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Our Robot Future: Today's Top Reads

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California Paving Way for U.S. on Reducing Carbon Emissions

Bloomberg BNA – State actions on climate change are reducing emissions and offering templates for effective federal standards, according to Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board (ARB).

“State successes are helping to lay the foundation for strong federal standards and those then reinforce the next round of state successes,” Nichols said at a March 14 conference on “Navigating Climate Regulation on Dual Tracks: The Promises and Pitfalls of AB32 and the Clean Air Act.”

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How to Keep Your Job When Your Boss Is a Robot

How to Keep Your Job When Your Boss Is a Robot

The robots are coming for our jobs. No, seriously.

There’s no need to take up arms -- they come in peace -- but you may want to dust off your resume and make sure you have the skills that our future robot overlords will be looking for.

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Not Into Fracking? How About Some Nuclear Waste?

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The U.S. shale oil-and-gas boom has something for everybody. Jobs! Community outrage! Cheap fuel! Financial intrigue! Geopolitical leverage! Dirty water!

Really, the only thing nobody's tried to work in is nuclear waste. Until now.

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Melting Greenland: Today's Top Reads

Happy Saint Patricks Day! Here are today's top reads:

  • West's drought and growth intensify conflict over water rights (NY Times)
  • Tesla to convert New Jersey stores into showrooms after ban (Bloomberg)
  • Can the military save us from climate change? (GreenBiz)
  • Paris launches car ban in latest smog crackdown (BusinessGreen)
  • How urban light pollution could be killing rainforests (Atlantic Cities)
  • Navy SEALs seize tanker seeking to ship illicit Libya oil (Bloomberg)
  • The animal welfare and antitrust issues behind america's cheap meat (Guardian)
  • How kids are bringing medicine marijuana to the states (National Journal)
  • Study says climate change accelerating Greenland's ice loss (Time)
  • Oceans stand to deliver abundant carbon-free energy (Climate Central)

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BP Is Back: Today's Top Reads

Good morning! Here are today's top reads:

  • U.S. agrees to allow BP back into gulf waters to seek oil (NY Times)
  • Tesla batteries’ graphite adding to china pollution (Bloomberg)
  • Report finds punctuality trumps safety at Metro-North (NY Times)
  • Here is exactly what the chamber of commerce thinks about global warming (National Journal)
  • What winds from 20 massive winter storms look like (Climate Central)
  • Russia picks an odd time to put on climate halo (Bloomberg)
  • North Carolina environment agency worked with Duke Energy on coal ash spills (Guardian)
  • Dems grapple with dilemma on Keystone XL pipeline (Washington Post)
  • As gas prices fluctuate, support for mass transit rises (Atlantic Cities)
  • 'Fairtrade isn't fair enough'? It's just not that simple (Guardian)

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'Cost of Carbon' Doesn't Include Some Climate Risks

Social Cost of Carbon Figure Doesn't Quantify Some Harms Posed b

Bloomberg BNA – The federal government's revised social cost of carbon figure is too low to adequately capture several social and economic harms posed by climate change, environmental groups said in a report released March 13.

The $37 per metric ton figure that federal agencies use to calculate the impact of climate change in their regulations is either missing or improperly quantifying the threats posed by increased risk of high-ozone days, drought, ocean acidification, loss of species and habitat and other impacts, according to the report, “Omitted Damages: What's Missing From the Social Cost of Carbon,” issued by the Institute for Policy Integrity, the Environmental Defense Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Russia Picks an Odd Time to Put on Climate Halo

Crimean Factory

How do you prevent a jump in your carbon pollution? Don't invade anybody.

Take Russia. At a meeting yesterday of 200 or so national climate negotiators in Bonn, Russia’s Oleg Shamanov said his country wanted to launch a market for trading carbon pollution credits. The sooner the country can gain experience in a domestic cap-and-trade system, he said, the sooner it can link up to carbon markets in other countries or regions.

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Pollution Pays: Today's Top Reads

Good morning! Here are today's top reads:

  • Panasonic to pay expat workers in China pollution compensation (Guardian)
  • EPA's proposed rules on water worry farmers (NY Times)
  • Oil-fouled waters spoil Niger delta as homes abandoned (Bloomberg)
  • Social cost of carbon greatly underestimated (Climate Central)
  • Call for 'frack-free zones' to protect U.K.'s wildlife and water (Guardian)
  • China sticks with coal gasification to curb smog despite potentially big rise in CO2 emissions (ClimateWire)
  • Christie's opposition to Tesla spurs cries of hypocrisy (Bloomberg)
  • GOP goes head-hunting in EPA climate probe (National Journal)
  • Uncertainty is the new denial (New Economics Foundation)
  • We should all be eating more insects, but we probably won't - yet (Atlantic Cities)

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Tech Needed to Combat Climate Change: Murkowski

Murkowski Says New Technologies Needed to Combat Climate Change

Bloomberg BNA – The U.S. has made progress at addressing climate change, but additional technologies are needed to promote the use of abundant energy resources while combating emissions, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told Bloomberg BNA.

Murkowski, ranking member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said the U.S. needed to invest in energy efficiency and energy conservation, and use best practices and new technologies to drive down emissions that contribute to climate change.

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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
eroston@bloomberg.net

Tom Randall, Deputy Editor
trandall6@bloomberg.net

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