In today’s edition, it doesn’t hurt to say it again: Cutting greenhouse gas emissions won’t slow global economic growth, a new report says. However, climate pledges so far would allow extensive global warming by 2100, Science magazine says. And a big boo for British ministers, who tried to block EU moves to clean up air quality. 

Quote of the day

“Fiorina has started down the right road.”

ConservAmerica Executive Director Rob Sisson,  in the E&E’s story Fiorina acknowledges warming but blasts Obama’s prescriptions 

Lead stories

Climate pledges so far would allow extensive global warming by 2100
By Eli Kintisch – Science 
Current national commitments to cut greenhouse gases would likely allow average global temperatures to rise by 3.5°C by 2100, suggest new modeling results released today. That is well above the 2°C rise deemed safe by many policymakers and researchers.  

Fiorina acknowledges warming but blasts Obama’s prescriptions 
By Jennifer Yachnin – E&E  
Unlike a number of her competitors for the Republican presidential nomination, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina isn’t looking to pick a fight with climate change scientists: She’s said often that she believes the research on global warming and that human activity contributes to it. 

Making money from CO2 
By Jeremy Plester – The Guardian
Imagine if waste carbon dioxide in the air could be turned into useful products such as fuels, building materials or even baking powder. 

Cutting greenhouse gas emissions won’t slow global economic growth — report 
By Bruce Watson – The Guardian
As the world works out how to avoid catastrophic climate change, one of the biggest questions remaining is whether we can continue to grow economically without also increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

UK’s £6bn climate finance pledge is welcome – but not its fair share 
By Karl Mathiesen – The Guardian  
The UK’s £5.8bn ($8.8bn) pledge to help poor nations cope with climate change falls short of the country’s fair share of the burden and the efforts of other European leaders, campaigners have said.  

Revealed: British ministers tried to block EU moves to clean up air quality 
By Daniel Boffey and Frances Perraudin – The Guardian
The British government sought to block new EU legislation that would force member states to carry out surprise checks on the emissions of cars, raising fresh questions over ministers’ attitude to air pollution and their conduct in the Volkswagen scandal.

Why are Britain’s green movements an all-white affair? 
By Suzanne Dhaliwal – The Guardian
If you were to trust what you see in the UK media you would think that climate change is a white issue that speaks to and is populated by one demographic alone.


19th Annual Environmental Markets Association Meeting 
October 28-30, 2015 

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    

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


Royal Dutch Shell suspends Arctic drilling indefinitely 
By Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson – The Washington Post 
Royal Dutch Shell announced early Monday morning it will suspend Arctic drilling indefinitely, after finding insufficient oil and gas in one of its exploratory wells to justify costly development. 

Smart solutions put energy efficiency in the spotlight in Latin America 
By Arnaldo Vieira de Carvalho and Christopher Barton – The Guardian 
Energy efficiency provides the cleanest, cheapest, and quickest solution to meet worldwide energy demand. Long-term energy scenarios developed by the International Energy Agency assign energy efficiency the largest role in reducing carbon emissions to mitigate climate change. 

(Canada’s) Mulcair wants polluters to pay, promises carbon pricing to cut emissions 
The Canadian Press
Polluters would have to pay for their actions under a plan to put a price on carbon and set limits for greenhouse gas emissions, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair said Sunday.

Natural gas / coal

(Ireland’s) Nationwide ban on sale of smoky coal to be announced today 
By Stephen Collins – Irish Times
A nationwide ban on the sale of smoky coal is expected to be announced by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly today on the 25th anniversary of the ban on the sale of bituminous fuel in Dublin.


Acwa Says Interested in 1MDB Power Assets But Not Shortlisted 
By Dinesh Nair – Bloomberg News 
Acwa Power International, the Saudi Arabian energy producer, is interested in participating in a process for the sale of power plants by state-owned 1Malaysia Development Bhd. 

Mytrah Energy Commissions 17-Megawatt Wind Farm in India
By Anna Hirtenstein – Bloomberg News 
Mytrah Energy Ltd., a renewables developer, has commissioned a 17-megawatt wind farm in Rajasthan, northern India.

Impax Completes $48 Million Refinancing of Polish Wind Farm
By Anna Hirtenstein – Bloomberg News 
Impax Asset Management Group Plc, a London-based investment firm, has completed a 182 million Polish-zloty ($48 million) refinancing for its Kisielice wind farm in northern Poland after the country implemented new legislation for its renewable energy industry.

Clean tech

Beat Tesla: Germany Urges Automakers to Dazzle After VW Scandal 
By Rainer Buergin and Hans Nichols – Bloomberg News 
Peter Altmaier, chief of staff to Chancellor Angela Merkel, challenged German carmakers to prove their country remains a leader in the auto industry by beating Tesla Motors Inc. in the electric-car market.


NASA Detects Liquid Water on Mars 
By Eric Roston – Bloomberg News
The holy grail of space exploration is to find extraterrestrial life. An important precursor to that is finding liquid water—and that’s exactly what NASA today announced scientists have discovered on Mars. 

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