São Paulo plans for 69% renewable energy by 2020

A summary of today’s top climate and clean energy stories.
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Sao Paulo has planned a big increase on its renewable energy (pic: flickr / Felipe SO)

Brazil: The Brazilian state of São Paulo has released its latest energy plan, which sets a goal of 69% renewable energy by 2020, up from 55% today. (Solar Server)

Northern Ireland: Cameron’s attitude to fracking is reckless and irresponsible, Mark Durkan, the Environment Minister for Northern Ireland, says. (RTCC)

Research: The world’s species are in worse trouble than widely-assumed due to the fragmentation of forests, according to a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which reevaluates how scientists estimate extinction rate. (Monga Bay)

Vietnam:  Nine communicable diseases relating to the climate change have been found in Vietnam recently, according to the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environment under the Ministry of Health. (Vietnam Net)

Australia: The Office of Environment and Heritage has released the first images from a 10-year project, called WildCount, to monitor the distribution of animals across its national parks and reserves.So far, nearly 400,000 pictures of mammals have been captured by the motion-sensitive cameras. (Guardian)

Research: Climate change alters the way in which species interact with one another–a reality that applies not just to today or to the future, but also to the past, according to a paper published by a team of researchers in this week’s issue of the journal Science. (Earth Sky)

Scotland: A study of 30 cities by experts at Newcastle University found that many cities had done little or nothing to turn their strategies on reducing carbon emissions into reality. However while cities south of the border and in Northern Ireland came under fire, all three Scottish councils included in the survey were praised for putting their policies into practice. (The Scotsman)

US: The University of Michigan and an independent research group have developed an interactive map designed to help local officials in the Great Lakes region deal with climate change. It includes data about municipal spending, land use and climate-change characteristics such as temperature patterns. (Wall Street Journal)

Australia: New South Wales‘s proposed changes to mine approvals would loosen air quality standards and could affect people’s health, a doctors’ environmental lobby group says. (Guardian)

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