3 Sep 2017

1) World's First Zero-Emissions Hydrogen Train Unveiled in Germany
The hydrogen ... train is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and emits nothing but steam ... The train claims speeds of up to 87 miles per hour and a hydrogen storage capacity for a 497-mile range.
2) Will New Scientific Breakthroughs Pave The Way For More Climate-Related Lawsuits?
... emissions attributed to just the 50 investor-owned carbon producers, including BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Peabody and Shell, were responsible for roughly 16 percent of the global average temperature increase and around 11 percent of the global sea level rise from 1880 to 2010. Between 1980 and 2010 ... [and] 10 percent of the global average temperature increase and about 4 percent of the sea level rise. ... 31 majority state-owned companies, including Coal India, Russia’s Gazprom, Kuwait Petroleum, Mexico’s Pemex, Petroleos de Venezuela, National Iranian Oil Company and Saudi Aramco, were responsible for about 15 percent of the global temperature increase and approximately 7 percent of sea level rise from 1880 to 2010. ... “Fossil fuel companies could have taken any number of steps to address climate change, such as investing in clean energy or carbon capture and storage,” said Peter Frumhoff, a study co-author and director of science and policy at UCS. “Instead, many of them spent millions of dollars to try to deceive the public about climate science and block sensible limits on carbon emissions. Taxpayers alone, especially those living in vulnerable coastal communities, shouldn’t have to bear all the costs of these companies’ irresponsible decisions.”
3) Pruitt slams scientists for talking about ‘cause and effect’ of Harvey, Irma
... Pruitt slammed scientists for discussing “the cause and effect of these storms,” saying that “to use time and effort to address it at this point is very, very insensitive to the people in Florida.” ... Pruitt himself apparently never wants to address the issue. Indeed, Politico reported Friday that “EPA’s climate change adaptation staff will be dissolved.” Specifically, this is “the team formerly focused on preparing for sea-level rise and extreme weather.” In other words, Pruitt would like to end all talk about climate change during a superstorm — and then ensure his agency doesn’t discuss how our understanding of climate change and sea level rise might help communities prepare for the next extreme storm. ... Trump’s EPA administrator isn’t doing his job of protecting the environment and public health — and educating the public about the serious environmental threats facing Americans. So he has no business criticizing climate scientists who are trying to do their job.
4) Bigger, stronger storms will mean more post-hurricane pollution — does Trump even care?
“Unfortunately, in the short time that the Trump administration have been in office, they have made communities more vulnerable to disasters like Harvey through a series of rollbacks of environmental protections and proposed budget cuts and failures to fill key posts in federal safety and scientific agencies.”  Last week, the Center for Biological Diversity released a report chronicling Harvey-related air pollution in the Houston area. They found that more than 5 million pounds of pollutants from refineries and petrochemical plants were released due to the hurricane. One million pounds of especially dangerous chemicals, some of which are carcinogenic, were emitted from oil industry giants like Exxon and Chevron after their facilities were flooded. ... a number of alarming moves made by the Trump administration prior to the hurricane: In March, Trump rescinded an Obama executive order asking government agencies to prepare for the effects of climate change. Two weeks before Harvey, Trump ended an Obama order aimed at strengthening coastal infrastructure to withstand climate change. Trump has also pushed for cuts to FEMA, NOAA and HUD that would help rebuild and protect against damage from bigger and wetter storms.
5) Climate Denialism Is Literally Killing Us
Yet Donald Trump and other powerful know-nothings in Washington seem perversely determined to ignore the lessons of Harvey, while doubling down on making things worse. Trump has crammed his administration full of climate-change deniers while pushing full steam ahead on more oil, gas, and coal production. His EPA chief, incredibly, has urged governors to ignore the Clean Power Plan proposed by the Obama administration, aiding conservative efforts to gut the policy. Days before Harvey drenched Texas, Trump rescinded Obama’s requirement that federal agencies take climate impacts into account before approving major infrastructure. And in a stunning insult not only to climate preparedness but the legacy of US space exploration, Trump nominated a climate denier with no scientific training to run NASA. When the president announced in June that he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord, I wrote in The Nation: “To refuse to act against global warming is to condemn thousands of people to death and suffering today and millions more tomorrow. This is murder, even if Trump’s willful ignorance of climate science prevents him from seeing it.” That judgment grows more apt with each passing day we don’t reverse course.
6) Irma, Harvey reveal ‘massive national security risks’
We need to be planning today for the next event that will disrupt lives, safety, health and infrastructure at every level. First, we need to use flood and other risk standards that reflect the higher temperatures, warmer waters, and more intense rainfall of the current era. Second, we need to ensure that our investments in infrastructure take into account a climate-threatened future. The Department of Defense is beginning to make this commitment .... Finally, our military is a crucial part of communities across the country-we can see this vividly in the valiant rescues underway by men and women in uniform in Houston. Both civilian and military communities need to come together in planning for future extreme weather events. ... We ignore these risks at our peril. Not only our national security, but our homeland, is at greater risk until we take the climate threat seriously.
7) Keeping Heads Above Water: Lessons for Building Resilience After Flooding in South Asia and Texas
Poor communities—those who live on the cheapest land available, like floodplains, and who lack the resources to evacuate—suffer most when disasters strike. Harvey hit Houston's low-income neighborhoods hardest. Residents of the low-lying areas say that they have received little help evacuating, and many are struggling to find food, water and shelter. Long-term, they worry about the costs of rebuilding and if they can afford government aid loan programs.