In today’s edition, a big scandal: around 600m tonnes of carbon were wrongly emitted when a UN carbon trading scheme was allegedly used by organized crime in Russia and Ukraine. Also, the Obama administration announced a slate of executive actions on Monday to encourage investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, including more than $1 billion in new loan guarantees. 

Quote of the day

 “I would say that many of them were fake.” 

Vladyslav Zhezherin, one of the report’s authors, in the Guardian’s story Kyoto protocol’s carbon credit scheme ‘increased emissions by 600m tonnes’ 

Lead stories 

Kyoto protocol’s carbon credit scheme ‘increased emissions by 600m tonnes’ 
By Arthur Neslen – The Guardian  
UN officials confirm the findings by the Stockholm Environment Institute that around 600m tonnes of carbon were wrongly emitted as a result, under the UNFCCC’s Joint Implementation (JI) scheme.
***LB: Also in this story “Major UNFCCC carbon trading scheme hit by serious corruption allegations involving organised crime in Russia and Ukraine.”   

Hurricane Katrina proved that if black lives matter, so must climate justice 
By Elizabeth C Yeampierre – The Guardian  
Those of us from low-income communities of color are on the frontlines of the climate crisis. 

Obama orders boost to clean energy programs 
By Devin Henry – The Hill  
The Obama administration announced a slate of executive actions on Monday to encourage investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, including more than $1 billion in new loan guarantees. 

Why wind and solar are already better value than fossil fuels 
By Giles Parkinson – REneweconomy
When radio shock jock Alan Jones got the cost of wind energy so horribly wrong in front of a million or so viewers on ABC TV last month, he did more than misplace a decimal point. 

Heatwaves are on the rise in Algeria due to climate change, says specialist 
By Mohamed Benzerga for El Watan of Algeria (part of the Climate Publishers Network)
It’s unusual if you live in the northern, coastal Algerian cities, where maximum temperatures never drop below 36C; that’s our average body temperature, so it’s all related.


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   


Can California meet its ambitious greenhouse gas goals?
Los Angeles Times (Editorial) 
When President Obama announced his controversial and ambitious Clean Power Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, Californians gave a collective yawn.

Dawn timber-laundering raids cast doubt on ‘sustainable’ Brazilian wood 
By Jonathan Watts 
The raids began at dawn as the sun rose over the Tapajós river and more than 100 police swooped on a dozen locations in the most sophisticated operation yet against suspected timber laundering in Brazil – a practice that allows consumers in the US and Europe to buy flooring and furniture with what they think is a clear conscience.  

Beef’s impact on emissions scrutinized 
By Fermín Koop – Buenos Aires Herald  
The country’s famous steak, so popular among tourists and residents alike, could soon become a politically incorrect meal as it is one of Argentina’s main sources of greenhouse gas emissions — higher than the entire industrial sector combined.

Indigenous fire methods could slash global emissions: UN report 
By Nicole Hasham – The Sydney Morning Post  
Ancient Indigenous Australian bush-burning could be used around the world to radically cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to United Nations research, which also challenges Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s refusal to embrace the purchase of international carbon credits.

Natural gas / coal 

Kiribati president says Australia’s loyalty to coalmines ‘selfish and unjust’ 
By Joshua Roberts – The Guardian  
The president of Kiribati has criticised Australia’s commitment to new coalmines on economic grounds as a “very selfish perspective” that illustrates the “fundamentally unjust” dynamics of climate change. 

Southern Co. to Buy AGL Resources for $8 Billion in Cash 
By Jim Polson – Bloomberg News   
Southern Co., the third-largest U.S. utility owner, agreed to buy natural-gas distributor AGL Resources Inc. for $8 billion in cash to capitalize on growing demand for the heating and power-plant fuel. 


U.S. Unveils Measures to Encourage Solar Power Use
By Gardiner Harris – The New York Times
The Obama administration on Monday announced a slew of small measures designed to encourage the use of solar power hours before President Obama was scheduled to fly to Nevada to speak at the National Clean Energy Summit there.  

Power Plants on Indian Reservations Get No Break on Emissions Rules 
By Naveena Sadasivam – InsideClimate News 
Four Western power plants that emit more carbon dioxide than the 20 fossil-fuel-fired plants in Massachusetts thought they would be getting a break under the Obama administration’s new carbon regulations––until the final rule ended up treating them just like all the other plants in the country. 

European industrial groups hit by push to renewable energy 
By Chris Bryant – Financial Times
After years of painstaking development, Siemens was triumphant in 2011 when its new H-class gas turbine, the world’s largest and most efficient, went into regular operation at an Eon power plant in Irsching, Bavaria.

SWM Services GmbH adjusts non-usabilities for their power plants 
EEX Transparency News 
On 25 August 2015, 9 to 12 am SWM Services GmbH puts a modification in operation. With this modification the reporting of power generating units can be more granular.

Clean tech 

Intelligent Energy reveals hydrogen battery that can charge your iPhone for up to a week 
By James Phillips  – BusinessGreen
Loughborough-based Intelligent Energy has made a major breakthrough with a pioneering hydrogen fuel cell battery for iPhones, it was announced late last week.

South African team may have solved solar puzzle even Google couldn’t crack 
By Jeffrey Barbee – The Guardian
It is a problem that has so far stumped even Google’s brainy engineers – how to generate cheap solar electricity using a small-scale array of mirrors to concentrate the sun’s energy.


Puerto Rico Sends Mixed Messages as Water Bond Sale Flounders
By Michelle Kaske – Bloomberg News 
Puerto Rico is trying to assure municipal-bond buyers that the island’s water authority doesn’t need to restructure its debt. Investors aren’t convinced.


When the Next Hurricane Katrina Hits, Is the U.S. Ready? 
By Larry Greenemeier – Scientific American  
A decade ago Hurricane Katrina terrorized the Gulf Coast.

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