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Climate news stories to September 23


    
This page will be updated each Saturday with selected items
from around the world covering global environment issues
    
 



             The real unknown of climate change: Our behavior 
 If scientists have made a systematic error, it has been to understate how quickly things would unravel. The truth is that the single biggest uncertainty in climate science has nothing to do with the physics of the atmosphere, or the stability of the ice . . . it has always been how much carbon pollution humans are going to choose to pump into the air -  NewYorkTimes

 Main page updates this week:  
            Electric Vehicles - Wetlands - 2C limit - C40/other initiatives - Britain

  • Federal court rules on coal and climate change in a rebuke to Trump - Vox.com 
  • Australia's warmest winter on record 'driven by climate change' - BBC
  • India to embark on the most ambitious electric-car transformation in the world - Quartz 
  • Dozens of Japanese towns and cities go quietly off-grid - inhabitat  
  • California cities sue Big Oil for billions claiming they knew dangers of climate change for decades - Independent
  • North Carolina governor delays decision on Atlantic Coast pipeline - ClimateProgress 
  • East coast republicans lobby Trump against Atlantic oil exploration - McClatchey 
  • Canada has too much clean electricity – needs to sell to US market - eenews

Silent killer: Sweltering planet braces for deadly heat shocks. Despite recent hurricanes, experts say heat remains underestimated as a threat by governments, aid agencies and individuals. That's both because it's an invisible, hard-to-document disaster that claims lives largely behind closed doors - and because hot weather just doesn't strike many people as a serious threat. The threat is particularly severe in already sweltering places, from South Asia to the Gulf, and has been linked to a rise in migration out of hot and poor parts of rural Pakistan - Reuters

How much can 14 states really do on climate by themselves, without help from the federal government? Washington, California and New York's governors unveiled a new study that said the 14 alliance states were on pace to meet their share of the Obama administration’s pledge under the Paris accord, thanks in part to local mandates on renewable energy and electric vehicles. In theory, state governments have plenty of ways to cut emissions without federal help. Collectively, emissions from electricity in the alliance states are expected to drop by 50% between 2005 and 2025, the analysis found - NewYorkTimes

Expansion of utility-scale energy storage. Five years ago, only 340MW of energy storage could be found globally. Fast forward and the market is expecting 6,000MW to be installed in 2017 alone, a growth of 47% in 2017 over 2016 as utilities are employing energy storage systems for grid support and renewable energy firming - RenewableEnergyWorld

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