In today’s edition, the impact of climate change is driven home with striking examples of foods and beverages like coffee that might be too expensive to buy in the future. Also in this edition,  how Australia has become a battleground for pros and cons on climate change. Emissions trading might be dead, but the divestment movement is growing down under, and it shows that money talks.

Quote of the day

“Imagine waking up and not having coffee to get you through the morning, or not having a bar of chocolate readily available when you get a craving. It’s not that there won’t be any, but the prices will likely be much higher. Both these crops are very sensitive to climate change, and increases in demand are outstripping our capacity to supply.” 

Andrew Jarvis, leader of the Decision and Policy Analysis Program at CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture), in the Guardian’s story 8 foods you’re about to lose due to climate change

Lead stories

8 foods you’re about to lose due to climate change
David Levene, the Guardian
What does climate change taste like? It’s an odd question, but an increasingly pertinent one. After all, as temperatures rise and extreme weather becomes the norm, many food production systems are becoming threatened.

Emissions trading will be back in the game if (Australia’s) Direct Action proves ineffective 
Lenore Taylor,
Greg Hunt vows emissions trading is dead and won’t be revived for 20 years or more. But he has quietly given himself the power to bring back a form of carbon trading, and he has advice that if he doesn’t use it, Australia cannot meet the climate promises it has made to the world.

Australia divestment war shows investment is now the main climate change battleground
Julian Poulter, the Guardian
For those following the rapid change in the climate change debate towards a more financial system orientation, a remarkable situation is unfolding in Australia that will act as a pointer to future developments elsewhere. 
***LB: Also in this story “The fallout over Australian National University’s decision to divest from fossil fuel companies shows the language of climate risk is now in dollars and returns not degrees centigrade.”

Ukraine gas talks stall again. What that means for winter in Europe
David J. Unger, The Christian Science Monitor
With yet another round of Ukraine gas talks reportedly falling short of a deal, Ukraine is staring down the very real possibility of a cold winter without much-needed Russian natural gas.

Drones spotted over seven French nuclear sites, says EDF
France’s state-run power firm Électricité de France (EDF) on Wednesday said unidentified drones had flown over seven nuclear plants this month, leading it to file a complaint with the police.

Germany CO2 emissions to fall in 2014, as renewables deliver a record 28 per cent of country’s power
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
Germany can expect to see its greenhouse gas emissions fall this year as a result of a drop in energy demand and increased renewables investment, new analysis has shown.

Chad Holliday brings green conscience to Shell
Claer Barrett, Financial Times  
The first American to chair Royal Dutch Shell, Chad Holliday has spent much of his career forging links with the green lobby in the US and was an early advocate of sustainability.

Sainsbury’s says ‘fill up with something new today’ with first hydrogen refuelling station
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
Sainsbury’s is set to become the first UK supermarket to host a refuelling station for hydrogen-powered vehicles, marking a major step forward for plans to expand the fledgling technology. 

Norwegian oil fund misses benchmarks in Q3 with 0.1% return 
Rachel Fixsen, Investment and Pensions Europe
Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) produced a return of just 0.1%, or NOK15bn (1.8bn euros), in the third quarter of this year, with both equities and bonds underperforming their benchmarks.


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Almost Everything You’ve Bought Recently Came to You Via This Dirty Industry
James West, Mother Jones
If you’ve recently purchased a new iPhone, or a fancy t-shirt, or a children’s toy or really virtually any consumer or industrial good, there’s a strong chance that a giant ship ferried it from or through China.

ASOS and M&S pledge to make deforestation unfashionable
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
More than 20 major fashion retailers, including Marks and Spencer, Levi Strauss and ASOS, have this week signed up to a new industry campaign that aims to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains.

A Blast From The Past 
Ecosystem Marketplace
In 2007, the forests of Indonesia’s Ulu Masen Ecosystem were rapidly disappearing, thanks to encroaching development caused by the country’s burgeoning palm oil sector.

Natural gas / coal

Vattenfall eyes sale of German lignite assets after posting huge loss
Anna Ringstrom and Nerijus Adomaitis, Reuters
Sweden’s Vattenfall has put its lignite-fired power plants in Germany up for sale in the latest stage of a drastic restructuring, after a squeeze on the sector and writeoffs on past acquisitions sent it deep into the red.

Opec expects fall in US shale output
Neil Hume and Ed Crooks, Financial Times
Opec expects a sharp reduction in higher cost production such as US shale if the price of crude oil remains around $85 a barrel.

Feds: Natural gas exports would boost economy, raise prices
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
Increased liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports would spur production and investment, “outweighing” a modest price increase for consumers, according to a new study.


Giant offshore wind farm hits power target earlier than expected
BusinessGreen, BusinessGreen 
West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm has achieved full power output more than two months ahead of schedule.

Clean tech

Solar electric cars: When your gas station is the sun
Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press
Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight. 

A bioeconomy to fight climate change 
Sonja van Renssen, Nature Climate Change
The use of biomass for energy generation is helping European Union countries meet their renewable energy and emissions targets, but demand from other sectors means policy needs to be developed for maximum climate benefits.


U.S. Losing Trillions of Gallons of Water to Aging Infrastructure
Circle of Blue 
Aging infrastructure is wasting huge amounts of water in the United States, where San Antonio is eying a major water pipeline deal.

San Antonio Pipeline Continues Texas Water Rush
Brett Walton, Circle of Blue
A champion of municipal water conservation in the United States is about to open its wallet for an expensive pipeline to increase its supply.

We’re damming up every last big river on Earth. Is that really a good idea?
Brad Plumer, Vox
Solar and wind power get all the attention these days, but the global hydropower frenzy that’s currently underway could end up being just as consequential for the planet — for better or for worse.

Looking Back at 42 Years of the Clean Water Act 
Circle of Blue
A new report from Environment America details successes of the Clean Water Act passed in the United States 42 years ago. 15 rivers, lakes and bays are highlighted.


Vast generation gap on energy issues 
Chris Tomlinson, Houston Chronicle
Young people are ready to pay higher prices for energy to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment, according to a new University of Texas poll, providing evidence of a vast generation gap on energy policy.

Building Sustainable Energy Access, from the Outside In
Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times
David Roberts, thankfully back on task after a year away from the environment blog Grist, always provides thoughtful input on energy and climate policy.

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