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Who’s Still Fighting Climate Change? The U.S. Military
February 8, 2017 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Laura Parker (National Geographic)  Ten times a year, the Naval Station Norfolk floods. The entry road swamps. Connecting roads become impassable. Crossing from one side of the base to the other becomes impossible. Dockside, floodwaters …

Trump Team May Emphasize Climate Science Uncertainty
February 5, 2017 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Scott Waldman (E&E News/Climatewire)  … The Trump administration landing team at NOAA may focus on data used by the agency to formulate its climate research, calling into question the accuracy of temperature measurements that inform …

Climate Change Risk Threatens 18 U.S. Military Sites: Study
August 1, 2016 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici (Reuters)  Rising sea levels due to hurricanes and tidal flooding intensified by climate change will put military bases along the U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast at risk, according to a report …

GOP Platform Proposes Turning EPA into a Commission
July 19, 2016 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Eric Wolff, et al. (Politico Morning Energy)  … The Republican Platform 2016 offers a fresh plan for an old GOP target: it calls for converting the EPA into a bipartisan commission. As Pro’s Alex Guillén …

The Navy Builds Strength by Saving Energy
July 6, 2016 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by David Ignatius (The Washington Post)  The week of July Fourth is a good moment to salute an unlikely champion of saving energy and switching to alternative fuels — the U.S. Navy. Once a supreme …

The Paradox of American Farmers and Climate Change
July 1, 2016 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Beth Kowitt (Fortune Magazine)  Some U.S. farmers are skeptical of climate change, even though they’re among the most affected by it — … A survey conducted by Iowa State Professor J. Arbuckle and Purdue University …

Smoke & Fumes
May 22, 2016 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

(Center for International Environmental Law)  This is a story about how the world’s most powerful industry used science, communications, and consumer psychology to shape the public debate over climate change. And it begins earlier—decades earlier—than …

Big Oil Could Have Cut CO2 Emissions In 1970s — But Did Nothing
May 20, 2016 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Chris D’Angelo (The Huffington Post)  New documents show the industry chose to prioritize costs over the planet.  In 1963, Esso (now Exxon Mobil) patented a design for a “novel and highly efficient electrode“ for …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry Results, Additional $72.3 Million Soil Health Investment to Support Paris Agreement
May 12, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack shared the first results of USDA’s Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry, one year after he unveiled the plan at Michigan State University. In …

Native American Tribe to Relocate from Louisiana Coast as Sea Levels Rise
March 21, 2016 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Sebastien Malo (PlanetArk/Reuters)  A small Native American community in coastal Louisiana is to be resettled after losing nearly all its land partly due to rising seas, a first in the United States.

The band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, …

How Miami Beach Is Keeping the Florida Dream Alive—And Dry
March 15, 2016 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Sara Solovitch (Politico Magazine)  … This is the road that floods when the tides are high and the waters of the adjoining canal wash over the sea walls, carrying fish, lapping at the gates of travertine …

Include Climate Change in the Debates
March 9, 2016 – 7:52 pm | No Comment

by Helen Mountford (New Climate Economy/Miami Herald) Letter to Editor:  None of the 16 presidential debates so far have taken on climate change as a major focus. As candidates from both sides head to Florida …

Climate Risks Could Wreak Havoc on Financial Markets, EU Watchdog Warns
March 9, 2016 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Arthur Neslen (The Guardian)  Banking advisory group calls for risk disclosure and stress tests to protect against climate inaction should move to low carbon economy happen too late  —  The EU’s financial watchdog has …

2 House Members File To Form Bipartisan Caucus On Climate (Yes, They’re Both From S. Florida)
February 8, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(DemocraticUnderground.com)  Two congressmen — Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R) and Rep. Theodore Deutch (D), both of Florida, filed paperwork this week to create the Climate Solutions Caucus.

The group plans to look at options to address climate …

Reports from IMF and French Economists Call for Climate Taxes on International Aviation Fuel or Air Travel
January 15, 2016 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Two reports, one an International Monetary Fund (IMF) internal discussion note and the other by the Paris School of Economics (PSE), suggest taxing international aviation fuel or air travel could provide an equitable …

The Paris Climate Agreement: What it Says, and What it Means
December 14, 2015 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “The World Starts from Tomorrow” says UN Secretary-General  —  In France, representatives from 195 nations approved the Paris Agreement on global, coordinated response framework for climate change. Acceptance of the …

Best Chance to Save the Planet: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to the Paris Agreement
December 14, 2015 – 9:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Guiding the delegates at Paris for the recent, historic climate change agreement was a whole bunch of data on energy. One of the most intelligent offerings on that topic came …

Bernie Sanders Unveils Climate Plan
December 7, 2015 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Alex Seitz-Wald (NBC News)  Democratic presidential Bernie Sanders rolled out an expansive climate plan Monday that aims to cut U.S. carbon emissions 80% by 2050 and create 10 million clean energy jobs.

To accomplish these …

Innovation to Tackle Climate Change and Feed a Growing Population: Commercializing Synthetic Biology
December 2, 2015 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Vonnie Estes (Biofuels Digest)  …  But as the land, water, and fossil fuel resources those systems rely on become scarcer, biology is offering new ways to engineer solutions.

Synthetic biology redesigns existing organisms for specific …

University OF Illinois Research: Study Shows How Crop Prices and Climate Variables Affect Yield and Acreage
November 18, 2015 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois/AgriMarketing)  When corn prices increase farmers reap higher yields by making changes. According to a recent University of Illinois study, about one-third of the yield increase derives from more intensive management practices and …

FAO and France Urge Including Agriculture in Global Climate Change Debate
October 17, 2015 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(Food and Agriculture Organization/Ag Professional)   All countries should strive to ensure an ambitious agreement to tackle climate change, putting food security and agriculture at the centre of debates on the issue, say FAO Director General …

It’s Time to Stop Thinking in Terms of Food versus Fuel
September 15, 2015 – 7:48 pm | No Comment

by Carl R. Woese (Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/Science Daily)  How farmers can sustainably, and affordably, meet humanity’s growing demand for food, fuel — Experts predict farmers can sustainably, and affordably, meet …

Lindsey Graham: I Wouldn’t Disagree With Hillary Clinton on Science of Climate Change
August 7, 2015 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by  Rebecca Leber (New Republic) Only two candidates, Senator Lindsey Graham and George Pataki, in the second-tier Republican presidential debate on Thursday have accepted that climate change is real and man-made. That doesn’t neecssarily mean …

How to Detect Nonsense about Climate Change
August 4, 2015 – 9:38 am | No Comment

by Stephen Stromberg (The Washington Post)  The final version of the Clean Power Plan, President Obama’s signature climate change policy, came out on Monday. Here’s how to tell whether the politicians, special interests and commentators …

DoD Releases Report on Security Implications of Climate Change
August 4, 2015 – 9:27 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Defense)  Global climate change will aggravate problems such as poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership and weak political institutions that threaten stability in a number of countries, according to a report …

Pope Blames Climate Change on Humans in 183-Page Call for Action
June 19, 2015 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  Global warming is happening, human activity is causing it and more needs to be done, especially by the world’s governments and policymakers, to stop it, Pope Francis writes in his …

FEMA to States: No Climate Planning, No Money
March 23, 2015 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Katherine Bagley (InsideClimate News)   Governors seeking billions of dollars in U.S. preparedness funds will have to sign off on plans to mitigate effects of climate change.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher …

In Major Shift, Obama Administration Will Plan for Rising Seas in All Federal Projects
February 6, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)   President Obama issued an executive order Friday directing federal agencies to adopt stricter building and siting standards to reflect scientific projections that future flooding will be more frequent and …

Risky Business Project Finds Midwest Agriculture, Labor, and Manufacturing Industries Face Economic Risk from Climate Change
February 6, 2015 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(The Risky Business Project) Results Show that America’s Heartland Risks Economic Disruptions as Climate Change Advances, Reduces Labor Productivity, and Shifts Agricultural Production Patterns

The Midwestern United States faces potential disruptions to its agricultural economy, and dangerous …

The Old Man and the Rising Sea
December 7, 2014 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Guo (The Washington Post)  Assateague, a 37-mile-long smear off the shores of Maryland and Virginia, is the East Coast’s climate change canary. It’s one of the most vulnerable islands in America, almost certain …

‘Stranded Assets’: Will Efforts to Counter Warming Render Energy Reserves Worthless?
December 7, 2014 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Alex Morales (The Washington Post/Bloomberg)  A major threat to fossil fuel companies has suddenly moved from the fringe to center stage with a dramatic announcement by Germany’s biggest power company and an intriguing letter …

Finance for Climate Action Flowing Globally Stood at $650 Billion Annually in 2011-2012, and Possibly Higher
December 4, 2014 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)   Publishes 2014 Biennial Assessment and Overview
of Climate Finance Flows Report.  Annual public and private flows from developed to developing countries ranged from $40 to $175 billion.   …

Study: Farmers and Scientists Divided over Climate Change
November 14, 2014 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Natalie van Hoose (Purdue University)   … Growers can manage the potential risks linked to extreme rain events and soil degradation by using adaptive strategies such as planting cover crops, using no-till techniques, increasing the …

Read DoD report: 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap
October 17, 2014 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

(The Hill)  The Pentagon is integrating climate change threats into all of its “plans, operations, and training” across the entire Defense Department, signaling a comprehensive attempt to tackle the impacts of global warming.

In a 20-page …

US Homeland Security Moves to Tackle Climate Change Risks
October 3, 2014 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Anderson (Reuters)  Protecting the infrastructure of American cities from the effects of climate change is rising on the agenda of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to a top agency official.

“Increasingly, we’ve …

Critical Dialogue on Adapting to a Changing Climate Underway
October 3, 2014 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  … UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon brought government, finance, business and civil society leaders to New York because it is recognized that climate change is not a theory or a concept, but is, in …

Greenhouse Gas Report to Assist Producers Facing Climate Challenges
August 4, 2014 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a report that,for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and carbon storage from various …

Robert Rubin: How Ignoring Climate Change Could Sink the U.S. Economy
July 27, 2014 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rubin (The Washington Post)  Good economic decisions require good data. And to get good data, we must account for all relevant variables. But we’re not doing this when it comes to climate change …

Climate Data Initiative: Chesapeake Bay Hackathon August 2-3, 2014 Virginia Beach, VA
July 1, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment
Climate Data Initiative:  Chesapeake Bay Hackathon   August 2-3, 2014   Virginia Beach, VA

Despite the creation and distribution of numerous climate related datasets over the last five years, local governments and conservation organizations in the Chesapeake Bay have not made significant steps towards incorporating this new information into …

Kaine, Rigell, Scott, Wittman Host Sea Level Rise Conference In Norfolk
July 1, 2014 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Chris Marston (Page County Dot Net)  U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, U.S. Congressmen Scott Rigell, Bobby Scott, and Rob Wittman, as well as Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim and Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms hosted a …

Managing Climate Risks in the Southeast
May 28, 2014 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

By Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA). The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) hosted a briefing, on May 22, on Capitol Hill, examining the current and projected impacts of climate change in the Southeast, and …

Aftermath of Climate Change: National Landmarks at Risk
May 23, 2014 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA) With the impact of climate change becoming evident by the day, many of the United States iconic landmarks are at risk as never before. On the 20th of May, …

25x’25 Responds to Third National Climate Assessment
May 9, 2014 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The 25x’25 Alliance commends the U.S. Global Change Research Program for its candid appraisal of changing climate conditions that are currently effecting agricultural production and could have a broad negative impact on the nation’s …

The Contradiction of Obama’s Climate Policy
May 7, 2014 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Dana Milbank (The Washington Post: Opinion)  On the eve of the Obama administration’s release Tuesday of a report warning about grave consequences of climate change, presidential counselor John Podesta went into the White House briefing …

25x’25, Energy Future Coalition Commend IPCC Work Group’s Recognition of Bioenergy’s Role in Mitigating Climate Change
April 1, 2014 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25 Alliance)  The 25x’25 Alliance and the Energy Future Coalition applaud an International Panel on Climate Change work group for recognizing the valuable role that bioenergy, including biofuels, can play in addressing a …

Landmark Agreement With Shareholders: ExxonMobil Agrees to Report on Climate Change & Carbon Asset Risk
March 21, 2014 – 11:02 am | No Comment

(Arjuna Capital/PR NewsWire)  In response to a shareholder resolution, ExxonMobil (XOM) – the largest U.S. energy company, for the first time ever has agreed to publish a Carbon Asset Risk report on the Company website …

Climate Data Initiative Launches with Strong Public and Private Sector Commitments
March 19, 2014 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by John Podesta, Dr. John P. Holdren  (White House)  … Rising seas threaten our coastlines. Dry regions are at higher risk of destructive wildfires. Heat waves impact health and agriculture. Heavier downpours can lead to damaging floods.

Even …

World Leaders Promote Sustainable Production to Meet Global Food Challenges
January 17, 2014 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The annual Global Forum for Food and Agriculture is currently underway in Berlin and those attending are grappling with a formidable challenge: finding ways to insure food security around the world as …

Scientists Help Adapt Brazil Farming to Climate Change
December 17, 2013 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Moises Avila  (Phys.Org)  Hundreds of scientists are helping Brazil’s giant agricultural sector prepare for the effects of climate change and anticipate pests that hit neighboring countries.  Spearheading the effort is the Brazilian Agriculture Research …

Major U.S. Companies Disclose Internal Prices on Carbon, Cite Risk from Climate Change and Extreme Weather, Business Opportunities
December 9, 2013 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(CDP)  Twenty-nine major publicly traded companies based in or operating in the U.S. disclosed an internal price on carbon pollution to CDP (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project) in 2013, detailing both the risk …

Why UN Climate Talks Are Still Relevant: Report from COP 19 in Warsaw
November 21, 2013 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Michael Davidson (East Winds/The Energy Collective)  We are heading into the second week of UN climate negotiations in Warsaw (refered to as COP 19), where 194 countries are busy laying the groundwork for an …

Wall Street Demands Answers From Fossil Fuel Producers on ‘Unburnable’ Carbon
October 25, 2013 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Douglass (InsideClimate News)  Groundbreaking initiative is forcing an investor rethink: What’s the value of fossil fuel stocks if companies must leave reserves in the ground

A well-heeled coalition of investors is asking top fossil …

Corporate Profits vs Environmental Prophets
October 17, 2013 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … We know where the pollution is originating and what’s causing it. To not impose strict regulations to minimize the emissions from known sources is environmentally irresponsible and is often …

What Biofuels Can Do
October 2, 2013 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by José R. Moreira  (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)  Over the last three decades, the amount of land devoted to food crops has increased at a very modest rate, but worldwide food production has expanded significantly. The …

NOAA Report Highlights Climate Change Threats to Nation’s Estuaries
August 19, 2013 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)  The nation’s 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) are experiencing the negative effects of human and climate-related stressors according to a new NOAA research report from the National Ocean Service.

The national study, Climate Sensitivity …

Vulnerable Maryland Weighs Threat of Sea-Level Rise
July 29, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Darryl Fears   (The Washington Post)  It was scary enough that a team of experts on sea-level rise projected that Maryland’s coastal waters could rise to six feet in this century. But to hammer …

Alternative Biofuel Crops to Fuel the Future of the Poor
July 24, 2013 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert/World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF))   The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have launched the IFAD-ICRAF Programme for the Development of Alternative Biofuel Crops, an initiative focused on providing clean …

Federal Agencies Moving Ahead to Reduce Climate Change Risks: Biofuels, Agriculture, and Forestry
July 9, 2013 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  A number of federal agency initiatives are already underway in the biofuels, agriculture, and forestry sectors to help mitigate climate change and adapt to it.

In a posting July 2, Doug O’Brien, …

Obama to Announce Tuesday He Will Regulate Existing Power Plants as Part of Climate Strategy
June 24, 2013 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  … In Saturday’s statement, Obama emphasized the economic opportunities that could come from tackling carbon emissions.

“We’ll need scientists to design new fuels, and farmers to grow them,” he said. “We’ll …

25x’25 Alliance Offers Adaptation Recommendations to U.S. Agriculture, Forestry
April 12, 2013 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  (T)he Adaptation Work Group, a collaboration of agriculture, forestry, business, academic, conservation and government leaders, … issued a report last week that offers recommendations that will enable the U.S. agriculture and forestry …

Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation
February 14, 2013 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released two comprehensive reports today that synthesize the scientific literature on climate change effects and adaptation strategies for U.S. agriculture and forests. The reports, entitled Climate Change and Agriculture: …

Stakeholders Must Study Climate Assessment, Contribute to Discussion
January 18, 2013 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25) U.S. agriculture has always been innovative in meeting the challenges to production posed by changing growing conditions in the various parts of the country. So, farmers, foresters, ranchers and land owners are …

Environmentalists Urge Obama to Block Keystone XL and Act on Climate Change
January 14, 2013 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)  After a strategy of ‘climate silence’ during president’s first term, activist groups signal intent to be more vocal in next four years

More than 70 environmental groups called on Barack Obama to take …

State Building Changes Ordered to Avert Flood Damage
January 7, 2013 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Timothy B. Wheeler (Baltimore Sun)  Declaring that Maryland’s coastal areas are increasingly at risk from a rising sea level, Gov. Martin O’Malley has ordered state agencies to weigh the growing risks of flooding in deciding …

Pacific Nations under Threat from Rising Seas Vow to Abandon Diesel
May 24, 2012 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(Radio New Zealand International)  Pacific nations which are most under threat from rising seas have vowed to abandon diesel and other dirty, expensive fuels and replace them with clean sources of energy.

Using coconut biofuel and …

Tom Murphy Interview: Resource Depletion is a Bigger Threat than Climate Change
March 29, 2012 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by James Stafford (OilPrice.com)  Rising geopolitical tensions and high oil prices are continuing to help renewable energy find favour amongst investors and politicians. Yet how much faith should we place in renewables to make up …

25 x ’25 Launches Climate Change Adaptation Work Group
February 1, 2012 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The effects of changing weather and climate present new challenges for farms, forests, and ranches which in 2009 had a combined value of $645 billion and generated over $1.2 trillion in related …

Preparing to Manage Climate Change Financing
November 18, 2011 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Simon D. Donner, Milind Kandlikar, Hisham Zerriffi (Science Magazine)  At the 2010 Cancun Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the international community agreed in principle to one of the …

India Unveils Coastal Saline Crop Initiative
January 28, 2011 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by P Sivaramakrishnan (BBC News) A pilot project to see if cash crops can be grown in the salty ground of India’s coastal areas has been launched.   The area in Tamil Nadu …

Can We Innovate Our Way Out of the Challenges that Confront Us?
January 28, 2011 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Joelle Brink  (Biofuels Digest-Asia)  As New Year celebrations get under way throughout Asia, the year in biofuels is shaping up to be one of uncertainty.  Already, notable advances in sustainable palm oil supply, cellulosic …