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August 11, 2016

Scientists warn world will miss key climate target

By Robin McKie, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2016-08-11 06:33:31

Leading climate scientists have warned that the Earth is perilously close to breaking through a 1.5C upper limit for global warming, only eight months after the target was set. The decision to try to limit warming to 1.5C, measured in relation to pre-industrial temperatures, was the headline outcome of the Paris climate negotiations last December. The talks were hailed as a major success by scientists and campaigners, who claimed that, by setting the target, desertification, heatwaves, widespread flooding and other global warming impacts could be avoided. [ read more … ]

Construction is underway at two sites of Minnesota’s largest solar project.

By Carolyn Lange, Forum of Fargo-Moorhead  •    •  Posted 2016-08-11 06:34:15

Construction is underway at two sites of Minnesota’s largest solar project. The Aurora Solar Project, which is the first utility-scale distributed solar plant in the state, comprises 16 solar farms and a total direct current power capacity of 150 megawatts. Two of the farms, located in Paynesville and Atwater, are already on their way up. The Paynesville farm will be the largest of the project, with 15.23 MW of direct current power. [ read more … ]

Elon Musk’s next move? Solar roofing

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-11 06:34:46

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk wants control of your roof. On a conference call yesterday announcing SolarCity Corp.’s second-quarter earnings, Musk announced the company is planning a new solar roof product, rather than just offering solar modules to place on roofs. He didn’t provide details on exactly how a full solar roof would operate, but it is expected to be manufactured at SolarCity’s planned Gigafactory in New York. [ read more … ]

Mining layoffs could ‘easily’ turn into solar hires — study

Dylan Brown, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-11 06:35:09

Laid-off coal miners should look no further than the solar industry for jobs that, on the whole, will come with a bigger paycheck, according to a new study in the journal Energy Economics. The report, authored by Joshua Pearce of Michigan Technological University and Edward Louie of Oregon State University, argues that a relatively small investment in retraining — $180 million in the best-case scenario or $1.8 billion in the worst case — could turn the vast majority of coal industry workers into solar employees. [ read more … ]

This tiny town has found a new way to cut GHGs

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-11 06:35:56

This enclave in north San Diego County is known for its small-town feel, the summer concerts held on a bluff above crashing ocean waves and the non-chain stores in its arts district. It’s also seen as a progressive stronghold. Incorporated 30 years ago after local residents grew concerned about overdevelopment, Solana Beach jumped ahead of others regionally on environmental causes. It was first in California to ban smoking on beaches. It banned single-use plastic bags before other cities in the county. Last year, it was the first to restrict Styrofoam containers. [ read more … ]

Group says letter shows politics drove AGs’ Exxon probe

Hannah Hess, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-11 06:36:30

A free-market group said communication among state attorneys general shows political collusion in their probe of fossil energy companies’ alleged lies about climate science. At issue is a March 7 letter from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) and Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell (D) inviting other left-leaning AGs to an event “to highlight the importance of climate change to the citizens of our states, our work defending the Clean Power Plan … and the formation of an Attorneys General climate change and energy coalition.” [ read more … ]

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