"June 19 News: U.S. Coal Exports Just Set A New Monthly Record"
United States coal exports set a new record in March, driven largely by increased demand from Asia. [EIA]
Coal exports from the United States in March 2013 totaled 13.6 million short tons, nearly 0.9 million short tons above the previous monthly export peak in June 2012. EIA is projecting a third straight year of more than 100 million short tons of coal exports in 2013, following annual exports in 2011 of 107.3 million short tons and record annual exports in 2012 of 125.7 million short tons.
Los Angeles will likely soon become the largest city in the U.S. to ban plastic bags. [Huffington Post]
Climate change will hit the world’s poor the hardest, trapping millions in poverty, the World Bank says. [Guardian]
A record-breaking heat wave in Alaska has sent temperatures soaring past 90 degrees, just months after the state endured a historically cold spring. [NBC News]
The Obama administration is trying to determine the social cost of carbon, an effort that includes attempting to quantity effects such as sea level rise, species extinction, changes in crop yields and frequency of storms. [New York Times]
The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology pressed Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz yesterday on the “proof” behind anthropogenic climate change [Politico]
More than 200 counties in Texas are still in a state of drought emergency [CNN]
An “extreme” wildfire in Arizona burned through 5,000 acres in just seven hours yesterday, aided by high temperatures and strong winds. [NBC News]
Air pollution in Singapore has reached a 15-year high, due to illegal forest burning in Indonesia [Guardian]
House Republican Dana Rohrabacher is taking issue with the term “climate denier,” saying the only other time the word is used in politics is when referring to Holocaust deniers. [The Hill]
Climate change is a major threat to migratory birds and is likely to cause declines and extinctions in many species, according to a National Wildlife Federation report. [Miami Herald]
Environmental groups and 10 states and cities have announced they will delay legal action against the EPA until the White House releases its climate change policy. [Reuters]