Groundbreaking study outlines what you can do about climate change.

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Duke Energy wants to raise rates on 1.3 million North Carolina residents to offset the $200 million yearly it’ll take to clean coal ash from its plants out of drinking-water wells.

Nearby residents want the company’s shareholders and execs to foot the bill, especially since locals are living off of bottled water thanks to the contaminated wells.

“If a septic company comes to my house and accidentally spills sewage all over my property, are they going to send me the bill for that?” one resident asked the AP.

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Ask a scientist: How should we live in the face of climate change?

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David Wallace-Wells’ viral story in New York Magazine paints a vivid picture of climate change: The Arctic permafrost thaws into methane-spewing sludge, ocean acidification chokes out fish, and the heat cooks us in our skeletons.

Climate science can seem distant and inhuman, particularly when it’s foretelling the parched doom of humans. Wallace-Wells’ reliance on that doom and flourish has elicited the objection of some scientists. Telling the human race exactly what kind of threats await our home is sensitive business, a fact of which scientists are sharply aware.

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An electric company wants customers to pay to clean up water it contaminated.

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A vacuum of national climate leadership has sucked Jerry Brown into the limelight, but all that attention will mean little if he can’t make meaningful progress in his own state. Right now, he’s working to renew California’s cap-and-trade law, which expires in 2020. The law’s survival hinges on votes from a supermajority of legislators.

To get over that two-thirds hurdle, Brown will have to cut deals with two groups.

On one side, he faces politicians whose constituents’ environmental concerns are more immediate than climate change — namely pollution, which cap-and-trade alone doesn’t address. These Democrats say Brown can’t count on their vote unless he provides substantive redress to those suffering environmental injustices. On the other side, the business lobby worries that emissions cuts will hurt the economy.

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Climate change will make air travel even worse

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This story was originally published by Project Earth/Fusion and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Air travel seems to get increasingly unpleasant as time goes by. Tighter security, more passengers, fewer amenities, and additional fees all add up to an often unfriendly experience in the skies (not to mention being forcefully dragged off an overbooked plane). Now, a new study in the journal Climatic Changeposits that climate change is going to make this whole endeavor even worse by making it harder for planes to get off the ground.

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Egypt and Jordan: SHAMCI to Give New Impetus to Arab Markets

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SHAMCI Workshop May 2017
The implementation of SHAMCI, the Solar Heating Arab Mark and Certification Initiative, could help expand the solar thermal market in both Egypt and Jordan. On 15 and 16 May 2017, a workshop held at the headquarters of RCREEE (Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency) and on the premises of NREA (New and Renewable Energy Authority of Egypt) in Cairo offered experts, market observers and stakeholders from both countries a platform to discuss requirements for implementing SHAMCI at national level. Solarthermalworld.org spoke to Lotus Shaheen, who works at SHAMCI’s secretariat, about the results of the workshop and the next steps by the regional initiative.

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Solarthermalworld.org: What are the objectives of SHAMCI and has there been a timetable for its implementation?

Shaheen: The Solar Heating Arab Mark and Certification Initiative is a quality certification scheme for solar thermal products and services across the Arab region. Although SHAMCI was based on Europe’s Solar Keymark, it has been adapted to meet the requirements of developing countries. It is the first certification scheme for solar thermal products in the Arab region.

SHAMCI’s main objective is to provide policymakers, manufacturing businesses and consumers with a regional industry and regulatory compliance framework. In other words, SHAMCI helps decision makers to devise better policies, assists manufacturers in accumulating know-how and improving product quality and offers consumers unbiased quality assessments.

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