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Katie Coleman

Friday Fastbreak: San Fran Moves to Limit Fossil Fuels

A new proposal limiting the movement of fossil fuels in San Francisco goes before city officials

San Francisco may soon wage war against the powerful fossil fuel industry and limit exports of coal and petroleum coke. If the San Francisco Environment Commission agrees to a proposal presented Thursday, city leaders will then be brought in to evaluate and approve or deny the plan. The ban would include the movement of materials like coal, petroleum coke, and crude oil (already under a 38-year national band).

If passed, San Francisco will lead the country in limiting exports and keeping coal supplies in the ground to avoid any significant climate and environmental harm, as well as exploitation of their waterfront resources. The city isn’t alone in this attempt. Oakland rejected a company’s attempt to use its port for exporting coal, and residents in the Pacific Northwest blocked proposals to build new coal terminals along their waterfronts.

The UK sees a rapid growth in solar photovoltaic market

According to a recent report, the UK may be the place to find the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) market in Europe in 2014.

There are currently 444 pending ground-mounted projects in the country at various stages of development. Of these projects, more than 120 large-scale approved PV projects will be completed by the end of the year.

As the UK – whose solar farm industry is valued at about $4.2 billion – sees success and growth with solar PV, the country hopes to develop and acquire solar PV farms before any 2015 legislation may block them.

Scientists explain how historic landmarks in the U.S. may be threatened by climate change

Rising sea levels, increased fire risks and other effects of climate change are putting some of the country’s most significant landmarks at risk.

The Union of Concerned Scientists listed 30 at-risk sites, including the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The group has many critics of their reports and case studies, but the scientists say human factors are causing an increase in global temperature and climate change.

UCS wants Americans to make efforts to protect these landmarks and slow down the impacts of climate change by reducing carbon emissions.

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