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Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report

The Audubon Birds and Climate Report is based on three decades of “citizen-science observations” and predicts how climate change could affect the ranges of 588 North American birds. Hundreds of thousands of these observations resulted in Audubon’s conclusions that “Of the 588 North American bird species studied, more than half are likely to be in trouble.” 

Global economies must lower carbon emissions at five times the levels currently achieved

The PwC, “a network of firms in 157 countries committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services,” released their climate change analysis, which estimates that “global economies need to cut their energy related carbon emissions for every $ of GDP by 6.2% every year from now to 2100. That’s more than five times the rate currently achieved.” 

Climate Change Implications for Nebraska

The UNL Climate Change Study has been released. The assessment raises “serious concerns about how the projected changes in climate will impact Nebraska, and provides a starting point for discussions about the actions that we should take to adapt to the changes in each sector.”

Commitment Accounting of CO2 Emissions

A new paper in Environmental Research Letters demonstrates the value to policymakers that calculating the full amount of emissions a power plant emits during its time of service has over tracking annual emissions of carbon dioxide, as is the typical current practice. The NY Times summarizes the paper’s argument and discusses the paper’s implications.

Lake Erie Algae Bloom Crisis Is Putting Pressure on Ohio, Farm States to Tackle Agricultural Pollution Problems

The toxic algae bloom that led to the city of Toledo’s loss of drinking water is not just a local issue. In fact, “last year alone, 20 states reported nearly 150 separate toxic algal blooms in lakes, rivers and ponds,” including Nebraska. 

Nebraska Among the Dozen States to File Suit Against New Coal Rules

Twelve states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration for its proposed rule designed to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. The filing follows a suit brought six weeks ago by the country’s largest privately held coal mining company, Murray Energy Corp.

Eliminating Coal from Minnesota’s Energy Production

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton called on energy policy and business leaders to figure out a way for his state to eliminate coal from its energy portfolio. Minnesota currently gets about 46% of its electricity generated from burning coal, but its clean energy industry is growing, employing more than 14,000 people in 1,000 different companies...

Omaha Public Power District Leads Nebraska Utilities in Wind Energy

Omaha Public Power District is leading the state’s utilities in wind energy production, and in June adopted a plan to get at least one-third of its electricity generated from renewable sources for twenty years. OPPD will be producing 33% of its electricity from wind as soon as 2016... 

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