In today’s edition, 13 major U.S. corporations announced at least $140 billion in new investments to decrease their carbon footprints. Among them:  Apple, Goldman Sachs and Berkshire Hathaway.  This is part of a White House initiative to recruit private commitments ahead of a United Nations climate-change summit later this year in Paris. Also, news from the campaign trail, as Hillary Clinton laid out her climate change plan  in Iowa. She wants to install half a billion solar panels in the U.S., but refused to take side in the Keystone debate. 

Quote of the day

“Not some homes. Not most homes. Every home in America.”

Hillary Clinton, in the Guardian’s story  Hillary Clinton’s climate change policy pitch: install half a billion solar panels 

Lead stories  

Climate change: world’s wealthiest understand, but only half see it as threat 
By Oliver Milman – The Guardian
People living in the world’s wealthiest nations generally understand what climate change is but in many countries just half perceive it to be a threat, new research has found.  

Apple, Goldman Among Firms in $140 Billion Climate Pledge
By Justin Sink – Bloomberg 
Executives from 13 major U.S. corporations announced at least $140 billion in new investments to decrease their carbon footprints as part of a White House initiative to recruit private commitments ahead of a United Nations climate-change summit later this year in Paris.

Hillary Clinton Lays Out Climate Change Plan 
By  Trip Gabriel and Coral Davenport – The New York Times 
Setting ambitious goals for producing energy from the sun, wind and other renewable sources, Hillary Rodham Clinton seized on an issue Monday that increasingly resonates with Democratic voters and sets up a stark contrast with the Republican presidential field. 

Hillary Clinton’s climate change policy pitch: install half a billion solar panels 
By Suzanne Goldenberg – The Guardian 
Barack Obama ran for president promising to save the planet. Hillary Clinton is promising to help people save money on their electricity bills. 
***LB: Also in this story “In the first big reveal of her climate change policy, Clinton said she would install half a billion new solar panels by the end of her first term in the White House, and generate enough renewable energy to power every home in the country 10 years after her inauguration.”

Clinton avoids Keystone 
By Timothy Cama and Devin Henry – The Hill 
No Comment: Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton refused to state a position on Keystone XL Monday, saying the Obama administration’s review process should be allowed to play itself out. 

O’Malley highlights contrast with Clinton on Keystone 
By Jesse Byrnes – The Hill 
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley took a thinly veiled shot at his Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton on Monday over her lack of comment on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. 

Renewable energy poses challenge for Tokyo 
By Robin Harding – Financial Times
The world’s largest wind turbine looms over the port of Onahama, dwarfing the derricks of a bulk carrier as it unloads coal at a nearby pier.


EMA Annual Meeting
October 28-30, 2015
Omni Parker House Hotel
Boston, MA 

2015 Rising Seas Summit 
Association of Climate Change Officers 
November 12-13, 2015, Cambridge, MA  


How Do You Make Greener Fuel? Copy a Leaf 
By Lauren Sommer – KQED 
The fuel Californians burn getting around in cars and trucks is a big driver of climate change, accounting for more than a third of the carbon pollution the state puts out.

Read environmental groups’ letter opposing energy reform 
The Hill  
In a letter to Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and ranking member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the groups listed ten sections of the 357-page bill that they said put environmental causes at risk.  

Green groups come out against Senate energy reform bill 
By Devin Henry – The Hill 
Eleven major environment and conservation groups came out against a Senate energy policy overhaul bill on Monday. 
***LB: Also in this story “The groups — a list that includes major players like the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and the League of Conservation Voters, among others — said there “several provisions in this bill that we believe could cause detrimental effects to public health and our environment.”” 

Natural gas / coal   

Attack halts flow in natural gas pipeline from Iran to Turkey 
By Orhan Coskun  – Reuters
Saboteurs attacked a pipeline carrying natural gas from Iran to Turkey in Turkey’s eastern province of Agri late on Monday, halting the flow, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz and state gas company Botas said.

Coal group slams Clinton energy plan as a ‘dog and pony climate show’ 
By Devin Henry – The Hill 
A coal industry group slammed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s climate change plan as a “dog and pony climate show” on Monday, indicating she could find as little support among fossil fuel interests as President Obama has during his term.  

EU tries again for compromise on deal to phase out coal aid 
By Barbara Lewis – Reuters
EU bosses are pushing to resolve a clash between industry and environmental policy with a new strategy to phase out funding to export coal technology to developing nations, ahead of a meeting of leading economic powers on the issue.


SunPower Buys Infigen’s 1.5-Gigawatt U.S. Solar Power Pipeline
By Ehren Goossens – Bloomberg 
SunPower Corp., the second-biggest U.S. solar manufacturer, bought 1.5 gigawatts of projects under development in 11 U.S. states from the Australian developer Infigen Energy.

TransAlta Buys U.S. Wind And Solar Farms From Rockland Capital
By Chris Martin – Bloomberg 
TransAlta Corp., a Canadian electricity producer, agreed to buy 71 megawatts of renewable-energy assets in the U.S., including its first solar projects, for $75.8 million. 

Offshore wind power gets foothold in U.S. with Rhode Island project 
By Richard Valdmanis – Reuters  
Rhode Island’s Deepwater Wind will start installing the foundations for North America’s first offshore wind farm on Monday, a milestone the company says could pave the way for an industry long established in Europe but that is still struggling with opposition in the United States.

Dutch solar panel sales double as market booms 
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen 
The sale of solar panels in the Netherlands has skyrocketed by between 70 per cent and 100 per cent in the first half of 2015 compared to the same period last year, according to local media reports. 
***LB: Also in this story “Local radio station BNR reported earlier this month that sales of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are predicted to hit two million units this year, delivering a remarkable level of adoption in a country of just 17 million people.” 

Pakistan Plans 479 Megawatts of Wind Capacity by September 2016
By Anindya Upadhyay – Bloomberg
Pakistan plans to commission nine wind power projects with a combined capacity of 479 megawatt under deals signed since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government took office two years ago, an official said.

Clean tech

Solar Impulse’s troubled round-the-world flight: ‘We need to raise 20m euros’ 
By Joshi Herrmann – The Guardian 
The darkest moment of André Borschberg’s unprecedented solar flight across the Pacific was not when he learned of the battery failure that has now suspended the Solar Impulse flight until next spring.


UAE’s ‘rain makers’ wring every drop of water from clouds 
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is striving to capture every drop of rain it can wring from the clouds that pass over the desert nation.

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