[GWSG] CO2 satellite; UUs divest; Pentagon to adapt; Flux; costing coal; reefs in decline; German power; state actors, deniers

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Thu Jul 3 10:22:33 EDT 2014

1.  A new US satellite will provide precise measurements of CO2 in the atmosphere.  http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/06/30/3454554/nasa-satellite-carbon-measuring/

2.  The Unitarian Universalist Association is divesting its holdings in fossil fuel companies.  http://ecowatch.com/2014/06/30/unitarians-fossil-fuel-free-divestment/

3.  The Pentagon is escalating its efforts to adapt to a changing climate.  http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/06/30/climate-change-damages-bases-and-pentagon-preps-for-warmer-future

4.  Flux will unite disparate sources of data to help design eco-friendly buildings.  It hopes to market its first app next year, targeting large multi-dwelling units.  Flux was developed by Google X, which intends to engage in significant, innovative projects.  Buildings are responsible for about 40% of US carbon emissions.  http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/06/flux-the-first-startup-to-spin-out-of-google-x-nabs-8m-for-its-eco-home-building-platform/

5.  A federal judge has barred a proposal to mine coal on state land because it did not take the costs of climate disruption into account.  The precedent may prove significant—perhaps to the XL pipeline proposal.  http://www.salon.com/2014/07/02/federal_judge_rejects_mine_proposal_cites_coals_contribution_to_climate_change/

6.  A new report finds that Caribbean coral reefs have declined at an alarming rate and most will disappear in the next two decades.  We could still take steps to help them recover.  Climate disruption is not among the current primary problems.    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/02/caribbean-coral-reef-lost-fishing-pollution-report

7.  The share of renewables in German power continues to rise as fossil fuels and nuclear fall.  Renewables now provide 24.7% of the power consumed.  http://climatecrocks.com/2014/07/03/in-germany-fossils-down-renewable-up/

8.  With congress paralyzed by fossil fuel money much of the effective climate legislation is at the state level.  Think Progress provides an overview, including a map of climate actors and deniers among governors.  http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/07/01/3454502/is-your-governor-a-climate-denier/
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