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July 26, 2016

A new report rated countries on ‘sustainable development.’ The U.S. did horribly

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2016-07-26 06:34:30

The U.S. scored in the red, meaning “seriously far from achievement as of 2015,” for 12 out of 17 of the sustainable development goals. Those goals were “no poverty,” “zero hunger,” “gender equality,” “affordable and clean energy,” “decent work and economic growth,” “reduced inequalities,” “responsible consumption and production,” “climate action,” “life below water,” “life on land,” “peace, justice and strong institutions,” and “partnerships for the goals” (which involves establishing transnational collaborations to achieve them). These poor rankings were doled out because (among other things) the U.S. has too many people below the poverty line, too much adult obesity, too little renewable energy, too many homicides and people in prison, and so on and so on. [ read more … ]

Environmental Groups Urge Vote on Delayed New York Offshore Wind

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-07-26 06:33:35

A coalition of environmental groups is urging New York officials to move forward with delayed plans to approve a 90-megawatt wind farm off the coast of Long Island. The Sierra Club joined more than 30 other organizations in a letter Friday asking New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to push the Long Island Power Authority to reschedule a vote on the project. [ read more … ]

Another data center coming to West Des Moines

BY DAR DANIELSON, Radio Iowa  •    •  Posted 2016-07-26 04:28:58

The governor says the history of the other three data centers helped sell Microsoft on the new center. “Once they saw the benefits of Iowa and the fact that we have low-cost reliable energy, we’re a good low-cost place to locate. And then it’s renewable — we lead the country in terms of renewable energy — over 31 percent of our energy generated by wind,” Branstad says. [ read more … ]

Nebraska wind farm worries won’t blow over

By TAMMY BAIN, North Platte Telegraph  •    •  Posted 2016-07-26 06:32:54

After meeting into the wee hours Wednesday morning, the Cherry County Planning Commission recommended against approving a conditional use permit for a potential wind farm in the county. Opponents protested the wind farm before the meeting Tuesday, at which Commission Chairman George Johnson resigned, said Joel Mundorf, the county’s zoning administrator. Johnson had planned to recuse himself from the vote because his son is involved with the company seeking the conditional use permit, said County Attorney Eric Scott. [ read more … ]

Earth on track for hottest year ever as warming speeds up

BY STEPHANIE NEBEHAY, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-07-26 06:32:25

The earth is on track for its hottest year on record and warming at a faster rate than expected, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Thursday. Temperatures recorded mainly in the northern hemisphere in the first six months of the year, coupled with an early and fast Arctic sea ice melt and “new highs” in heat-trapping carbon dioxide levels, point to quickening climate change, it said. June marked the 14th straight month of record heat, the United Nations agency said. It called for speedy implementation of a global pact reached in Paris last December to limit climate change by shifting from fossil fuels to green energy by 2100.
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Why’s it so miserably hot? Blame corn sweat

Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2016-07-26 06:31:54

It’s not the heat, Iowa, it’s the corn sweat. Yes, one of Iowa’s most well-known crops is getting blamed for adding to the oppressive humidity that’s making Iowa and big parts of the nation so miserable this week. How miserable? Well, the heat index through Saturday is supposed to be well over 100 degrees throughout Iowa and big chunks of the Midwest.
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