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11/02/2018

Planned Coal Retirements Won’t Disrupt the Power Grid, Grid Operator PJM Says

The Mid-Atlantic power grid operator PJM says the coal and nuclear power plant retirements currently planned over the next five years won't harm its grid reliability, even if it loses natural-gas pipelines during winter cold snaps. Its "fuel security" report further undermines the Trump administration's arguments for emergency measure to bail out coal.

(Greentech Media)

Puerto Rico Considers 100% Renewable Energy, But Natural Gas May Come First

As Puerto Rico rebuilds from last year's hurricanes, its lawmakers have introduced an ambitious clean energy bill to get 100 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2050. But it also includes measures that would boost natural gas in the short-term, and that's worrying clean energy advocates.

(InsideClimate News)

Trump Embraces Tree-Fired Power That Scientists Call Worse Than Coal

The Trump EPA and Department of Agriculture are promoting the burning of trees and other biomass to produce energy in a letter to congressional leaders. Scientists and the EPA's own science advisors warn that biomass emissions are a climate problem. Read more from ICN on the science and pushback to a similar effort in Europe.

(Bloomberg)

Big Money Is Being Pumped into a Small New Mexico Race

The job of state land commissioner doesn't usually draw a lot of attention, but in New Mexico, oil and gas companies are pouring millions of dollars into this year's close race and environmental groups are pushing back. The winner will oversee approval of developments like oil and gas drilling.

(NPR)

Some Republicans in Close Races Are (Ever So Slightly) Changing Their Tune on Climate Change

Some Republican candidates who are facing strong challengers have started pulling back their climate denial, even if slightly. Read more from ICN on how scientists running for office have forced their GOP opponents to try to rebrand themselves to appeal to voters concerned about the environment. 

(Washington Post)

Heat Waves, Hot Nights Getting More Extreme Due to Climate Change, UK Met Office Warns

Climate change has led to an increase in extreme weather in the UK, including higher average temperatures, hot nights that don't cool off and extreme rainfall, according to a new report from the UK's Met Office tracking trends in weather extremes.

(CNN)

Facing Climate Change, Cities Trade Sea Walls for Parks

Protecting coastal areas from storms and sea level rise has often meant relying on sea walls. Now, more city planners are considering natural solutions like waterfront parks and wetlands that channel the water rather than trying to fight it. Pew's Stateline looked at some of the projects underway.

(Pew Stateline)

Where Americans (Mostly) Agree on Climate Change Policies, in Five Maps

There's more consensus among Americans on the solutions for climate change than people may realize, new data from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication suggests. In maps, The New York Times shows the polling breakdown on some climate and energy policies.

(The New York Times)

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