ALEC departures include Yelp, likely Facebook, too

National Journal

A day after Google chairman Eric Schmidt said his company would leave the American Legislative Exchange Council because of its position on climate change issues, Facebook said it would likely sever its affiliation with the group, although it didn’t specify which issues were problematical, and Yelp confirmed it had left ALEC earlier, National Journal reports.

Drones left out of air traffic plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Designers of the ambitious U.S. air traffic control system of the future neglected to take drones into account, raising questions about whether it can handle the escalating demand for the unmanned aircraft and predicted congestion in the sky.

"We didn't understand the magnitude to which (drones) would be an oncoming tidal wave, something that must be dealt with, and quickly," said Ed Bolton, the Federal Aviation Administration's assistant administrator for NextGen, as the program is called.

Poland's miners protest Russian coal imports

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Some 200 Polish coal miners are blocking railway tracks on the border with Russia to protest imports of cheap Russian coal, saying it threatens their jobs.

The protest Wednesday came two days after Poland's new government, led by Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, was sworn in. Also Wednesday the left-wing opposition called on Kopacz to hold an urgent debate on the mining industry.

EPA's McCarthy delivers economic address

Washington, September 25, 2014, 10:00 am

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy delivers keynote address on economics of climate change at Resources for the Future forum.

Obama to address UN amid new Mideast strikes

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama is addressing the United Nations as a commander in chief overseeing a war against militants in two Middle Eastern nations, a striking shift in the trajectory of a presidency that had been focused on ending conflicts in the region.

Instead, when he speaks to the world body Wednesday, he will cast the U.S. as the linchpin in efforts to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, administration officials said. After weeks of launching strikes against militant targets in Iraq, Obama extended the military action into Syria on Monday, joined by an unexpected coalition of five Arab nations. Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates joined the U.S. in carrying out airstrikes, while Qatar played a supporting role.

India's top court cancels coal allocations

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court says private companies will have to return most of the coal blocks allocated to them by the government since 1993.

Wednesday's order comes a month after the court said that government allocations of coal reserves to private companies from 1993 to 2010 were illegal.

Urgent messages, no binding commitments at climate summit

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The only thing rising faster than heat-trapping gases Tuesday were the statements of urgency by world leaders, who told each other at a United Nations summit how seriously they take global warming. Binding commitments and action are to come.

President Barack Obama pressed other countries to follow the United States' lead on the issue, even as the summit revealed the many obstacles that stand in the way of wider agreements to reduce heat-trapping pollution.

SF officials challenge climate fund formula

Los Angeles Times

The complex formula for disbursing funds from the state’s cap-and-trade program “overlooks a large number of communities,” San Francisco-area officials complained to the California Environmental Protection Agency in a letter last month, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Judge reinstates protections for Wyoming wolves

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming wolves are back under federal projection after a ruling Tuesday by a federal judge in Washington, D.C.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Tuesday rejected a Wyoming wolf-management plan that had declared wolves unprotected predators that could be shot on sight in most of the state. Her ruling sided with national environmental groups that had argued Wyoming's management plan afforded insufficient protection for wolves.

NYC mayor steps onto bigger political stages

NEW YORK (AP) — A speech at the United Nations. A spot next to Al Gore leading a massive climate change march. A prime speaking slot at a political conference in England.

Those big stages — all happening within a few days of each other — have become more common for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. His profile is on the rise both nationally and internationally and he is increasingly viewed in political circles as a rising star, particularly in the most liberal wing of the Democratic party.


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