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Why Climate Business Risk Disclosures are the New Norm

A new emissions disclosure rule, proposed by the White House this week, would require companies with federal contracts to report on their greenhouse gas emissions, efforts and targets to limit such releases and their climate-change related business risks. “It’s the responsible thing to do to take steps to understand the … Read more »

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Major Firms, White House Launch Smart Cities Initiative

Bank of America, General Electric, Duke Energy, Autodesk, Microsoft and Cisco Systems are among the founding partners of the White House’s smart cities initiative announced yesterday that will invest more than $160 million in federal research and leverage more than 25 new technology collaborations to help local communities. The smart … Read more »

Monsanto Joins White House Panel On Climate Change And Farming

Monsanto joined a roundtable of leaders from the technology and agricultural sectors at the White House July 29 to offer their assistance and collaborative efforts as part of the President’s Climate Data Initiative. The focus of the meeting was on releasing data that will help make certain the country’s food … Read more »

Warming Could Exceed 10 Degrees, Study Finds

Warming Could Exceed 10 Degrees, Study Finds

Some of the effects of climate change — such as a longer growing season in some regions and a longer shipping season on the Great Lakes — may benefit the economy in the short term, according to a study released today by the White House. But these benefits will be … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Rule Goes to White House, Ryan Budget Attacks ‘War on Coal’

The White House has received the EPA’s draft regulations on carbon emissions from existing power plants, according to Office of Management and Budget records cited by The Hill. President Obama set a June deadline for the proposal, a cornerstone of his climate change plan. An EPA finding from earlier this … Read more »

Google, Microsoft, Feds Launch Climate Data Tools

Google, Microsoft, Feds Launch Climate Data Tools

Google, Microsoft and other companies joined the White House yesterday to launch a suite of climate data projects designed to serve businesses, governments and the public. The Climate Data Initiative calls on the private sector to build tools using government datasets, as a number of well-known tech companies are starting … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EPA Emissions Tool, Nuclear Loans, 2nd Coal Ash Leak

The EPA has released the AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool (AVERT), designed to help state air quality planners estimate the emissions benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. According to the EPA, AVERT “aims to address a key reason states have not implemented previous EE/RE State Implementation Plan guidance.” North … Read more »

Environmental Executive Moves: GRI, Cardno, City of Palo Alto

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Global Reporting Initiative: The sustainability reporting organization has named Bastian Buck director, sustainability reporting standard. Buck has worked for GRI in other capacities for more than seven years. Cardno: The engineering and environmental consulting firm has appointed Todd Williams as … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Obama Climate Czar, Carbon Capture, CDM

White House deputy director for climate Dan Utech has become President Obama’s top energy and climate change advisor, The Hill reports. Utech replaces Heather Zichal, whose last day was Friday. The Department of Energy will invest nearly $84 million in 18 projects to research second-generation technologies for carbon capture from coal-fired power … Read more »

Obama’s Climate Change Policy ‘Coming Soon’

President Obama has reportedly told Democratic Party donors at closed-door fundraisers that he will unveil a new climate change plan in July, with separate actions that could potentially address the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline project and the EPA’s emissions guidelines for new and existing power plants. The White House … Read more »

National Grid, PacifiCorp Among Latest Green Button Commitments

National Grid, PacifiCorp, PPL, TXU Energy and Chattanooga EPB yesterday committed to provide more than 8 million businesses and households with easy access to their energy use data with the click of on online Green Button, the White House said. Also yesterday, software companies EnergyAI, Melon Power, Performance Systems Development, … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: COP 17 Durban, SolarWorld, Better Buildings Challenge, Boiler MACT

Durban: U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres remains hopeful that countries can get past the years of gridlock to reach fresh, binding commitments to GHG reductions, Reuters said. The remarks follow news that China could join legally binding emissions targets after 2020. A researcher from China’s Energy Research Institute in Beijing … Read more »