July 3 News: Nearly 2 Million People Still Without Power In Sweltering Heat

Millions of people learned a new word over the weekend: “derecho.” It was not a happy lesson. [New York Times]

If you want a glimpse of some of the worst of global warming, scientists suggest taking a look at U.S. weather in recent weeks. [Washington Post]

After several years of relatively benign fire seasons, the West is headed into a hot, dry summer of potentially ferocious blazes like the ones that have scorched Colorado in recent weeks. [Los Angeles Times]

Hotter and drier beaches all but wipe out eastern Pacific populations of leatherback sea turtles by the end of the century, according researchers from Drexel University. [Citizens Voice]


A new report from the Congressional Budget Office finds that Congress has authorized $6.9 billion for developing carbon capture since 2005 — but, so far, there’s little to show for it. [Washington Post]

Not long ago, grid operators only had to worry about coal, nuclear, natural gas and big hydro as sources of electricity generation. Except for the pollution, the threat of radioactive disaster, and blocking rivers, it was a simpler, more innocent time. [Greentech Media]

The new chief of the federal Energy Information Administration wants to add some spice to the agency known for detailed — if dry — reports and analyses. [The Hill]

Canada’s pristine image — and more importantly its environment — is not likely to recover from what critics across the political spectrum say is an unprecedented assault by the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper on environmental regulation. [Guardian]