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Watch Air Quality Above U.S. Cities Clear Up in Seconds

Unites States

U.S. city-dwellers can breathe easier than they have in years. Satellite maps released this week by NASA show a pervasive drop in nitrogen dioxide, which is emitted by cars, trucks, power plants and other combustion-fired machinery. That’s a boon for people who prefer inhaling air to corrosive industrial exhaust.

This NASA video condenses a decade of NO2 levels into ten seconds. Watch it. You can almost smell the oxygen as the unsightly red splotches shrink.

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SuperChicken: Today's Top Reads

Happy Friday! Here are today's top reads:

  • Research could lead to a new breed of superchicken (Bloomberg)
  • Politicians’ prescription for marijuana defy doctors and data (NY Times)
  • Most people will pay more money for products from socially responsible companies (Fast Company)
  • Mediterranean region struggles with warming, acidification and jellyfish blooms (ClimateWire)
  • Can we stop tornadoes by building a giant wall? (CityLab)
  • Wall Street: Your climate war has arrived (National Journal)
  • Oceana finds U.S. fishermen could lose $1 billion annually in wasted catch (Oceana)
  • Germany’s new coal plants push power glut to four-year high (Bloomberg)
  • Three billion to zero: What happened to the passenger pigeon? (Scientific American)
  • Government spending could save the world – so what’s holding it back? (Guardian)

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Risky Business: Today's Top Reads

Good afternoon! Here are today's top reads:

  • Why the U.S. needs business to save it from Congress (Bloomberg)
  • Obama has a response to Republicans’ ‘I am not a scientist’ line (National Journal)
  • This floating city may be the future of coastal living (Time)
  • Oceans likened to world’s biggest failed state (Scientific American)
  • How the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge is being received in Europe (CityLab)
  • Exchanging sex for survival (Atlantic)
  • Risky Business team spreads out in D.C. to spread word on climate costs (ClimateWire)
  • 2014: A weird weather year in Alaska so far (Climate Central)
  • The U.K. is making it a legal duty to maximize greenhouse gas emissions (Guardian)

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Research Could Lead to a New Breed of Superchicken

Naked Neck Chicken from Uganda

For all the concern about how climate change may affect people in cities, people in cars, people and their flood insurance and people in general, few people are considering how the chickens will fare.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is on the case, supporting research into breeds of bird that tolerate heat better than the current industrial variety. In short, a climate superchicken.

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Bloomberg BNA — The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) released June 25 voluntary guidelines for helping companies such as ConocoPhillips and Alpha Natural Resources report on how climate change regulations and other sustainability issues could affect their value in annual filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The standards identify environmental and social issues that could have a material impact on shareholder value for companies in the nonrenewable resources sector, which includes oil and gas, coal operations, metals and mining, iron and steel, and construction materials.

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USA v Germany World Cup 2014

Have you ever moderated a panel on the implementation of financial market reform in a hall streaming a blockbuster World Cup game?

I have.

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United States v Portugal World Cup 2014

Update: The U.S. advances despite 0-1 loss to Germany.

If the U.S. advances out of group play today, it will be the second World Cup in a row in which the team moves moves to the knockout round of 16. That would be a record for the red-white-and-blues.

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Deadly Heat: Today's Top Reads

Good afternoon! Here are today’s top reads:

  • Climate forecast: A heat more deadly than the U.S. has ever seen (Bloomberg)
  • On NC’s Outer Banks, scary climate-change predictions prompt a change of forecast (Washington Post)
  • If poachers and illegal loggers strike, this forest phones it in (Scientific American)
  • Plastic stones, melting snails: Three new ways to maim a planet (Rolling Stone)
  • Crumbling U.S. grid gets jolt in smart Houston power system (Bloomberg)
  • Taking effective action against the unstoppable (NY Times)
  • Syngenta seeks ‘emergency’ exemption to use banned insecticide on U.K. crops (Guardian)
  • How Denver is becoming the most advanced transit city in the west (CityLab)
  • New report puts price tag on climate change in U.S. (Climate Central)
  • What’s holding back impact investing? (Fast Company)

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Why the U.S. Needs Business to Save It From Congress

Climate Report

It's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a climate bill to move through the United States Congress.

That's why the Obama administration is threading its climate policy through the Environmental Protection Agency instead of Capitol Hill, where it tried and failed in 2010. And it's why a group called the Risky Business Project yesterday published a report for U.S. businesses and investors that converts the relentless conclusions of climate science into dollars, a currency much easier to understand.

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Heat Waves in the United States

It’s not the heat. It’s the humidity. And the U.S. is on a path to regularly experience a deadly combination of the two the likes of which have only been recorded once on planet Earth.

That’s one of the findings in a report published today called “Risky Business,” commissioned by some of America’s top business leaders to put price tags on climate threats. For example, by the end of the century, between $238 billion and $507 billion of existing coastal property in the U.S. will likely be subsumed by rising seas, and crop yields in some breadbasket states may decline as much 70 percent.

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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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