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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 8.16.12

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. Client relationships are disclosed where applicable.

CLIMATE 

Report: emerging Asian economies face highest risk from climate disasters (via BusinessGreen)

NOAA: July was fourth-hottest on record worldwide (via The Hill)

Report: US media barely mentions climate in stories on extreme heat (via Climate Progress)

Climate change poses risks to California’s Central Valley (via Merced Sun-Star)

TAR SANDS/KEYSTONE XL 

Nation’s first tar sands mine stirs water, environmental fears in Utah (via InsideClimate News)

Nebraska Rural Poll shows support for Keystone XL pipeline (via Lincoln Journal-Star)

GRID 

Worldwide microgrid capacity will nearly triple by 2018 (via Renew Grid)

Massachusetts smart grid pilot program gets DPU approval (via Renew Grid)

RENEWABLES

Debt-laden Chinese solar firms need infusion of funds (via New York Times/Reuters)

UK insurance giant sees Spanish wind farm as low-risk haven (via Recharge)

China’s State Grid now plugged into more than 50GW of wind (via Recharge)

Belo Monte mega-dam halted again by Brazilian court, appeal likely but difficult (via Mongabay)

Energy Department loan chief warned staff that personal e-mail could be subpoenaed (via Washington Post)

Suburbs putting solar farms on landfills (via Revmodo)

FAA rules Cape Wind will not affect air traffic (via Boston Globe)

New Mexico regulators approve showing renewable energy costs on electric bills (via Santa Fe New Mexican)

Nevada desert project shows wind’s challenges – and opportunities (via Greenwire)

OIL 

Interior Department finalizes offshore drilling safety rule (via The Hill)

North Dakota crude oil production continues to rise (via US EIA)

Energy security vs. environment in Alaska (via New York Times)

Montana tribes divided on taping oil-rich land (via New York Times)

Sinopec’s clean coal plan shows it’s set to buy Chesapeake’s Texas oil fields (via Forbes)

GREEN BUILDING 

China’s new carbon trade: can its cities be low-carbon and business friendly? (via Sustainable Cities Collective)

Building better neighborhoods: a success story on innovation, jobs, and consumer savings from energy efficiency (via Climate Progress)

Self-powered solar building creates new possibilities in NYC (via Renewables Biz)

TRANSPORTATION 

54.5 MPG fuel rule negotiations were not harmonious (via Autoblog Green)

Low oil prices could keep Obama’s electric car goals stuck in neutral (via EnergyWire)

Ford boosts investment in battery-powered cars (via Bloomberg)

Toyota’s plan rekindles hopes for the hydrogen car (via Greenwire)

ENVIRONMENT 

Arctic coastlines hitting ecological tipping point (via Wired)

2012 drought inches up in US historical rankings (via Climate Central)

Water shortages hit US power supply (via New Scientist)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Fracking in Illinois: farmers debate options when landmen come knocking (via Midwest Energy News)

ENERGY INDUSTRY 

Snapshot: Chinese investment in North American energy in 2012 (via National Geographic)

Drought hits US power supply (via United Press International)

NUCLEAR 

First study reports very low internal radioactivity after Fukushima disaster (via Washington Post)

OTHER NEWS 

An additional listing of clean energy and climate news is posted at Climate Progress

 

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