The final countdown has started! Next Monday the COP21 will open in Paris. And Canada’s new prime minister promises to demonstrate his country is “serious about climate change”. One of the key negotiation topics will be how rich nations can help poor ones to fight climate change. Indeed, poor nations need support to cut emissions from farming in particular, experts say. Finally, get yourself familiar with the many hurdles to Paris deal on climate change, thanks to Reuters. 

Quote of the day

“In Paris a united Canada will demonstrate that we are serious about climate change.”

Canadian new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, in the Reuters’ story Canada to tell world it’s serious about climate change, says PM 

Lead stories

Canada to tell world it’s serious about climate change, says PM 
By David Ljunggren – Reuters 
Canada will tell a green summit next week that it is finally ready to tackle climate change, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday after a meeting with the country’s provinces to work out a national strategy. 

Poor nations need support to cut emissions from farming – experts 
By Chris Arsenault – Thomson Reuters Foundation
Developing countries can boost food production while reducing planet-warming emissions from agriculture, given the right technologies and financial support to put them into practice, researchers said on Monday. 

Factbox: Many hurdles to Paris deal on climate change 
Almost 200 nations will meet in Paris from Nov. 30-Dec. 11 for a summit on climate change, seeking a turning point away from an increasing reliance on fossil fuels since the Industrial Revolution. 

China says keeping leaders away is key to climate talk success 
By David Stanway and Natalie Thomas – Bloomberg News 
Keeping state leaders away from the negotiations will play a major role in ensuring that crucial talks on a new global climate deal in Paris next week proceed smoothly, China’s top climate change negotiator said in an interview on Monday. 

Climate change root cause of Syrian war: Britain’s Prince Charles 
By Michael Holden – Bloomberg News  
Britain’s Prince Charles has pointed to the world’s failure to tackle climate change as a root cause of the civil war in Syria, terrorism and the consequent refugee crisis engulfing Europe.


Call For Nominations: Environmental Markets Association 
The Environmental Markets Association is calling for nominations for two (2) openings on the Board of Directors for 2015/2016. 
If you are interested in running or would like to nominate someone, please call the EMA Headquarters at 202-591-2465
or email 


How will Alberta’s carbon tax impact consumers? 
By Vinesh Pratap – The Canadian Press 
Groups are warning that Alberta’s new climate change strategy will hit people who live in rural areas harder than people in cities.

Natural gas / coal 

Gazprom May Sell U.K.-Belgium Gas Pipeline Stake After 20 Years 
By Elena Mazneva and Anna Shiryaevskaya – Bloomberg News 
Gazprom PJSC, the supplier of about 30 percent of Europe’s natural gas, may sell its stake in one of the two pipelines connecting the U.K. to mainland Europe after more than two decades.


TransAlta soars on Alberta climate change plan 
By Allison McNeely – Bloomberg News
TransAlta Corp. gained the most in seven years after the Alberta government announced a phase-out of coal generation and an acceleration of wind and solar power construction, giving the renewable energy producer an edge over competitors.
***LB: Also in this story “The Calgary-based power company rose 10 per cent, at one point rising as high as  13 per cent to $6.17, — its biggest jump since October 2008.” 

Centerbridge prepares wind turbine group Senvion for IPO: sources 
By Freya Berry and Arno Schuetze – Reuters
Buyout firm Centerbridge is exploring a listing of German wind turbine company Senvion less than a year after acquiring the company for 1 billion euros (£702.5 million), two sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Foreign Bids for Australian Power Grid Test Government Resolve 
By Brett Foley and James Paton – Bloomberg News  
Foreign investors are in three of the four groups bidding for a A$9 billion ($6.5 billion) electricity network in Australia’s biggest state economy, underscoring the balancing act facing governments trying to get top price for assets amid mounting concerns about overseas ownership of vital infrastructure. 

Pro-Ukraine activists block repair of sabotaged power lines to Crimea 
By Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets – Reuters  
Pro-Ukrainian activists prevented repairs to sabotaged power lines leading to Crimea on Monday, keeping the Russian-annexed peninsula starved of electricity for a second day and tensions between Moscow and Kiev high.

Clean tech

Tesla Motors Invites Customers to Personalize Model X SUV 
By Dana Hull – Bloomberg News  
Tesla Motors Inc. kicked off sales of its Model X sport utility vehicle Monday by inviting those who reserved a car the chance to give the company their personal specifications and by announcing the SUV’s price starts at $80,000 before federal tax credits or state rebates.


MIT Spinoff’s Microbes Turn Beer Waste Into Clean Water, Energy 
By Chris Martin – Bloomberg News  
Cambrian Innovation is extracting clean water and energy from waste streams at two California breweries with a secret set of microbes. 

K+S faces output curbs amid lack of waste water approval  
Germany’s K+S could face production restrictions as authorities are withholding approval of its request for the continued discharge of waste water from processing potash.

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