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Landslide in Washington State

Investigators have identified three more victims from last month’s Oso, Washington, mudslide. Four people are still missing, the Associated Press reports.

Ten million cubic yards of rock and sediment slid seven-tenths of a mile on March 22, burying a community and a state road, and damming the North Fork Stillaguamish River. The river pooled after the event and has begun pushing through across the blockage.

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Toilet Water to Quench Your Thirst?: Today's Top Reads

Here are today's top reads:

  • Brazilian heat portends a hard future for farmers (Bloomberg)
  • U.S. GHG emissions at lowest level in 20 years (Climate Central)
  • Plants that practice genetic engineering (NY Times)
  • Coal: The fuel of the future, unfortunately (Economist)
  • Keystone foes woo celebrities to make their case (Bloomberg)
  • Population growth in dense U.S. cities: Short-term correction or long-term trend? (Atlantic Cities)
  • How UC Berkeley MBAs beat the market with socially responsible fund (Guardian)
  • Amid drought, California warms to toilet water (National Journal)
  • Animals with human rights will be more than a pet peeve for researchers (Scientific American)
  • What do you need to know about microgrids? (GreenBiz)

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Palestinian Water Shortages Intensify Due To Drought

Bloomberg BNA — The current water shortage in Arab East Jerusalem is only the latest water crisis facing Arab areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, representatives from regional security, environmental and human rights organizations told Bloomberg BNA.

Its solution need not wait for progress in the currently stalled Middle East peace talks, they said. Nor should it.

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Court Upholds Key EPA Mercury Standards for Power Plants

Bloomberg BNA — A federal appeals court handed the Environmental Protection Agency a significant victory April 15 by upholding stringent mercury and air toxics standards for power plants, which are among the costliest regulations the agency has promulgated.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected argument after argument that industry petitioners made, saying the EPA's decisions were reasonable and the agency deserves deference.

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Resetting the Climate Change Debate: Today's Top Reads

Good morning! Here are today's top reads:

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Total Annual Anthropogenic GHG Emissions

The nuclear power industry received a springtime Christmas present this week.

The world’s authoritative climate science group Sunday threw its arms around nuclear energy, among others, as a future source for powering economies. The industry’s share of global electricity generation has been falling since 1993.

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Tighter Lightbulb Standards Coming From Energy Dept. 

DOE to Strengthen Efficiency Standards for Fluorescent

Bloomberg BNA — The Energy Department plans to strengthen its energy-efficiency standards for certain types of light bulbs by up to 12.9 percent over current levels.

The proposed standards, announced in a notice published on its website April 11, could cost companies and consumers $100 million or more to develop and purchase higher-efficiency bulbs. But the department expects the energy savings, emissions reductions and other benefits of the standards to outweigh those costs.

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EPA's Power Plant Rules Top Target If Republicans Take Senate

Bloomberg BNA — A House-passed bill to curtail the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants “is a top priority” for Republicans if they gain control of the Senate in the fall elections, a House Republican said April 10.

“We think our chances are good for taking over the Senate,” Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, told Bloomberg BNA in an on-camera interview.

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Climate Panel Weighs in Again: Today's Top Reads

Good morning! Here are today's top reads:

  • Coal's best hope rising with costliest U.S. power plant (Bloomberg)
  • Climate efforts falling short, UN panel says (NY Times)
  • Entire marine food chain at risk from rising CO2 levels in water (Guardian)
  • The race is on to protect millions of people from flooding (Scientific American)
  • How many jobs does fracking really create? (National Journal)
  • South Korea's health insurer sues tobacco makers over costs (Bloomberg)
  • Cities remain indecisive on incinerator proposals (Climate Central)
  • Visualizing what would happen if every state transitioned to renewable energy (Fast Company)
  • UN dilemma over 'Cinderella' technology (BBC)
  • Why rare earth recycling is rare and what we can do about it (GreenBiz)

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Report Offers Grim Predictions for South Texas Air Quality Amid Oil Boom

Eagle Shale Impact—What might the oil- and gas-rich Eagle Ford Shale region of South Texas look like in 2018?

A newly released but largely unnoticed study commissioned by the state of Texas makes some striking projections:

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About The Grid

Nations and companies face rising competition for strategic resources — energy, food, water, materials — and the technologies that make best use of them. That's sustainability. It's about the 21st-century race for wealth, health and long-term security, across the global grid.

Analyses or commentary in this blog are the views of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloomberg News.

Eric Roston, Editor

Tom Randall, Deputy Editor

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