In today’s edition, good news: Many conservative Republicans believe climate change is a real threat, according to a poll. In other words, the activists who crowd town hall meetings and Republican presidential caucuses and primaries might not reflect the broader attitude of even the Republican electorate. And a mixed bag in terms of pledges: France has become the latest country to pledge billions of dollars of funding to help some of the world’s poorest countries cope with the worst impacts of climate change, 5bn euros to be exact, but India and Brazil will not follow China’s pledge to donate to poorer nations’ climate efforts. Finally, pledges from businesses: Mars, Bloomberg vow with 6 million companies to act on climate change. Time to jump on the bandwagon! 

Quote of the day

“Between now and Paris in two months’ time, we will have to continue mobilising finance through the World Bank, development banks, private banks and states to make sure we do reach that level.”

French president François Hollande, in the BusinessGreen’s story France ups climate finance pledge to 5bn euros 

Lead stories

Many Conservative Republicans Believe Climate Change Is a Real Threat
By Coral Davenport – The New York Times  
A majority of Republicans — including 54 percent of self-described conservative Republicans — believe the world’s climate is changing and that mankind plays some role in the change, according to a new survey conducted by three prominent Republican pollsters. 
***LB: Also in this story “The activists who crowd town hall meetings and Republican presidential caucuses and primaries might not reflect the broader attitude of even the Republican electorate.” 

At UN, Putin bids to sponsor climate forum 
By Alex Pashley – Climate Home 
Vladimir Putin’s first speech at the United Nations in over a decade ended on a cryptic offer to host a climate change forum. 
***LB: Also in this story “Moscow was ready to co-sponsor an event to tackle depleting natural resources, habitat destruction and climate change, the Russian president said in a widely-anticipated podium address on Monday.”

France ups climate finance pledge to 5bn euros 
By Jessica Shankleman – BusinessGreen 
France has become the latest country to pledge billions of dollars of funding to help some of the world’s poorest countries cope with the worst impacts of climate change.  

India and Brazil will not follow China’s pledge to donate to poorer nations’ climate efforts 
By Lisa Friedman – E&E  
Neither India nor Brazil will unveil a major financial contribution toward poorer countries grappling with climate change as China did last week to the tune of $3.1 billion, ministers from both major economies said this weekend.  

Mars, Bloomberg vow with 6 million companies to act on climate change 
By Barbara Grady – GreenBiz 
A refrain echoed through the Climate Group’s signature and final Climate Week meeting Monday in New York, where hundreds of business people had gathered to talk about their role in stemming climate change.

China’s 2017 Carbon Timetable May Be Hit by Slowing Economy
Bloomberg News
A slowing Chinese economy threatens to undermine the deadline outlined last week by President Xi Jinping to introduce a nationwide carbon market by 2017.

Alberta will do better on climate change, says premier
Hamilton Spectator
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her government intends to do a much better job at living up to its responsibility to be part of the solution on climate change.

Zurich pledges to focus 10 per cent of investments on delivering ‘positive impact’ 
By Jessica Shankleman – BusinessGreen 
Insurance group Zurich has revealed plans to plough around $100m into companies and projects that have a positive environmental or social impact. 
**LB: Also in this story “Zurich today pledged to put up to 10 per cent of its private equity investments into “impact investments” that either support the development of a low carbon economy or boost community resilience, marking the latest step forward in its responsible investment strategy.”

Fossil fuels: Why Seattle is calling on the Gates Foundation to divest 
By Mike McGinn, Alec Connon and Sarra Tekola –  The Guardian 
Seattle has found itself at a crossroads of the fight against fossil fuel extraction. 
***LB: Also in this story “Bill and Melinda Gates could send a message to politicians and the public that it’s possible to imagine a future free of fossil fuels and signal to others to follow.” 

What the Obama-Modi talks finally boiled down to: Tackling China, climate change 
By Rajeev Sharma – F. India  
Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the entire gamut of issues of bilateral interest with US President Barrack Obama on Monday, an agenda which also included multilateral issues of common interest. But two issues which he dwelt upon need to be highlighted.

(UK’s) Labour conference: Corbyn issues call for a ‘Green New Deal’ 
By James Murray – BusinessGreen 
Jeremy Corbyn has underlined Labour’s commitment to delivering a “Green New Deal” that would mobilise investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency, as part of his first leader’s speech to the Labour Party conference.   

To build a greener economy, Bhutan wants to go organic by 2020 
By Stella Paul – Thomson Reuters Foundation
Farmer Phub Zam, 55, is in a hurry. Monsoon rains have hit her farm in Bhutan’s Paro valley and Zam is rushing to harvest her broccoli before crop is damaged.


19th Annual Environmental Markets Association Meeting 
October 28-30, 2015 

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    

Call For Nominations: Environmental Markets Association 
The Environmental Markets Association is calling for nominations for two (2) openings on the Board of Directors for 2015/2016. 
If you are interested in running or would like to nominate someone, please call the EMA Headquarters at 202-591-2465
or email


Carbon Emissions Trading: Rolling Out a Successful Carbon Trading System 
By Josh Margolis, Daniel J. Dudek, & Anders Hove – Paulson Institute 
As China prepares to launch a national carbon emissions trading scheme (ETS) scheduled to begin in 2017, the country can benefit from lessons learned from the seven carbon pilots, its own prior experience with SO2 trading, as well as from programs in the U.S and the EU. A well-designed and implemented ETS will help the country achieve various carbon, energy and pollution reduction mandates contained in the 12th Five-Year Plan. 

EPA expects success from new methane rules 
By Devin Henry – The Hill
A top environmental regulator said Tuesday that he expects new federal standards for methane emissions will succeed in cutting down on the potent greenhouse gas.  

Industry, states ask court to scrap MATS rule 
By Amanda Reilly and Robin Bravender – E&E
Several states and industry groups yesterday asked a federal court to toss out the Obama administration’s landmark standards for reducing mercury pollution at coal-fired power plants.

(UK’s) Carbon Reduction Commitment faces chop, as government looks to streamline energy efficiency rules 
By James Murray – BusinessGreen 
The government yesterday unveiled plans to drastically reform the carbon reporting and taxation regime for UK businesses, detailing how it intends to end the overlapping requirements various schemes currently impose on the private sector.

Natural gas / coal

Northern Ireland adopts no fracking policy 
By Jocelyn Timperley – BusinessGreen 
Northern Ireland is set to ban fracking for shale gas and oil unless developers can prove the controversial process will not harm the environment.

South Africa Sees Natural Gas as `Cornerstone’ to Baseload Power 
By Paul Burkhardt – Bloomberg News 
South Africa, the most industrialized nation in Africa, said natural gas will become a key source of electricity in its plan to reduce dependence on coal.


Hanergy boss blames short sellers for stock plunge 
By Lucy Hornby – Financial Times
Li Hejun, the Chinese solar energy entrepreneur, blamed short sellers for the “disaster” that has befallen his Hanergy Group in a rare speech months after shares in the Hong Kong-listed subsidiary plunged and were suspended.

Hitachi agrees settlement on ‘improper payments’ in South Africa 
By Andrew England – Financial Times
Hitachi, the Japanese group, has agreed to pay $19m to settle US regulatory charges that it inaccurately recorded improper payments to South Africa’s ruling political party in connection with contracts to build two power plants.  

Solar energy becomes a major power player in the Middle East 
By Daniel Cusick – E&E  
In a patch of otherwise empty desert 30 miles south of Dubai, the outline of what is expected to become the Middle East’s largest photovoltaic solar project is taking form in the sands of the United Arab Emirates.

Mashed potato to power food factory 
By Jessica Shankleman – BusinessGreen
The parent company of some of the UK’s biggest food brands including Fox’s Biscuits and Goodfella’s pizzas is this week set to flick the switch on a new electricity generator that will be powered by waste mashed potato.

Clean tech

New Dutch Tesla factory aims to accelerate Model S European roll-out 
By Madeleine Cuff – BusinessGreen 
The first Tesla factory dedicated to supplying European customers with the brand’s high-end electric vehicle, the Model S, opened yesterday in Tilburg, the Netherlands. 
***LB: Also in this story “Using parts manufactured in California, the 77,648 square foot factory is able to take 90 Model S vehicles “from shell to luxury sports saloon” every day, doubling the current production capacity on the continent.”


How climate change is making Antarctica royally crabby  
By Eva Botkin-Kowacki – Christian Science Monitor
Warming global temperatures are prompting many animals to shift their ranges. One of those animals, the King crab, could be moving into shallower waters off the Western coast of Antarctica, where it hasn’t been found for tens of millions of years. 

Q&A: Elynn Walter on the Sustainable Development Goal for Drinking Water 
Circle of Blue  
Elynn Walter is the sustainability director at WASH Advocates, a Washington, D.C.-based initiative that aims to increase awareness of the global water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenge and solutions, and to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources devoted to those solutions throughout the developing world.

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