

Coal lobbyists bend White House hear on carbon rule (via The Hill)

Coalition aims to get Nebraska utility off coal (via Midwest Energy News)

RENEWABLES 

EPA maps renewable power potential on scarred land (via EarthTechling)

Using technology to get more renewable energy onto the grid (via Breaking Energy)

Western US utilities call for widespread adoption of smart solar inverters (via Renew Grid)

State renewable-energy laws turn out to be incredibly hard to repeal (via Washington Post)

Sewage-powered biofuels plant claims major breakthrough (via BusinessGreen)

Small wind turbines harnessing gusts of solar’s lease success (via Bloomberg)

Renewable diesels could score big thanks to renewable fuel standard fight (via Greentech Media)

Bill would let Kansas utilities buy renewable energy credits (via Wichita Eagle)

KEYSTONE XL/TAR SANDS 

Leak at Alberta tar sands project heightens conservationists’ concerns (via New York Times)

How shoddy science almost led one agency to use flawed map in Keystone XL review (via Greenwire)

Industry report says Keystone XL won’t impact greenhouse gas emissions (via The Hill)

Enbridge asks EPA for extension to finish oil spill dredging (via Houston Chronicle)

CLIMATE 

Climate change pace now fastest in 65 million years (via Facts of the Day)

Research suggests manmade emissions may have very long-term impacts (via ClimateWire)

Rebranding climate change as a public health issue (via Time)

The trouble with beekeeping in the Anthropocene (via Time)

OIL 

China poised to become the world’s largest net oil importer this year (via US EIA)

North American oil boom eases OPEC supply problems (via Reuters)

TRANSPORTATION 

Conventional hybrids better for climate than EVs in most states (via Yale e360)

Average US vehicle now 11.4 years old, oldest since WWII (via Green Car Reports)

Electric roads could make plugging in your EV a thing of the past (via Grist)

Tesla stock surges as company beats the odds (via Christian Science Monitor)

As GM cuts Volt price, EV bargains multiply (via Navigant Research)

GRID 

Japanese battery trial seeks to transform how grids work (via Bloomberg)

Nearly 40 new advanced energy storage projects kicked off in first half 2013 (via Navigant Research)

Building public support for power cables (via Reuters)

Texas power use hits summer high, third-highest ever (via Houston Chronicle)

FOSSIL FUEL POLICY 

Mexico energy reform to target deepwater oil and gas (via Reuters)

US EIA: oil and gas jobs up 40% since 2007 (via The Hill)

California lawmakers seek probe of hydraulic fracturing offshore (via Houston Chronicle)

Colorado fracking stresses regulators as permit bids soar (via Houston Chronicle)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Research says lack of energy efficiency holds back entire economy (via Energy Manager Today)

ENVIRONMENT 

NOAA trims forecast for busy hurricane season (via New York Times)

Heavy rains unleash deadly flooding in Midwest (via USA Today)

New Mexico is the driest of the dry (via Los Angeles Times)

OPINION 

Should the US have a natural gas sovereign wealth fund? (via Washington Post)

3 key initiatives from Australia’s climate change policy (via WRI Insights)

What will it take for airline emissions reductions to get off the ground? (via GreenBiz)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 8.8.13

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

ENERGY POLICY 

Mexican President Pena Nieto postpones landmark energy reform bill (via Los Angeles Times)

UK releases plans to drive clean energy investment (via RTCC)

US government approves third project to export US natural gas (via Houston Chronicle)

CLIMATE 

When global warming finally gets going, it could last for 200,000 years (via Quartz)

International climate talks could fail without action by more nations (via ClimateWire)

Australia lacks resilience to climate change, says government report (via RTCC)

State agency finds climate change taking toll on California (via San Francisco Chronicle)

RENEWABLES 

Value of listed clean tech firms up 18% in 2013 (via BusinessGreen)

Energy companies go back to college to cut offshore wind costs (via BusinessGreen)

Can “smart” turbines give renewables a second wind? (via Christian Science Monitor)

The wind industry gets its venture capital groove back (via Greentech Media)

Obama in center of green fight over eagle deaths (via The Hill)

The US is hitting its ethanol limit, so the EPA may relax its biofuel rules (via Washington Post)

EPA’s renewable volume obligations: experts and industry groups react (via Breaking Energy)

In Michigan, renewables costing utilities less than expected (via Midwest Energy News)

COAL 

Germany opening 10 coal plans totaling 11,000 MW (via Facts of the Day)

US coal-fired power plants scheduled to close (via Reuters)

EMISSIONS 

National Grid completes test drilling of North Sea carbon storage site (via RTCC)

Delta Airlines reduces emissions 18.4% since 2005 (via Environmental Leader)

OIL 

Judge orders BP to pay $130 million in fees to Gulf claims program (via Reuters)

Railroad company in Quebec derailment tragedy files for bankruptcy (via Houston Chronicle/AP)

TRANSPORTATION 

South Korea tests “electric road” for public buses (via Phys.org)

DOT says it’s working to protect transit systems from climate change (via The Hill)

Nissan ready to increase US Leaf production, if sales are there (via Autoblog Green)

Record sales, upbeat Q2 earnings for EV maker Tesla (via GigaOm)

GRID 

The big picture for smart grid investments in Q2 (via Greentech Media)

Energy storage: Rural electrification’s backup (via Renewable Energy World)

TAR SANDS 

Exxon and Imperial to buy Conoco Alberta oil sands land for $720 million (via Houston Chronicle/Bloomberg)

Native Americans arrested protesting tar sands equipment transport through tribal lands (via Climate Progress)

OPINION 

Forget energy efficiency, think exergy (via Greentech Media)

Tesla, fast charging, and why it’s getting inconvenient for future EV drivers (via GigaOm)

How being frugal means going green (via The Good Human)

How powerful corporations tried to roll back clean energy standards and failed miserably (via Climate Progress)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 7.17.13

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

COAL 

World Bank to limit financing of coal-fired plants (via Reuters)

ENERGY POLICY 

Power plants face “collision course” with water, researchers say (via Houston Chronicle)

States file lawsuit against EPA over “sue and settle” strategy (via The Hill)

NATURAL GAS 

China in $5 billion drive to develop disputed East China Sea natural gas (via Reuters)

Brussels says no plans for EU-wide shale gas ban (via Phys.org)

California seeks record fine in PG&E San Bruno pipeline explosion (via Houston Chronicle)

RENEWABLES 

Thailand boosts renewable energy goal to 13.9GW (via Recharge)

Dutch push back 2020 renewable energy targets (via Recharge)

New crystals yield solar power breakthrough (via BBC News)

Study says renewables more water-friendly than carbon capture (via Houston Chronicle)

US ranchers round up the power of the Sun (via Renewable Energy World)

Renewable energy survives ALEC’s attack in states, grows stronger (via Sustainable Business)

US oil executive says biofuel credits “out of control,” urges action (via Globe and Mail)

Xcel to boost its wind power in Upper Midwest by 600MW (via Minnesota Star-Tribune)

Proposed wind farm could double South Dakota’s wind capacity (via Argus-Leader)

KEYSTONE XL 

Report: Keystone XL will hike gasoline prices for some US drivers (via Houston Chronicle)

Keystone’s public comments reveal economic woes of small towns (via InsideClimate News)

GRID 

Demand response programs will reach nearly 22 million sites worldwide by 2020 (via Navigant Research)

Battery seen as way to cut heat-related power losses on grid (via New York Times)

Reconnecting buildings to the grid (via Navigant Research)

EMISSIONS 

EU and Australia set to accelerate emissions trading links (via RTCC)

UK government promises electricity market reform to cut cost of decarbonization (via BusinessGreen)

ExxonMobil, PG&E fined for violating California emissions reporting rule (via Los Angeles Times)

Cement industry cuts carbon emissions 17% (via Environmental Leader)

Policies using carbon capture and storage in soil are too costly, say experts (via Phys.org)

OIL 

Capacity at existing US oil refineries increases in 2013 (via US EIA)

Refinery receipts of crude oil by rail, truck, and barge continue to increase (via US EIA)

TRANSPORTATION 

Honda seeks mass-market fuel cell car by 2020 (via Wall Street Journal)

AAA: $3 gasoline “a thing of the past” (via The Hill)

US House votes to keep $25 billion DOE advanced-powertrain loan program open (via Autoblog Green)

CLIMATE 

Thousands of years of rising seas (via MIT Technology Review)

Scientists predict looming climate shift: will ocean heat come back to haunt us again? (via Climate Progress)

More New Jersey homeowners targeted for flood buyouts (via Philadelphia Inquirer/AP)

Koch Brothers use Web to take on media reports they dispute (via Washington Post)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Ceres, ICCR draft blueprint for sustainable investing (via GreenBiz)

Investment funds divested from fossil fuels “will perform better” (via Energy Collective)

LEED brings Cradle-to-Cradle into green building certification (via GreenBiz)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

The big book of building energy data, 2008-2012 (via Greentech Media)

EPEAT adds green ratings to mobile phones (via GreenBiz)

POLITICS 

Climate policy is dominating the Australian election (via Grist)

Senate advancing federal flood insurance reform bill (via Washington Post)

OPINION 

Australia’s carbon mess a warning to the world (via Reuters)

Can Jim Yong Kim end World Bank backing for coal-fired power? (via The Guardian)

Costs of climate change and extreme weather pass the high-water mark (via Time)

Why don’t farmers believe in climate change? (via Slate)

Did US carbon emissions bottom in 2012 or will they fall 20% by 2020? (via Facts of the Day)

As solar panel efficiencies keep improving, it’s time to adopt new metrics (via Forbes)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 7.17.13

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

COAL 

World Bank to limit financing of coal-fired plants (via Reuters)

ENERGY POLICY 

Power plants face “collision course” with water, researchers say (via Houston Chronicle)

States file lawsuit against EPA over “sue and settle” strategy (via The Hill)

NATURAL GAS 

China in $5 billion drive to develop disputed East China Sea natural gas (via Reuters)

Brussels says no plans for EU-wide shale gas ban (via Phys.org)

California seeks record fine in PG&E San Bruno pipeline explosion (via Houston Chronicle)

RENEWABLES 

Thailand boosts renewable energy goal to 13.9GW (via Recharge)

Dutch push back 2020 renewable energy targets (via Recharge)

New crystals yield solar power breakthrough (via BBC News)

Study says renewables more water-friendly than carbon capture (via Houston Chronicle)

US ranchers round up the power of the Sun (via Renewable Energy World)

Renewable energy survives ALEC’s attack in states, grows stronger (via Sustainable Business)

US oil executive says biofuel credits “out of control,” urges action (via Globe and Mail)

Xcel to boost its wind power in Upper Midwest by 600MW (via Minnesota Star-Tribune)

Proposed wind farm could double South Dakota’s wind capacity (via Argus-Leader)

KEYSTONE XL 

Report: Keystone XL will hike gasoline prices for some US drivers (via Houston Chronicle)

Keystone’s public comments reveal economic woes of small towns (via InsideClimate News)

GRID 

Demand response programs will reach nearly 22 million sites worldwide by 2020 (via Navigant Research)

Battery seen as way to cut heat-related power losses on grid (via New York Times)

Reconnecting buildings to the grid (via Navigant Research)

EMISSIONS 

EU and Australia set to accelerate emissions trading links (via RTCC)

UK government promises electricity market reform to cut cost of decarbonization (via BusinessGreen)

ExxonMobil, PG&E fined for violating California emissions reporting rule (via Los Angeles Times)

Cement industry cuts carbon emissions 17% (via Environmental Leader)

Policies using carbon capture and storage in soil are too costly, say experts (via Phys.org)

OIL 

Capacity at existing US oil refineries increases in 2013 (via US EIA)

Refinery receipts of crude oil by rail, truck, and barge continue to increase (via US EIA)

TRANSPORTATION 

Honda seeks mass-market fuel cell car by 2020 (via Wall Street Journal)

AAA: $3 gasoline “a thing of the past” (via The Hill)

US House votes to keep $25 billion DOE advanced-powertrain loan program open (via Autoblog Green)

CLIMATE 

Thousands of years of rising seas (via MIT Technology Review)

Scientists predict looming climate shift: will ocean heat come back to haunt us again? (via Climate Progress)

More New Jersey homeowners targeted for flood buyouts (via Philadelphia Inquirer/AP)

Koch Brothers use Web to take on media reports they dispute (via Washington Post)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Ceres, ICCR draft blueprint for sustainable investing (via GreenBiz)

Investment funds divested from fossil fuels “will perform better” (via Energy Collective)

LEED brings Cradle-to-Cradle into green building certification (via GreenBiz)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

The big book of building energy data, 2008-2012 (via Greentech Media)

EPEAT adds green ratings to mobile phones (via GreenBiz)

POLITICS 

Climate policy is dominating the Australian election (via Grist)

Senate advancing federal flood insurance reform bill (via Washington Post)

OPINION 

Australia’s carbon mess a warning to the world (via Reuters)

Can Jim Yong Kim end World Bank backing for coal-fired power? (via The Guardian)

Costs of climate change and extreme weather pass the high-water mark (via Time)

Why don’t farmers believe in climate change? (via Slate)

Did US carbon emissions bottom in 2012 or will they fall 20% by 2020? (via Facts of the Day)

As solar panel efficiencies keep improving, it’s time to adopt new metrics (via Forbes)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 7.11.13

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

EMISSIONS 

US, China agree on climate steps to curb emissions (via Washington Post)

Australia carbon emissions fell 7% in first year of carbon tax (via Platts)

A new one-stop shop for greenhouse gas emissions data (via WRI Insights)

Use of coal to generate power rises; greenhouse gas emissions next? (via Los Angeles Times)

Nanomaterials could accelerate CO2 removal from coal power plants (via RTCC)

Two more financial institutions divest from fossil fuels (via Energy Collective)

NATURAL GAS 

China wants bigger share of US shale revolution (via Reuters)

RENEWABLES 

Clean energy investment rises 22% led by US, China (via Bloomberg)

Wind to double and solar to triple in 6 years, says IEA (via Greentech Media)

Worldwide solar PV market will pass $134 billion in annual revenue by 2020 (via Navigant Research)

HSBC: wind at parity with new coal in India, solar to join by 2018 (via Renew Economy)

Peru to use solar panels to provide electricity to 2 million people (via Latin American Herald Tribune)

EU parliament approve proposals to reduce biofuels emissions (via BusinessGreen)

Uncertainty over Australian Renewable Energy Target delays 1GW new wind (via Recharge)

State RPSs hold steady or expand in 2013 (via Energy Manager Today)

DoD, Interior inch closer to cooperation on renewable energy projects (via Federal Times)

Six Sioux tribes collaborate on biggest US wind farm (via Sustainable Business)

$1 billion cost to meet Colorado’s renewable-energy goal (via Denver Business Journal)

Rooftop solar takes off across California as costs come down (via San Jose Mercury News)

New York awards $54 million for 79 solar projects (via Solar Industry Magazine)

Texas A&M plans world’s largest solar testing center (via Sustainable Business)

OIL 

IEA says US oil boom to erode OPEC market share in 2014 (via Reuters)

Russia to lift oil exports to Asia at expense of Europe (via Reuters)

Report says feds should expand damage assessment of BP oil spill (via Greenwire)

Canadian officials: death toll from train crash presumed at 50 (via Los Angeles Times)

TRANSPORTATION 

China widens car-purchase restrictions to fight pollution (via Bloomberg)

Upgraded urban travel could save $70 trillion by 2050 (via Phys.org)

European Commission launches $1.8 billion fuel cell and hydrogen research initiative (via Green Car Congress)

Ford refocuses, cuts price of 2014 electric car by 10% (via NBC News/Reuters)

GRID 

Climate change will cause more energy system breakdowns, warns US (via New York Times)

Power grids to spend $64 billion on new gear by 2020 (via Reuters)

Japan sets up hydrogen “task force” to advance fuel-cell infrastructure (via Autoblog Green)

Canada represents $7 billion in smart grid potential (via Renew Grid)

Continuous test operation begins for large-format Li-ion energy storage system (via Green Car Congress)

CLIMATE 

New report tracks decades of climate change (via Rolling Stone)

Study says some trees use less water amid rising carbon dioxide (via New York Times)

A scientific storm is brewing over the hurricane-climate connection (via Mother Jones)

Dangerous global warming could be reversed, say scientists (via The Guardian)

Chicago-sized iceberg calves off Antarctic glacier (via The Guardian)

NUCLEAR 

Japanese nuclear plant may have been leaking for two years (via New York Times)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

New EIA inventory tracks state energy efficiency programs (via US EIA)

House votes to block light bulb efficiency standards (via Climate Progress)

Nest and Opower talk strategy for residential demand response (via Greentech Media)

Curtailing energy during “peak power hour” reduces next year’s rates (via Energy Manager Today)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Carbon Trust unveils supplier directory for green businesses (via BusinessGreen)

Report: reducing emissions and increasing manufacturing can go hand in hand (via Greentech media)

Nike’s new “Making” app shows sustainability of clothing material (via Inhabitat)

Sustainability exchange for cities to collaborate on best practices (via Energy Manager Today)

POLITICS 

Battle rages over Obama’s climate standards for Keystone XL pipeline (via Washington Post) 

What David Vitter got for blocking Gina McCarthy (via Politico)

Conservative climate hawks to GOP: wake the hell up (via Mother Jones)

GOP aide writing anonymously: party should “reclaim” climate debate (via The Hill)

House panel approves bill curtailing EPA power on climate regulations (via The Hill)

OPINION 

Bad news: fossil fuels are more than keeping up with clean energy (via Washington Post)

The money behind fossil fuel exports (via Sightline Daily)

Green energy policy matters in selling EVs (via Houston Chronicle)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 7.3.13

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

EMISSIONS 

European parliament votes for backloading plan to push up carbon price (via BusinessGreen)

EU ministers and blue chips unite in call to save carbon market (via BusinessGreen)

33 cities test new framework for community-scale greenhouse gas inventories (via WRI Insights)

Lesser-known CO2 storage idea merits attention (via Reuters)

United Church of Christ passes fossil fuel divestment strategy (via Huffington Post)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Ratings and rankings: how competition promotes corporate sustainability (via GreenBiz)

Report says less carbon pollution and more manufacturing can go together (via Climate Progress)

Why American businesses should fight for renewable portfolio standards (via GreenBiz)

RENEWABLES 

Saudi Arabia starts survey of renewable energy potential (via Bloomberg)

Desertec in trouble as founders quit €400 billion solar project (via RTCC)

UK feed-in tariff generates 380,000 small-scale renewable projects in three years (via BusinessGreen)

Uganda launches renewable energy feed-in tariff program (via Renewable Energy World)

Solar water heaters bloom on China’s rooftops, but not in the US (via ClimateWire)

Vestas wins 93MW South African wind turbine order (via Bloomberg)

Algae species shows promise in reducing power plant pollution to make biofuel (via Green Car Congress)

Interior approves 500MW Arizona wind farm (via Renew Grid)

Connecticut’s green bank: a model for public-private renewables partnerships? (via Breaking Energy)

COAL 

Obama revamps $8 billion coal loan program amid objections (via Bloomberg)

CLIMATE 

UN charts “unprecedented” global warming since 2000 (via Bloomberg)

Japan’s climate finance plan welcomed by vulnerable nations (via RTCC)

Rich countries’ proposal to bypass poorer governments on climate aid rejected in UN (via The Guardian)

Death estimates from Indian floods range to 10,000 (via Wall Street Journal)

Arizona wildfire continues to burn out of control (via Arizona Republic)

Death Valley hit hottest US June temperature ever recorded Sunday – 129 (via Washington Post)

OIL 

Federal court rejects SEC rule on oil company payments (via Houston Chronicle)

Obama administration boosts oil industry with $8 billion in loan guarantees (via Houston Chronicle)

Steelmakers file US trade case seeking duties on oil pipes (via Houston Chronicle)

Sickened by Exxon oil spill, Arkansas victims face confusion of officials and doctors (via InsideClimate News)

TRANSPORTATION 

GM and Honda to collaborate on fuel-cell development (via New York Times)

Strong June sales push Chevy Volt ahead of Nissan Leaf for first time since February (via Autoblog Green)

Fisker bankruptcy likely, says Delaware governor (via Autoblog Green)

NUCLEAR 

Fukushima plant operator seeks to restart two nuclear reactors (via New York Times)

Lower power prices and high repair costs drive nuclear retirements (via US EIA)

GRID 

PJM seeks additional resources to restart electric system if power lost across grid (via Wall Street Journal)

TAR SANDS/KEYSTONE XL 

Tar sands coal petcoke exports hit second-highest level ever in April (via DeSmog Blog)

Keystone XL foes turn focus to local governments (via ABC News/AP)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Cambridge plans $1.5 billion in energy efficiency retrofits (via Energy Manager Today)

How Obama’s climate plan will boost US energy efficiency (via Greentech Media)

Empire State Building efficiency retrofit model rolls out across US (via CleanTechnica)

NPR’s LEED Gold headquarters a radio nerd’s dream (via EarthTechling)

POLITICS 

What would happen if candidates and elected officials were asked to sign a climate action pledge? (via Climate Progress)

Has the GOP stopped denying climate science, and will they begin participating in solutions? (via The Guardian)

OPINION 

Solar offers hope in fight against climate change (via Huffington Post)

Kosovo a chance for World Bank, Obama to show climate change leadership (via National Geographic)

Heroes and villains of the renewable energy fight (via CleanTechnica)

A closer look at Obama’s $7 billion plan to bring electricity to Africa (via Washington Post)

What’s causing the West’s heat wave and why hot nights are so dangerous (via Washington Post/AP)