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Ever get the feeling you’re spinning your wheels, driving in circles, covering the same ground you’ve covered a million times before? Chances are, you’ve got nothing on the average New York City taxi driver.
It kind of doesn't matter to serious companies that some people still dismiss corporate sustainability as empty green PR.
“It kind of doesn't matter," Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said in an interview last month. "We do it because it's the right thing to do."
If you live in Phoenix, Arizona, and find the summers there just aren’t hot enough for you, you’re in luck. Just stick around long enough, and it’ll feel just like Kuwait City, where the average summer day registers a lizard-pleasing 114 degrees Fahrenheit (45.6 Celsius).
This new interactive map by nonprofit research group Climate Central draws lines, literally, between the cities of today and the cities they’ll feel like by the end of this century if greenhouse-gas pollution continues on its current path.
Bloomberg BNA — Three Democrats introduced a bill July 9 that would ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food and beverage containers.
The Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2014 is sponsored by Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Reps. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) and Grace Meng (D-N.Y.).
Bloomberg BNA — Talks are under way to reach a compromise on language in a Senate Export-Import Bank reauthorization bill that would reverse an Obama administration ban on the bank's funding of overseas coal-fired power plants, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters.
“I've talked to Manchin, I've talked to Cantwell and there are discussions going on now to work that out some way,” Reid said, referring to Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), in remarks following his weekly news conference.
Bloomberg BNA — China's Supreme People's Court will establish a special tribunal for handling major cases related to air, water and soil pollution, the body announced.
The special tribunal will “try to hear environmental cases without regard to where those incidents occur, in order to avoid administrative interference from local governments,” said Supreme People's Court spokesman Sun Jungong July 3, adding that a major function of the new body would be to handle cross-jurisdictional cases.
Relief workers in war-torn South Sudan say they have been beaten, arrested and on one occasion forced to bury a dead soldier, hampering efforts to deliver aid to a population on the brink of famine.
Government and rebel forces who have been fighting for seven months have targeted World Food Programme staff and Medecins Sans Frontieres facilities, according to WFP spokeswoman Amanda Lawrence-Brown and MSF Mission Head Raphael Gorgeu. The threats limited access to conflict areas and led to the theft of food rations for more than a quarter of a million people, they said.
Good afternoon! Here are today's top reads:
- What’s killing the children in Jadugora, India? (Bloomberg)
- Blueprints for taming the climate crisis (NY Times)
- New report outlines ‘pathways’ to cut CO2 emissions (Climate Central)
- Japan to resume ‘research’ whaling in 2015 (Guardian)
- Keystone route legal, Nebraska tells state’s High Court (Bloomberg)
- Endangered manatees face a new threat: Lawsuits (Scientific American)
- Kentucky Senator on global warming: ‘There are no coal mines on Mars’ (National Journal)
- England ‘exposed’ to climate risks (BBC)
- How three states are moving forward with microgrids (GreenBiz)
- The Environmental Protection Agency is swimming in murky water (Washington Post)
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A draft report prepared for the United Nations suggests, out loud, what the U.S. needs to do about climate change: Cut emissions to one-tenth of current levels, per person, in less than 40 years.
It’s perilous to say these things in the U.S., where a mere description of the scale of the climate challenge too often invites ridicule and dismissiveness. Americans are each responsible for about 18 tons of carbon dioxide a year. Taking that down 90 percent would mean a drop in emissions to what they were in about 1901 or 1902. Cue ridicule and dismissiveness.