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Bloomberg BNA -- Microsoft Corp. has left the American Legislative Exchange Council because of concerns about the lobbying group's opposition to renewable energy, a coalition of activist investor groups said.

The Sustainability Group and Walden Asset Management, asset management companies that describe themselves as focused on sustainable investing, said Microsoft confirmed in e-mails that it's no longer a part of ALEC after the groups pressed the company to abandon it.

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Did You Feel It? Fracking Earthquakes Are Less Intense

Did You Feel It? Fracking Earthquakes Are Less Intense

Bloomberg BNA -- Earthquakes and tremors from hydraulic fracturing shake the ground less than naturally occurring earthquakes of the same magnitude, therefore causing less damage, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research.

USGS seismologist Susan Hough analyzed 11 induced earthquakes in the central and eastern United States from 2011-2013, evaluating the ground tremors these events generated.

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Good afternoon! Here are today's top reads:

  • If you can't take the heat, get off the island (Bloomberg)
  • Australia review chills $20 billion clean-energy industry (Bloomberg)
  • U.S. sailors prepare for fresh legal challenge over Fukushima radiation (Guardian)
  • The future of coffee looks bitter and pricey, courtesy of climate change (Fast Company)
  • Climate change threatens South Asia’s escape from poverty (Bloomberg)
  • Legal marijuana for parents, but not their kids (NY Times)
  • Want to see how fast coastal wetlands and forests are vanishing? (National Journal)
  • 10 years of extinction countdown: A lot of good in the face of mass losses (Scientific American)
  • How bad weather around the world is threatening Nutella (Washington Post)
  • Why Portland is building a mutli-modal bridge that bans cars (CityLab)

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If You Can’t Take the Heat, Get Off the Island 

Louisville Kentucky

Sweaty subway brush-ups, the smell of garbage broth brewing in gutters, and most of all the heat -- heat that radiates from everywhere and escapes to nowhere. That’s what New York typically feels like in August. It’s a time when the only people walking the streets on weekends are the tourists and the overworked; everyone else skips town or stays home.

There’s a name for this particular municipal affront: urban heat islands. Asphalt and buildings absorb and radiate heat, and the lack of greenery means less shade and evaporative cooling. At its worst, New York can register 20 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than nearby rural areas (2.7 degrees hotter on average), according to a new report by nonprofit research group Climate Central.

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California Drought

If you live in California, Australia or Scandinavia, 2014 may feel like the hottest year on record. Not quite; on a global scale, it’s “only” third-hottest.

The global average surface temperature for January through July was 1.2 degrees Fahrenheit (0.66 degrees Celsius) above the 20th century average, tying with 2002 as the third warmest in records going back to 1880, according to National Climatic Data Center data released today.

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Solar's Growing Pains: Today's Top Reads

Good afternoon! Here are today's top reads:

  • Taking up arms where birds feast on buffet of salmon (NY Times)
  • California’s Record Heat Is Like Nothing You’ve Ever Seen... Yet (Bloomberg)
  • How climate friendly is bike sharing? It's complicated (Climate Central)
  • Why is a major green group backing a Republican who supports the Keystone Pipeline and offshore drilling? (National Journal)
  • How to talk about climate change so people will listen (Atlantic)
  • Your coffee is getting fancier, but is it getting better for the world? (Fast Company)
  • Booming rooftop solar power suffers growing pains (Scientific American)
  • Nepal and India begin relief efforts as monsoon floods claim at least 180 lives (Guardian)
  • Taiwan's 'vanishing canyon' erasing quake record (BBC)
  • Golf copes with a wetter, warmer climate (Daily Climate)

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If hot thermometers actually exploded like they do in cartoons, there would be a lot of mercury to clean up in California right now.

The California heat this year is like nothing ever seen, with records that go back to 1895. The chart below shows average year-to-date temperatures in the state from January through July for each year. The orange line shows the trend rising 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit per decade.

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Many Republicans Privately Support Action On Climate


Bloomberg BNA -- In stark contrast to their party's public stance on Capitol Hill, many Republicans privately acknowledge the scientific consensus that human activity is at least partially responsible for climate change and recognize the need to address the problem.

However, they see little political benefit to speaking out on the issue, since congressional action is probably years away, according to former congressmen, former congressional aides and other sources.

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'I'd Like To Be Under The Sea': Today's Top Reads

Good afternoon! Here are today's top reads:

  • Deadly plane crash turns green evangelical into Brazil kingmaker (Bloomberg)
  • As climate changes, 'underwater mortgage' may take on new meaning (Bloomberg)
  • How the U.N. is grappling with the role of cities in sustainable development (CityLab)
  • This Kenyan school harvests all the water that students need to drink (Fast Company)
  • Humans now strongest driver of glaciers melting, study finds (Guardian)
  • Drillers illegally using diesel fuel to frack (Scientific American)
  • Oil industry threatens to take its underwater air guns and go home (National Journal)
  • Expanding existing farmland would benefit climate (Climate Central)
  • Health officials trying to quell fear of Ebola spreading by air travel (NY Times)
  • S.C. coal plant, efficient but doomed, offers lessons for states grappling with EPA rule (Greenwire)

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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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