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September 15, 2015

California lawmakers pass 50% renewable energy standard and efficiency package

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-15 06:49:52

California lawmakers passed a bill last week that moves the state further along its low-carbon path, although not as far as Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and legislative leaders would have liked.
The state Assembly voted Friday night, on the last day of the legislative session, to approve S.B. 350, which mandates a 50 percent renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS) and a doubling of efficiency in existing buildings by 2030. [ read more … ]

After Iran deal, Obama to pivot to climate change

By MICHAEL CROWLEY, Politico  •    •  Posted 2015-09-15 06:50:11

Buoyed by the success of his nuclear deal with Iran, President Barack Obama is preparing to move aggressively on other long-delayed priorities, including a major climate change summit this winter and his elusive quest to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. The National Security Council’s directorate of strategic planning has been quietly building an agenda of action items for the closing year of Obama’s presidency, in a White House that sees its work as far from complete, administration officials say. [ read more … ]

Sierra Nevada snowpack at 500-year low — report

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-15 06:52:14

Snowpack levels in California’s Sierra Nevada are the lowest in at least five centuries, according to a sobering new academic report that warns that the ongoing drought could continue for the foreseeable future. At issue is a report, led by researchers at the University of Arizona, that used tree-ring data to estimate that low 2015 snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada are “unprecedented in the context of the past 500 years,” according to the two-page report, published online today in the journal Nature Climate Change.
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‘Smart Cities’ program targets congestion, climate change

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-15 06:52:39

The Obama administration today proposed to invest more than $160 million in programs aimed at tackling climate change, reducing traffic congestion and other local efforts. The announcement of the administration’s new “Smart Cities” initiative comes as the White House hosts a forum today that convenes politicians, researchers, city representatives, members of the technology sector and others to discuss improving cities’ technology and infrastructure. [ read more … ]

Grannies backed by James Hansen storm Capitol Hill with songs and climate warnings

Malavika Vyawahare, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-15 06:51:45

At 12:45 on a muggy Thursday afternoon in Washington, D.C., guitar notes rang out in the crowded cafeteria of the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill. Stern-looking suit-clad men and women huddled over lunch or papers, or deep in conversation, were startled out of their activities by a flash mob of elderly citizens. “We’re on a planet that has a problem,” they chanted, gesturing and swaying in the front seating area, “We’ve got to solve it, get involved, and do it now, now, NOW!” An impassioned guitarist stood atop a chair and strummed on. [ read more … ]

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