In today’s edition, we learn how to get the Latino vote: talk about climate. Indeed, research suggests that for Latinos, environment is just as important as immigration. Also,  China’s carbon count could be overstated by 14 percent, says Nature. Finally, something is rotten in the State of Denmark: the country looks to lower its climate goals. 

Quote of the day

“A lot of Latino households in the United States are in locations that are adversely affected by particulate pollution, by poor water quality. So quality of life, direct exposure to environmental hazards is quite common among the Latino population; we shouldn’t be surprised they’re concerned about it.” 

Gary Segura, co-founder of Latino Decisions, in the NPR’s story For Latinos, Environment Seems Just As Important As Immigration

Lead stories   

China’s carbon count could be overstated by 14 percent: Nature  
By David Stanway and Kathy Chen – Reuters
International organizations could be overestimating emissions from China, the world’s biggest producer of greenhouse gas because of problems in the way they calculate their data, said a study published by Nature on Wednesday. 

For Latinos, Environment Seems Just As Important As Immigration 
By Asma Khalid – NPR
An increasing amount of research suggests the environment — an issue that has long been seen within the purview of progressive, white liberals — is now increasingly important to Latinos. 

EU debate on green energy targets pitches UK against Germany 
By Barbara Lewis – Reuters  
Britain and Germany will line up on opposite sides of a European Union green energy debate starting next month on how to meet agreed renewable energy targets for the next decade. 

Denmark looks to lower its climate goals 
The Local  
Saying that the previous government’s goal to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent in 2020 compared to 1990 levels will be too expensive for Danish businesses, Climate Minister Lars Christian Lilleholt said on Wednesday that he will not push to meet the benchmark.  

Plan for Paris: looking beyond emission cuts 
By Suhatha Byravan and Sudhir Chella Rajan – The Hindu  
In the lead up to the Paris Climate Summit – Conference of Parties (CoP) 21 — an important buzzword in international climate circles is INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions) that each country needs to commit itself to as its climate policy. 

Paris UN climate summit to have first-ever “Buildings Day” 
Global Construction Review   
The day will probe the large role the built environment has in reducing carbon emissions and mitigating the effects of climate change, and will be used to promote zero-carbon buildings and “deep retrofits”, reports UK magazine, Building.


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   


Turning CO2 from air into car parts may help carbon capture pay 
New Scientist
All that extra carbon dioxide clogging our atmosphere might be useful for something new. In a process described at this week’s American Chemical Society meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, the carbon from piped-in air was spun into tiny nanofibres – a raw material used to build strong composites such as those used in aircraft, fitness equipment and sports cars. 

CO2 Stored database to be offered free to carbon capture developers 
The UK’s embryonic carbon capture and storage (CCS) sector received a boost today after the Crown Estate and the British Geological Survey (BGS) announced they are to allow researchers to access a crucial database of potential carbon storage sites free of charge.

Natural gas / coal  

BP lobbied against EU support for clean energy to favour gas, documents reveal 
By Arthur Neslen – The Guardian  
The fossil fuel giant BP helped spur a concerted industry push to curb EU policy support for renewable energies such as wind and solar in favour of gas, the Guardian has learned.

World Bank aims for global deal to stop oil wells flaring 
By Ed Crooks – Financial Times
The World Bank is aiming to set a global standard to stop the routine flaring of unwanted gas from oil wells, in an attempt to end the pollution and waste of resources that it creates.


India’s Adani in talks with Softbank, Foxconn on $3 billion solar plan 
By Krishna N. Das – Reuters
India’s Adani Group is in talks with Japan’s Softbank and Foxconn, maker of Apple’s iPhone, to secure investment in a $3 billion project to make solar cells and panels in the country, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. 

EvoEnergy to install giant 3.8MW rooftop solar array for Lyreco 
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen
EvoEnergy has been selected to install a 3.8MW solar array at the Telford distribution centre of workplace supplies provider Lyreco, the solar installer announced yesterday. 

RWE flicks switch on 2m euro power-to-gas energy storage plant 
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen
The 2m euro pilot plant, which the company states is the first of its type anywhere in the world, uses a giant electrolyser to convert surplus power from wind turbines into hydrogen, which is then stored so it can later be recalled to generate electricity when renewable energy supply dips.

Clean tech

Audi to debut all-electric SUV with 310 mile range 
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen 
Auto giant Audi will next month unveil a new all-electric sports utility vehicle (SUV) concept car, it announced yesterday.


California agriculture industry growing despite drought losses 
By Ben Bergman – KPCC 
California farmers are expected to lose $1.84 billion this year and create 10,100 fewer seasonal jobs due to the drought, according to new study released Tuesday by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Science. 

Report: Groundwater pumping in California drought causes land to sink faster than in past 
By Scott Smith – Associated Press
Vast areas of California’s Central Valley are sinking faster than in the past as massive amounts of groundwater are pumped during the historic drought, state officials said Wednesday, citing new research by NASA scientists.

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