[GWSG] POTUS acts; Pope on Pope; Dalai Lama's support; FL reqs. slr plans; mitigation bonus; SK target; weather plans

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Tue Jun 30 09:41:10 EDT 2015

1.  It is worth reminding ourselves how much President Obama has done to move us toward effective climate policies.    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/25/barack-obama-climate-change-legacy  I am willing to entertain the possibility that the approval of oil drilling in the Arctic may have been a strategic necessity which was as carefully hedged as possible and that the proposed (but secret) Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact may be more benign than I fear.  These are the two greatest defections from responsible climate policy alleged against his administration.  Administration arguments on the Arctic:   http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/05/28/3663715/obama-twitter-chat-arctic-drilling/  On the TPP:  http://www.nationaljournal.com/energy/obama-trade-tpp-climate-20150520

2.  Carl Pope makes the case that Pope Francis's Encyclical on climate, together with movements toward energy transition already in process, are destabilizing conservative orthodoxy in the US and may be preparing us for a price on carbon and a rapid transition to renewable energy.  http://ecowatch.com/2015/06/22/pope-francis-disrupting-american-politics/?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=b92740e065-Top_News_6_28_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-b92740e065-85965093

3.  The Dalai Lama has endorsed Pope Francis's climate Encyclical.  http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/jun/28/dalai-lama-glastonbury-verdict-isis-unthinkable

4.  Florida strategic planning documents will now have to include the impact of sea level rise on coastal development.  https://www.flseagrant.org/news/2015/06/new-law-includes-sea-level-rise-in-coastal-planning/

5.  The EPA has released a study showing billions of dollars in benefits from climate action sufficient to limit warming to 2C.  Thanks to David Reed for the item.  http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/245706-epa-report-big-us-benefits-from-global-climate-policies

6.  South Korea has committed to cut emissions 37% below BAU levels by 2030.  http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/30/us-climatechange-southkorea-idUSKCN0PA04N20150630?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews

7.  A new Stanford-Princeton study identifies the underlying causes of some extreme weather patterns.  Risk management can employ the regional analyses.  https://woods.stanford.edu/news-events/news/isolating-underlying-causes-extreme-weather
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