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Hot News: December 23, 2016

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Michael Mann’s Case Moves Forward: Climate scientist Michael Mann’s defamation suit against two writers who accused him of academic fraud can proceed, an appeals court ruled Thursday. The D.C. Court of Appeals held that a “reasonable jury” would find enough evidence that the writers in question, Rand Simberg of the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Mark Steyn of the National Review, published false claims about Mann and his work “with actual malice.” “Tarnishing the personal integrity and reputation of a scientist important to one side may be a tactic to gain advantage in a no-holds-barred debate over global warming,” Judge Vanessa Ruiz wrote in the decision. (BuzzfeedThe HillMashableGreenwire $.)

Rudolph Lends a Hand: Reindeer may be an unexpected helper in keeping the Arctic cool, new research has found. The study, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters Wednesday, finds that reindeer’s grazing patterns may reduce greenery and increase snow and ice cover. Increased snow cover, in turn, helps reflect more warming solar energy back into space. (TimeClimatewire $, IFL ScienceCBC.)

A Sunny Drive in France: A village in Normandy has installed the world’s first solar road. The 1km-long road in Tourouvre-au-Perche opened Thursday, covered by 2,800 sq m of solar panels encased in a protective resin. Officials have established a two-year test period for the road to see if it can generate enough electricity to power street lighting for the village. (The GuardianTimeMashable.)

US News
  • The coming battle between the Trump team and economists over the true cost of climate change (Washington Post $)
  • The startup that helps green startups clinch deals (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  • North Dakota pipeline battle far from over as protesters dig in (FT $)
  • Is Zinke’s nomination in peril? (Greenwire $)
  • Jeb Bush partners with oil and gas lobbying firm, then defends Trump’s EPA pick (ThinkProgress)
  • Rex Tillerson’s record on climate change: rhetoric vs. reality (InsideClimate News)
  • What Exxon’s 2017 energy outlook tells us about Rex Tillerson (Climate Home)
  • EPA will not extend review of fuel efficiency standards (The Hill)
  • States are the nuclear industry’s best hope (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  • Can Trump reverse Obama’s Arctic-drilling ban? (The Atlantic)
  • Green energy producers hopeful despite Trump’s coal promise (AP)
  • Nevada regulators restore retail rate net metering in Sierra Pacific territory (Greentech Media)
  • Ignoring climate change just got more expensive (Bloomberg)
  • ‘New Mexico’s DAPL’ is dead (High Country News)
  • License issued for $1B Montana power storage project (AP)
  • How the Illinois energy reform ‘fixed’ the state’s RPS, promising a renewables boom (UtilityDive)
  • Santa Monica’s beach is getting a climate change makeover (KQED)

World News

  • UK hits clean energy milestone: 50% of electricity from low carbon sources (The Guardian)
  • The Ethiopian guide to famine prevention (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  • Blue skies return to Beijing, but dangerous smog still blankets northern China (ReutersNew York Times $)
  • Mongolia’s nomad herders facing winter disaster as temperatures plunge (ReutersBloomberg)
  • A testing ground for energy storage in the shadow of Mt. Fuji (Bloomberg)
  • The country set to cash in on climate change (The Guardian)
  • New project aims to lure people away from meat, to a climate-healthier diet (InsideClimate News)

Hot News will be taking off for the holiday season, returning on January 3.


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