Thank God we have good news, like the fact that nothing can compete with renewable energy, as a top climate scientist says (in the Power section), because otherwise, today’s edition would be pretty grim. “We are moving into unchartered territory at a frightening speed,” said World Meteorological Organization Secretary General Michel Jarraud, while  the World Bank announced that climate change could push over 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030.

Quote of the day

“We are moving into unchartered territory at a frightening speed.”

World Meteorological Organization Secretary General Michel Jarraud, in the Washington Post’s story Greenhouse gases hit new milestone, fueling worries about climate change 

Lead stories

Greenhouse gases hit new milestone, fueling worries about climate change 
By Joby Warrick  – Washington Post  
New scientific data released on Monday confirmed 2015’s place as a milestone year for the Earth’s environment, with both temperatures and greenhouse gases crossing symbolic thresholds with ominous implications for future climate change. 
***LB: Also in this story “The World Meteorological Organization, in an annual accounting of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, reported that average levels of carbon dioxide exceeded 400 parts per million in the early months of 2015, a rise of 43 percent over pre-industrial levels.” 

Climate Change Could Push Over 100 Million Into Extreme Poverty by 2030: World Bank 
By Karl Ritter – Associated Press 
Climate change could push more than 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030 by disrupting agriculture and fueling the spread of malaria and other diseases, the World Bank said in a report Sunday.

Climate change has cost Pakistan $20bn: report 
By Khawar Ghumman – Dawn 
The government estimates that Pakistan has, collectively, suffered losses to the tune of $20 billion due to the adverse and increasing effects of climate change.

Pressure builds to probe Exxon climate claims 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill 
The Obama administration is under increasing pressure to investigate allegations that Exxon Mobil Corp. misled the public about its knowledge of climate change. 
***LB: Also in this story “All of the Democratic candidates for president have called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch an investigation, joining a number of Dem lawmakers and major environmental groups. Some are also pushing for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to probe whether the company broke federal law.” 

Clinton scores prized green group endorsement 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is getting a prized endorsement from one of the nation’s leading environmental groups. 
***LB: Also in this story “The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, the LCV’s campaign affiliate, announced on Monday that it is backing Clinton.” 

Energy minister expects UK to miss renewables target, leaked letter shows 
By Rowena Mason and Adam Vaughan – The Guardian  
The energy secretary, Amber Rudd, has been accused of misleading the public after a leaked letter revealed that the UK is predicted to fall short of its European Union obligations to get 15% of its energy from renewables by 2020. 


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 


VW repair bill rises as Germany says 540,000 recalled cars need hardware changes 
The Guardian
Germany’s transport ministry has said Volkswagen is likely to need to make more than just software changes to nearly a quarter of its 2.4m diesel cars being recalled in the country as a result of the emissions scandal. 

Scientists Say The Amazon Is Still Teaching Us New Lessons 
By Lourdes Garcia- Navarro – NPR (Audio)  
Recent scientific discoveries show that the Amazon rainforest might control the climate for much of South America. The theory could mean even more disastrous ramifications for the fragile ecosystem if deforestation continues unabated.

Natural gas / coal

Peabody Energy misled on climate change, says NY regulator 
By Gina Chon – Financial Times  
Peabody Energy, one of the largest global coal producers, will submit revised investor disclosures after the New York attorney-general’s office found it misled the public and investors about the financial risks associated with climate change.

Rich nations assess plan to slash billions from coal investment 
By Pilita Clark – Financial Times  
The embattled coal industry is facing a fresh onslaught as rich nations consider a bold plan to scale back the billions of dollars of support they pour into coal power plants worldwide.

Global Coal Consumption Heads for Biggest Decline in History 
By Ewa Krukowska – Bloomberg News 
Coal consumption is poised for its biggest decline in history, driven by China’s battle against pollution, economic reforms and its efforts to promote renewable energy.


California’s first offshore wind farm proposed near Hearst Castle
By Paul Rogers – San Jose Mercury News
This sleepy coastal town of 10,000 people along California’s Central Coast is known for its fishing fleet, nearby Hearst Castle and Morro Rock, a craggy 581-foot-tall monolith that dominates the views to the ocean. 

Energy Supplier EON to Pay £7 Million Over Advanced Meter Failings 
By Pete Norman – Bloomberg News
German energy supplier EON SE is to pay 7 million pounds ($10.55 million) after failing to supply advanced electric meters to British business customers, the U.K. regulator said in a statement. 

German Company to Build Solar Power Plants in Iran, Mehr Says 
By Ladane Nasseri – Bloomberg News 
A German company has agreed to build several solar power plants in the Tehran province, an Iranian energy official said.

Nothing can compete with renewable energy, says top climate scientist 
By Damian Carrington – The Guardian 
Catastrophic global warming can be avoided with a deal at a crunch UN climate change summit in Paris this December because “ultimately nothing can compete with renewables”, according to one of the world’s most influential climate scientists.

Clean tech

Public support, innovative business models could boost EV charging 
C2ES (Center for Climate and Energy Solutions)
New business models can make publicly available electric vehicle (EV) charging projects profitable for private businesses, but public support in the near term is still needed, according to a report released by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES).


Ocean Acidification Pushing Boundaries Of Environmental Law 
By Bellamy Pailthorp – KPIU (Audio) 
The University of Washington held its first annual symposium on environmental law last week. The idea is to choose a topic and examine how it fits into current and future regulations. This year’s focus—ocean acidification.

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