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Hot News: August 31

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Unprecedented Tropical Trouble for US: For the first time in recorded history, three tropical storm systems are threatening the US simultaneously, and a fourth could quickly join the ranks. Two back-to-back storms – currently Hurricanes Madeline and Lester – could hit Hawaii’s Big Island this week, while two others are forecast to impact North Carolina and Florida’s Gulf Coast. If either storm makes landfall on the Big Island as a hurricane, it would be the first since record-keeping began. (News: MashableGizmodoAPNBC NewsCNNWashington Post $, ReutersCNBCTampa Bay TimesUSA TodayCommentary: Pacific Standard, Eric Holthaus column)

Florida Says Yes to Solar Tax Breaks: An overwhelming majority of voters in Florida approved a measure which provides tax breaks on solar installations for residential and business owners. Amendment 4, which received unanimous support from both chambers of the state legislature, will make rooftop solar cheaper and support its expansion. The Sunshine State is currently 14th nationwide in installed solar capacity, though it ranks third in rooftop solar potential. Florida will vote on another measure in November, utility-backed Amendment 1, which could make net metering unattractive in the state. (CBS LocalFlorida TodayWLRNOrlando Sentinel)

Northeast Farmers Cope With Drought: More than 175,000 farms in Northeastern US are struggling to manage scant water resources as the region suffers from its worst drought in more than a decade. Farmers have had to deal with lower yields or forego some crops entirely. This crisis has also put the spotlight on more sustainable farming practices as the farmers who are accustomed to a certain climate begin to adapt to warming. As climatologist Mark Svoboda notes, “You’ve got this apathy when times are good, and then you panic when you’re in the middle of a drought.” (NPR)

US News
  • Defense of Obama climate rule will fall to the next president (The HillPolitico Pro $)
  • Offshore wind sails forward, but a different story on land (AP)
  • Conservative think tank sues Schneiderman over Exxon probe records (Politico Pro $)
  • House Republicans to assert authority over Exxon investigations (The Hill)
  • Obama begins his final Asia trip as president (New York Times $, AP)
  • Clinton may rely on executive actions more than Obama if she wins (Bloomberg)
  • D.C. hits 90 degrees for 50th time this year; most 90s on record in July and August (Washington Post $)
  • New natural resources commissioner says he’s working to put more oil in Alaska’s future (Alaska Dispatch News)
  • Maryland fines coal power plants $1 million for polluting Potomac, Patuxent rivers (Baltimore Sun)
  • 14 years later, Virginia community’s energy savings still stacking up (Southeast Energy News)
  • Climate change will likely lead to more explosive fires in Southern California (Southern California Public Radio)
  • Nobel prize winner tells Clinton: Tax fossil fuels (CNN)
  • Portman ad ties Dem Strickland to Clinton coal comments (The Hill)
  • BLM issues rule on online oil, gas lease sales (Morning Consult)
  • Torrential downpour was 100-year storm (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • Some see chemical manufacturing rising in coal’s wake (Greenwire $)
  • More than 200,000 Volkswagen owners register for settlement (Bloomberg BNA)
  • Coca-Cola just achieved a major environmental goal for its water use (Washington Post $)
  • In Minnesota churches, let there be light – solar light (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
  • National Coal Council pushes federal support for carbon capture in draft report (Utility Dive)
  • Maxus Energy defends environmental settlement with parent (Wall Street Journal $)
  • Watch bubbling Alaska lakes catch on fire (National Geographic)
  • Dakota Access spat heats up (Politico Pro $)

World News

  • China, US set to release review of each other’s fossil fuel subsidies at G20 summit (South China Morning Post)
  • Costa Rica powered by renewable energy for over 100 days (Independent)
  • How quickly climate change is accelerating, in 167 maps (Wired)
  • Climate change ‘mother of all risks’ says Aviva CEO amid calls to end fossil fuel subsidies (CNBCBusiness StandardBusinessGreenSky News)
  • Why ship owners see little point in greener vessels (Climate Home)
  • Emissions from new diesel cars are still far higher than official limit (Guardian)
  • Green Climate Fund needs ideas with low-carbon wow factor: ex-head (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Australia needs two emissions trading schemes, Climate Change Authority says (Guardian)
  • At least 11 dead after typhoon Lionrock hits Northern Japan (Wall Street Journal$)
  • Uncertainty about Arena halts renewable energy projects (Guardian)
  • How new nuclear could lift renewables at a third of Hinkley cost (Bloomberg)
  • Oil discoveries at 70-year low signal supply shortfall ahead (Bloomberg)
  • Indonesia fights to put out hundreds of forest fires, as schools shut due to smog (Mashable)
  • India Ganges floods ‘break previous records’ (BBC)
  • China Singyes profit rises as China demand boosts solar business (Bloomberg)
  • Coalition environment committee chairman takes aim at solar subsidies (Guardian)
  • Critical reefs destroyed in poachers’ quest for world’s biggest clams (National Geographic)

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