2013 August Environment & Climate News

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August, 2013
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The August issue of Environment & Climate News reports Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed legislation that will phase out the state’s tax credit for solar energy, with the credit expiring completely at the end of 2017. “Now is the time for solar to stand on its own,” said Daniel Simmons, director of state policy at the Institute for Energy Research.

Also in this issue:

  • The New York City Council is considering a measure to ban the sale of food served in polystyrene foam containers.
  • Connecticut and Maine have enacted legislation requiring labeling of genetically modified foods. The mandates will not take effect until other states enact similar legislation.
  • The California Senate rejected a bill that would ban the distribution of single-use plastic grocery bags. The ban failed despite spirited support from celebrities such as Bette Midler, Jackson Browne, and Rita Wilson.
  • Wind turbine manufacturer Nordex USA announced it will close its Arkansas production facility after accepting millions of dollars in subsidies and promising to create 750 jobs.
  • IPCC author Hans von Storch says climate models can’t explain the lack of warming for the past 15 years.
  • The Fairhaven, Massachusetts Board of Health voted to shut down the town’s two wind turbines each night between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. after dozens of residents filed more than 400 complaints against the turbines.

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