"June 20 News: Record-Breaking Temperatures Expected In Northeast On First Day Of Summer"
A round-up of the top climate and energy stories. Please post additional links below.
You won’t need a calendar to mark the start of summer in the northeastern U.S. The National Weather Service forecast potentially record-breaking hot temperatures just as the season officially begins Wednesday, the summer solstice and longest day of the year. [Associated Press]
More than 150 world leaders and ministers kick off the Rio+20 Earth Summit on Wednesday amid widespread disappointment about the strategy they will adopt to put the global economy on a more sustainable path. [Guardian]
Renewable energy can supply 80% of US electricity demand by 2050, concludes a report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. [SustainableBusiness.com]
Environmental groups in Maine and Vermont are raising an alarm about the potential for tar sands oil to be piped across northern New England. [Associated Press]
On the eve of a major gathering to discuss the state of the planet, a Washington Post poll shows that most Americans think the world’s natural environment has deteriorated over the past decade, and more than six in 10 say humans are making the problem worse. [Washington Post]
Months before the sea ice reaches its annual minimum extent, this summer looks likely to follow suit, bringing unusually ice-free waters. [Live Science]
Public companies in the UK are to become the first in the world forced to publish full details of the greenhouse gasses they produce, under plans to be announced by the government. [Guardian]
Honda Motor Co. said Wednesday it will start recycling rare earths and other key materials in hybrid auto batteries this year — a key innovation in the Japanese automaker’s effort to be green. [Washington Post]