The ECOreport looks behind the news that Michigan passed laws requiring 15% renewables by 2021
By Roy L Hales
Governor Rick Snyder wanted to overhaul the state’s energy bills in 2015, but encountered fierce opposition. Opponents of Senate Bill 438 (SB 438) believed it puts corporate interests above the needs of residents. Proponents describe it as a small step towards lowering electricity costs, creating jobs and improving public health. Thanks to the Governor’s direct intervention, the legislators found a compromise. Thursday Michigan passed laws requiring 15% renewables by 2021.
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The ECOreport reposts the full text of the Canadian Minister’s Nov 25, 2016 speech at the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Catherine McKenna on transitioning to cleaner forms of energy
Originally Published at Environment & Climate Change Canada
I would like to begin by acknowledging that the land we are on is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee (HO-Dehn-Oh-show-knee), the Métis, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.
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The ECOreport reposts news that the Jet Stream + Climate Change = Cold Winters (Sometimes)
Originally Published on the University of Sheffield News
Scientists have agreed for the first time that recent severe cold winter weather in the UK and US may have been influenced by climate change in the Arctic, according to a new study.
- Scientists agree for first time that climate change may be intensifying the effects of the jet stream, causing extreme cold weather in the UK and US
- Study could improve long-term forecasting of winter weather in most populous parts of the world
- More accurate forecasting could help communities, businesses and economies prepare for severe weather and make life and cost-saving decisions
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The ECOreport reposts final the he White House Council on Environmental Quality guidance for US agencies considering climate change impacts
Press Release from the White House
Building on President Obama’s unprecedented steps to address climate change, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is today releasing final guidance for Federal agencies on how to consider the impacts of their actions on climate change in their National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews. Following years of engagement and after receiving public comments and other feedback from members of Congress, State agencies, tribes, corporations, trade associations, and other stakeholders, the final guidance is another big step in the Administration’s effort to consider how all types of federal actions will impact climate change and identify opportunities to build climate resilience.
Today’s guidance, which will be announced in the Federal Register in the coming days, is intended to help agencies make informed and transparent decisions about the impacts of climate change associated with their actions.
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Originally Published on the David Suzuki Foundation
By David Suzuki
The federal leaders’ debate on the economy focused on important issues — jobs, deficits, infrastructure spending, pipelines, climate change — but no one talked about a different vision for Canada’s economy. What if we challenged our leaders to answer the dilemma posed by American journalist Charles Bowden: Imagine the problem is that we cannot imagine a future where we possess less but are more? Not being able to even imagine an economy without continual growth is a profound failure.
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New analysis of cyclones shows migration away from tropics and toward the poles in recent decades.
From MIT News Office
By Peter Dizikes, MIT News
Powerful, destructive tropical cyclones are now reaching their peak intensity farther from the equator and closer to the poles, according to a new study co-authored by an MIT scientist.
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From the Pembina Institute
By Dr John Stone,
The Alberta floods of this past summer were the number-one Canadian weather story of 2013. More recently, California governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency as a result of an extended drought that is threatening crucial North American food production. And this winter, the United Kingdom has been experiencing extreme flooding and devastating storms of a scale not seen for centuries.
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Originally Published by the Center for American Progress
By Daniel J. Weiss & Jackie Weidman
The United States was subjected to many severe climate-related extreme weather over the past two years. In 2011 there were 14 extreme weather events—floods, drought, storms, and wildfires—that each caused at least $1 billion in damage. There were another 11 such disasters in 2012. These extreme weather events reflect part of the unpaid bill from climate change—a tab that will only grow over time.
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By Roy L Hales
Justin Gillis, of the New York Times Green Blog, titles his introduction to the recently released Federal Advisory Committee Draft Climate Assessment Report” as “An Alarm in the offing on Climate Change.” Personally, I find it reminiscent of a modern day Book of Revelation – only many of the predicted calamities are aimed directly at me and mine. The message is not new. Some scientists have been warning us about Climate change for decades. What is new, is that this is a Government report which, Gilllis writes, “minces no words”. He adds a note of caution, that “it is a draft, so we don’t know what final language will make it into the report.”
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