Friday, April 11, 2014

WIMS Environmental HotSheet 4/11/14

National / International News


<> UN: greenhouse gas emissions nearly doubled in first decade of 21st century - Leaked draft shows emissions grew nearly twice as fast from 2000-10 as in previous 30 years – despite economic slowdown

<> Sebelius Resigns After Troubles Over Health Site - Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, is resigning, ending a stormy five-year tenure marred by the disastrous rollout of President Obama's signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act.

<> FERC Acting Chairman Cheryl A. LaFleur's Testimony before the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee - "Keeping the Lights on – Are We Doing Enough to Ensure the Reliability and Security of the U.S. Electric Grid?"

<> House Hearing - Department of Energy Science and Technology Priorities - GOP website with background, statements, webcast and testimony of Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

<> EPA Releases Top 25 List of Cities with Most Energy Star Buildings - The Top 10 cities on the list are: Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; New York; San Francisco; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Philadelphia; and Houston; Detroit ranks 23rd.

<> The Production Tax Credit is Key to a Strong U.S. Wind Industry - New report from Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory finds the production tax credit has been critical to the growth of the U.S. wind industry.

<> GM's 'Climate Declaration' Speaks Louder than Words - In the year following the Climate Declaration signing, General Motors continues to prove there is economic opportunity in tackling climate change. . .

<> EPA Awards Over $9 Million to Universities for Research to Help Predict the Implications of Chemicals on Human Health and the Environment - grants to Arizona State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara to better understand the impacts of chemicals and nanomaterials throughout their life cycle — from design, manufacture, use and disposal.

<> IUCN and WBCSD join forces to improve business understanding of biodiversity management - Montreux, Switzerland, 10 April 2014– The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) today released a new guide. . .

<> Eco Economy Indicator - World Wind Power Poised to Bounce Back after Slowing in 2013 - At the end of 2013, the wind farms installed in more than 85 countries had a combined generating capacity of 318,000 megawatts, which would be enough to meet the residential electricity needs of the European Union's 506 million people. . .

<> Artificial cooling tricky topic for climate panel - Source: AP - It's Plan B in the fight against climate change: cooling the planet by sucking heat-trapping CO2 from the air or reflecting sunlight back into space. . .

<> The Truth About Nuclear Power - Part Ten - Subtitle: Nuclear plants require costly upgrades after 20 to 30 yearsSteam generators inside containment structurePurple-cutaway view.source: NRCOne of the favorite arguments of the nuclear proponents is that. . .


Federal Register Highlights 

The following is an alert of Environmental Federal Register announcements that may be of interest for: Friday, April 11, 2014.  (Click here to access today's complete Federal Register index with links to complete announcements).


1. Nothing We're Highlighting Today (click for the complete Energy & EPA announcements)