The Castio de San Marcos fort in St. Augustine, Florida has never fallen, but it and other forts—along with miles of invaluable national park land—are threatened by sea level rise. This is a threat that comes with a $40 billion price tag. (First Coast News)QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The Paris conference has the potential to be a great success, but only if measured by how much it speeds up progress, rather than whether we pass a finish line that is not yet within reach,” writesformer mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg.
On the horizon – Talks for a sweeping trade agreement—the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—will heat up soon and could even wrap up as early as this August. (The Hill)
Four weeks to go – As the countdown begins before federal highway funding runs out, the senate leans on the Finance Committee to address a $90 billion funding shortfall. (The Hill)
Thank you – Groups gathered in Rome this Sunday to thank the Pope for his encyclical on the environment that he released recently. (New York Times)
Underestimated – New findings show the Energy Information Administration consistently underestimates the potential of renewable energy. (Inside Climate News)