A symbol in today’s edition: Saudi Arabia finally reacted to global action to combat climate change with announcing its own efforts to curb emissions. Also, after the Keystone debacle, Canadian greens are urging new Prime Minister Trudeau to transition Alberta out of oil sands. Finally, rejoice! Renewable energy investment are predicted to surge. 

Quote of the day

“The smartest thing the federal government can do is to work with Alberta to phase out, to manage that transition in the oil sands sector.”

Climate Action Network Canada’s executive director Louise Comeau, in the National Observer’s story Transition Alberta off oil sands, climate thinkers urge Trudeau 

Lead stories 

Ambitious climate change agreement in sight: Fabius 
By John Irish and Bate Felix – Reuters
An ambitious agreement on limiting global warming is within reach, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday after a meeting of ministers ahead of the U.N. climate summit in Paris in December.

Saudis set out response to tighter emission curbs 
By Pilita Clark and Simeon Kerr – Financial Times
Saudi Arabia is preparing to reshape its economy to make up for damage triggered by tougher global action to combat climate change. 
***LB: Also in this story “The kingdom’s plans are revealed in a keenly awaited submission for next month’s UN talks in Paris on a new global climate change accord, the last proposal from a G20 country.” 

Transition Alberta off oil sands, climate thinkers urge Trudeau 
By Mychaylo Prystupa – National Observer  
Alberta and its oil sands needs to be the focus of the Trudeau government’s climate action if it is serious about helping limit dangerous planetary warming to two degrees this century, warned a national group of environmental thinkers. 

Renewable energy investment predicted to surge 
By Phillip Inman – The Guardian 
Between the tropics and probably as far as the 33rd parallel, the sun could soon be a major source of energy for households and businesses alike.  

Ten UK universities divest from fossil fuels 
By Emma Howard – The Guardian 
Ten UK universities with endowments worth £115m are in the process of moving their money out of fossil fuels ahead of crunch UN climate change talks in Paris later this month.

(Australia’s) Direct Action destined to fail even with low Paris pledge, Climate Institute says 
By Lenore Taylor – The Guardian  
The Turnbull government’s “Direct Action” policy cannot meet even the “inadequate” emission reductions it will pledge at the UN climate meeting in Paris and in fact will allow Australia’s greenhouse pollution to rise, according to the Climate Institute. 


2015 Rising Seas Summit 
Association of Climate Change Officers 
November 12-13, 2015, Cambridge, MA    

Call For Nominations: Environmental Markets Association 
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Anti-ethanol group expands national ad buy 
By Devin Henry – The Hill 
A group opposing the federal ethanol mandate has extended its advertising campaign against the rule into several corn-growing states.  
***LB: Also in this story “The American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF), a D.C.-based free market group, is hitting the airwaves in Indiana on Tuesday with an ad warning about the environmental effects of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).” 

GOP governor to sign gas tax hike 
By Keith Laing – The Hill 
Michigan Gov. Rick Synder (R) is expected to sign legislation on Tuesday that would increase his state’s 14.84 cents-per-gallon gas tax by 7.3 cents to help pay for transportation projects, The Detroit News reports.

Everything You Need to Know About the Exxon Climate Change Probe
By Christie Smythe – Bloomberg News 
For years, energy companies have couched the possible effects of climate change-related regulations in public reports to investors as “uncertain,” “difficult,” or “not possible” to reasonably predict. 

Peabody Settlement Shows Muscle of Law Now Aimed at Exxon 
By David Hasemyer – InsideClimate News 
Pulling the same legal levers as those involved in its climate change investigation of ExxonMobil, the New York state attorney general’s office obtained an agreement from coal giant Peabody Energy to end misleading statements and disclose risks associated with global warming.  

Natural gas / coal

Want to Burn Coal and Save the Planet? Japan Touts a Solution 
By Chisaki Watanabe – Bloomberg News 
For all the talk of a solar boom in Japan, coal still has a future there, and potentially a big one at that. 
***LB: Also in this story “By promoting new and advanced coal technologies as cleaner burning and more efficient, Japan is contradicting environmentalists such as NRDC and WWF seeking to discourage investors from backing fossil-fuel. For major Japanese suppliers of power generation systems such as Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd., the national push also offers the opportunity to market their products in countries where coal is still widely used.”

Thank Mexico for a U.S. Gas Market That Isn’t Even More Terrible 
By Naureen Malik – Bloomberg News 
Think the slide in U.S. natural gas prices has been bad? Well, it would be even worse if Mexico wasn’t picking up at least some of the slack.


New Jersey is next for offshore wind energy 
By Daniel J. Graeber – UPI  
Two energy companies won the rights to advance wind energy off New Jersey’s coast, where the potential exists to power 1.2 million homes, the government said. 

Zambia’s Proposed Power Prices Seen Devastating Factories, Farms 
By Matthew Hill – Bloomberg News 
Power-tariff increases proposed by Zesco Ltd., the Zambian state-owned electricity supplier, would lead to a collapse in manufacturing and threaten the livelihood of farmers, lobby groups have told public hearings on the plans.

Clean tech

This could be the biggest sign yet that the battery revolution is here 
By Chris Mooney – The Washington Post 
We may be getting a real time glimpse of a world that energy visionaries have long awaited — one featuring a large scale merger between clean energy technologies, like wind and solar, and large batteries that can store power from these sources and make it available at will.


A Washington Tribe Confronts Climate Change, Sea Level Rise 
By Ashley Ahearn – KUOW 
As international leaders prepare for the next round of climate talks in Paris, the plight of climate refugees is expected to be front and center. 

California Could Be the Next Saudi Arabia 
By Tom Philpott – Mother Jones  
In the early 1980s, Saudi Arabia embarked upon a bold project: It began to transform large swaths of desert landscape into wheat farms.

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