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A Watchdog 'Defanged': Today's Top Reads

Good morning! Here are today's top reads:

  • China may build biggest smog lab to control pollution (Bloomberg)
  • EPA set to reveal tough new sulfur emissions rule (NY Times)
  • Legal trade can save endangered wildlife (Wall Street Journal)
  • Women's health harmed as medical studies miss gender differences (Bloomberg)
  • Why the mayor of Copenhagen wants to get into the marijuana business (Atlantic Cities)
  • Native Americans vow a last stand to block Keystone XL oil pipeline (Washington Post)
  • Hundreds of students arrested as activists press Obama to nix Keystone (National Journal)
  • China's toxic air pollution resembles nuclear winter (Climate Central)
  • Ash spill shows how watchdog was defanged (NY Times)
  • Walmart puts product suppliers on notice about chemicals (GreenBiz)

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Court Upholds Imposing Fracking Ban in Colorado City


Bloomberg BNA – A Colorado judge has approved the results of a November 2013 vote approving a five-year ban on hydraulic fracturing in Broomfield, Colo.

The Feb. 27 ruling by Colorado District Court Judge Chris Melonakis of the 17th Judicial District means Broomfield's five-year ban on fracking remains in effect, the city said in a statement.

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Greenwash of the Week: Today's Top Reads

Happy Friday! Here are today's top reads:

  • Ignore the Venezuelan uprising and check out this sparkly new building (Bloomberg)
  • Sea World questions ethics of 'Blackfish' investigation (NY Times)
  • Lawmakers to Obama: Do more on environmental justice (National Journal)
  • Blobs of Exxon-Valdez oil are still fresh on the beaches (Atlantic Cities)
  • Warming pause doesn't reverse scientific view on climate (Bloomberg)
  • Canada minister threatens legislation to clear grain backlog (Wall Street Journal)
  • Chad takes action, and the elephants hear it (National Geographic)
  • In Texas, a 'primary on steroids' avoid discussing energy (EnergyWire)
  • Austin a 'poster child' for urban wildfire threat (Climate Central)
  • A study claims that global warming could cause 180,000 more rapes by 2099 (Atlantic Cities)

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Did you hear the big news out of Venezuela this week? No, not that news. An oil-and-gas engineering company received a fancy environmental certification for a new building. I know, right?

Some press releases are notable for what they don’t say, and this week’s winner lapped the runners-up. There isn’t room on the Internet to explain every omission in this little gem, titled “Vepica’s New Headquarters Awarded First LEED Certification in Venezuela,” but here are three reasons it sailed straight into the greenwash bin:

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Social Cost of Carbon Figure Too Low to Reflect Harms: Enviros

Social Cost of Carbon Figure Too Low To Reflect Harms, Environme

Bloomberg BNA – The Obama administration relied on outdated science that produced a social cost of carbon figure that is too conservative, environmental groups said Feb. 26.

The models used by the federal government to update the social cost of carbon figure, which federal agencies use to calculate the climate impact of proposed actions, have yet to include the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change data, producing a figure that does not reflect the actual cost of carbon emissions, Gernot Wagner, senior economist at the Environmental Defense Fund, told reporters Feb. 26.

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Another Melting Glacier: Today's Top Reads

Good morning! Here are today’s top reads:

  • Peru glacier retreat caused by rising temperatures (Bloomberg)
  • Nuclear waste repository set to reopen after leak (NY Times)
  • Rail projects boosting oil flow to California refineries (Bloomberg)
  • A new tool in the fight against hurricanes: Wind farms? (Atlantic Cities)
  • U.S. issues emergency testing order to crude oil rail shippers (Wall Street Journal)
  • Grijalva: GAO set to investigate Keystone conflict (National Journal)
  • Radioactive isotopes from Fukushima meltdown detected near Vancouver (Scientific American)
  • Google, Adobe and eBay innovate to save water in drought-hit California (Guardian)
  • California endangered species: Plastic bags (NY Times)
  • 11 innovations to fight food and water scarcity (GreenBiz)

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Sustainability Accounting Standards Board for Financial Sector

Bloomberg BNA – A nonprofit standards-setting organization today released voluntary guidelines to help commercial banks, insurance companies and others in the financial sector report on relevant sustainability issues in annual filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The financial sector standards are part of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board's effort to improve the quality and rate of environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure in mandatory SEC filings, including annual 10-K reports, among publicly listed companies in 10 sectors.

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Silent Invader: Today's Top Reads

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Senate Efficiency Bill Expected to Repeal Federal Building Fossi

Bloomberg BNA – Senate energy efficiency legislation likely to be reintroduced the week of Feb. 24 will include a measure that would block a requirement that federal buildings phase out fossil fuel use, among other Republican-backed amendments, according to industry groups and others monitoring the bill.

The amendment, to the energy efficiency bill expected to be introduced by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), would repeal a section of a 2007 energy law that requires new and certain renovated federal buildings to phase out the use of fossil-fuel generated energy by 2030.

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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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