Sustainability Blog - The Grid
- Canada natives block energy projects: 'We own it all' (Bloomberg)
- IPCC hearing brings U.K. closer to U.S. polarization on climate change (Guardian)
- The good, the bad, and the ugly of natural gas (National Journal)
- Pope Francis preps tome on the environment (The Hill)
- Texas Panhandle drought on record streak (Amarillo Globe-News)
- How business has stepped up the opportunity of sustainability (Guardian)
- Remembering Google's dream, by way of Star Trek (Slate)
- Wood car takes automakers back to future in mileage quest (Bloomberg)
- Rain falling on mountains speeds CO2 removal (Climate News Network)
- Is it immoral to watch the Super Bowl? (NYT Magazine)
Elon Musk, maker of sports cars, solar farms and space ships, tends to make dramatic claims that challenge popular wisdom, and he’s often right. Not always.
Bloomberg News recently published a story about Musk’s sniping at car regulators for using the term “recall” to describe Tesla modifications to prevent overheating. (Musk hates the word “recall.”) During the reporting of the story, the billionaire co-founder of Tesla pushed back against the flak the Model S has taken after several accidents resulted in fires:
Bloomberg BNA -- The Environmental Protection Agency is working with states and will continue to do so to prevent or investigate groundwater contamination from shale gas drilling, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told a prominent environmental advocate.
McCarthy in a letter Jan. 10 was responding to a September letter from Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, who accused the EPA of “a troubling trend of abandoning investigations of hydraulic fracturing before they are completed.”
- China bank regulator said to issue alert on coal loans (Bloomberg)
- Do middle-managers and finance block progress towards sustainability? (Guardian)
- Davos: How can companies leave a lighter footprint? (World Economic Forum)
- En route to Davos: Four business leaders talk about global problem-solving (Huffington Post)
- Chemical-related hospital visits still rising (Charleston Gazette)
- China maintains solar target after record installations (Bloomberg)
- Visualizing the companies that have created the most climate change (Fast Company)
- China: Where marathon mania and epic air pollution levels collide (Atlantic)
- Creating tastier and healthier fruits and veggies with a modern alternative to GMOs (Scientific American)
- Sonoma strives to become first 100 percent sustainable wine region (GreenBiz)
Good morning from New York, where the weather outside is frightful. Here’s what we’re reading today:
- Is it hot in here or is it just me telling you it’s hot in here? (The Grid)
- 2013 ties as fourth warmest year on record (NOAA)
- EU calls for 40% reduction in greenhouse-gas output by 2030 (Bloomberg)
- Is Europe’s Renewables Mandate Bad for the Environment? (CFR)
- Storebrand puts palm oil on blacklist with tobacco (Bloomberg)
- Bee deaths may stem from mutated tobacco virus (NY Times)
- Australia should probably get used to these devastating heat waves (Atlantic)
- Desert encroachment fuels nigerian religious fight over land (Bloomberg)
- Bananas are chemicals, too (Dot Earth)
- Will electric cars kill utility grids? No, study says. (Christian Science Monitor)
How about you?
These statements are caricatures of debate, and obscure the real and persistent way that weather actually does make climate change confusing.
How’s climate change a risk to me? This simple question has gone unanswered for too long.
Robert Rubin knows a thing or two about economic risk. As Treasury Secretary to President Clinton, Rubin advocated for balanced budgets through a combination of tax increases and spending cuts -- Rubinomics for short. While at Treasury he helped formulate the administration's responses to financial crises in Mexico, Russia and East Asia. The administration's personnel and policies have drawn increased scrutiny in recent years as Wall Street tries to make sense of the 2008 crisis.
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?
- 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?