"May 22 News: Climate-Fueled Disasters Displaced More Than 31 Million People Last Year"
An infographic from the International Displacement Monitoring Centre and Norwegian Refugee Council of populations displaced by climate change and extreme weather disasters. [The Guardian]
More than 32 million people fled their homes last year because of disasters such as floods, storms and earthquakes – 98% of displacement related to climate change. Asia and west and central Africa bore the brunt. Some 1.3 million people were displaced in rich countries, with the US particularly affected. Floods in India and Nigeria accounted for 41% of displacement, according to the International Displacement Monitoring Centre and Norwegian Refugee Council.
The House plans to vote today on a bill forcing the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, while the Obama Administration issued a firm statement “strongly opposing” the bill. [Washington Post]
Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) is refusing to approve new disaster aid for the tornadoes that just hit his state without offsetting cuts elsewhere. [HuffPo]
New Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz committed to energy efficiency legislation and improved standards, saying, “I have never seen a credible solution to the climate risk mitigation challenge, to reach the kinds of goals we need to reach, without the demand side playing a very, very important part in that.” [The Hill]
Moniz will also delay approval of 20 liquefied natural gas export facilities while he studies the effect exports will have on the domestic market. [Washington Post]
The Energy Information Agency expects an extension of renewable energy production tax credits to significantly expand clean energy capacity and generation. [Today in Energy]
Most Americans think the U.S. should do something about climate change and develop clean energy, according to a new Yale/GMU poll. [LA Times]
The Great Barrier Reef has already lost half its coral, and Australia’s contributions to coal consumption — along with other forms of pollution — are threatening to destroy what’s left. [Spiegel]
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk says he will likely pay back the loan it received from the Department of Energy not in 2022, but… today. [Bloomberg]
The Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge has voluntarily encouraged more than a billion dollars in efficiency investments to cut waste and save millions per year for dozens of companies and more than a hundred partners. [USA Today]
The airplane Solar Impulse is in the air again, looking to break another distance record from Arizona to Texas. [CleanTechnica]