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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 7.31.15

July 31, 2015

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. 

CLIMATE 

Climate models are even more accurate than thought (via The Guardian)

Climate talks hinge on money (via Politico)

Yet another way climate change makes itself worse (via Washington Post)

UK cuts undermining Paris climate talks, say green groups (via RTCC)

COAL 

Obama Administration launches review of federal coal program costing taxpayers billion (via Climate Progress)

Why coal companies are collapsing in such spectacular fashion (via Greentech Media)

Coal giant Alpha filing for bankruptcy as early as Monday (via Bloomberg)

RENEWABLES 

China installed 10GW of wind in first half 2015 (via Recharge)

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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 7.30.15

July 30, 2015

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. 

CLIMATE 

Earth now halfway to UN global warming limit (via New Scientist)

EU mulls climate finance package ahead of Paris summit (via RTCC)

What can we expect from India’s climate pledge? (via RTCC)

Defense Department to Congress: Global warming is a “present security threat” (via Mashable)

COAL 

World Bank rejects energy industry notion coal can cure poverty (via The Guardian)

RENEWABLES 

European offshore wind industry smashes installation record (via BusinessGreen)

Large-scale solar near parity in world’s three biggest markets (via CleanTechnica)

German onshore wind dips in H1 but expects 4GW in 2015 (via Recharge)

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Digital Democracy: Increasing Civic Engagement Through Technology

July 29, 2015

Note: This post was originally published on Visceral’s Applied Intuition blog

By Anne Whatley

Many articles describe the decline of civic engagement, low voter turnout and how the masses are apathetic and disconnected from democracy.  However, there are many people who see potential in digital technologies as being a great tool to get those traditionally not involved to be more a part of public deliberation and decision-making. The rapidly growing field of “civic tech” aims to use digital technology to get community members to be more engaged, improve cities and make government more effective.

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 7.29.15

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. 

CLIMATE 

2015 Arctic melting season won’t break records, but could wipe the “recovery” (via The Guardian)

G20 could determine if rich nations meet climate finance promise (via RTCC)

Animals keep showing up in places they don’t belong – is it climate change? (via Washington Post)

U.S. to aid African farmers facing climate challenge (via RTCC)

COAL 

Coal reclaims top dog status at U.S. power plants in May (via Bloomberg)

Miner Peabody turns to cost cuts as coal prices slump (via Reuters)

RENEWABLES 

Renewables meet record-breaking 78% of German electricity demand (via BusinessGreen)

Argentina’s slow-burning solar… Continue reading >

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 7.28.15

July 28, 2015

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. 

CLIMATE 

Climate change “triple threat” increases severe flooding risk in biggest U.S. cities (via The Guardian)

40% of adults on Earth have never heard of climate change (via Washington Post)

Progress on green growth is “uneven” finds OECD (via BusinessGreen)

Climate change skeptics may be about to lose one of their favorite arguments (via Washington Post)

NATURAL GAS 

Marcellus, Utica provide 85% of U.S. shale gas production growth since start of 2012 (via U.S. EIA)

RENEWABLES 

China installed 7.73GW in H1 2015, reveal official figures (via PV Tech)

Hopes grow for Italy solar policy rethink as court backs… Continue reading >

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 7.27.15

July 27, 2015

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement.

CLIMATE

Global warming deal takes shape as UN envoys shuffle options (via Bloomberg)

Investors could lose $4.2 trillion due to climate change impacts, warns report (via The Guardian)

Paris 2015: Tracking country climate pledges (via Carbon Brief)

U.S. companies pledge financial, political support for UN climate deal (via Reuters)

Study: Sandy caused record sea levels, $23 billion in damage to New York (via The Hill)

NATURAL GAS

Nearly half of Britain set to be opened up to fracking (via Daily Express)

Drillers fracking at much shallower depths than widely believed (via InsideClimate News)

RENEWABLES

In India’s… Continue reading >

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 7.24.15

July 24, 2015

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement.

GRID

China to start developing microgrid + renewables demonstration projects (via Recharge News)

Regional coordination and markets: Key to a renewable energy future (via NRDC Switchboard)

SoCal Edison wants new grid batteries for “just-in-time” delivery (via Greentech Media)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Green Deal funding to end, UK government announces (via BBC News)

RENEWABLES

France passes new energy law, quadruples carbon price (via Bloomberg)

Solar power may become cheaper than fossil fuels in India in 2-3 years (via Economic Times)

France doubles mid-sized solar tender to 240MW (via PV Tech)

Can Installation Innovations Keep Cutting Solar Soft Costs?

July 23, 2015

Solar soft costs are the largest slice of system installations – can these industry installation innovations keep driving down the cost of new projects?

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 7.23.15

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. 

EMISSIONS 

France passes sweeping energy bill, will raise carbon tax to €100/ton by 2030 (via Carbon Pulse)

What can China learn from its pilot carbon markets? (via Carbon Pulse)

New grants fund research for undersea carbon storage (via Climate Central)

ENERGY POLICY 

Senators strike deal on sweeping energy bill (via The Hill)

Meet the Energy and Commerce Committee’s minority staff (via National Journal)

RENEWABLES 

DECC reduces UK subsidies for renewable energy (via Carbon Brief)

France passes law enshrining 40% renewable power goal (via Recharge News)

China eyes further PV target increase in 13th five-year planContinue reading >

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 7.22.15

July 22, 2015

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. 

EMISSIONS 

China sees six-fold increase in carbon trading volumes despite teething issues (via Carbon Pulse)

Colombia pledges to cut carbon emissions 20% by 2030 (via Reuters)

China’s air less polluted in first half of 2015, says Greenpeace (via Reuters)

Recession caused U.S. emissions drop, says study (via Climate Central)

New York mayor aims for 40% carbon cuts by 2030 (via BusinessGreen)

COAL 

Coal investors brace for dark earnings season (via SNL Energy)

Analysis finds Minnesota coal units could shut down with little impact (via Midwest Energy News)

RENEWABLES 

Solar capacity forecast for 2020 raised by… Continue reading >

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