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IPCC: World needs swift and radical energy transformation

CLIMATE: The world needs a swift and radical transformation of energy, transportation, and agriculture systems to avoid hurtling past the 1.5 degree global warming target by mid-century, according to a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
The energy sector’s carbon emissions resume rising after a brief plateau many hoped marked a turning point against climate change. (The Guardian)
A lawsuit in an Oregon federal court led by young plaintiffs, aged 11 to 22, could have broad implications for U.S. climate law. (E&E News)

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PIPELINES:
• A trial starts today in Minnesota for pipeline activists facing felonies who say the threat of climate change motivated their actions. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Tribal leaders in Michigan say their concerns about Line 5’s potential to violate treaty fishing rights have been ignored. (Energy News Network)
• A federal judge’s decision on whether Dakota Access pipeline studies adequately addressed tribes’ concerns could be months away. (Associated Press)
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspends a permit that allowed the Mountain Valley Pipeline to cross more than 500 streams and wetlands in southwest Virginia. (Roanoke Times)

SOLAR:
• A clean energy advocate says Iowa’s largest utility should invest in solar instead of its expensive demand response programs. (Energy News Network)
• Tennessee Valley Authority lags the rest of the Southeast when it comes to solar growth. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

WIND: Federal tax subsidies set off a wind energy rush in Texas, but it’s forced the state to question if energy customers are footing the bill without getting enough benefit from the projects. (Center for Public Integrity)

BIOFUELS: President Trump is expected to lift a federal ban on summer sales of higher-ethanol blends of gasoline ahead of a trip to Iowa this week. (Reuters)

NUCLEAR: Controversy surrounds a New Jersey utility’s request for zero-emission subsidies to support its nuclear plants. (Greentech Media)

GRID: Advocates for regionalizing the Western grid say it’s a necessary step for California to reach its clean energy goals. (RTO Insider)

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COAL: MacArthur “genius grant” winner, Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter Ken Ward Jr., answers questions about his career covering West Virginia’s fossil fuel industry. (Energy News Network)

COMMENTARY:
• Stopping climate change is hopeless. Let’s do it, write a climate activist and system dynamics modeler. (New York Times)
• Politicians and the media have for too long focused on the politics of coal rather than the people whose lives depend on it, a journalist writes. (Columbia Journalism Review)

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