CLIMATE: Studies suggest the United States is undercounting deaths related to hurricanes, heat waves, and other climate-fueled disasters. (Grist)

• At least five large property insurers have told U.S. regulators they plan to reduce coverage or increase premiums and deductibles in regions where climate change is exacerbating extreme weather. (Washington Post)
• Hedge funds, pension plans and the ultrarich are increasingly investing in “catastrophe bonds” that transform the risk of multibillion-dollar natural disasters into securities that pay off for investors. (Washington Post)

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HYDROELECTRIC: The U.S. hydropower industry is lobbying lawmakers for policy support to help restore the sector’s share of power generation, though critics question its viability as a climate solution. (Inside Climate News)

• Federal regulators propose new rules on silica dust exposure in response to a wave of advanced black lung cases, but the changes come too late for many. (Public Health Watch/Louisville Public Media, Mountain State Spotlight)
• An author discusses how eastern Kentucky communities are increasingly relying on prisons to replace lost coal jobs. (Inside Climate News)

ELECTRIFICATION: A Minnesota manufacturer that for decades made diesel-powered refrigeration and heating units partners with the University of Minnesota on a new electrification graduate certificate. (Energy News Network)

CARBON CAPTURE: Researchers design a new technology that can remove carbon dioxide from ocean water to curb both ocean acidification and global warming. (Inside Climate News)

POLITICS: Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer doesn’t mention energy permitting reforms among his legislative priorities as Congress returns to session. (E&E News)

• A federal government lawsuit accuses Southern California Edison of failing to prevent trees from contacting utility lines and sparking the 2020 Bobcat Fire. (Los Angeles Times)
• U.S. lawmakers probe Hawaiian Electric’s fire prevention efforts leading up to last month’s deadly Maui blazes. (The Hill)

• Numerous obstacles remain for plans to build an underwater transmission network to connect offshore wind farms in the Northeast. (E&E News)
• All nine members of the Rhode Island Fisherman’s Advisory Board resigned in protest on Friday, saying a state coastal resources council “has made deference to offshore wind developers its top priority.” (EcoRI)

SOLAR: California advocates call on regulators to lock in a proposed community solar payment structure before utilities derail it, saying the new tariff would revive the state’s flagging community solar market. (Canary Media)

GEOTHERMAL: A central Colorado company looks to develop the state’s first geothermal power plant, but some residents worry it could harm groundwater and property values. (Colorado Sun)

TRANSPORTATION: Plans to run bullet trains on Amtrack’s Northeast Corridor are stymied by old tracks that can’t handle high speeds. (E&E News)

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