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Tech Needed to Combat Climate Change: Murkowski

Murkowski Says New Technologies Needed to Combat Climate Change

Bloomberg BNA – The U.S. has made progress at addressing climate change, but additional technologies are needed to promote the use of abundant energy resources while combating emissions, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told Bloomberg BNA.

Murkowski, ranking member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said the U.S. needed to invest in energy efficiency and energy conservation, and use best practices and new technologies to drive down emissions that contribute to climate change.

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NASA's Bleak Forecast: Today's Top Reads 

Good morning! Here are today's top reads:

  • NASA study projects higher temperatures despite recent slowdown in global warming (Bloomberg)
  • Fukushima Contamination in U.S. waters refuted by NRC (Bloomberg)
  • For EPA's global warming rules, will 'next year' mean 'never'? (National Journal)
  • Ohio looks at whether fracking led to two quakes (NY Times)
  • Tokyo's carbon market for office buildings is all 'cap' and not much 'trade' (Atlantic Cities)
  • Bovine TB cattle slaughter numbers fell in 2013 (Guardian)
  • Climate is out of sync with agriculture (Bloomberg)
  • Unions: Keystone review 'reeks of politics' (Hill)
  • Senate climate dodge (Wall Street Journal)
  • Can U.S. fracked gas save Ukraine? (Scientific American)

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Bloomberg BNA – Global temperatures will likely continue to rise in coming decades on track with higher estimates, despite a recent slowdown in the rate of global warming, according to a new study from a National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientist.

The study sought to reconcile different estimates for the Earth's climate sensitivity, or how temperatures change in response to changes in the atmosphere.

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New Round of Climate Talks Focuses on Setting Deadlines

Climate Talks in Bonn Focus on Deadline For Proposing Emissions-

Bloomberg BNA – The latest round of United Nations climate talks began March 10 in Bonn with a call for “concrete action” from the UN's top climate change official.

Christiana Figueres, head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said during the opening plenary session that she has received support from local political leaders, nongovernmental groups, private citizens and even military officials, and she urged delegates to help put that support into action at the highest level.

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Conflict-Free Solar: Today's Top Reads

Good morning! Here are today's top reads:

  • Does climate change stand a chance against the oil boom in U.S. Elections (Scientific American)
  • These things are so pretty. They must be useful, too. Right? (Bloomberg)
  • From mines to megawatts: The promise of ‘conflict-free Big Solar’ (GreenBiz)
  • Severe drought plan would move California salmon by truck (Fresno Bee)
  • Senate democrats’ all-nighter flags climate change (NY Times)
  • Japan’s giant tsunami wall fails to stop atomic power fears (Bloomberg)
  • Ethical farming dilemma: Should we be helping the chicken or fixing the egg (Guardian)
  • This drug won’t stop the heroin epidemic. But it can help (National Journal)
  • The monitored man (NY Times)
  • U.N. wars food security a risk to Asia-Pacific (Reuters)

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Did Spate of Wet Weather Fuel the Reign of Genghis Khan?

Genghis Khan

Climate Central — During the early 1200s, Genghis Khan and his Mongol warriors swept across much of Asia, massacring populations wholesale — by one estimate killing 40 million in just 20 years. Historians have long thought that part of their motivation for expansion had to do with climate. A new analysis in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences argues that this theory is literally all wet.

Arid conditions in Genghis Khan’s home territory of northern Mongolia, goes the story, drove him and his hordes outward in search of better land. But the new research suggests that the local climate at the time he began his murderous conquests was the wettest it’s been in roughly the past 1,100 years.

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Equilateral Polyhedrals

Having a young daughter brings you into daily contact with things that aren't immediately useful but are "real pretty." It's just like covering sustainability.

3D-shapes week in kindergarten rolled by recently, and a colorful menagerie of flattened polyhedra came home in the school folder.

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EPA Issues Guidance for Cities on Managing Sewer Overflows With

Bloomberg BNA – Environmental Protection Agency guidance released March 7 describes how communities can incorporate green infrastructure—such as porous pavement, green roofs and strategically placed grassy swales—to manage sewer overflows during heavy rains.

These techniques can be incorporated into the long-term control plans as another means for reducing combined sewer overflows, the agency said in “Greening CSO Plans: Planning and Modeling Green Infrastructure for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control”. Many older U.S. cites have sewer systems in which both domestic sewage and stormwater are conveyed in a single pipe. These systems are designed to overflow during heavy rains to keep excess flows from overwhelming the treatment plant.

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Third-World America: Today's Top Reads

Good morning! Here are today's top reads:

  • After Fukushima, utilities prepare for worst (NY Times)
  • Keystone foes try flattery to sway Kerry against pipeline (Bloomberg)
  • Mysterious new man-made gases pose threat to ozone layer (BBC)
  • Senate hearing puts Keystone pipeline in spotlight (National Journal)
  • Democrat senators to stage all-night session of climate change speeches (Guardian)
  • Climate change threatens energy infrastructure (Climate Central)
  • 'Mom, I'm scared' as child traumas compound Syrian war cost (Bloomberg)
  • Richard Branson tells climate deniers to 'get out of the way' (Guardian)
  • The fattest states in America (Fast Company)
  • Six ways America is like a third-world country (Rolling Stone)

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Energy Department Advisory Group Urges ‘Full Disclosure' of Frac

Bloomberg BNA – An Energy Department advisory board recommended “full disclosure of all known constituents” in fluids used for hydraulic fracturing, according to a draft report released March 6.

The “Task Force Report on FracFocus 2.0” from the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) said state and federal regulators should adopt standards for companies making trade secret claims for fracking fluid ingredients and establish a compliance process and challenge mechanism.

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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.

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