In today’s edition, President Obama launched an 11-day ‘climate tour’ to broaden clean energy use.  Also, 10 years after Katrina, New Orleans adopts a resilience roadmap to tackle climate and social challenges. Finally, in the Carbon section, EPA chief says that the need to reduce carbon emissions offers a chance to push ahead with low-carbon technology such as carbon capture and storage. 

Quote of the day

“Now’s not the time to insist on massive cuts to the investments in R&D that help drive our economy, including the hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts that many Republicans want to take from these successful job-creating clean energy programs.”  

President Obama, in the E&E’s story President Obama launches an 11-day ‘climate tour’ to broaden clean energy use

Lead stories

President Obama launches an 11-day ‘climate tour’ to broaden clean energy use 
By Brittany Patterson – E&E
Federal investment has spurred innovation in solar and wind power technologies, and now is “not the time to pull back on those investments,” President Obama said yesterday.

Charles Koch blasts Barack Obama
By Mike Allen – Politico 
Charles Koch hit back at criticism of “the Koch brothers” during President Barack Obama’s energy speech in Las Vegas earlier this week, saying he was “flabbergasted” by the attack and charging that Obama made the dig as a favor to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who appeared with him. 

You can fight climate change and grow the economy, says Lord Stern 
By Madeleine Cuff – BusinessGreen 
Tackling climate change does not mean sacrificing economic growth, former Treasury advisor Lord Stern has stressed once again in a speech this morning to leading diplomats.

California climate researchers sound the alarm at symposium: ‘There’s no way out’ 
By Sandy Mazza – Daily Breeze
A warming atmosphere has already worsened California’s drought and harmed coastal ecosystems, but the worst is yet to come, according to the latest scientific research presented this week on the interactions of air pollution, water reserves and weather patterns.

For Pope Francis’s D.C. visit, environmental rally of up to 200K planned 
By Juliet Eilperin and Michelle Boorstein – The Washington Post
Several environmental groups are planning a major climate rally that will draw hundreds of thousands to the National Mall on Sept. 24, the day Pope Francis speaks to Congress and is expected to address the public afterwards.  

New Orleans launches resilience roadmap to tackle climate and social challenges 
By Tom Dart – The Guardian  
In the week that marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans officials have launched a comprehensive “resilience strategy” aiming to secure the city’s future.

Boris Johnson urged to stop investing London pensions in fossil fuel 
By Pippa Crerar – Evening Standard 
Labour mayoral candidate David Lammy called on Boris Johnson to “put his money where his mouth is” today and stop investing London pensions in fossil fuels.


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    


EPA Chief Says `Tremendous’ Chance Offered for Carbon Capture
By Chisaki Watanabe – Bloomberg News
Gina McCarthy, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said the need to reduce carbon emissions offers a chance to push ahead with low-carbon technology such as carbon capture and storage.

$2.2B in cap-and-trade funds begins flowing, boosting rail, housing, clean cars 
By Anne C. Mulkern  – E&E
California is starting to dole out nearly $2.2 billion generated by its cap-and-trade program to cut carbon emissions, allocating funds to hundreds of projects.   

World must face up to cost of carbon reductions, says European climate expert 
By Paul Farrell – The Guardian 
The former European commissioner for climate action Connie Hedegaard has urged countries to acknowledge the cost of reducing emissions to fight climate change, and called on politicians to shift away from short-term thinking.

Natural gas / coal

Green groups threaten to sue US watchdog over fracking quakes 
By Barney Jopson – Financial Times
Environmental groups are threatening to sue the US environmental regulator, alleging it is failing in its duty to tackle a surge in earthquakes that they blame on the American shale revolution. 

US environmental agency advising Australia on impact of fracking on water  
By Oliver Milman – The Guardian
The Australian government has obtained information from US environmental regulators on the impact of fracking upon water supplies to help inform a new set of guidelines it is preparing on the controversial activity. 

Vale Speeds Up Australia Coal Exit With Second Sale in Month
By Juan Pablo Spinetto – Bloomberg News 
Vale SA is exiting its money-losing thermal coal business in Australia, selling a second project in less than a month, as prices for the power-generation commodity dive.

China lawmakers discuss new pollution bill, coal cap clause expected 
By David Stanway and Kathy Chen – Reuters 
Chinese legislators are considering a new air pollution law that could give the state new powers to punish negligent local authorities and industrial enterprises and provide a legal mandate to impose caps on coal consumption.

China, US seek ‘clean coal’ agreement as industry struggles 
By Matthew Brown – AP
U.S. and China officials took a major step Tuesday toward an agreement to advance “clean coal” technologies that purport to reduce the fuel’s contribution to climate change — and could offer a potential lifeline for an industry that’s seen its fortunes fade.


Solyndra lied to get loan guarantee, investigators say 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
Officials at solar power technology company Solyndra Inc. repeatedly gave false or misleading information to the Department of Energy (DOE) to get the loan guarantee that resulted in widespread condemnation of the Obama administration, an investigation found.  

There’s a big change coming to how we power our homes — and it isn’t about solar or batteries 
By Chris Mooney  – The Washington Post
Earlier this year, home energy received its biggest jolt since rooftop solar when Tesla Motors announced a home battery dubbed the Powerwall.

Clean tech

Government extends plug-in car grants to February 2016 
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen 
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has today confirmed the Plug-In Car Grant will continue to be offered at current levels until 2016.


Coca Cola to Reach Its Water Replenishment Goal 5 Years Early 
Circle of Blue 
Heavy rainfall has caused a large sewage spill on one of Hawaii’s most famous beaches. A new analysis predicts water stress by country in 2040. Coca Cola will meet its goal of replacing a large portion of the water it uses for production five years early.

Water Is Called Casualty of Syrian War
By Rick Gladstone – The New York Times  
Water availability in Syria has been halved since the conflict there began nearly four and a half years ago, and millions of people around the country endure “long and sometimes deliberate interruptions to their water supplies,” the United Nations said Tuesday.

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