Food Giants Align For Climate Action

Read the full story in the Huffington Post.

A Republican, a Democrat and a bunch of major food corporations put their support behind meaningful action on climate change Thursday.

Representatives from Mars, General Mills, Unilever, Ben & Jerry’s and Nestle appeared at an event on Capitol Hill calling for strong government action on climate. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) hosted the event with the sustainable business group Ceres.

Whitehouse has been a major advocate for climate action in Congress, giving weekly speeches on the subject. And Gibson recently led an effort among House Republicans to get party leadership to pay attention to the problem.

Carbon Pricing Schemes Have Almost Doubled Since 2012

Read the full story at Clean Technica.

The World Bank has concluded that carbon pricing schemes globally have almost doubled since 2012, and are now worth about $50 billion.

In a new Feature Story on its website, The World Bank Group have praised the efforts of nations, cities, and businesses the world over, for implementing carbon pricing schemes. The Feature Story was also accompanied by a new report, published by the World Bank Group and Ecofys, in conjunction with the OECD and with input from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which claims that the number of implemented or planned carbon pricing schemes globally has almost doubled since 2012, and is now worth about $50 billion.

Scientists say New York City already faces much worse flood risks due to rising seas

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

In a new study, scientists say that the risk of major hurricane or storm-driven flooding in New York City is already considerably higher than it was 1,000 or even 100 years ago, thanks both to a considerable rise in sea level, but also, they say, to changes in the nature of storms.

Obama administration tightens smog limits but satisfies few

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

The Obama administration tightened limits Thursday on a key air pollutant that causes urban smog, a move that officials say will alleviate suffering for millions of Americans who suffer from asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

EPA’s New Smog Rules Leave Just About Everyone Mad

Read the full post in the National Journal.

After a ban­ner second term that has seen the most ag­gress­ive ac­tion on cli­mate change from any ad­min­is­tra­tion, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion just opened up a new fault line with en­vir­on­ment­al­ists.

The En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency today re­leased its new air-qual­ity stand­ards for ground-level ozone, lower­ing the al­low­able level from 75 parts per bil­lion to 70 ppb. That’s well short of what en­vir­on­ment­al­ists and pub­lic-health groups had been push­ing and a level they say wouldn’t do enough to pro­tect pub­lic health.

In­dustry groups and Re­pub­lic­ans, mean­while, are not likely to be any hap­pi­er—they have been long op­posed to any stand­ard lower than the status quo be­cause of the po­ten­tial cost of com­pli­ance.

Climate change threatens perch, other warm-water fish

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo.

Some fish may find that short, warm winters are not fun in the sun, according to a recent study of Lake Erie perch.

In fact, climate change may cause more harm to certain fish than researchers once thought.

Fish living in mild-temperature regions benefit from some aspects of climate change, such as more water flowing through rivers. But the negative impacts outweigh the positive ones, according to the study “Short Winters Threaten Temperate Fish Populations” published in Nature Communications last July.