Summary

Today’s edition features Canadian reporter Naomi Klein’s new book on climate. She hopes the common man and woman will soon act while she criticizes stars like Virgin’s CEO Richard Branson for not being true to their word on efforts to curb emissions. In the meantime, hundreds of the world’s largest public companies are preparing themselves for a robust international carbon market.

Quote of the day

“What I hope is less about what the greens will do, but what people who don’t consider themselves part of the green movement will do.” 

Naomi Klein, in the Guardian’s story Naomi Klein: ‘We tried it your way and we don’t have another decade to waste’ 

Lead stories 

Corporates leading charge for robust carbon price, says CDP
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
Hundreds of the world’s largest public companies are already preparing themselves for a robust international carbon market, and in many cases are way ahead of governments in planning for climate change risks and opportunities.
http://jlne.ws/1Da03gb 
***LB: Also in this story “Significantly, 638 companies said carbon regulation presented a business opportunity for them, suggesting a new mechanism would help drive investment in low carbon technologies.”

Naomi Klein: ‘We tried it your way and we don’t have another decade to waste’ 
Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian
Naomi Klein is the star of the new American left. At 44, the writer and activist has twice written blockbusters combining ground-level reporting and economic analysis that challenged people to take a hard look at what they took for granted: their shopping choices, America’s place in the world, and the devastating effects of arcane trade policy and rampant free market ideology. 
http://jlne.ws/X5Npxn

Richard Branson failed to deliver on $3bn climate change pledge 
Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian
Richard Branson has failed to deliver on his much-vaunted pledge to spend $3bn (£1.8bn) over a decade to develop a low carbon fuel.
http://jlne.ws/1m5rcMg
***LB: Also in this story “Seven years into the pledge, Branson has paid out only a small fraction of the promised money – “well under $300m” – according to a new book by the writer and activist, Naomi Klein. 

Senators tackle energy cost impacts
Timothy Cama, The Hill
Two Republican senators will release a white paper next week arguing that regulations and legislation that increase energy costs hurt poor families.
http://jlne.ws/X5KSmZ

Oil lobby: Iowa politics behind Obama’s ethanol moves
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
Prominent oil lobby the American Petroleum Institute (API) said the Obama administration will likely boost the amount of biofuels refiners must blend into the nation’s fuel supply to help out a Democrat in a tight Senate race.
http://jlne.ws/1q6Di2o

University of California decides against divesting from fossil fuels
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
A University of California (UC) panel won’t be divesting from its fossil fuel holdings any time soon, despite announcing new climate change initiatives to make its system more sustainable.
http://jlne.ws/1s36WNA

Climate Change Activists Organize New York March Ahead of UN Summit
Geetika Rudra, ABC News
Activists say they hope for “a world safe from the ravages of climate change,” as they plan a New York City march to draw attention to changing global weather patterns two days before a United Nation summit meets to discuss the issue.
http://jlne.ws/1s8xAik

Russia and China discussing 32 joint projects: Russian deputy PM 
Reuters
Russia and China are discussing more than 30 joint economic projects in a variety of areas from petrochemicals to banking, Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said on Saturday after visiting China last week.
http://jlne.ws/1y69flJ

Ukraine Conflict Forces Eastern States to Stockpile Gas
Ladka Bauerova and Misha Savic, Bloomberg
Eastern European nations from Poland to Serbia are boosting stockpiles of natural gas after Russia reduced deliveries during the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine and concerns rose about a winter shutoff.
http://jlne.ws/1m5vEup

Events 

EMA’s 18th Annual Meeting 
Join the Environmental Markets Association and environmental industry professional for two days of dynamic sessions, two nights of networking receptions, and countless opportunities to increase your business contacts. 
October 22 – 24, 2014
Santa Monica, CA
http://jlne.ws/1qaR5eE

FT European Gas Summit 
The FT European Gas Summit brings together leading and aspiring gas suppliers from around the globe, as well as energy industry experts, commentators and government decision makers to review the potential barriers to new gas supplies for Europe, and the impact on the region’s economic competitiveness. The summit will be chaired by Guy Chazan, Energy Editor, Financial Times. 
23 October 2014 
London, UK 
http://jlne.ws/1n34Gif 

Carbon

Green groups cheer new refrigerator standards
Tim Devaney, The Hill
Green groups are cheering new efficiency standards for household refrigerators that kick in next week and are expected to cut energy use and save consumers money. 
http://jlne.ws/1s8uydH

Natural gas / coal

Poland will weather major gas supply cuts by 2016 -deputy PM
Reuters 
Polish Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski said on Saturday that recent temporary disruptions in gas supplies from Russia were an attempt by state-controlled Gazprom to test Polish resolve.
http://jlne.ws/1DamYbj

In mining country, ‘war on coal’ hard to see
Michael Kranish, Boston Globe 
The desolate stretch of Highway 133 crests a Rocky Mountain pass and settles into a valley where some of the world’s most valuable coal is located — and the landowner is the US taxpayer.
http://jlne.ws/1m5hSIn

Power

Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind
Justin Gillis, The New York Times
Of all the developed nations, few have pushed harder than Germany to find a solution to global warming. And towering symbols of that drive are appearing in the middle of the North Sea. 
http://jlne.ws/1pgpp1v 
***LB: Also in this story “Germany’s relentless push into renewable energy has implications far beyond its shores. By creating huge demand for wind turbines and especially for solar panels, it has helped lure big Chinese manufacturers into the market, and that combination is driving down costs faster than almost anyone thought possible just a few years ago.”

India Offshore Wind Policy to Target 1 Gigawatt by 2020
Ganesh Nagarajan, Bloomberg
India is set to introduce an offshore wind policy targeting 1 gigawatt by 2020, seeking to mimic Europe’s success in generating power at sea.
http://jlne.ws/1BFyGcm

South Africa unveils support package for struggling power utility 
Andrew England, Financial Times
South Africa announced a support package on Sunday for Eskom, the struggling state utility, that will see it raise about $4bn in additional debt and also receive an equity injection from the government.
http://jlne.ws/1qDOhqo

British wind power industry targets sceptical politicians with new campaign
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
Businesses have been urged to back a new campaign by the wind energy industry that aims to convince Conservative MPs and other politicians of the benefits of onshore wind power, by seeking to dispel myths that the technology is expensive and unpopular with the British public.
http://jlne.ws/1APMT40

Clean tech

Why Musk Is Building Batteries in the Desert When No One Is Buying
Tom Randall, Bloomberg 
Tesla’s planned 5-million-square-foot ‘gigafactory’ wouldn’t just be the biggest battery factory in the world. It would be one of the biggest factories in the world, period. 
http://jlne.ws/XmXuqf

Water

New Federal Rules Expand Ways to Keep Prescription Drugs out of Waterways 
Brett Walton, Circle of Blue
Completing a process initiated four years ago, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration published new rules Tuesday that will make the safe disposal of surplus prescription medications easier for consumers.
http://jlne.ws/1qDWj2z

London “Super Sewer” Development Approved
Circle of Blue
The British government has approved plans to develop a 25-kilometer “super sewer” in London on the River Thames, which will help stop as much as 30 million tons of raw sewage from overflowing into the river each year.
http://jlne.ws/1uDsMoG

Miscellaneous

Canada uses Franklin expedition wreck to boost North-West Passage claim 
Nicky Woolf, theguardian.com
For several centuries, the North-West passage was a myth. The idea of a route around the frozen north of Canada to the Indies that avoided the French, Dutch and Spanish ships that prowled the south seas was a fabulous prize for the British, one that spawned hundreds of expeditions, beginning as early as the reign of Henry VII. 
http://jlne.ws/YKPpwU

Brazil builds giant tower in Amazon to monitor climate
AFP
Brazil is building a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon to monitor climate change and its impact on the region’s sensitive ecosystem, a newspaper reported Sunday. 
http://jlne.ws/1q6S5dp
***LB: Also in ths story “The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) is a project of Brazil’s National Institute of Amazonian Research and Germany’s Max Planck Institute, O Estado de Sao Paulo said.” 

How the Rise of the Global Middle Class Is Driving Illegal Deforestation– and How We Can Change the Paradigm 
Allie Goldstein, Ecosystem Marketplace
In Brazil, organized land grabbers and squatters cleared swaths of the Amazon for cattle grazing and then took advantage of government programs that grant land titles after the fact. In Indonesia, palm oil companies bribed local officials to obtain licenses to convert forests to plantations.
http://jlne.ws/1q6DRJD

 

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