[GWSG] GOP activists; nuke shift; $ not shifting; Arctic heat; sea changes; C extraction; SW drought; Google effort

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Tue Aug 6 10:45:13 EDT 2013

1.  Four Republicans who led the EPA under presidents Nixon, Reagan, and the two Bushes have written an Op-Ed essay in the New York Times strongly supporting President Obama’s program to mitigate climate change.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/02/opinion/a-republican-case-for-climate-action.html?hp&_r=0

2.  The largest manager of nuclear power, French company EDF, is selling its holdings in the US nuclear industry and investing in renewable energy.  Several US nuclear plants have closed or are in trouble.  http://grist.org/news/big-nuke-company-decides-renewables-are-a-better-bet-in-the-u-s/?utm_source=syndication&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feed

3.  Both the financial industry and governments show little sign of recognizing the carbon bubble.  http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/aug/02/carbon-tax-investment-market-timebomb
One report on investors managing a total of $14 trillion in assets found that all consider climate risk, but say they lack the clear policy signals from governments which would move them from carbon.  http://www.rtcc.org/2013/08/05/fund-managers-worth-14tr-say-climate-change-influences-investments/

4.  At the time of the linked article, it was 79° in Greenland, a record.  An “unprecedented” Siberian heat wave has seen 10 days over 86°.   http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/08/01/greenland-soars-to-highest-temperature-ever-recorded/

5.  The changes being brought to the oceans by heating are “far stronger” than those seen on land, according to a study which will be part of the new IPCC report.  http://ens-newswire.com/2013/08/05/global-scientists-shocked-by-true-scale-of-ocean-warming/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ens-newswire%2FJZdj+%28ENS%29

6.  Emissions may have fallen in the US, but carbon extraction has risen, along with coal exports.  The article argues that so far no technology—renewable or nuclear—has resulted in a net drop in emissions.  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/aug/05/us-emissions-extraction-fracking

7.  An overview of drought in the southwest finds New Mexico hardest hit.  “We’ve ruined it and it is never going to come back,” said one rancher.  http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-me-parched-20130806-dto,0,5922502.htmlstory

8.  Google wants to derive all of its energy renewably, and has spent $1 billion to that end so far.  http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/google-renewable-green-energy
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