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Seven Things That Need to Happen to Keep Global Temperature Rise Below 2C 22.3.2017 Truthout.com
In late 2015, the world agreed to limit the global temperature rise to "well below 2C". Ever since the signing of the  Paris Agreement  on climate change,  scientists ,  think tanks  and  policymakers  have been scrambling to define exactly what meeting this temperature limit will mean in policy and investment terms. A new  report  released this week by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is the latest attempt to address this question. Commissioned by the German government in its role this year as G20 president, the report sets out the "essential elements" needed to create an energy sector transition consistent with the Paris Agreement. The  G20  is a group of 20 major economies, including China, India, Germany, the UK and US, which  accounts  for 63% of global population and 83% of emissions. The IEA and IRENA each took a separate approach to modelling the most cost effective decarbonisation pathway, with the IEA using a so-called ...
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The world's energy is getting cleaner (and cheaper) — but not fast enough 22.3.2017 Washington Post
The world's energy is getting cleaner (and cheaper) — but not fast enough
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Plans for coal-fired power plants drop by almost half in 2016 22.3.2017 BBC: Business
A report suggests a "dramatic" decline in the number coal-fired power plants in pre-construction in 2016.
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Japanese companies make inroad into Thai market 22.3.2017 New Kerala: World News
Japanese companies make inroad into Thai market
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CU-led study captures proof of a landslide on a comet 22.3.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
By Sarah Kaplan, The Washington Post It was 3 a.m., and astronomer Maurizio Pajola had been up for hours looking through images taken by the Rosetta spacecraft of its dumpy, duck-shaped comet. Pajola had just started a new job studying Mars’ moon Phobos at NASA’s Ames Research Center. The only time he could continue this […]
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Venezuela's troubles put U.S. heating oil charity in limbo 21.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Amid continuing economic turmoil, Venezuela skipped heating oil contributions to a Massachusetts-based nonprofit for a second consecutive winter, signaling that the popular program that began with fanfare after Hurricane Katrina may be kaput. The decision by Venezuela’s Citgo Petroleum Corp. to bow out of the program founded by Joseph P. Kennedy II, which has helped hundreds of thousands of U.S. residents, coincides with plummeting oil prices and corresponding economic problems in oil-rich Venez...
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Venezuela's troubles put US heating oil charity in limbo 21.3.2017 AP Top News
Venezuela's economic turmoil has placed in limbo that country's participation in a free heating oil program run by a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that has helped hundreds of thousands of people, signaling that the program may be kaput....
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Venezuela’s troubles put US heating oil charity in limbo 21.3.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Venezuela’s economic turmoil has placed in limbo that country’s participation in a free heating oil program run by a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that has helped hundreds of thousands of people, signaling that the program may be kaput. This marks the second consecutive winter that Venezuela’s Citgo Petroleum Corp. has not contributed to the “Joe-4-Oil” program, part […]
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Spring arrives Monday: Five questions about the vernal equinox 20.3.2017 Washington Post
The weather might not feel like it yet, but winter is officially on borrowed time beginning at 6:29 a.m. tomorrow.
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Why Dominion’s electric rate freeze in Virginia is good for residents 18.3.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Regulatory uncertainty should not mean higher bills for customers.
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Bill on electric co-op disputes heads to Dayton 17.3.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Right now, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission handles complaints from electricity customers who get their power through an electric co-op.
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California Wants to Hire EPA Staffers Who Are Sick of Trump 16.3.2017 Mother Jones
Michael Picker stood in the freezing cold outside of the Environmental Protection Agency early Thursday morning passing out fliers that read, “Come work for California. Fight climate change.” Picker was far away from his home in Sacramento, where he is the president of California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), for meetings with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. He decided to try to recruit demoralized EPA staffers, who are facing deep program cuts and controversial new leadership. The EPA's new administrator, Scott Pruitt, has a long record of opposing the agency's work. Picker hopes to entice them to work for a state government with one of the most ambitious climate goals in the country. California is looking to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The flyers pointed people to a webpage to sign up for more details.   Picker's timing was good: The White House had just unveiled cuts of 31 percent to the agency's budget, the smallest ...
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NASA's Van Allen Probes uncovers 'relativistic' electrons 16.3.2017 New Kerala: Technology
NASA's Van Allen Probes uncovers 'relativistic' electrons
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Solar experiment lets neighbors trade energy among themselves 16.3.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

The experimental Brooklyn Microgrid project is signing up residents and businesses to a virtual trading platform that will allow solar-energy producers to sell excess-electricity credits from their systems to buyers in the group, who may live as close as next door.
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Low carbon drive 'cuts household bills' 16.3.2017 BBC: Business
Extra cost of wind and solar power outweighed by energy saving, says report.
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Interior names energy and mineral chief new acting BLM director 16.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Michael Nedd, who had run the Bureau of Land Management’s office over energy and mineral programs, will take over as the acting director of the entire agency, the Interior Department said Wednesday. The BLM is the biggest land manager in Utah. Nedd, who was the assistant director for Energy, Minerals, and Realty Management, will take over as the interim head of the nation’s land management agency, and Interior said his appointment signals Secretary Ryan Zinke’s “focus on creating re... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Even if Symbolic, Chicago Fossil Fuel Divestment Could Send "Powerful Signal" 15.3.2017 Truthout.com
With the Trump administration expected to roll back federal climate policy, advocates are hoping states and cities will pick up the slack on reducing carbon emissions. Chicago is often touted as a leader on this front thanks to its solar, energy efficiency and other programs, along with the 2012  closure of two urban power plants  and city officials' action  against petroleum coke storage.  Now a majority of City Council members and the Chicago chapter of  350.org  want the city to make a statement against the fossil fuel industry by pledging to divest the city's pension funds and stocks and bonds.  A  divestment resolution  was introduced in December, and backers are hoping it will be heard by the full council this spring. The measure would be largely symbolic, since a resolution is non-binding and the state government is in charge of pension investments. But supporters say that the resolution would send a powerful message and could be followed by a city ordinance that might mandate some ...
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Rooftop solar installations rising but pace of growth falls 15.3.2017 LA Times: Business

Solar power led the nation last year among new sources of electricity production, but growth slowed significantly as California homeowners and businesses cooled to the idea of rooftop panels.

U.S. rooftop solar installations increased 19% in 2016 compared with an average growth of 63% year-over-year...

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There’s no fixing the time-change crisis 13.3.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
This is the time of the year when Arizona is one of the smartest states in the nation. Arizona doesn't spring forward or fall back. It leaves its clocks alone.
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Defunding Police -- How Antiracist Organizers Got Seattle to Listen 13.3.2017 Truthout - All Articles
An activist rallies the crowd in downtown Seattle protesting police brutality against Black people in Ferguson, Missouri, and in the Eric Garner shooting, on January 10, 2015. (Photo: Scott Lum ) Seattle City Council members took their seats on Sept. 19 with the unhurried pace of business as usual. One of them called for public comments, but after a few people spoke, a commotion erupted in the back of the chambers. Six black and brown people shuffled down the central aisle, bounded by chains on their wrists, ankles, and stomachs. Some were clad in orange jumpsuits, while others wore black shirts bearing the phrase "Block the Bunker" in white letters. White activists donning police hats and pig noses trailed behind, nudging them forward with toy batons. "I'll throw you around if I want to throw you around!" one of them screamed. Among the chained activists was the 22-year-old organizer Evana Enabulele, who wore dark lipstick and a colorful head scarf tied into a bun. She shuffled toward the podium and ...
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