N.Y.'S QUEST TO TURN DAUNTING DATA INTO AN 'ENERGY INTERNET'...

Data-heavy smart meters have forced utilities to consider ways to better serve customers with such data. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

 

Two little boxes vex Andy Frank: "username" and "password"...

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HOW GOOGLE IS USING BIG DATA TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT...

Kate Brandt speaking at the 2016 SXSW Eco conference in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Diego Donamaria

 

Google’s sustainability officer Kate Brandt outlines the company’s wide-range interest in sustainable fishing, green buildings and renewable energy...

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NORTH CAROLINA FLOODING IS SO SEVERE THAT RESCUERS NEED SONAR TO LOCATE CARS, VICTIMS...

A man holds onto a yield sign after trying to swim out to help a truck driver who was stranded in floodwater from Hurricane Matthew in Hope Mills, N.C.,  Oct. 9, 2016. Image: Mike Spencer/AP

 

Flooding is worsening in parts of North Carolina, as water that fell in inland parts of the state and neighboring Virginia slowly pushes southeastward toward the Atlantic Ocean. More than 1,000 people still need rescuing as rivers crest at their highest recorded levels in multiple locations...

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GREENLAND IS MELTING FROM ABOVE AND FROM BELOW — AND SCIENTISTS SAY THEY’RE CONNECTED...

A crew sets out to retrieve a measurement device in a Greenland fjord and passes by a small hanging glacier on its side wall that is unleashing a stream of water into the ocean. (Dustin Carroll)

 

There were no scientists around circa 11,000 years ago, when the great Laurentide Ice Sheet, which once covered much of present day North America, began to collapse in numerous stages and eventually dwindled into a collection of much smaller ice caps across Alaska and Canada, raising seas by tens of feet. So no one could observe all of the processes that, as the Northern Hemisphere warmed, led to its undoing...

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CLINTON DEDICATES AN ENTIRE SPEECH TO CLIMATE CHANGE...

Attendees walk past a portrait of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as they arrive for a rally in Miami, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. CREDIT: AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

 

After two debates miss the mark, Clinton takes talk on climate into her own hands...

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FOSSIL FUEL PRODUCTION EMITS MORE METHANE THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT, NOAA SAYS...

An oil drilling rig is seen in North Dakota. Estimates of global emissions of methane, a global warming gas more potent than carbon dioxide, from fossil fuel industry activities have been underestimated by global databases, according to a new analysis. Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

 

The exhaustive global study found emissions from oil, gas and coal sites are between 20 and 60 percent higher than many earlier estimates...

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EMERGING CLIMATE ACCORD COULD PUSH A/C OUT OF SWELTERING INDIA’S REACH...

Air-conditioning units in New Delhi. Credit Roberto Schmidt/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

 

DELHI — A thrill goes down Lane 12, C Block, Kamalpur every time another working-class family brings home its first air-conditioner. Switched on for a few hours, usually to cool a room where the whole family sleeps, it transforms life in this suffocating concrete labyrinth where the heat reached 117 degrees in May...

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THE POLITICS OF US: CLIMATE CHANGE...

George Wallace stands on the 240-acre organic farm he has just outside of Fort Collins. Mr. Wallace is active on local water issues, and believes the addressing climate change is of utmost importance. He worries that too many people these days just "vote with their tribe" rather than really looking at an analyzing information. And Wallace thinks that, as the effects of climate change are more widely felt, irrigated-agriculture lands like Colorado's may be of particular importance, since they'll be less susceptible to drought, and that good management of the water in the area is key. credit: Amanda Paulson/The Christian Science Monitor

Understanding Others...

Sixth in a 10-part weekly series. The Politics of US looks at polarizing topics to help deepen understanding of the issues – and respect for those with differing views. This installment examines why the partisan divide on climate change has widened in recent years.

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SEA LEVEL RISE: RISK AND RESILIENCE IN COASTAL CITIES...

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Climate change is already causing sea levels worldwide to rise, and we can only expect this trend to continue...

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THERE’S NO OXYGEN LEFT IN THIS CAMPAIGN FOR A SERIOUS DEBATE ABOUT CARBON...

Audience member Ken Bone asked: “What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs, while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job loss for fossil power plant workers?”

 

It’s becoming more and more clear what role climate and energy issues are going to play in this presidential campaign — a minor one at best...

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