India Is Charting A Low Carbon Future  — Building Better From the Start

India Is Charting A Low Carbon Future — Building Better From the Start

The Washington Post took a closer look at India’s chances for pulling itself out of poverty without a concomitant increase in its greenhouse gas emissions, noting that while China was unable to do so, India just might have a chance — it is on track to meet its two major pledges under the Paris agreement on climate change ahead of schedule before 2030.

Why This Matters:  Countries like India that are just now building up their middle class have the opportunity, if the cost is low enough, to leapfrog more developed countries and go directly to low-carbon, energy-efficient technologies.

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Tropical Storm Bertha Makes Landfall In South Carolina After Flooding South Florida

Tropical Storm Bertha Makes Landfall In South Carolina After Flooding South Florida

The second named storm of the season, Tropical Storm Bertha, strengthened quickly overnight Tuesday and made landfall yesterday morning about 20 miles east of Charleston.   On Tuesday, as a result of the storm, Miami experienced more than 7 inches of rain — 6 of which fell in 2 hours, flooding streets across the city.

Why This Matters:  Tropical Storm Bertha is following an increasingly familiar pattern of unprecedented amounts of rainfall along with strong winds that persist into the interior portions.

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Dam Failures a Risk Across the Country Due to Climate Change

Dam Failures a Risk Across the Country Due to Climate Change

The Edenville Dam failure in Michigan causing thousands to evacuate puts a spotlight on a problem that the American Society of Civil Engineers highlighted in 2017 when it gave our country a “D” for dam safety (yep – that’s it’s grade) but this grade has not significantly improved in the last 20 years.

Why This Matters:  When we think about the security risks to our nation, we need to start counting infrastructure failure due to climate change as one of the most troubling.

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Energy Secretary Takes a Swipe at Big Banks That Won’t Invest In Arctic Drilling

Energy Secretary Takes a Swipe at Big Banks That Won’t Invest In Arctic Drilling

The Secretary of Energy stunningly accused the major financial institutions that refuse to now invest in Arctic oil and gas exploration of discrimination against the oil and gas industry and likened the decision to the banks’ refusal in the past to make loans to minorities.

Why This Matters:  Arctic drilling has been fought due to its environmental toll since the 1960s,  In 1980, Congress decreed that no exploratory drilling or production could occur without further congressional action — and it stayed that way until President Trump demanded authority to lease the land for drilling, despite the ample domestic supply of oil and gas.

 

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New Studies Point to More Extreme Heat and Storms in the U.S.

New Studies Point to More Extreme Heat and Storms in the U.S.

A study by The Earth Institute at Columbia University published last Friday in the Journal Science Advances found that the combined effect of extreme heat and humidity (known as the “wet bulb index”) is already exceeding in some locations for short durations of time the level that scientists thought would be the threshold of human survivability.

Why This Matters:  High heat and humidity combined is happening more frequently around the globe and has already resulted in massive death tolls due to climate change.

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JPMorgan Announces It Will Remove Former Exxon CEO As the Bank’s Lead Director

JPMorgan Announces It Will Remove Former Exxon CEO As the Bank’s Lead Director

In its most recent public corporate filings, JPMorgan Chase stated that it would be appointing a new lead independent director by the end of the summer of 2020, removing the former CEO of Exxon Mobil, Lee Raymond, after progressives and climate advocates publicly campaigned for his removal. 

Why This Matters:  Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org wrote a high profile op/ed in the New York Times ten days ago arguing that the company was stuck in the past on climate change, and urging JP Morgan shareholders to vote Raymond out, as did New York City’s pension fund.

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