California Universities Launch Experiment To Go Carbon-Neutral ‘At Scale’

Read the full story from UCLA.

What does it look like when a university decides to walk the walk as well as talk the talk on climate change? The University of California system — which encompasses 10 university campuses and two national scientific research laboratories — is about to find out.

When It Comes to Climate Change, Texas Is an Impediment — and a Leader

Read the full story in FutureStructure.

The Lone Star State is pushing against federal efforts to cut carbon emissions, while simultaneously building itself up as an example of a leader in clean power and other greenhouse gas-reducing systems.

On Thin Ice: Big Northern Lakes Are Being Rapidly Transformed

Read the full story at Yale Environment 360.

As temperatures rise, the world’s iconic northern lakes are undergoing major changes that include swiftly warming waters, diminished ice cover, and outbreaks of harmful algae. Now, a global consortium of scientists is trying to assess the toll.

Prescribing a climate remedy: Healthcare leaders aim to affect international climate change negotiations

Read the full story in Modern Healthcare.

For an industry that loves to promote the “triple aim” buzz phrase, the U.S. healthcare system often leaves out one important element.

Improving the health of populations, enhancing the patient experience and lowering the cost of care are the underpinnings of the so-called triple aim that practically every provider has adopted over the past few years. While some of the largest and most progressive-leaning systems like Kaiser Permanente and Partners HealthCare have pursued ways to address climate change, it’s rare to find that explicit mission or business plan at the thousands of other hospitals, doctor groups, health insurers, device companies or drugmakers.

Mark Kirk Keeps Them Guessing On Climate Stance

Read the full story in the National Journal.

After months of seesaw­ing on cli­mate change, Sen. Mark Kirk cast a ma­jor vote in fa­vor of en­vir­on­ment­al reg­u­la­tion Tues­day. But even still, en­vir­on­ment­al­ists are sus­pi­cious about wheth­er he’s really on their side.

Top lawmaker rebutted on climate study accusation

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

The escalating struggle between an influential House Republican and government scientists over their pivotal study of global warming now turns on accusations that they rushed to publish their findings to advance President Obama’s agenda on climate change.

But a spokeswoman for Science, the prestigious peer-reviewed journal that in June published the paper by climate scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said in an interview that their research was subject to a longer, more intensive review than is customary.

U.S. Cities Vary Widely in Climate Preparation Due to Politics, Study Says

Via Yale e360 Digest.

Portland, Boston, and Los Angeles are further along than many U.S. cities in planning for extreme weather events linked to global warming, according to a study published in the journal Global Environmental Change. The report found that Tucson, Arizona, and Raleigh, North Carolina, are in the middle-to-early stages of planning, while Tampa, Florida — which is at the highest risk for hurricanes in the U.S. and is located very near sea level — largely dismisses climate change and has done little to plan for it. The study is the first to look at societal factors, such as a city’s political environment, and how those factors affect action on climate change. Interviews with 65 local policymakers in each of the six cities revealed three factors that play a role in how well city planners prepare for climate change: the risk of extreme weather in a given area, public acceptance of climate change, and how aggressively a city’s residents engage in public policy and politics.