In today’s edition, crazy but true: Donald Trump once backed urgent climate action. Also, the Norwegian parliament has agreed to bring the goal of becoming climate neutral forward from 2050 to 2030. And it also announced a complete ban on deforestation, making it the first country to commit to a zero deforestation policy. Finally, in the Carbon section, the OECD made the calculation: Air pollution will cost economies $2.6tn a year by 2060. 

Quote of the day

“We know that the U.S. is politically divided about climate change, but the results of our study suggest that sharing the right information can bring about a lot of movement in opinions toward this issue, especially among the conservatives.”

Janet Yang, an associate professor in the University at Buffalo’s Department of Communication and co-author with Cornell’s Jonathon P. Schuldt on the study led by the University of Maine’s Laura N. Rickard, in the’s story Changing the message could help communicate dangers of climate change

Lead stories 

Even George W. Bush’s Environment Chief Thinks Trump’s Energy Plan Is Bonkers 
By Tim McDonnell – Mother Jones  
A couple of weeks ago, Donald Trump took a stage in Bismarck, North Dakota, and laid out his vision for addressing climate change and energy issues should he win the White House.

Donald Trump once backed urgent climate action. Wait, what? 
By Ben Adler and Rebecca Leber – Grist  
As negotiators headed to Copenhagen in December 2009 to forge a global climate pact, concerned U.S. business leaders and liberal luminaries took out a full-page ad in the New York Times calling for aggressive climate action. 
***LB: Also in this story “In an open letter to President Obama and the U.S. Congress, they declared: “If we fail to act now, it is scientifically irrefutable that there will be catastrophic and irreversible consequences for humanity and our planet.” One of the signatories of that letter: Donald Trump.”

Norway becomes first nation to ban deforestation: How will that work? 
By Aidan Quigley – The Christian Science Monitor 
Norway has announced a complete ban on deforestation, making it the first country to commit to a zero deforestation policy. 

Norway’s plans to be climate-neutral brought forward twenty years to 2030 
By Matt Payton – The Independent 
The Norwegian parliament has agreed to bring the goal of becoming climate neutral forward from 2050 to 2030. 

Changing the message could help communicate dangers of climate change 
By Bert Gambini – 
As a political issue, climate change splits mostly along ideological lines in the U.S. 
***LB: Also in this story “A new study conducted by researchers from the University at Buffalo, University of Maine and Cornell University suggests that tailoring the message might influence opinions toward the scientific consensus, particularly among those on the political right.”


Urgent action needed to stop terrifying rise in air pollution, warns OECD 
By Fiona Harvey – The Guardian  
Air pollution is becoming a “terrifying” problem around the globe, one of the world’s leading economic organisations has warned, and will get much worse in the coming decades if urgent steps are not taken to control the pollution.

OECD: Air pollution to cost economies $2.6tn a year by 2060 
By Michael Holder – BusinessGreen
Outdoor air pollution could cause six to nine million premature deaths a year by 2060 and cost $2.6tn annually as a result of sick days, medical bills, and reduced agricultural output, according to a new report from the OECD.

Natural gas / coal

Former Mayor’s “Clean Coal” Effort Struggles to Survive
By Jim Malewitz – The Texas Tribune 
As Dallas mayor in the mid-2000s, Laura Miller spearheaded a Texas-wide campaign against a power conglomerate’s plans to build 11 coal-fired power plants.


Excess solar power in California? Pay Arizona to take it 
By Will Stone – Market Place  
It’s just after lunchtime on the trading floor of Arizona Public Service (APS) in downtown Phoenix, and three guys are parked in front of screens, watching the ever-fluctuating price of power.

Windfarm owner Dong Energy floats for £10bn 
By Terry Macalister – The Guardian
Dong Energy, a Danish company that owns offshore windfarms around the UK, was valued at Kr 98.2bn (£10bn) as it successfully pulled off Europe’s largest stock market flotation this year.

Siemens to supply wind turbines for onshore wind power plant in Japan 
Sun and Wind Energy 
Siemens has received its first order from J-Wind Setana to supply, install and commission 16 direct-drive wind turbines with a capacity of 3.2 megawatts (MW) each. 

Clean tech

Tesla just released two cheaper versions of the Model S 
By Sean O’Kane – The Verge 
Tesla is releasing two new lower-cost versions of its all-electric Model S sedan. The new Model S 60 and 60D start at $66,000 and $71,000, respectively, and are already available on Tesla’s website. 

FuelCell (FCEL) Stock Plunges on Weak Q2 Results 
By Kaya Yurieff – The Street  
Shares of FuelCell Energy are tumbling by 16.21% to $6.15 on Thursday morning, after the Danbury, CT-based company reported a wider-than-expected loss for the 2016 fiscal second quarter.


The World’s Population Is Very Slowly Backing Away From The Dangerous Coasts 
By Jessica Leber – FastCo.exist 
Throughout the history of civilization, humans have always congregated around coastal regions, from early societies on the Persian Gulf to today’s largest megacities, like Tokyo, Shanghai, and Jakarta. 
***LB: Also in this story “An intriguing new study suggests that the global population is very slowly distributing further away from the coasts than it has in the past. In an era where cities have to worry about sea level rise and super-charged storms, this kind of trend is probably a positive development for the future of humanity.”

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