Summary

In today’s edition, Chinese and French leaders said that any climate agreement reached in Paris next month should include status updates every five years to make sure countries are hitting their carbon emissions goals. Also, President Obama’s environmental agenda hangs in the balance as federal courts consider whether his administration overstepped its authority in drafting regulations to fight climate change. Finally, news from the man we love to hate: Clean energy investment in Australia fell by 31 per cent under Tony Abbott. 

Quote of the day

“We are certainly in a moment where in relatively short order, a lot could be unraveled.”

Justin Pidot, an environmental law professor at the University of Denver who served as a litigator in the Justice Department from 2008 to 2011, in the Hill’s story Obama’s court quagmire 

Lead stories

China, France: Climate pact should include five-year reviews 
By Devin Henry – The Hill 
Chinese and French leaders said Monday that any climate agreement reached in Paris next month should include status updates every five years to make sure countries are hitting their carbon emissions goals. 
http://jlne.ws/1SjArDS 

Business leaders will bring politicians to the table on climate change 
By David Wolfe – The Hill 
Now that the majority of people in both political parties accept that climate change is occurring, Washington’s top task is to catch up with the rest of the country — particularly business and farming communities — and engage in a real debate about practical solutions. 
http://jlne.ws/1PhgOML 

Obama’s court quagmire 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill 
President Obama’s environmental agenda hangs in the balance as federal courts consider whether his administration overstepped its authority in drafting a host of regulations designed to combat pollution and climate change. 
http://jlne.ws/1k5F2i1  

Poland’s Duda bucks EU on climate 
By Sara Stefanini – Politico
Polish President Andrzej Duda is sending a strong signal that business as usual is over when it comes to his country’s climate policy — vetoing an extension of the 1997 Kyoto climate protocol as his right-wing party took control of the EU’s sixth largest country. 
http://jlne.ws/1MCRWAc 
***LB: Also in this story “Poland’s president vetoes climate pact, but Warsaw can’t do much to change the EU’s direction.” 

Clean energy investment in Australia fell by 31 per cent under Tony Abbott 
By Katharine Murphy –  The Guardian 
Uncertainty over the future of Australia’s renewable energy target under the Abbott government precipitated a 31 per cent drop in clean energy investment in Australia, according to the annual report of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). 
http://jlne.ws/1l4oyXx

Paris Fog Spells Embarrassment One Month From UN Climate Talks 
By Angeline Benoit – Bloomberg News 
It’s a coughing matter for the French government. 
http://jlne.ws/1N9OibB 

Climate Change Is Top Threat to India’s Economy, Modi Aide Says 
By Unni Krishnan and Vrishti Beniwal – Bloomberg News  
Climate change is the top threat to the world’s fastest growing major economy as erratic monsoon rains cause distress in a sector that employs more than half of India’s billion-plus population, the country’s junior finance minister said. 
http://jlne.ws/1RKXOoX 

Events 

2015 Rising Seas Summit 
Association of Climate Change Officers 
November 12-13, 2015, Cambridge, MA 
http://jlne.ws/1Uxkext    

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 lauren@emahq.org 

Carbon 

Some Porsche Models Found to Have Emissions Cheating Software 
By Jad Mouawad – The New York Times  
The Environmental Protection Agency said on Monday that it had found cheating software on more Volkswagen and Audi cars than previously disclosed and, for the first time, also found the illegal software in some Porsche models. 
http://jlne.ws/1M7u1n4

Potent greenhouse gases should have no place in our air conditioning units 
By Gina McCarthy (Administrator of the EPA) – The Guardian 
Our planet’s fragile ozone layer is on a path toward full restoration by about 2050. 
http://jlne.ws/1Nmkltl 

Natural gas / coal

Senate Dems: Bill coal industry for climate costs 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill 
A group of Senate Democrats is asking the Obama administration to charge federal-land coal fees that account for the costs of climate change. 
http://jlne.ws/1RpRJOU

Power 

EEX Group: Key figures of October 2015
EEX Group News
EEX Group provides the central market platform for energy, energy related and commodity products. 
http://jlne.ws/1WuthNR  

Alstom closes sale of energy business to GE  
Reuters
Alstom said it had completed the 12.35 billion euro ($13.6 billion) sale of its energy business to General Electric Co, helping the French group refocus on its transport business. 
http://jlne.ws/1WrYuGD

Utilities making efficiency upgrades easier with on-bill financing 
By Karen Uhlenhuth – Midwest Energy News 
A financing mechanism that provides utility customers with low-interest loans to pay for costly efficiency upgrades is gaining traction across the Midwest.  
http://jlne.ws/1RpUj7I 

Germany’s planned nuclear switch-off drives energy innovation 
By Jennifer Rankin – The Guardian  
Hinkley Point will be the first nuclear power plant to be built in Europe since the meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima reactor in 2011. But while the British government sees nuclear energy as a safe and reliable source of power, Germany is going in a different direction. 
http://jlne.ws/1NNdRBS

UK energy groups warn subsidy cuts threaten old wind farms 
By Nicholas Megaw – Financial Times  
Energy companies have warned that subsidy cuts will prevent them from replacing old wind farms as almost 1,000 turbines approach the end of their lives over the next decade. 
http://jlne.ws/1KUwpM9 
***LB: Also in this story “Turbines are designed to last 20-25 years, and increasing numbers will reach the end of their serviceable life during the next parliament. According to industry body RenewableUK, the UK has 924 turbines that have been operating since before 2004.”

Clean tech

Still no flying cars? The future of transit promises something even better 
By Alison Moodie – The Guardian  
We may not yet be living in an age of flying cars, as predicted in the 1985 film Back To The Future II, but the rise of smartphones and other new technologies is creating a reality that is arguably as exciting and almost as far-fetched. 
http://jlne.ws/1PhhOAF

Water

New NASA data shows Brazil’s drought deeper than thought  
By Chris Arsenault – Thomson Reuters Foundation 
New satellite data shows Brazil’s drought is worse than previously thought, with the southeast losing 56 trillion liters of water in each of the past three years – more than enough to fill Lake Tahoe, a NASA scientist said on Friday.  
http://jlne.ws/1RpWb01 

Beverly Hills fined for not conserving enough water in drought 
By Sharon Bernstein – Reuters  
Upscale Beverly Hills is among four California cities whose water utilities have been fined for not forcing residents to conserve enough water during California’s unrelenting four-year drought, officials said on Friday. 
http://jlne.ws/1NNff7H 

Hurt by cheap oil, Saudi government will make water more expensive 
By Angus McDowall and Reem Shamseddine – Reuters   
Saudi Arabia will raise the price of water for non-residential consumers, local media reported, a sign the government is cutting back an expensive system of subsidies as low oil prices strain its finances. 
http://jlne.ws/1Hnf7XJ

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