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Assault on the Grid: Today's Top Reads

Here are today's top reads:

  • Assault on Power Station Raises Alarm on Terrorism (Wall Street Journal)
  • State of green business: Shadow pricing steps into the limelight (GreenBiz)
  • Keystone XL pipeline records sought in Sierra Club suit (Bloomberg)
  • Indoor Arctic Ocean model may reveal secrets of sea ice (Scientific American)
  • France destroys illegal ivory stocks (Guardian)
  • Mid-century heat will be tough to beat in U.K., study says (Bloomberg)
  • Hard winter's mixed blessing (Wall Street Journal)
  • Will others abandon tobacco following CVS Caremark's decision? (Business Journal)
  • Coca-Cola's new formula for water stewardship: Government partnership (Guardian)
  • Russia Blocks Yogurt Bound for U.S. Athletes (NY Times)

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Rising Heat

Hot weather disruptions are projected to rise as decades pass -- they already have -- taking metropolitan areas dangerously past historic high temperatures, sometimes for days or weeks at a time.

A study of the U.K. this week in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, sees a rising probability of dangerous heatwaves as the century progresses. Heat-related deaths could rise by more than 250 percent by mid-century, with some of the most dramatic increases occurring in London.

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‘Glacial Pace’ Is No Longer Glacial: Today's Pic

Iceberg from Jakobshavn Isbræ

Summer glaciers in Greenland seem to be picking up their pace. A new report in The Cryosphere clocks ice moving four times faster it did in the 1990s, 10.5 miles a year or 151 feet a day.

Ice that breaks off flows out to the ocean, where it can exacerbate sea-level rise. “We know that from 2000 to 2010 this glacier alone increased sea level by about 1 mm,” said Ian Joughin, researcher at the Polar Science Center.

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Travel Emissions

Global companies are trying to shrink their carbon footprints by targeting business travel, and the early results are frustrating, even among companies with celebrated green credentials.

Consider Nike, which flew several managers to Davos last month, and was proclaimed by Newsweek to be the greenest U.S. consumer products company back in 2010. Since then, it has revealed that its travel-related emissions soared 89 percent from 2008 to 2011 -- far outpacing the company's 12 percent sales growth during that period.

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Don't Drink the Water. Or Smoke: Today's Top Reads

Here are today's top reads:

  • CVS plans to end sales of tobacco products by Oct. 1 (New York Times)
  • Vulnerable Senate Democrats urge Keystone XL approval (Bloomberg)
  • How much power do cities really have to combat climate change? (Atlantic Cities)
  • Winter Olympics 2014: A missed opportunity to advance sustainability (Guardian)
  • Obama administration to announce plans for 'climate hubs' (USA Today)
  • World had sixth-hottest year on record in 2013, UN says (Bloomberg)
  • 3 weeks later, many West Virginians still not drinking tap water (Scientific American)
  • Why smart governance is the secret to sustainability success (GreenBiz)
  • Duke Energy still looking to permanently repair pipe that caused Dan River leak (Charlotte Business Journal)
  • What's really in your bottled water (Salon)

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Exporting Global Warming: Today's Top Reads

Here are today's top reads:

  • Australian catch-and-kill shark policy, meant to reassure, horrifies some (New York Times)
  • America's out-of-control heroin problem, in two charts (Bloomberg)
  • Baby formula has no place in sustainable future (Guardian)
  • How the U.S. exports global warming (Rolling Stone)
  • Exit interview: Ben Packard, Starbucks (GreenBiz)
  • Keystone foes struggle for silver lining in U.S. report (Bloomberg)
  • Heat-related deaths will rise 257% by 2050 because of climate change (Guardian)
  • Senate to send farm bill to Obama (CNBC)
  • In pollution battle, Seoul targets BBQ, Spas (WSJ)
  • Fleets Save Money, Fuel with GPS Technology (Environmental Leader)

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America's Heroin Problem

Philip Seymour Hoffman's career spans Boogie Nights, Magnolia, The Big Lebowski, Almost Famous, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Charlie Wilson’s War, Doubt, The Master, Moneyball, The Savages and Death of a Salesman. His list of accomplishments goes on.

It won’t go on any longer. Hoffman, 46, was found dead yesterday with a needle in his arm. It’s easy to want to peg his death into a cautionary tale of rock stars and celebs who pushed a lifestyle of excess to its limits. We shouldn’t.

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Keystone's Next Steps: Today's Top Reads

Here are today's top reads:

  • The big business of global warming (Time)
  • Keystone foe Steyer says flaws in pipeline report require review (Bloomberg)
  • Legal hemp cultivation gets boost from pending farm bill (Wall Street Journal)
  • Train full of hazardous materials derails near Mississippi mobile home park (Climate Progress)
  • This is not the Keystone decision that you think it is (Bloomberg)
  • Severe Drought Has U.S. West Fearing Worst (New York Times)
  • Air pollution in Asia intensifies cyclones (Japan Times)
  • Keystone has Obama trapped in his own 5 percent (Bloomberg)
  • Method of study is criticized in group's health policy tests (New York Times)
  • Earth vs. the Super Bowl: America's high holiday of waste, by the numbers (Salon)

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Property Owners Threaten Second Suit Over Delay on Fracking Study

Property Owners Threaten Second Suit Over New York's Delay

Bloomberg BNA – A coalition of property owners announced Jan. 31 that it will sue New York state over its delay in issuing a long-awaited environmental impact statement on hydraulic fracturing unless the state provides a reasonable timeline by Feb. 13 for finalizing the process.

The lawsuit would be the second of its kind to compel the Department of Environmental Conservation to issue a supplemental generic environmental impact statement (SGEIS) on fracking.

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Keystone Has Obama Trapped in His Own 5 Percent

Obama and Judge Roberts

President Obama has talked himself into a bind on the Keystone pipeline, which environmentalists turned into a litmus test for his commitment to fighting climate change. He might look for counsel to his own words, in 2005, arguing against the confirmation of John Roberts as chief justice of the Supreme Court.

Obama took the Senate floor on Sept. 22 to discuss President George W. Bush's nomination of Roberts. A senator for less than a year -- and looking more than eight years younger than he looks today -- Obama opened with his credentials: a decade as constitutional law professor at University of Chicago Law School and an active lawyer on the federal appeals circuit.

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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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