August 7 News: Pentagon Partners With Interior Department To Deploy Renewables For Military Bases

The Pentagon and Interior Department have inked an agreement aimed at developing green electricity projects to feed power-thirsty military bases, a plan that officials said would help ensure energy for bases if the commercial grid is disrupted. [The Hill]

The National Weather Service on Monday issued an excessive heat warning for parts of Southern California, as well as Nevada, as a significant heat wave moved into the region. [Los Angeles Times]

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe downplayed the latest claims by climate-change activist James Hansen on Monday, calling the National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientist an extremist in his own camp and admonishing the press “to be balanced in its representation” of Hansen’s claims. [Tulsa World]

Some Oklahoma residents have returned to emergency shelters despite evacuation orders in many areas of the state being lifted, as wildfires continued to burn. [Associated Press]


The worst drought in more than half a century has analysts expecting the smallest U.S. corn crop in five years, which will translate to smallest ending stocks next summer in 17 years, a Reuters poll of 21 analysts showed on Monday. [Reuters]

Cornflakes won’t necessarily be more expensive as a result of rising corn prices, but the milk you pour over them might be. [Buffalo News]

Ocean acidification caused by climate change is making it harder for creatures from clams to sea urchins to grow their shells, and the trend is likely to be felt most in polar regions, scientists said on Monday. [Reuters]

A meeting of 17 non-European nations hosted by the U.S. State and Transportation departments in Washington last week ended with assurances that the participants were working toward curbing their emissions from aviation. [International Herald Tribune]

Firefighters have contained a blaze at Chevron Corp.’s Richmond refinery in California, but the fire, which broke out Monday, is still burning. [Wall Street Journal]


The U.S. will offer South Africa up to $2 billion in loans to fund renewable energy ventures involving American companies, a top official said Monday, a potential boon for both the electricity-hungry nation and U.S. business interests. [Washington Post]