In today’s edition, oil heartlands of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha and Iran’s coast will experience higher temperatures and humidity than ever before on Earth if the world fails to cut carbon emissions, a study shows. Also, India is to announce a global alliance to accelerate the deployment of solar power during the four-day India-Africa forum. Finally, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) came out in support late Sunday of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation. Is it because she is convinced or, facing a tough reelection, because she feels she has “nothing” to lose?
Quote of the day
“After carefully reviewing this plan and talking with members of our business community, environmental groups, and other stakeholders, I have decided to support the Clean Power Plan to address climate change through clean energy solutions that will protect our environment.”
Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), in the Hill’s story Vulnerable GOP senator backs Obama’s climate rule
Extreme heatwaves could push Gulf climate beyond human endurance, study shows
By Damian Carrington – The Guardian
The Gulf in the Middle East, the heartland of the global oil industry, will suffer heatwaves beyond the limit of human survival if climate change is unchecked, according to a new scientific study.
Reports: India to announce global solar power alliance
By Madeleine Cuff – BusinessGreen
India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is preparing to announce a new global alliance to awhich begins today in New Delhi.
Exclusive: Elevated CO2 Levels Directly Affect Human Cognition, New Harvard Study Shows
By Joe Romm – Climate Progress
In a landmark public health finding, a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health finds that carbon dioxide (CO2) has a direct and negative impact on human cognition and decision-making.
Vulnerable GOP senator backs Obama’s climate rule
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
A Republican senator facing a tough reelection fight is supporting President Obama’s signature climate change rule.
***LB: Also in this story “Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) came out in support late Sunday of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation that seeks a 32 percent cut in the power sector’s carbon dioxide emissions.”
Republicans Attack Climate Rules to Send Message to UN
By Jason Plautz – National Journal
Both chambers of Congress this week are set to join the avalanche of attacks on the Obama administration’s rules limiting emissions from the power sector.
Catholic church calls on UN climate change conference to set goals
By Stephanie Kirchgaessner – The Guardian
The Catholic church has called on UN negotiators convening in Paris at the end of November to agree a goal for “complete decarbonisation” by 2050, and set a legally binding agreement to limit global temperature increase.
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Turkey’s plan to help farmers adapt to climate change? Ask a tablet
By Manipadma Jena – Thomson Reuters Foundation
Ahmed Kinavkates has a problem.
Indonesian president cuts short U.S. trip due to catastrophic fires and carbon emissions at home
By Juliet Eilperin and Chris Mooney – Washington Post
Monday’s Oval Office meeting between President Obama and Indonesian President Joko Widodo, known as “Jokowi,” offers the nation where Obama once lived a chance to elevate its profile and appeal to foreign investors.
Natural gas / coal
(UK’s) Anti-coal protesters arrested after storming climate change sceptic’s land
By Hannah Ellis-Petersen – The Guardian
Nine protesters have been arrested after storming a coalmine on land belonging to Matt Ridley, a prominent climate change sceptic and Conservative member of the House of Lords, causing operations to shut down.
Prominent Australians ask world leaders to consider ban on new coalmines
By Lenore Taylor – The Guardian
Sixty-one prominent Australians, from Wallaby David Pocock to the Anglican bishop of Canberra George Browning, have signed an open letter calling on world leaders to discuss a ban on new coalmines and coalmine expansions at the United Nations climate change meeting in Paris in December.
Hurt by Energy, Einhorn’s Greenlight Re Hedges Oil, Natural Gas
By Simone Foxman and Sonali Basak – Bloomberg News
David Einhorn is revisiting page one of the hedge fund playbook: he’s hedging.
Duke Energy to Acquire Piedmont for $4.9 Billion
By Leslie Picker – The New York Times
Duke Energy, which provides electric power for 7.3 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest, agreed to acquire Piedmont Natural Gas for $4.9 billion.
NRG Said to Seek Debt to Build Southern California Power Plant
By Brian Eckhouse – Bloomberg News
NRG Energy Inc., the biggest U.S. independent power producer, is seeking to borrow money for a natural gas-fired power plant in southern California, according to two people familiar with the deal.
Despite Risks, Cuomo Bets on Solar Power to Lift Buffalo
By Susanne Craig – The New York Times
On the often cloudy shores of the Buffalo River, where a steel factory once thrived, lies the rising framework of one of New York’s most ambitious economic endeavors ever: a giant solar panel factory that the state says will be the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.
Morocco poised to become a solar superpower with launch of desert mega-project
By Arthur Neslen – The Guardian
The Moroccan city of Ouarzazate is used to big productions. On the edge of the Sahara desert and the centre of the north African country’s “Ouallywood” film industry it has played host to big-budget location shots in Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, The Living Daylights and even Game of Thrones.
Electrify Africa in 10 Years? No Problem Says Head of AfDB
By Anna Hirtenstein – Bloomberg News
The African Development Bank’s new president wants to bring electricity to the poorest parts of the continent within a decade and says he can mobilize $55 billion a year to make it happen.
Tesla, The Indian Version
By Sanjena Sathian – Today’s Ozy
Tarun Mehta apologizes as I hop onto his red Vespa scooter, behind him. There’s not much support for an extra passenger, he warns. Watch where I put my feet. Hang on tight. All this before zooming headlong into the torrent of honks and non-lane-abiding traffic of Bangalore.
Tesla Motors Posts Strongest Quarterly Sales This Year in China
Tesla Motors Inc. posted the strongest quarterly sales in China this year for the three months ended September, as it prepares to begin sales of its Model X SUV next year.
***LB: Also in this story “Tesla sold 1,345 units in China in the third quarter, after selling 797 vehicles in the first and 883 units in the second, for a total of 3,025 units in the first nine months of the year, said Gary Tao, the company’s Beijing-based spokesman.”
Beyond the high tides, South Florida water is changing
By Jenney Staletovich – Miami Herald
Every fall when the king tides roll in, the most obvious sign of climate change asserts itself in South Florida: flooding everywhere, from submerged roads in Miami to waves washing across neighborhoods in the Keys to swamped docks and yards in Fort Lauderdale’s canal-side homes.
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Carbon Disclosure Project Adviser Paula Diperna discusses the importance of water security, climate change and the drought in California.