Sustainability Blog - The Grid
Good morning! Here are today’s top reads:
- Peru glacier retreat caused by rising temperatures (Bloomberg)
- Nuclear waste repository set to reopen after leak (NY Times)
- Rail projects boosting oil flow to California refineries (Bloomberg)
- A new tool in the fight against hurricanes: Wind farms? (Atlantic Cities)
- U.S. issues emergency testing order to crude oil rail shippers (Wall Street Journal)
- Grijalva: GAO set to investigate Keystone conflict (National Journal)
- Radioactive isotopes from Fukushima meltdown detected near Vancouver (Scientific American)
- Google, Adobe and eBay innovate to save water in drought-hit California (Guardian)
- California endangered species: Plastic bags (NY Times)
- 11 innovations to fight food and water scarcity (GreenBiz)
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Bloomberg BNA – A nonprofit standards-setting organization today released voluntary guidelines to help commercial banks, insurance companies and others in the financial sector report on relevant sustainability issues in annual filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The financial sector standards are part of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board's effort to improve the quality and rate of environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure in mandatory SEC filings, including annual 10-K reports, among publicly listed companies in 10 sectors.
Here are today's top reads:
Bloomberg BNA – Senate energy efficiency legislation likely to be reintroduced the week of Feb. 24 will include a measure that would block a requirement that federal buildings phase out fossil fuel use, among other Republican-backed amendments, according to industry groups and others monitoring the bill.
The amendment, to the energy efficiency bill expected to be introduced by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), would repeal a section of a 2007 energy law that requires new and certain renovated federal buildings to phase out the use of fossil-fuel generated energy by 2030.
Here are today's top reads:
Bloomberg BNA – President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto cited a shared concern for addressing climate change and pledged to work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions during a Feb. 19 summit of North American leaders in Toluca, Mexico.
Obama said the three countries will work together to adopt and meet new fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks, and he said Harper agreed to work with the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
When Lynn Buehring leaves her doctor's office in San Antonio she makes sure her inhaler is on the seat beside her, then steers her red GMC pickup truck southeast on U.S. 181, toward her home on the South Texas prairie.
Bloomberg BNA – The U.S. Supreme Court won't address the Environmental Protection Agency's fundamental authority to regulate greenhouse gases during oral arguments Feb. 24, but lawsuits challenging the permitting requirements could provide an opportunity for the court to clarify the agency's authority.
The Supreme Court will hear challenges from some states and industry groups opposed to the EPA's requirement that large industrial sources obtain Clean Air Act permits for their greenhouse gas emissions.
Bloomberg BNA –Forthcoming regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency are likely to designate coal ash as a nonhazardous waste despite a recent high-profile spill of the material in North Carolina, Duke Energy Corp. said.
“We do expect it will be designated as nonhazardous,” Keith Trent, chief operating officer of regulated utilities for Duke Energy, said during a conference call announcing earnings from the fourth quarter of 2013. “That's the general assumption that we're working with.”
Bloomberg BNA – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel expanded his public health campaign against petroleum coke and coal, vowing to introduce an ordinance that will ban new storage and processing facilities, and prohibit any expansion of existing facilities.
Emanuel, together with aldermen John Pope and Ed Burke, said Feb. 12 he will introduce an ordinance ensuring that Chicago does not become a “dumping ground’’ for petroleum coke, commonly called petcoke. Emanuel said the ordinance will be presented during the next City Council meeting scheduled for March 5.