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Asteroid Threat

The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs was as wide as San Francisco and taller than Mount Everest. It slashed through the atmosphere 150 times faster than the average passenger jet, hitting the Yucatan Peninsula with a force 2 million times more powerful than the largest nuclear weapon ever detonated.

Humanity has watched similar-sized asteroids and comets pass harmlessly by for millennia. It's only in the last 50 years or so that we've had missiles and spaceships to help prevent a city-size rock from taking out, say, Paris.

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California Wildfire

This is the season of wildfire.

Twenty-six large fires are burning in seven states in the U.S. West, and 1.58 million acres have already been scorched. That’s actually a slow season compared with the conflagrations that have swept the country over the last decade. But don’t get used to it. The risk of wildfires is rising, and so is the cost of keeping them contained.

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Good afternoon! Here are today's top reads:

  • Drones on a different mission (NY Times)
  • Indonesia's heated presidential election may be 'watershed moment' for deforestation and global climate (ClimateWire)
  • U.S. Gets lackluster energy efficiency ranking (Climate Central)
  • George Harrison Memorial Tree killed ... by beetles; replanting due (LA Times)
  • 'We will fight': Keystone XL Pipeling foes fear worst for water supply (NBC)
  • Kidney stone risk creeps north as climate changes (Scientific American)
  • Why ocean plastic pollution is a problem that's hard to visualize (Fast Company)
  • How should climate change be taught? (National Journal)
  • What's behind the backlash to Houston's 'one bin for all' program (CityLab)

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Speed of Oil Tank Cars ‘An Issue': DOT Secretary

Bloomberg BNA —The speed of rail tank cars used in crude-by-rail shipments “is an issue” that the Transportation Department may address in an upcoming safety rule, Secretary Anthony Foxx said.

“It has to be dealt with comprehensively,” Foxx said July 21 of the rule, which is still being crafted, during remarks at the National Press Club. New standards for tank cars are “one piece of it, but speed is an issue.”

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Carmel, Indiana City Center

Carmel, Indiana, is just like Paris — uneven weather, no oceans, no mountains — but without the old city part. That’s one way Mayor James Brainard describes the town he has led since 1996 and its future promise. “They did just fine,” he said.

Brainard has earned headlines recently for both overseeing Carmel’s expansion and for his role as one of four Republicans on a White House task force studying how local governments can better manage climate change. The group is expected to submit its report to President Obama this fall.

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Burgers With a Side of Food Poisoning: Today's Top Reads

Good afternoon! Here are today's top reads:

  • Wives hide HIV as stigma undermines progress on AIDS (Bloomberg)
  • Frack quietly, please: Sage grouse is nesting (NY Times)
  • Whales under threat as U.S. approves seismic oil prospecting in Atlantic (Guardian)
  • U.S. and China lead the way on carbon capture and storage (Climate Central)
  • Thousands of women, accused of sorcery, tortured and executed in Indian witch hunts (Washington Post)
  • McDonald’s, Yum! Brands cease using Chinese meat supplier during probe (Bloomberg)
  • Can we inherit the environmental damage done to our ancestors? (Scientific American)
  • Where does discarded clothing go? (Atlantic)
  • Helsinki's new plan to eliminate car ownership (Fast Company)
  • Why the largest microgrid in the U.S. is in Austin (GreenBiz)

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Earthquakes Spur Colorado to Make Changes At Well

Bloomberg BNA —Colorado will allow oil and gas wastewater injection to resume at a well that was shut down in late June because of its potential link to recent earthquakes that shook the Greeley area.

The state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said July 17 that the operator of the well, NGL Water Solutions DJ, is required to make changes and adjust disposal activities before resuming deep wastewater injection.

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How a Sudden Flood of Oil Money Has Transformed N. Dakota

This report is part of a joint project by InsideClimate News and the Center for Public Integrity. — North Dakota's Heritage Center makes for a jarring sight in this Midwestern prairie capital. The newly-expanded museum consists of four interlocking cubes of stone, steel and glass, a gleaming architectural statement poking out of the otherwise drab Capitol grounds. Each cube features a gallery devoted to an era of North Dakota’s history, but the state’s present is everywhere.

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What’s Hotter Than Hottest Hot? The Last Two Months

Heat Wave in June 2014

Another month, another temperature record broken.

The average temperature of Earth’s surface last month exceeded all Junes before it, since record keeping began in 1880, according to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Is It Getting Warm In Here?: Today's Top Reads

Good afternoon! Here are today's top reads:

  • Latest state of the climate: Yup, still getting hotter (Bloomberg)
  • Former soda bottles become low-cost solar lights (Fast Company)
  • A call to fight malaria one mosquito at a time by altering DNA (NY Times)
  • Wind farm fires are much more common than we thought (CityLab)
  • Coal fuels brewpubs in Wyoming as Kentucky mines misery (Bloomberg)
  • Boris Johnson: 'Bollocks' to say Oxford Street has world's worst pollution (Guardian)
  • Giant global 'chimney" could alter climate change (Scientific American)
  • Fires in NW territories in line with 'unprecedented' burn (Climate Central)
  • Alabama, which has much at risk from climate change, argues it doesn't exist (ClimateWire)
  • One Congressman's crusade to save the world from killer robots (National Journal)

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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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