In today’s edition, investors are warned: they could lose $4.2tn – no less –  because of the impact of climate change, a report states, while a veteran US policymaker responsible for cleaning up the smoggy skies of Los Angeles is voicing concern over Beijing’s ability to tackle its notorious air pollution. Finally, more than 2.5 million people are using Ecosia every month as a search engine, and every time they click “Search” they help plant a tree. 

Quote of the day

“They do have five-year plans where cities say ‘we’ll reduce this by a certain percentage, we’ll close factories or limit car use’ – which are good. But they don’t put all these things together.”

James Lents, former executive officer of California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District, about Beijing and other Chinese cities, in the South China Morning Post’s story China’s ability to tackle air pollution doubtful, says veteran US policymaker

Lead stories

Hillary Clinton to Lay Out Climate, Renewable Energy Policy in Iowa
By Jennifer Epstein – Bloomberg News
Democrat Hillary Clinton will unveil her policy agenda on climate and renewable energy on Sunday and Monday in Iowa, the center of the U.S. ethanol industry.

China’s ability to tackle air pollution doubtful, says veteran US policymaker
By Li Jing – South China Morning Post  
A veteran US policymaker responsible for cleaning up the smoggy skies of Los Angeles decades ago has voiced concern over Beijing’s ability to tackle its notorious air pollution.  

Climate change threatens China’s booming coastal cities, says expert 
By Peng Yining – China Daily (part of the Climate Publishers Network)
A recent study led by Georgina Mace, ecosystem professor at University College London, indicated that governments across the world have failed to grasp the risk that population booms in coastal cities pose as climate change continues to cause rises in sea levels and extreme weather events.

Investors could lose $4.2tn due to impact of climate change, report warns 
By Terry Macalister – The Guardian 
Private investors stand to lose $4.2tn (£2.7tn) on the value of their holdings from the impact of climate change by 2100 even if global warming is held at plus 2C, a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has warned.  

Climate Change: Can India Take the Lead in Paris? 
By Kamal Madishetty – The Diplomat  
As the world prepares for the crucial negotiations of COP 21 to be held in Paris this December, where an agreement is expected to replace the Kyoto Protocol with a new framework that limits the average global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius, India has been showing a renewed interest – and confidence – in leading the talks.

GAO Report Sees Climate Risks to Army Corps Projects 
By Bobby Magill – Climate Central 
Thousands of dams, levees, hurricane barriers and flood walls built across the country by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may be at risk from extreme weather and sea level rise driven by climate change, but the Army Corps has only just begun to assess how vulnerable they are and suffers from a lack of funding, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report. 

Search Engine Plants Trees as It Finds Your Info  
By Mark Fischetti  – Scientific American 
Some people prefer Google when exploring the Web. Some like Yahoo or Bing. But now more than 2.5 million people a month are using Ecosia, because every time they click “Search” they help plant a tree.


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  


States appeal case against EPA climate rule 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill 
Fourteen states are asking a federal appeals court to revive their challenge to the Obama administration’s signature regulatory proposal on climate change.

Gov: Mississippi might not comply with climate rule 
By Devin Henry – The Hill 
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) has told the Environmental Protection Agency his state might not comply with a forthcoming Obama administration rule on carbon emissions from power plants. 
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“We do not see how it will be possible to reasonably develop a State Implementation Plan [SIP] given the burdensome requirements of EPA’s proposal in its current form,” Bryant wrote in a Thursday letter to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy.”

Natural gas / coal

Sand bandits: Fracking boom drives new gold rush
By Omar El Akkad – The Globe and Mail
Even the name sounds strangely illicit: Northern White. It’s not a narcotic. It’s sand – a very particular kind of sand mined in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the Midwest. 

Aviva orders coal companies to clean up 
By Pilita Clark – Financial Times 
Aviva, the British insurance group, has put 40 coal companies on notice that it will sell its shares in their businesses unless they can prove they are serious about tackling climate change.


Obama Thinks Solar Power Will Boost Kenya; Kenyans Aren’t So Sure 
By Gregory Warner – NPR  
When Jackline Mumbua decided to go solar, she knew the cost would be steep. The 35-year-old housewife in Machakos, Kenya, can barely cover the expenses of raising three school-age children on the little money her husband earns driving a motorcycle taxi. 

Chicago summit: Midwest ‘chomping at the bit’ for energy revolution 
By Kari Lydersen  – Midwest Energy News 
The atmosphere at a gathering of energy experts in Chicago this week was ebullient, with speakers describing a groundswell of innovation that promises to revolutionize the way energy is delivered on the grid.

Battle of solar pits rooftop against utility-scale systems 
By Mark Jaffe – The Denver Post  
An emerging battle in the renewable-energy wars is between “big solar” and “little solar,” between utility-scale arrays and panels on a family’s rooftop.  

Clean power goals realistic 
The Times-Tribune (Editorial)
The Environmental Protection Agency is about to finalize a plan to substantially reduce carbon pollution, state-by-state.

Energy conservation is key to tackling climate change 
The China Post
Maybe you’ve watched videos of polar bears swimming endlessly in the ocean.

Could Next-Gen Reactors Spark Revival In Nuclear Power?
By Wendy Koch – National Geographic
Leslie Dewan was only in sixth grade, building a mini water wheel in science class, when the last new U.S. nuclear reactor began producing power. 

Australian government firm defies PM directive, seeks wind finance 
By Byron Kaye – Reuters  
An Australian state-owned electricity firm will defy Prime Minister Tony Abbott and seek funding for a new wind farm hub from the government’s Clean Energy Finance Corp (CEFC), adding to uncertainty in the country’s No. 2 clean energy sector.

Clean tech

Queensland plans 1,600km string of fast-charging stations for electric cars 
The Guardian Australia 
Queensland wants to build a string of charging stations for electric cars stretching more than 1,600km along the Bruce Highway.


Salt Is Slowly Crippling California’s Almond Industry 
By Ezra David Romero – NPR  
As California’s drought drags on, its almond industry has come under scrutiny. As you’ve probably heard by now, almonds use a lot of water — about one gallon per nut. 

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