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Hot News: August 30

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Age of Anthropocene: The Earth has entered a new geological epoch “defined by human impact,” an expert group of scientists said in a presentation to the International Geological Congress. The group proposed that the Anthropocene epoch began sometime in the 1950s, as evidenced by unprecedented levels of carbon dioxide, plastic pollution, nuclear tests and widespread deforestation. The recommendation needs more specific geologic data to be submitted to “stratigraphic authorities” for official approval. (News: GuardianWashington Post $, IndependentPhys.orgTIMEScientific American$, FusionBBCHuffington PostCommentary: Guardian, Martin Rees op-ed)

Anti-Fracking Measures Fail to Reach CO Ballot: Two proposed measures aimed at restricting fracking in fossil-fuel-rich Colorado failed to make it to the ballot. State officials said that support for the two initiatives, which were heavily opposed by the energy industry, fell short of the nearly 98,500 signatures required. The measures were quietly divisive among environmental groups, as many expected the fossil fuel lobby to spend even more money to influence Colorado’s voters had the measures been on the ballot. (Wall Street Journal $, Think ProgressCNBCCBS LocalPolitico Pro $, InsideClimate NewsGreenwire $, Reuters)

Biodiversity Helps in Adaptation: More diverse forests in the Amazon could better adapt to climate change and ensure that the world’s largest rainforest remains an important carbon sink, according to a new study. Using models, researchers found that as some trees died off due to factors such as heat or water stress, others that were more resilient took their place. Adaptation, however, would only be successful up to a certain level of increased temperatures and even in the best case scenario would not lead to full recovery of the forests. (Washington Post $)

US News
  • Obama to join Paris climate pact ‘as soon as possible’ (The Hill)
  • Mass. wants its neighbors to move faster to cut emissions (Boston Globe $)
  • Like tens of millions of matchsticks, California’s dead trees stand ready to burn (New York Times $)
  • The $8 trillion fight over how to rid America of fossil fuel (Bloomberg)
  • EIA: Solar generation to grow 8 GW in 2016 (Utility Dive)
  • Maine utility commissioners grappling with net metering (Portland Press Herald)
  • In drought, drones help California farmers save every drop (AP)
  • FirstEnergy says its headquarters is worth $568 million to Ohio (Bloomberg)
  • The American ‘fur ball’ being threatened by a warming climate (InsideClimate News)
  • US installed microgrid capacity to grow 115 percent and reach 4.3 GW over next five years (Greentech Media)
  • Holoscenes: Lars Jan’s 3,500-gallon warning to humanity (Guardian)
  • Connecticut’s traditional fishing catch is heading north (Connecticut Mirror)
  • Green groups hit the air for Florida Republican (The Hill)
  • Maryland settles lawsuit with power plant operators alleging nitrogen pollution (Washington Post $)
  • Poisonous algae blooms threaten people, ecosystems across U.S. (NPR)
  • Maryland co-op challenges state’s new community solar program (Utility Dive)
  • In North Dakota protest, new exposure for tribal issues (High Country News)

World News

  • Climate change looms large in Obama’s final trip to Asia (ReutersAP)
  • Insurers worth $1.2tn tell G20 to stop funding fossil fuels by 2020 (Climate HomeReuters)
  • France’s Hollande says Paris climate change deal far from being implemented (Reuters)
  • Nasa: Earth is warming at a pace ‘unprecedented in 1,000 years’ (Guardian)
  • China drops carbon tax from new environmental law (Carbon Pulse $)
  • China faces massive closures of small thermal power plants: media (Reuters)
  • Climate Change Authority splits over ETS report commissioned by Coalition (Guardian)
  • Engie, Green Climate Fund invest in off-grid solar developer (Bloomberg)
  • Abengoa said to plan return to work on giant Chilean solar plant (Bloomberg)
  • Climate change high on the agenda for John Kerry at the second US-India Strategic Dialogue (Economic Times)
  • What renewables? 16,372MW thermal capacity gets eco nod (Times of India)
  • Chinese, British energy officials discuss Hinkley Point nuclear project (Reuters)
  • South African Treasury, Eskom row over coal contracts as government rifts deepen (Reuters)
  • Climate change can’t be rectified through economics only: Anil Madhav Dave (PTI)
  • Africa builds ‘Great Green Wall’ against extremism and misery (EurActiv)
  • 95% of China’s electric vehicle startups face wipeout (Bloomberg)

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