The Eco News Roundup brings stories and commentary about issues related to climate change, renewable energy and the environment.

California Will Get Half its Electricity From Renewables by 2020

The US fight against climate change hasn’t exactly made much progress recently. Just this week, for instance, the Trump administration spent its time at the UN conference on climate change in Bonn praising the benefits of coal. But there is actually one bit of good news. A report released Monday from the California Public Utilities Commission shows that the state will get half of its electricity from renewable energy sources, including wind and solar, very soon—by 2020, to be exact, a full decade ahead of schedule.

Industrial Strength: How the U.S. Government Hid Fracking’s Risks to Drinking Water

For […] all those who believe their water has been tainted by fracking, there are few remedies. Congress took away the most powerful one in 2005, prohibiting the Environmental Protection Agency from safeguarding drinking water that might be harmed by fracking and even denying the regulator the authority to find out what chemicals companies use. That provision of the Energy Policy Act was justified by an EPA study about fracking into coalbed methane reservoirs, completed under the George W. Bush administration, that concluded that fracking posed no risk to drinking water.

Concerns about the study emerged from the outset, including a 2004 whistleblower complaint that called it “scientifically unsound.” Now, InsideClimate News has learned that the scientists who wrote the report disagreed with the conclusion imposed by the Bush EPA, saying there was not enough evidence to support it. The authors, who worked for a government contractor, went so far as to have their company’s name and their own removed from the final document.

Michael Bloomberg: ‘Nothing Washington can do to stop’ action to curb climate change

Speaking at the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, businessman Michael Bloomberg and California Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a plan Saturday for a coalition of U.S. cities, states and businesses to meet America’s commitments to combat climate change as federal support from the Trump administration stalls on the issue.

The group called “America’s Pledge” released a report detailing how local and state governments as well as private companies will work to meet the U.S.’ pledge on climate action stemming from the Paris climate accord, from which Trump has said the U.S. will withdraw.

“The American government may have pulled out of the Paris agreement, but the American people are committed to its goals, and there is nothing Washington can do to stop us,” the former New York mayor said.

A Ticking Time Bomb

Connecticut is getting warmer, creating an environment more conducive for ticks — and the diseases that come with them. What can we learn from the state that was ground zero for Lyme disease?

Scientists are projecting that Connecticut, as well as adjacent states in New England, are warming more rapidly than any other part of the United States with the exception of Alaska. According to a study released in January, published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS One, the region’s temperatures are expected to “rise by an average of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels by 2025.”

Katharine Walter a postdoctoral researcher at Yale University who specializes in microbial diseases told weather.com that there were numerous factors propelling the spread of ticks and other vector-borne diseases.

Why Glitter Must Be Banned

All that glitters ain’t gold, or so the old adage goes. And when it comes to the glitter used in everyday cosmetics, specialty make-up, hair products and party paraphernalia, the negative effects on human health and the environment are indeed far from golden.

“They really do get into everything, and despite their tiny size, they can have a devastating impact on humans and non-human animals,” wrote Trisia Farrelly, a social anthropologist at Massey University in New Zealand and an expert in waste plastics, in an email to AlterNet.

Science update on climate change: from bad to worse

Scientists monitoring the Earth’s climate and environment have delivered a cascade of grim news this year, adding a sense of urgency to UN talks on how best to draw down the greenhouse gases that drive global warming.

Here is a summary of recent findings:

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