Argentina, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Turkey have yet to submit their pledges on climate, ahead of the COP21. And Miguel Arias Cañete, the EU’s climate commissioner, urged them to do so in today’s edition. Also (in the Power section), China’s wind and solar developers are getting much less than they anticipated in handouts from the government because of a quirk in subsidy policies. Finally (in the Clean tech section), Tesla raised a whopping $738 million in its stock sale.
Quote of the day
“The window of opportunity to meet our target of keeping the global temperature rise below two degrees is closing fast.”
Miguel Arias Cañete, the EU’s climate commissioner, in the Financial Times’ story EU urges speeding of efforts to clinch global climate deal.
EU urges speeding of efforts to clinch global climate deal
By Christian Oliver – Financial Times
The EU has called on world leaders to accelerate efforts to clinch a landmark UN climate deal in Paris in December, complaining that technical talks have been “painfully slow”.
***LB: Also in this story “Miguel Arias Cañete, the EU’s climate commissioner, said on Thursday that only 56 countries — responsible for 61 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions — out of more than 190 nations had so far delivered pledges on reductions. He called on Argentina, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Turkey to submit their pledges “without delay”.”
Ten years after Katrina’s devastation, Obama will visit a much safer New Orleans
By Chris Mooney – The Washington Post
Ten years ago next week, a terrifying hurricane stood perched atop the Gulf of Mexico. Katrina.
Poll: Pope’s climate views not well known
By Devin Henry – The Hill
Most American Catholics are unaware of Pope Francis’s call for action on climate change, according to a new Associated Press poll.
EMA Annual Meeting
October 28-30, 2015
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2015 Rising Seas Summit
Association of Climate Change Officers
November 12-13, 2015, Cambridge, MA
Natural gas / coal
What Cheap Gas Did to Tens of Thousands of Coal Jobs
By Tim Loh – Bloomberg News
The U.S. coal industry is in shambles, and the casualties are mounting. There are bankruptcies, mothballed power plants, and most dramatically, unemployed miners.
A Lot Of Heat Is Wasted, So Why Not Convert It Into Power?
By Joe Palca – NPR (+ audio)
What if there were a way to take the waste heat that spews from car tailpipes or power plant chimneys and turn it into electricity? Matt Scullin thinks there is, and he’s formed a company to turn that idea into a reality.
China’s Wind and Solar Developers Hit by Subsidies Short of Plan
China’s wind and solar developers are getting much less than they anticipated in handouts from the government because of a quirk in subsidy policies, threatening to stymie growth in the world’s biggest market for clean energy.
Wind energy in Belgium’s Flanders region booms
By Pascal Sertyn – De Standaard (part of the Climate Publishers Network)
Wind turbines are under construction everywhere. In the coming months they will be unmissable along Flemish roads, as an unprecedented building boom breaks out, a survey by De Standaard and green power companies reveals.
Tesla Stock Sale Raises $738 Million as Banks Buy Option Shares
By Dana Hull – Bloomberg News
Tesla Motors Inc. said the underwriters of its secondary stock sale exercised their option for additional shares, boosting the proceeds to an estimated $738.3 million.
***LB: Also in this story “The electric-car company sold 3.1 million shares at $242 each to give itself a cash cushion as it prepares to begin deliveries of its Model X sport utility vehicle.”
Prius Making Las Vegas Debut in First Revamp Since 2009
By Yuki Hagiwara and Craig Trudell – Bloomberg News
Toyota Motor Corp. will reveal the first redesign of the Prius in almost seven years in Las Vegas next month, wagering that new looks can revive demand for its top-selling hybrid.
U.S. Clean Water Law Needs New Act for the 21st Century
By Codi Kozacek – Circle of Blue
On August 5, a costly mistake by an Environmental Protection Agency cleanup crew spilled millions of liters of toxic mine waste into Colorado’s Animas River.
Climate Change Intensifies California Drought, Scientists Say
By Justin Gillis – The New York Times
Global warming caused by human emissions has most likely intensified the drought in California by roughly 15 to 20 percent, scientists said Thursday, warning that future dry spells in the state are almost certain to be worse than this one as the world continues to heat up.