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InsideClimateNews.org — North Dakota's Heritage Center makes for a jarring sight in this Midwestern prairie capital. The newly-expanded museum consists of four interlocking cubes of stone, steel and glass, a gleaming architectural statement poking out of the otherwise drab Capitol grounds. Each cube features a gallery devoted to an era of North Dakota’s history, but the state’s present is everywhere.
Another month, another temperature record broken.
The average temperature of Earth’s surface last month exceeded all Junes before it, since record keeping began in 1880, according to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Good afternoon! Here are today's top reads:
- Latest state of the climate: Yup, still getting hotter (Bloomberg)
- Former soda bottles become low-cost solar lights (Fast Company)
- A call to fight malaria one mosquito at a time by altering DNA (NY Times)
- Wind farm fires are much more common than we thought (CityLab)
- Coal fuels brewpubs in Wyoming as Kentucky mines misery (Bloomberg)
- Boris Johnson: 'Bollocks' to say Oxford Street has world's worst pollution (Guardian)
- Giant global 'chimney" could alter climate change (Scientific American)
- Fires in NW territories in line with 'unprecedented' burn (Climate Central)
- Alabama, which has much at risk from climate change, argues it doesn't exist (ClimateWire)
- One Congressman's crusade to save the world from killer robots (National Journal)
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Bloomberg BNA — A California court has issued a ruling requiring the regulation of groundwater withdrawals that harm the Scott River in Siskiyou County.
The July 15 ruling marks the first time a state court has decided the public trust doctrine applies to groundwater interconnected to nearby rivers, attorneys involved in the case told Bloomberg BNA July 17.
The annual State of the Climate is in, and for readers looking forward to cracking a beer and diving into the 275-page report, read no further. Spoiler Alert: The planet is still getting hotter.
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association issues a report each year compiling the latest data collected by scientists from around the world. Here’s a review, in six charts, of some of the climate highlights from 2013.
Toyota Motor Corp. (7203), among carmakers developing driverless technology, said the appeal of autonomous cars carries the risk of adding to urban sprawl and pollution as they may encourage commuters to travel farther to work.
Technologies that let a driver turn vehicle controls over to the car itself should begin arriving late this decade, said Ken Laberteaux, senior principal scientist for Toyota’s North American team studying future transportation. Faster commutes can bring unintended consequences, Laberteaux said in an interview at the Automated Vehicles Symposium in San Francisco yesterday.
How bad is the 2014 California drought?
Well, Governor Jerry Brown called it “an unprecedented, very serious situation.” That was Jan. 17.
InsideClimateNews.org -- In early July, a million gallons of salty drilling waste spilled from a pipeline onto a steep hillside in western North Dakota's Fort Berthold Reservation. The waste—a byproduct of oil and gas production—has now reached a tributary of Lake Sakakawea, which provides drinking water to the reservation.
The oil industry called the accident a "saltwater" spill. But the liquid that entered the lake bears little resemblance to what's found in the ocean.
Say what you want about oil spills. At least when you're standing in one it's hard to miss.
That's not true of methane spills, which are invisible and -- unless it's a potentially explosive concentration of gas -- unsmellable.
Poor Australia. It's responsible for just a tiny fraction of the global warming that's occurred so far and has already been bearing the punishment in the form of a national carbon tax -- repealed today by Parliament.
Rupert Murdoch, one of Australia's most famous sons, cautioned against policy overreaction to climate change in an interview that aired Sunday. Speaking with Sky News Australia, he lauded Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who pushed for the repeal after calling it a "hand brake" on the economy. He also dismissed significant risks from global warming.