The world is upside down in today’s edition. Sure, the lead stories are predictable, with Al Gore being confident for the COP21 and calls to ask the private sector to play a “major role” in efforts to reach a global climate pact in Paris this December. What is paradoxical is the fact that in Brazil, the cattle industry now helps fight deforestation (in the Carbon section) and that Germany softens its CO2 emission demands for power plants (in the Natural gas / coal section).

Quote of the day

“We want businesses to make a commitment, invest, innovate and prepare – with us, with the states, with the non-governmental organizations, with societies – tomorrow’s economy.” 

President Francois Hollande, who will be in person tomorrow at the Business and Climate Summit in Paris to talk up the “Paris climate alliance” – a broad coalition to tackle climate change, in the Responding To Climate Change’s story Will the Paris business summit mobilise support for climate action? 

Lead stories

Al Gore Confident In Global Climate Deal At Paris Conference  
Environmentalist and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is optimistic that world leaders will reach a crucial deal this year on fighting climate change. 

Will the Paris business summit mobilise support for climate action? 
By Megan Darby  – RTCC (Responding To Climate Change) 
France wants the private sector to play a “major role” in efforts to reach a global climate pact in Paris this December.

India seeks climate change roadmap from developed nations 
Indo Asian News Service 
India on Monday said developed countries should present a pre-2020 roadmap for combating climate change before the 2015 UN Climate Change conference in Paris. 

Progress on sustainable energy improving, but ‘world must move faster’ – UN backed-report 
United Nations News Center
Renewable energy generation and energy efficiency improvements will need to accelerate dramatically if the world is to achieve universal access to sustainable energy by 2030, according to a United Nations-backed report released today as senior leaders from government, business, finance, civil society and global institutions are gathering in New York for the second annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum. 

France calls for prompt climate declarations at Berlin talks 
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told representatives in Berlin on Monday that only 37 countries had presented plans to limit their impact on the world’s climate, adding that it was essential that “everyone, starting with the rich countries” submit by an October 30 deadline.  


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In Brazil, cattle industry begins to help fight deforestation 
By Allie Wilkinson – Science  
Cattle ranching has been the primary driver of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, as huge swaths of rainforest are cleared to make way for agriculture.  
***LB: Also in this story “But “zero-deforestation agreements” signed by some of Brazil’s big beef industry players appear to be helping reduce the destruction, a new study concludes.” 

Study Finds Sun Belt Population Growth and Warming Climate Could Quadruple Exposure to Extreme Heat 
By Andrew C. Revkin – The New York Times 
A valuable study published this week in Nature Climate Change projects that exposure to extreme heat in the United States is likely to rise enormously by mid century, driven equally by demographic shifts boosting Sun Belt populations and projected changes in heat waves in a warming climate.

Natural gas / coal 

Oxford University says will not invest in coal, tar sands companies
The University of Oxford will continue to avoid investments in companies involved in coal extraction and tar sands, the university’s highest decision-making body said on Monday.  

German ministry softens CO2 emission demands for power plants 
By Markus Wacket – Reuters
Germany plans to force coal-fired power plant operators to reduce their CO2 emissions by 2020 by less than previously planned, according to an economy ministry document seen by Reuters on Monday, bowing to opposition from within the industry.

China Smog War Seen Dooming Coal on ‘Cheap But Dirty’ Purge 
Bloomberg News 
China’s battle against pollution is threatening the recovery of coal prices from the lowest level in almost nine years.


IMF says energy subsidized by $5.3 trillion worldwide
Governments around the world charge prices for energy that do not account for its harmful environmental, health and other side effects, amounting to a $5.3 trillion “post-tax” subsidy this year, the International Monetary Fund said in a report on Monday.   

Arizona Public Service to join Calif. power market in Oct. 2016 
Arizona Public Service Co will join the California power market in October 2016, the Phoenix-based utility and the California Independent System Operator (ISO) announced Monday. 
***LB: Also in this story “Through this agreement, California ISO, which operates the power grid in California and parts of Nevada, would add Arizona Public Service to the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM).”

Uruguay’s Power Utility Seeks $64 Million for Wind Farms
By Ken Parks – Bloomberg News
Uruguay’s state-run electric utility UTE is preparing two wind-energy projects that together may raise at least $64 million in equity on the local capital market, according to chairman Gonzalo Casaravilla.

When is a wind farm subsidy not a subsidy? 
By Jessica Shankleman – BusinessGreen 
The (UK’s) government has refused to confirm further details relating to its plan to end subsidies for new onshore wind farms, raising questions over the extent and legality of its plans to curb future development of one of the UK’s most cost-effective sources of renewable energy.

(Australia’s) Renewable energy target calls for 1,000 new wind turbines, inquiry told 
By Shalailah Medhora – The Guardian  
To meet the recently struck renewable energy target figure of 33,000 gigawatt hours 1,000 wind turbines would need to be built, a Senate inquiry has been told. 

Clean tech

Connecticut to make a start on electric vehicle incentives
By Jan Ellen Spiegel – CT Mirror
As recently as last winter Connecticut legislators, higher-ups at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, automobile dealers and environmental activists were expecting that this legislative session would help complete the effort begun nearly two years ago to get more residents buying and leasing plug-in electric vehicles as a hedge against climate change and poor air quality.


Critics Hear E.P.A.’s Voice in ‘Public Comments’
By Eric Lipton and Coral Davenport – The New York Times 
When the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a major new rule intended to protect the nation’s drinking water last year, regulators solicited opinions from the public.   

Indian Ocean storing up heat from global warming, says study 
By Brian Kahn – Climate Central 
The world’s oceans are playing a game of hot potato with the excess heat trapped by greenhouse gas emissions.


Cabbages trump coffee for Tanzania’s climate-stressed farmers
By Kizito Mayoke –  Thomson Reuters Foundation)
In the small village of Kanji, nestled on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Ludovick Meela is preparing to cut down the rest of the ageing coffee trees on his farm and replace them with vegetables.

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