Summary

In today’s edition, China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, wants a legally binding agreement to be reached at a world climate summit in Paris that begins on Nov. 30, while Brazil’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 0.9 percent in 2014, according to a network of local environmental organizations. However, they expressed concern that only one sector showed a decline. Finally, EU energy boss wants urgent push for closer energy union. 

Quote of the day

“In 2016, geopolitical challenges will not go away. We have to keep pushing for diversification of energy sources.” 

European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic (Energy), in the Reuters’ story EU energy boss wants urgent push for closer energy union 

Lead stories

China Wants Legally Binding Climate Agreement From Paris Talks
Bloomberg News
China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, wants a legally binding agreement to be reached at a world climate summit in Paris that begins on Nov. 30. 
http://bloom.bg/2153cdg 

Brazil carbon emissions dip overall, but most sectors show increases 
Reuters
Brazil’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 0.9 percent in 2014, according to a network of local environmental organizations, which expressed concern that only one sector, though a large one, showed a decline. 
http://reut.rs/1OhMKz7

EU energy boss wants urgent push for closer energy union 
By Barbara Lewis – Reuters   
Europe’s energy boss said on Wednesday EU member states lacked sufficient alternatives to Russian supplies and called for “an urgent political push” for strategic power and gas links to share resources. 
http://reut.rs/1NeuWYJ

(US) Economy Would Gain Two Million New Jobs in Low-Carbon Transition, Study Says 
By Naveena Sadasivam – InsideClimate News  
Rebuilding the U.S. energy industry to substantially reduce reliance on carbon-based fuels may result in a net gain of 2 million jobs by 2050 while increasing disposable household income, according to a new study sponsored by a nonprofit that advocates clean energy. 
http://bit.ly/1I1TigI 

Walmart is slapping itself on the back for sustainability but it still has a way to go 
By Marc Gunther -The Guardian  
It’s been 10 years since Lee Scott, the then-CEO of Walmart, publicly set the giant retailer on a path towards sustainability. 
http://bit.ly/1PCAMmR 

U.S. senators vow to block climate aid, scrutinize Paris deal 
By Valerie Volcovici – Reuters 
U.S. Senate Republicans on Wednesday said Congress would not approve the Obama administration’s $500 million request for its first payment into a United Nations climate fund, a move they said would undermine the upcoming climate change summit in Paris. 
http://reut.rs/1MECqP8

Detractors of climate change dwindling 
The Jamestown Press
U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse told Jamestowners that the amount of carbon in the air has now passed 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. 
http://bit.ly/1kIhGPC   

Events 

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 

What we don’t know about the carbon cycle could hurt you 
By Gayathri Vaidyanathan – E&E
Palm trees flower here in flashes of magenta and orange. Luscious green fronds drag on the floor, and ropelike lianas hang off trees, topped by giant flowers. 
http://bit.ly/1lxbVEv  

BNP says will double renewable energy investments, cuts carbon 
Reuters
French banking group BNP Paribas will double its investment in renewable energy projects to 15 billion euros ($16.07 billion) by 2020 from 6.9 billion euros and will no longer finance coal extraction projects, it said on Thursday. 
http://reut.rs/2166AEy 

Natural gas / coal

Britain Calls for Closing of Coal-Fired Power Plants by 2025 
By Stanley Reed – The New York Times  
The British government on Wednesday called for the closing of all coal-fired power plants in the country by 2025, and proposed that use of the plants be restricted two years before that. 
http://nyti.ms/1lx9VMu 

Top coal exec slams ‘destroyer’ Obama, power plant rules 
By Devin Henry – The Hill
A top coal executive and frequent critic of Obama administration environmental regulations will slam the president Thursday as a “destroyer” of the coal industry and hit his key climate rule as “blatantly illegal.” 
http://bit.ly/1I03yLP 

Australia backs down on coal stand-off 
By Adam Morton – Sydney Morning Herald  
Australia has backed down from a climate change stand-off with the US and Japan, agreeing to a deal to cut funding for dirty coal-fired electricity by billions of dollars a year. 
http://bit.ly/1PPZL4N

US Natural Gas Inventory Could Increase the Most since 2009 
By Gordon Kristopher – Market Realist 
The EIA (U.S. Energy Information Administration) is scheduled to release it Weekly Natural Gas Inventory Report on November 19, 2015.
http://bit.ly/1PCC8yc  
***LB: Also in this story “Previous data indicated that natural gas inventories rose by 54 Bcf (billion cubic feet) to 3,985 Bcf for the week ending November 6, 2015.”

Power

Enel to buy back Green Power unit in 3.1bn euro merger deal 
By Jocelyn Timperley – BusinessGreen 
Italian utility Enel is set to buy back its renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power (EGP), which has been listed on the stock market for the past five years. 
http://bit.ly/1OhLHPT

SunPower’s Solar Farms for Apple in China to Quadruple Power 
By Chris Martin and  Mark Chediak – Bloomberg News 
SunPower Corp. agreed to build three solar farms in China’s Inner Mongolia region with a capacity of 170 megawatts for Apple Inc., a sale that will more than quadruple the technology company’s commitments to pollution-free power in the country. 
http://bloom.bg/1PCCkxb

Clean tech 

China’s Geely aims for 90 percent of sales to be green energy cars by 2020 
Reuters 
China’s Geely Automobile Holdings plans to concentrate entirely on developing green energy vehicles, eschewing traditional combustion engines and completely overhauling its product portfolio, the company said on Wednesday. 
http://reut.rs/1lxc9vA

Water

Jamaica’s Aging Water Systems Falter Under Intense Heat and Drought  
By Zadie Neufville – IPS  
This past summer Jamaicans sweltered through their third consecutive year of reduced rainfall resulting in wild fires, a crop-killing drought and daily water cuts. 
http://bit.ly/1QQtQ56 

EU takes Greece to court for poor treatment of waste water 
Reuters  
The European Commission has taken Greece to court a second time for not treating its waste water properly and is proposing a fine of at least 15 million euros, it said on Thursday. 
http://reut.rs/1X1dzPQ

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