Climate News Roundup 5/27/2016

Les is still away so I’m filling in once again this week.  And again, the news is hopeful, gloomy, and dire.

Let’s start with some good news.  Last week we saw a look-back at the 10th year anniversary of An Inconvenient Truth.  Here’s a Climate Reality Project report on 5 climate successes since 2006.  http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/05/23/five-moments-climate-progress-inconvenient-truth

Speaking of looking back, The Guardian reports on a 2001 Exxon Mobil attempt to keep some climate science from becoming public.  https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/may/25/exxonmobil-climate-change-scientists-congress-george-w-bush

In the same vein, the Center for  International and Environmental Law (CEIL) reports on evidence about what oil companies knew way back when but neglected to tell the rest of us.  http://www.ciel.org/news/100-new-documents-highlight-oil-industry-studied-climate-delayed-solutions/

Speaking of oil companies, several of them recently held annual shareholder meetings where shareholders voted on proposals raising climate-related matters.  Following are a few articles…

Exxon Mobil’s CEO says humanity isn’t ready for an end to oil production….
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/may/25/exxonmobil-ceo-oil-climate-change-oil-production

The CEO of another oil company, Shell, isn’t in a big hurry to move toward solar, but maybe at least he’s thinking about the possibility….  https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/may/26/shell-limit-solar-investment-until-profitable

And here’s a brief summary about these 2 plus a few other oil companies’ recent shareholder meeting results (check out the French company Total CEO’s position) plus how some retirement system investments may be affected….http://grist.org/climate-energy/big-oil-is-all-over-the-place-on-climate-change/
http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/05/25/fourth-biggest-oil-firm-vows-go-big-renewable-power
http://www.cpr.org/news/story/climate-change-becoming-bigger-deal-state-retirement-funds

As many of us know all too well, we have our pipeline battles in VA.  But we’re not alone in fighting such battles.  Here’s a story about Canadian First Nations’ fights.  http://grist.org/climate-energy/in-battle-over-new-canadian-pipeline-its-trudeau-vs-tribes/

From Princeton University (and Take Part) comes a new study with dismal news for our great-grandchildren and great-greats if we don’t act soon to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere.  This prediction of a super hot world sounds a bit futuristic and there is time to mitigate, but still it’s scary.  http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/05/23/high-heat-global-warming-fossil-fuel-renewable-energy

When we think of climate change’s effects, often we focus on severe weather events more than other risks and adversities.  Perhaps we should think more broadly….
http://grist.org/food/climate-change-is-making-food-more-toxic/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/05/20/the-fort-mcmurray-fires-stunning-pulse-of-carbon-to-the-atmosphere/
http://www.npr.org/2016/05/25/477014085/rising-seas-push-too-much-salt-into-the-florida-everglades
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/05/24/3781243/how-air-pollution-causes-heart-disease/
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-tourism-economy-idUSKCN0YH1SP
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/27/australia-scrubbed-from-un-climate-change-report-after-government-intervention

From Climate Nexus, here’s a link to a new, beta site with maps and other graphics that may help us understand better the connection between climate change and what are termed “climate events”.  You may want to bookmark it and check it out periodically.  http://www.climatesignals.org/#

Here’s a somewhat wonky, maybe even “Star War-zy” article about a Yale theoretical physicist on how we might capture CO2 from the air.  Coupled with another article (both from Daily Climate), it may mean we should pay attention to what this guy is proposing.
http://e360.yale.edu/content/feature.msp?id=2996
http://www.climatecentral.org/news/us-leads-globe-oil-production-for-third-year-20368

Bloomberg says El Nino is over.  Good news?  Not necessarily.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-24/farewell-el-nino-it-s-la-nina-s-turn-to-cause-trouble-now

Remember the Supreme Court’s stay of the Clean Power Plan?  And the Virginia General Assembly’s ban on the Department of Environmental Quality’s spending money to plan for it until the stay is lifted?  Here’s an update.  http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/05/24/3781301/morrissey-tells-epa-to-stop-working-on-cpp/

We’ll finish up with a few more good/hopeful news….

Here’s hope for more solar in low income areas, even without community solar.  I know this is about California, which probably also has community solar (unlike VA), but still….  http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2016/05/report-solar-storage-could-eliminate-electric-bills-for-california-s-affordable-housing-properties.html

From the Washington Post, here’s a report of a recent study that says rooftop solar is benefiting, not costing, the utilities.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/05/26/some-states-may-be-making-a-big-mistake-about-rooftop-solar/

What about solar in the U.S.?  Here’s 2 updates.
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/24052016/solar-energy-27-gigawatts-united-states-one-million-rooftop-panels-climate-change-china-germany
http://phys.org/news/2016-05-renewable-energy-million-irena.html

Last week we learned about Germany and Portugal and how they were close to or at 100% renewable energy recently.  Here’s another story, unfortunately not about the U.S.  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/the-day-coal-power-dropped-out-of-the-national-grid-for-the-first-time-in-more-than-100-years-a7040291.html

Some good news about low carbon urban transit electric buses in this article.  http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/05/24/3778463/proterra-tesla-electric-buses/

These news items have been compiled by Joy Loving, member of the CAAV steering committee and leader of Solarize efforts in the valley.

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