- Analysis by the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign backs up Michael Bloomberg’s assertion that the US will meet its climate commitments: Coal retirements and new clean energy through 2025 will reduce US carbon emissions by at least 437 million metric tons. That accounts for 60% of America’s commitments under the Paris agreement. [Triple Pundit]
- Climate change may be increasing the footprint of Lyme disease. Higher temperatures encourage the reproduction of mice, which are both natural reservoirs for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease and carriers of the ticks that spread the infection to humans. People also spend more time out doors, increasing exposure risks. [Huffington Post]
- Saturday, March 11, 2017 marks the sixth anniversary of the Fukushima Disaster. It’s staggering to learn that more than 70,000 people still have not gone home due to contamination concerns and that clean-up efforts at the nuclear facility continue to fail while the price tag rises, with some estimates nearing $200 billion. [Clean Energy News]
- Volkswagen has pleaded guilty to three charges, conspiracy to commit fraud, obstruction of justice, and entry of goods by false statement, as part of a $4.3 billion agreement with the US regulators over the diesel emissions scandal. VW general counsel Manfred Doess said the criminal acts occurred in both Germany and the United States. [BBC]
- At an international energy conference held in Houston last week, Trump officials disparaged climate science. But the Saudi Arabian energy minister called on his colleagues to find ways to “minimize the carbon footprint of fossil fuels.” He was not alone, as he was joined by CEOs of ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell in the position. [Houston Chronicle]
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