Summary

In today’s edition, conventional investors will be happy to know that investment in environmentally and socially impactful companies works! Indeed, market-rate returns are achievable in impact investing, the latest research shows. Also, Japan will confirm its 26 per cent emissions reduction target at the UN today. And finally, according to research conducted by the Pew Research Center, climate change is what the world’s population perceives as the top global threat. 

Quote of the day

“The data shows that market-rate returns are achievable in impact investing. Impact investing could be a great way for companies to create positive changes in society and the environment while still producing financial returns.”

Hannah Schiff, senior research associate at the GIIN, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing, in the GreenBiz.com’s story How much bang for your buck does impact investing deliver? 

Lead stories  

Climate change seen as greatest threat by global population 
By Ami Sedghi – The Guardian  
Climate change is what the world’s population perceives as the top global threat, according to research conducted by the Pew Research Center, with countries in Latin America and Africa particularly concerned about the issue. 
http://jlne.ws/1SqKKo6
***LB: Also in this story “It is followed by global economic instability and the Islamic State militant group.”  

Japan to confirm 26 per cent emissions reduction target 
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen
Japan has announced it will submit a new climate action plan to the UN later today, confirming the national emissions reduction target the government announced last month. 
http://jlne.ws/1LeLGx2 

How much bang for your buck does impact investing deliver? 
By Mike Hower – GreenBiz.com 
Anyone who thinks that making money while making a difference is nothing but a pipe dream should think again. 
http://jlne.ws/1LqnJ4z 
***LB: Also in this story “Private impact investment funds that pursue social impact objectives – particularly private equity and venture capital funds – have recorded positive financial returns within about one per cent of funds that put financial gain first, according to a new report by global investment advisor Cambridge Associates and the Global Impact Investing Network.”

Protesters heckle Clinton over climate change 
By Devin Henry – The Hill 
A group of protesters demanded Hillary Clinton take a strong stance on climate change on Thursday, chanting to interrupt the Democratic presidential candidate during a town hall event in New Hampshire.  
http://jlne.ws/1TGqeCr 

Court rules EU must declare breaches of environmental law 
By Madeleine Cuff – BusinessGreen 
In a landmark ruling the Court of Justice of the EU yesterday banned the European Commission from keeping information regarding hazardous waste and water quality confidential. 
http://jlne.ws/1Sr1Q5r

Events  

EMA Annual Meeting
October 28-30, 2015
Omni Parker House Hotel
Boston, MA 
http://bit.ly/192w3CR 

2015 Rising Seas Summit 
Association of Climate Change Officers 
November 12-13, 2015, Cambridge, MA 
http://jlne.ws/1Uxkext  

Carbon

From Icebox To Offset: Destroying Ozone Depleting Substances, With The Help Of The Carbon Markets 
By Gloria Gonzalez – Ecosystem Marketplace 
That old refrigerator you had out in the garage cooling your beer on the Fourth of July? It could be leaking R-12 – more commonly known as Freon – and probably should be taken out of commission. In fact, many ancient refrigerators using the gas are being dismantled, with the help of the California carbon market.
http://jlne.ws/1Vap2ZQ

Costa Coffee brews up plan for new ‘zero-energy’ roastery 
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen 
International coffee chain Costa Coffee is to build a new eco-friendly roastery in Basildon, it announced yesterday, in order to cope with growing demand. 
http://jlne.ws/1Oj7sy4 
***LB: Also in this story “The coffee giant, which recently opened its first “zero energy” coffee shop, said it plans to repurpose an old automotive plant and turn it into a new roastery capable of securing the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology’s (BREEAM) “Outstanding” accreditation.” 

Report shows record warmth, carbon dioxide levels in 2014 
By Devin Henry – The Hill 
Last year was the warmest on record and the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases continues to climb, according to a new report released Thursday.  
http://jlne.ws/1f9Qrds

Natural gas / coal  

Watchdog: EPA should do more on fracking chemicals 
By Timothy Cama – The HIll 
The EPA’s internal watchdog recommended Thursday that it improve oversight of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. 
http://jlne.ws/1HCyqMz 

Obama unveils new coal mining rules 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill 
The Obama administration Thursday unveiled new standards meant to better protect streams in Appalachia from the controversial mountaintop removal coal mining process. 
http://jlne.ws/1f9QgPt

Coal Projects Face Increasing Risk as Japan Eyes Climate Goals
By Chisaki Watanabe – Bloomberg News
With countries from China to Brazil lining up to showcase efforts to rein in pollution that causes global warming, developers of coal power plants in Japan may find themselves increasingly under pressure. 
http://jlne.ws/1MerRpT

For Tony Abbott, it’s full steam ahead on coal, ‘the foundation of prosperity’ 
By Oliver Milman and Greg Jericho – The Guardian
If, as the environment movement contends, fossil fuels are the new tobacco, then Australia has cast itself as a sort of swaggering Marlboro man, puffing away contentedly as the rest of the world looks on quizzically. 
http://jlne.ws/1SqKAgH 

Power

CalWave’s Underwater ‘Carpets’ Harness Wave Power
By Michael Belfiore – Bloomberg Businessweek
CalWave, an underwater mechanism of springy fiberglass “carpets,” generates electricity from ocean waves more efficiently and less obtrusively than wave-energy systems at the surface now in use in Hawaii and other places. 
http://jlne.ws/1Jm84ic

Catapult to tackle wind turbine blade erosion in £1m R&D project 
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen 
Located miles offshore, lashed by storms and heavy seas, the UK’s fleet of offshore turbines have to operate in the most demanding of environments. 
http://jlne.ws/1Dk1Gpv 
***LB: Also in this story “Consequently, erosion to blades as they are battered by salt water means turbines all too often require costly maintenance work that serves to push up the overall cost of offshore wind power.”  

Solar, wind power world’s first “green” airport 
By Sharon Reich – Reuters  
Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands gets the world’s first ”green” airport, completely powered by sun and wind.  
http://jlne.ws/1TGrsgY

Clean tech

Moixa seeks £875,000 to boost deployment of energy storage device 
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen 
Energy storage specialist Moixa Energy Holdings has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the deployment of its MASLOW energy storage system. 
http://jlne.ws/1GpzaCU

Water

Obama seeks water protections from mining 
By Timothy Cama and Devin Henry – The Hill 
New Coal Mining Rule:  The Obama administration proposed new regulations Thursday aimed at minimizing the pollution that mountaintop removal and other surface coal mining methods put in streams and groundwater. 
http://jlne.ws/1CKE824  

House approves California drought bill 
By Timothy Cama and Cristina Marcos – The Hill 
The House moved Thursday to provide relief to the most parched areas of drought-plagued California with a bill to increase water flows through federal infrastructure. 
http://jlne.ws/1KaAtur 

Sea Warming Leads to Ban on Fishing in the Arctic  
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