In today’s edition, on the wake of the Paris attacks, French prime minister says a series of events linked to a UN climate summit in Paris will be cancelled for security reasons. The pressure is on, however, as UN chief urges ‘faster’ action on climate change. “Current ambition must be the floor not the ceiling for future efforts,” he said. Finally, take the Guardian’s quiz and find out how much you know about climate change!  

Quote of the day

“Current ambition must be the floor not the ceiling for future efforts.” 

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, in the Hill’s story UN chief urges ‘faster’ action on climate change 

Lead stories

Paris climate summit to be pared back, says France PM 
By Alex Pashley – Climate Home 
A series of events linked to a UN climate summit in Paris in two weeks will be cancelled over security fears, Manuel Valls told local radio on Monday morning. 
***LB: Also in this story “The conference will be “reduced to the negotiation” with “concerts and festive events” likely to be called off in the wake of the country’s worst ever terrorist attack, the country’s prime minister told RTL.” 

UN chief urges ‘faster’ action on climate change 
By Devin Henry –  The Hill
The head of the United Nations urged world leaders this week to go “much farther and much faster” with their plans to combat climate change. 

A closer look at the link between climate change and violence 
By Brad Plumer – Vox  
During the Democratic presidential debate on Saturday night, CBS moderator John Dickerson brought up the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and then asked Bernie Sanders if he still believes climate change is our greatest national security threat. (Sanders had said as much in a previous debate.) 

Rich praise for poor nation’s emissions targets 
By Alex Kirby – Climate News Network  
An African country whose people are among the poorest on Earth has won plaudits from US scientists for its clear and detailed plans to reduce climate-warming emissions from its forests and farms.   

A Simple Guide To The Paris Climate Talks 
Fast Company
The world is standing on a cliff; at the precipice of deciding if we are going to fly, or if we are going to fall.  

How much do you know about climate change? Take our quiz 
The Guardian  
As the world gears up towards a crucial summit on tackling global warming, test your own green credentials with our quiz.

Australia making ’empty promises’ on phasing out fossil fuel subsidies: report 
By Lucy Cormack – Sydney Morning Herald  
Australia and its fellow G20 nations are “paying fossil fuel producers to undermine their own policies on climate change”, a British think tank says.

2 Countries Reveal How Divided the World Is on Climate Change 
By Craig Welch – National Geographic  
Costa Rica, known for its white-sand beaches and cloud-draped forests, is a meager contributor to global climate change. 

On Kenya’s climate frontline, female farmers are building a secure future 
By Robert Kibet – The Guardian  
On a slope overlooking the rugged land of dry shrubs around Lolmusikopyi village in Kenya’s Samburu county, Christine Letooya is busy harvesting her crop.


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Large variation found in airlines’ CO2 emissions  
By Arthur Neslen – The Guardian
There is huge variation in fuel efficiency between transatlantic airlines, with British Airways and Lufthansa emitting 51% more carbon dioxide than the cleanest flyers, according to a report by the organisation that revealed the VW test-rigging scandal. 

Learning To Love CO
By Alex Scott – Chemical and Engineering News 
Lothar Mennicken proudly tugs at a badge on his lapel that states, “I love CO2.” Mennicken, the senior scientific officer for the German Federal Ministry of Education & Research, wants to dispel the notion that CO2 is only a “problem” chemical that causes global warming. He says it should also be considered an abundant, low-cost raw material.

Natural gas / coal

Coal not going away anytime soon despite renewables push 
By Louise Watt – AP  
Coal: Can’t live with it and can’t live without it — at least not yet.


10 new members will be admitted to trading for UK Financial Power Futures 
The following Exchange members will be admitted to trading for UK Financial Power Futures.

Minigrids Seen as Fix for 620 Million Africans Without Power 
By Anna Hirtenstein – Bloomberg News  
Power grids that work at a fraction of the scale of a traditional utility have gained support from banks and developers as a way to bring power to the 620 million people across Africa that lack access to electricity. 
***LB: Also in this story “From Kenya to Equatorial Guinea and Tanzania, companies including Italy’s biggest utility Enel SpA and General Electric Co. of the U.S. are building minigrids that distribute power to villages instead of whole nations.” 

Apple continues clean energy push with Singapore rooftop solar deal 
By Madeleine Cuff – BusinessGreen 
Apple has announced that from January 2016 all its Singapore operations will use 100 percent renewable electricity, in its latest effort to increase its use of clean energy. 

Clean tech

Boris Johnson to push London’s clean tech ‘Silicon Valley’ at Paris summit 
By Jessica Shankleman – BusinessGreen 
Boris Johnson is set to announce further details of plans for London’s “Silicon Valley” for clean tech companies, during the Paris climate change talks next month.


El Niño: food shortages, floods, disease and droughts set to put millions at risk  
By John Vidal and Damian Carrington – The Guardian
The UN has warned of months of extreme weather in many of the world’s most vulnerable countries with intense storms, droughts and floods triggered by one of the strongest El Niño weather events recorded in 50 years, which is expected to continue until spring 2016.

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