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DOD planning should look at climate change: GAO

Source: 
The Hill

The Defense Department should set deadlines to come up with a plan that assesses climate change risk for its facilities around the world, according to recommendations from the Government Accountability Office, The Hill reports.

Economists downplaying cost of EPA carbon rules

Source: 
Bloomberg

Examining the numbers used by supporters and opponents of new carbon rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, Bloomberg spoke to several academics who downplay the impact the regulations would have on the U.S. economy.

Some Calif. activists angry about carbon offsets

Source: 
Los Angeles Times

Some activists complain that offsetting greenhouse gas emissions in California with projects elsewhere in the country don’t help the state’s residents fight pollution on their doorstep, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Ceres unveils searchable database for climate risk

Source: 
National Journal

Investors will be able to search for climate risk affecting companies, using a new database activist group Ceres unveiled Monday, put together using information filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, National Journal reports.

CSIS forum on European Union energy security

Washington, July 1, 2014, 1:00 pm

Center for Strategic and International Studies forum, "EU Energy Security and Transatlantic Cooperation." European Commission Director General for Energy Dominique Ristori to speak. 

Alliance to Save Energy briefing on efficiency financing

Washington, July 1, 2014, 12:00 pm

Alliance to Save Energy congressional briefing, "Invest: Perspectives on Energy Efficiency Financing." Energy Department Special Advisor for Finance Kenneth Alston to moderate. 

New York top court OKs local gas-drilling bans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's top court handed a victory to opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas Monday by affirming the right of municipalities to ban the practice within their borders.

The state Court of Appeals affirmed a midlevel appeals court ruling from last year that said the state oil and gas law doesn't trump the authority of local governments to control land use through zoning.

The two "fracking" cases from two central New York towns have been closely watched by drillers hoping to tap into the state's piece of the Marcellus Shale formation and by environmentalists who fear water and air pollution.

Supreme Court upholds California Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Ethanol and refiner groups on Monday lost their bid for a U.S. Supreme Court review of California's low carbon fuel standard, in a rejection that was cheered by environmental groups.

Without comment, justices denied petitions by the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union to review a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the standard, the nation's first attempt to lower total carbon emissions from the production and use of motor fuels.

Al-Qaida splinter declares new Islamic caliphate

BAGHDAD (AP) — The al-Qaida breakaway group that has seized much of northeastern Syria and huge tracts of neighboring Iraq formally declared the establishment of a new Islamic state on Sunday and demanded allegiance from Muslims worldwide.

With brutal efficiency, the Sunni extremist group has carved out a large chunk of territory that has effectively erased the border between Iraq and Syria and laid the foundations of its proto-state. But the declaration, made on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, could trigger a wave of infighting among the Sunni militant factions that formed a loose alliance in the blitz across Iraq and impact the broader international jihadist movement, especially the future of a-Qaida.

CSIS forum on U.S. role in global infrastructure development

Washington, June 30, 2014, 1:30 pm

Center for Strategic and International Studies forum, "The U.S. Role in Global Infrastructure Development." U. S. Trade and Development Agency Director Leocadia Zak among speakers. 

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