In today’s edition, the aftermath of Thursday’s first presidential debate in the US: Most Republican candidates steer clear of climate change and what to do about it. Thank God, while US leaders remain bogged down in debate over global warming, local communities are acting on their own to hold back rising seas. And, finally, Royal Dutch Shell cuts ties with Alec over rightwing group’s climate denial.

Quote of the day

“The front-rank Republican candidates are going to have to have some carbon mitigation proposal at some point. It might involve nuclear power, it might involve carbon capture, it might involve long-term research and development for new technologies. But they got to have something at some point.” 

Paul Bledsoe, who served as a climate adviser in the Clinton administration, in the E&E’s story Most Republican candidates steer clear of climate change and what to do about it 

Lead stories  

Climate change crusade goes local  
By Doug Struck – Christian Science Monitor  
While US leaders remain bogged down in debate over global warming, local communities are acting on their own to hold back rising seas. Witness Miami Beach’s elevated streets.   

Most Republican candidates steer clear of climate change and what to do about it 
By Evan Lehmann – E&E  
Republican candidates called the government “stupid” during their first debate, had testy exchanges on civil liberties, and said pimps and prostitutes are collecting public benefits. But they had nothing to say about the nation’s landmark climate plan introduced earlier this week.

Christie needs to get on board with climate initiatives 
Star-Ledger (Editorial) 
Pricewaterhouse Coopers, the multinational auditor, recently released its annual survey of 1,322 CEOs from 77 countries. 
***LB: Also in this story “At the top of the list of fears for these flinty men of commerce, at 78 percent, was “over-regulation.” Climate change did not even crack the top 20.” 

Clinton strays from her roots as coal miner’s great granddaughter 
By Valerie Volcovici and Amanda Becker – Reuters  
In her 2008 bid for the White House, Hillary Clinton cast herself as a blue-collar Democrat who was unabashedly pro-coal, a stance that helped her beat opponent Barack Obama easily in primaries in states that produced or were reliant on coal.  

Royal Dutch Shell cuts ties with Alec over rightwing group’s climate denial 
By Karl Mathiesen and Ed Pilkington – The Guardian  
Royal Dutch Shell have announced they will end their membership of the far-right American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) because of its continuing denial of the science of climate change.

Growing calls for (Australia’s) ACT government to divest from fossil fuels 
By Tom McIlroy –  The Canberra Times 
Environmental campaigners and young people seeking an end to fossil fuel investments have welcomed calls for the ACT government to divest its holdings. 
***LB: Also in this story “The ACT Conservation Council and campaigner said the recommendation from the Legislative Assembly’s budget estimates committee would keep pressure on the Barr government to end investments in 65 of the top 200 worst-performing companies, including Exxon Mobil, Whitehaven Coal, Peabody, Glencore, Anglo American and Santos.”

How low will Abbott and Hunt go on Australia’s emissions target? 
By Sophie Vorrath – REneweconomy  
If you’re looking to Canberra for policy leadership this week on cutting Australia’s carbon dioxide emissions and bringing the nation up to par with global action on climate action, then you will have to look to the ACT government, and not Tony Abbott’s Coalition. 


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   


New York ahead of the game on cutting emissions 
By Jon Campbell – The Journal News 
With a head start, a wider scope and its own more-rigorous goals, New York won’t have much extra work to do to meet the president’s mandated cut in carbon emissions from power plants. 

Former Justice Stevens calls mercury ruling ‘mind-boggling’ 
By Jeremy P. Jacobs –  E&E  
Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the author of a seminal decision on when courts must defer to agencies, said the high court’s decision this year to invalidate U.S. EPA’s air standards for mercury and other toxics was “truly mind-boggling.”

Iranian researchers have produced biodiesel from the flixweed crop as a potential renewable energy substitute for non-renewable fossil fuels.  
Press TV
Under a project to deliver a new generation of green transport fuel, researches at the Islamic Azad University produced 2 liters of biomass with a capacity to turn into a biofuel.

Natural gas / coal  

Sun sets on coal power in New Zealand 
By Madeleine Cuff – BusinessGreen 
Energy company Genesis Energy said yesterday it will close New Zealand’s two remaining coal-fired electricity generation units by 2018, effectively ending the country’s use of coal to generate electricity. 


A mighty optimistic wind estimate fuels EPA rule 
By Peter Behr – E&E
A strong, sustained growth of U.S. wind power, a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, is achievable but faces stiff economic and political headwinds, according to government and private analyses.

SunEdison to supply 8MW of solar power to 28 Californian schools 
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen  
SunEdison will soon be supplying solar energy to the entirety of the Rialto Unified School District in Belmont, California, the company announced.   

GE $427 Million Contract Is Its Biggest Latin America Wind Deal
By Vanessa Dezem – Bloomberg News 
General Electric Co. agreed to supply 156 wind turbines to the Brazilian renewable-energy developer Casa dos Ventos Energias Renovaveis SA., its largest deal to date in Latin America’s burgeoning renewable energy market.

Ikea to sell only energy-saving LED lightbulbs 
By Adam Vaughan – The Guardian  
Ikea will no longer sell halogen and ‘energy-saving’ compact fluorescent bulbs from September, when it switches all its lighting sold globally to super efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

Manchester Pension Fund Invests in U.K. Clean-Power Projects
By Louise Downing – Bloomberg News 
Greater Manchester Pension Fund invested 10 million pounds ($15 million) in a U.K. developer of clean-energy projects for local communities.

Infant U.S. wave-to-energy industry looks to build more testing facilities 
By Camille von Kaenel – E&E 
In the wave energy world, progress means having “steel in the water.” Now that gadgets are graduating from mere prototypes to pre-commercial machines, their engineers must find the best places to try them out in the open ocean.

Clouds over China’s solar power industry 
By Kieran Cooke – climate news network
The recent turmoil in China’s stock market has sent shockwaves through the country’s corporate sector, including its mighty solar power industry which in recent years has grown to dominate the world market.

Clean tech

Insight: Tesla burns cash, loses more than $4,000 on every car sold  
By Joseph White and Paul Lienert – Reuters  
It’s crunch time for Tesla Motors. The Silicon Valley automaker is losing more than $4,000 on every Model S electric sedan it sells, using its reckoning of operating losses, and it burned $359 million in cash last quarter in a bull market for luxury vehicles.

Security Experts Reveal How a Tesla Model S Was Hacked 
By Michael Walker – The Hollywood Reporter 
A breach allowed a Model S to be remotely controlled from an iPhone. 
***LB: Also in this story “In a highly technical presentation at the Defcon hackers conference in Las Vegas Friday, computer security experts Marc Rogers and Kevin Mahaffey revealed how they were able to hack into a Tesla Model S and remotely control several of its functions, including killing the engine while the car traveled at low speed.”


Could water be the Midwest’s ticket to economic rebirth? 
The Economist
Cycling to and from work along the shores of Lake Michigan in the summer months, marveling at the brilliant turquoise water in the morning and shades of pink, purple and deep blue in the evening, ever-varying with wind and weather, is a treat for Chicagoans.

Making Water More Liquid
By Peter Coy – Bloomberg Businessweek  
The water wells in the rich farmland of California’s Central Valley keep getting deeper, and the pumps keep getting more powerful.

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