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Hot News: August 25

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White House Funds Coal Community Projects: The Obama administration announcednearly $39 million of funding for communities in nine states affected by the decline of the coal industry. The 29 projects are expected to create or retain more than 3,400 jobs in a variety of sectors, and matching grants could generate another $67 million for the communities. This funding is part of the administration’s broader POWER+ Plan to support coal communities. (APPolitico Pro $, Morning Consult)

National Parks Feel the Heat: Climate change could irreparably alter US national parks by the end of the century, making them up to 12°F hotter in the summer. A new analysisby Climate Central shows the number of days with temperatures above 100°F could skyrocket, resulting in months of scorching temperatures. The glaciers of Glacier National Park will have disappeared along with the Joshua trees of Joshua Tree National Park, a threat that President Obama also alluded to in his last weekly address. The National Park Service’s 100th anniversary has raised awareness about how budget cuts and climate change are plaguing the parks. (News: Climate CentralWashington Post $. Commentary: Mercury News editorial)

Offshore Drilling Auction Gets Few Bids: A federal auction for offshore oil drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico this week attracted the fewest bids since 1983. Only three fossil fuel companies submitted bids worth approximately $18 million on 24 ocean blocks out of the more than 4,300 available. By contrast, in 2014, high bids on 81 blocks totaled nearly $110 million. This was the first lease auction that was live-streamed, while groups protested outside the venue. Offshore drilling faces heavy opposition from the environmental community for its high carbon footprint and impact on marine wildlife. (APThe Hill, Guardian, Argus Media, Morning ConsultSoutheast Energy News)

Warming Might’ve Begun in 1830s: new study in Nature suggests that human activity may have begun changing the climate as early as the 1830s, decades earlier than currently thought. Researchers used proxy records to piece together past ocean temperatures and were able to tease out the signal of human-made warming well before existing studies have shown. Because some of the study’s findings also suggest the climate responds more quickly (though not necessarily more strongly) than typically agreed upon, there are concerns among some scientists about how these results are interpreted and reported in regards to model accuracy and climate sensitivity. (News: APReutersGuardianDeutsche WelleTIMEWashington Post $, QuartzCarbon BriefClimate CentralCommentary: The Conversation, Nerilie Abram et al. op-ed)

US News
  • San Bernardino County rejects a controversial solar power plant proposed for the Mojave Desert (LA Times $)
  • Climate-change bills head to Gov. Jerry Brown (Wall Street Journal $, Courthouse News ServiceAP)
  • Colorado settlement to pay solar owners higher rates for peak power (InsideClimate News)
  • Bankrupt coal companies get break on clean-up costs (Marketplace)
  • Leaked draft indicates Hickenlooper poised to slash power plant emissions (ClimateWire $)
  • As sea levels rise, nearly 1.9 million U.S. homes could be underwater by 2100 (Washington Post $)
  • Top energy adviser says Donald Trump is solidly behind fracking (Wall Street Journal $)
  • How much energy storage would be needed for California to reach 50 percent solar? (Greentech Media)
  • VW starts environmental-suit settlement talks with U.S. states (Bloomberg)
  • Climate change complicates predictions of damage from big surf (NPR)
  • California legislators want to tax carbon but give the revenue to the people (Think Progress)
  • New York has nearly 2 Gigawatts of proposed community solar (Greentech Media)
  • A look at Louisiana’s disastrous flood (Pacific Standard)
  • Advocates’ push for quicker aircraft rules premature, EPA says (Bloomberg BNA)
  • NYC’s biggest buildings cut energy use, greenhouse gas emissions (NY Daily News)
  • Drilling ban would cost $11B, jobs — U.S. Chamber (Greenwire $)
  • What happened to kill thousands of fish in New Jersey? (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Judge hears tribe’s arguments against ND pipeline (The Hill)
  • The ugliest power market in the U.S. is about to get a makeover (Bloomberg)
  • Tropical wave over Virgin Islands presents threat to Florida, Gulf Coast (Washington Post $, Mashable)

World News

  • China and US to ratify landmark Paris climate deal ahead of G20 summit, sources reveal (South China Morning Post)
  • Obama adviser in China for climate change discussions (ClimateWire $)
  • Brazil to ratify Paris climate deal on 29 August – reports (Climate Home)
  • Air pollution threat hidden as research ‘presumes people are at home’: study (Guardian)
  • Canada may ask oil firms to pay extra for far-offshore drilling: memo (Reuters)
  • Scorching heat ripples through commodity markets (Financial Times $)
  • France to open tender for 3000 MW of solar plants – ministry (Reuters)
  • For China’s massive data centers, a push to cut energy and water use (Environment 360)
  • How scientists are ensuring Syria’s seeds survive war and climate change (Vice Munchies)
  • Coal price spike caused by reduction in Chinese coal output says specialist (Radio Australia)
  • The Australian town that wants to get off the grid (BBC)
  • India’s installed solar capacity grows by 80 percent (Energy Matters)
  • CGN power’s profit rises 3.4% on higher China power generation (Bloomberg)
  • Adaptation takes center stage as IPCC prepares 1.5C study (Climate Home)
  • Research team develops data-driven methods to refine climate predictions, analyze climatic changes (
  • Climate change is making this portable air conditioner a must-have summer accessory (Gizmodo)
  • Deforestation caused reduced rainfall in Ganga Basin, NE India (The Hindu)
  • Low Arctic sea ice levels are the “new normal,” according to NASA (Mic)
  • Queensland solar projects that could create 2,600 jobs at risk in federal cuts (Guardian)
  • New efficiency norms for ACs from January 2018 (Mint)
  • Offshore UK wind farms hit by subsidy deal delay (Financial Times $)
  • Japan expanding floating wind farm amid intensifying global race (Bloomberg)
  • Pay close attention to what’s in your ethical fund (Bloomberg)
  • Britain is about to take a great (battery) leap forward (Bloomberg)
  • 154 Australian scientists demand climate policy that matches the science (The Conversation)
  • Climate experts at war over prediction of ice-free Arctic (The Times $)
  • Parched Zimbabwe faces dire water shortages as new dry season nears (Thomson Reuters Foundation)

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