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Good morning, folks. Friday, which seems to come around only once every week, is here again. Here's some reading to mark the occasion:

  • Extreme Weather Wreaking Havoc on Food as Farmers Suffer (Bloomberg)
  • This warped map shows global warming’s biggest offenders (Atlantic)
  • Climate protection may cut world GDP 4% by 2030, UN says (Bloomberg)
  • Solar on a grand scale: big power plants coming online in the West (Washington Post)
  • All that remained of 100 elephants: a ton of ivory turned into trinkets (NY Times)
  • Brands shouldn’t be criticized for trying to tell their sustainability stories (Guardian)
  • Toxic Mercury Pollution May Rise with Arctic Meltdown (Scientific American)
  • Does Keystone XL Have a Place in the Oil-by-Rail Safety Debate? (Inside Climate News)
  • Miners Chopping $10 Billion Search Bodes Next Price Boom (Bloomberg)
  • Sustainability is better business – and we can prove it (Guardian)

What are you reading?

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Wooing Wall Street: Today's Top Reads

Good morning. Today: 2013 Oscar nominations offer a welcome distraction from "carbon dioxide removal" technology.

  • World may have to suck gases from air to meet climate goals: UN (Reuters)
  • How Wall Street can solve the climate crisis (Mother Jones)
  • Climate change: The case of the missing heat (Nature)
  • Company in West Virginia spill cited in issues at second site (Associated Press)
  • Renewable energy at $254 billion? Make it a clean trillion (The Grid)
  • Tony Fadell Q&A: Why I sold Nest to Google (Fortune)
  • Tricks of the Trade (UCS Report)
  • Why so many emerging megacities remain so poor (Atlantic Cities)
  • BP sees renewables outpacing fossil fuels, eclipsing nuclear (Bloomberg)
  • Far west got drier last year, data shows (New York Times)

How about you?

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Renewable Energy at $254 Billion? Let’s Make It a Clean Trillion

Billionaire bankers gathered at the United Nations yesterday to call for more investment in renewable energy -- $1 trillion a year, to be exact.

It won’t be easy. Global investment in renewable energy fell 11 percent in 2013 to $254 billion, according to data released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), casting a shadow over the notion of a “clean trillion.”

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Climate Agenda Intact With Limited Riders in Appropriations Bill

Bloomberg BNA – Democrats beat back efforts from Republicans to include provisions in a fiscal year 2014 appropriations package that would have limited President Barack Obama's ability to implement his climate action plan, according to the White House.

Matt Lehrich, an assistant press secretary at the White House, told Bloomberg BNA in a statement that all of the “many” riders to the $1.1 trillion appropriations package that would have “gutted” Obama's climate action plan were eliminated from the final bill.

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Shivering Cows and the Google Grid: Today's Top Reads

Greetings from New York, where we're busy picking out ties for tomorrow's climate and investment conference at the United Nations.

  • West Virginia Acknowledges It Had No Plan for Freedom Spill (Charleston Gazette)
  • Omnibus Thwarts Obama on Overseas Coal Plant Funding Limits (National Journal)
  • China, World's Top Global Emitter, Is Best on Climate Change: Figueres (Bloomberg)
  • A Century Later, the Expensive Lesson of Reversing the Chicago River (Atlantic Cities)
  • What I Learned from Six Months of GMO Research: None of It Matters (Grist)
  • Top iPhone Designer Now Works for the Google Grid (Bloomberg)
  • Grappling With Sea-Level Rise, Sooner Not Later (New York Times)
  • California Drought: What's Causing It? (San Jose Mercury News)
  • The Monster Hurricanes of the Future Won't Be Where You Think (Fast Company)
  • Shivering Cattle Signal Higher McDonald's Beef Cost (Bloomberg)
  • Should You Drink Coffee Before or After Learning a Task? (Scientific American)

How about you?

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Top IPhone Designer Now Works for the Google Grid

Nest Labs

Most of our homes are still operated by dumb technology with clumsy on/off switches. There are really only a few mainstream success stories of the so-called “Internet of things,” the idea that plugging our offline worlds into the Internet will make our lives better.

Google just bought one of them, for $3.2 billion.

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Traffic's Economic Toll Marooned in Christie Bridge Snarl

Christie's Traffic Snarl Obscures a Wicked Problem

Governor Chris Christie apologized to New Jersey last week after it was revealed that aides ordered busy commuter highway lanes shut for four days in September to punish a local mayor. The ensuing gridlock paralyzed the town of Fort Lee and, in at least four cases, prevented emergency units from getting to people in need.

The incident has caused moral outrage — for "pettiness and vindictiveness in doses usually relegated to the Facebook pages of Mean Girls," according to Bloomberg View's Francis Wilkinson — and could short circuit Christie's presidential ambitions.

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Why Does New York Hate the Sharing Economy?

Hating to Share

Ask a bunch of New Yorkers where they spend their money: apartments, cars, vacation lodgings, maybe designer handbags. In the new American “sharing economy,” these can all be enjoyed at a fraction of their normal cost. Just not if you’re a New Yorker.

Bloomberg News’s Aki Ito and Jeff Kearns recently wrote about the increasing number of websites where people rent out their stuff. Going away for the weekend? Why not rent out your apartment? Not using your car much? Let someone else. Services like Airbnb, RelayRides and DogVacay are on track to account for “at least a single-digit percentage” of GDP in five years, said Arun Sundararajan, a professor at the Stern School of Business. In America’s $16 trillion economy, that’s enough to make the $2 billion currently invested in such startups seem puny.

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Reid Puts Climate Issues Front and Center In Caucus Meetings

Bloomberg BNA -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is setting aside time at his party's weekly caucus lunch in the Capitol to focus solely on climate change, a senior Senate aide said Jan. 9, in hopes of one day reviving a bill to cut carbon dioxide emissions and better defend President Barack Obama's climate efforts from Republican attacks.

Reid reserves “a permanent spot” for the climate issue each week when Senate Democrats sit down for their hour-plus policy lunches, the aide told Bloomberg BNA.

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Home Depot Is Watching Your Bulbs: Today’s Top Reads

Good morning, evening, afternoon. Here’s what we’re reading today:

  • Home Depot Tracks Top Adopters of Energy Efficient Bulbs (Triple Pundit)
  • Radio Disney's pro-fracking elementary school tour (Al Jazeera)
  • Kraft helps cut 6.4 trillion calories in Obama challenge (Bloomberg)
  • How big formula bought china (Reuters)
  • We the geeks: 'polar vortex' and extreme weather (White House video)
  • Celebrating deep freeze, insect experts see chance to kill off invasive species (NY Times)
  • Russia accuses Greenpeace of encouraging Senegal ship detention (Guardian)
  • Suburbs are wiping out cities' carbon savings (Business Green)
  • Louisiana's plans to rebuild ravaged coastal wetlands (Times-Picayune)
  • Keystone snag brings on the rail tankers (Bloomberg)

How about you?

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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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