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Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 break new record

CLIMATE: Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 averaged above 410 parts per million for an entire month, breaking a new record. (Washington Post)

Six U.S.-based scientists are selected for grants to study in Europe as part of French President Emmanuel Macron’s climate science initiative. (The Hill)
Investors are increasing pressure on major corporations like Chevron and Kinder Morgan to respond to climate change concerns. (Scientific American)

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EMISSIONS: Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn is indicted for conspiring to cheat U.S. diesel emissions standards. (The Hill)

An EPA official in charge of communications for Administrator Scott Pruitt is leaving the agency. (The Hill)
While he was a state senator in Oklahoma, Pruitt bought a home with a registered lobbyist whose policies he championed in the legislature. (New York Times)

OIL & GAS: A West Virginia county tried to ban natural gas waste disposal, but the state sided with the industry in overruling it. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, ProPublica)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: South Carolina political and business leaders worry offshore drilling could disrupt long-buried radioactive and toxic waste. (E&E News)

PIPELINES: TransCanada plans to start clearing vegetation in Montana this fall for the Keystone XL pipeline, according to a letter from the U.S. State Department. (Reuters)

COAL: A Trump administration plan to help struggling coal plants by nationalizing the energy market could make it easy for Democrats to dismantle fossil fuel corporations. (Huffington Post)

COAL ASH: More than a dozen coal ash ponds are located in flood zones and at risk of flooding during storms, according to a new report. (ThinkProgress)

• The CEO of rooftop installer Sunrun says there is a “war on solar” and the country should invest more in distributed energy versus utility-scale solar projects. (Utility Dive)
• The impact of federal policy changes were an ongoing theme at this week’s Midwest Solar Expo in Minneapolis. (Midwest Energy News)

STORAGE: Hawaiian Electric plans to spend about $150 million on two grid-scale energy storage projects. (Pacific Business News)

EFFICIENCY: How much energy Americans use, what kind, and how much is wasted, in one diagram. (Vox)

RENEWABLES: A new report raises more questions than answers on how distributed energy resources and community-choice aggregators are altering California’s energy landscape. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Anheuser-Busch will buy 800 hydrogen-electric semi trucks from Tesla’s competitor, Nikola Motor Company, as it works to phase out its gas-powered fleet. (The Hill)

Freezing fuel economy standards would reward the dirtiest automakers and cost U.S. drivers up to $236 billion more at the pump by 2035, according to a new report. (Vox)
Cutting emissions from international shipping will be a major challenge, but the technology exists to do so. (Ensia)

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GRID: New York, California and Massachusetts are the most active states for grid modernization, according to a new report. (Solar Industry)

COMMENTARY: Three academics say the EPA’s recent decision to declare biomass carbon neutral is “neither scientifically justified nor economically efficient.” (New York Times)

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