In today’s edition, as the Volkswagen scandal costs the CEO his job, the German company’s test rigging follows a long auto industry pattern, says the New York Times. Also,  though America loves Pope Francis, his stance on climate change might fall on deaf ears, a Bloomberg poll shows. Finally, President Obama gives an interview on climate to Rolling Stone, where he says the Paris climate talks  are bound to ‘fall short’ on carbon curbs.  

Quote of the day

“I’m less concerned about the precise number, because let’s stipulate right now, whatever various country targets are, it’s still going to fall short of what the science requires.”

President Barack Obama, in the Reuters’ story Obama says Paris climate talks bound to ‘fall short’ on carbon curbs 

Lead stories

VW Chief Winterkorn Steps Down After Emissions Scandal 
By Chad Thomas – Bloomberg News 
Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn resigned after U.S. officials caught the company cheating on emissions tests, leaving the world’s top-selling automaker to appoint a fresh leader to repair its reputation among customers, dealers and regulators around the globe.

Volkswagen Test Rigging Follows a Long Auto Industry Pattern
By Danny Hakim and Hiroko Tabuchi – The New York Times  
Long before Volkswagen admitted to cheating on emissions tests for millions of cars worldwide, the automobile industry, Volkswagen included, had a well-known record of sidestepping regulation and even duping regulators.

At White House, Pope focuses on environment, poverty and migrants
By Philip Pullella and Jeff Mason – Reuters  
Pope Francis on Wednesday urged the United States to help tackle climate change and touched on other divisive U.S. political issues such as immigration and economic inequality on his first visit to the world’s richest nation.

America Loves Pope Francis, But Not His Stance on Climate Change: Bloomberg Poll
By Margaret Talev  and Arit John – Bloomberg News
Americans love Pope Francis and his forgiveness agenda, but they’re less enthusiastic about the judgments he’s making about secular issues such as the the debate over climate change and income inequality, according to a new Bloomberg Politics poll completed on the eve of the pope’s arrival for his first visit to the United States. 

Obama says Paris climate talks bound to ‘fall short’ on carbon curbs 
President Barack Obama said he hopes major countries agree to “aggressive enough targets” to cut carbon emissions at climate talks in Paris later this year, but he said any deal will fall short of what is needed to slow global warming. 

Obama Takes on Climate Change: The Rolling Stone Interview 
By Jeff Goodell – Rolling Stone 
In Alaska, President Obama was in a very good mood. He visited the state in late summer to draw attention to the looming climate catastrophe the world faces, but with the exception of one big policy speech when he sounded as apocalyptic as any hemp-growing activist, he spent most of his three days up north beaming.


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    


The Volkswagen emissions scandal explained   
The Guardian  
Volkswagen has been cheating in emission tests by making its cars appear far less polluting than they are. 

9 questions about the Keystone XL pipeline debate you were too embarrassed to ask 
By Brad Plumer – Vox  
By now, most people have heard of the Keystone XL pipeline. It’s the source of a bitter, endless fight in Washington, DC. Yet to many outsiders, it’s not always obvious why there’s so much fuss about a single infrastructure project. 

Fossil Fuel Divestment Has Grown to $2.6 Trillion in Assets 
By Zahra Hirji – InsideClimate News 
The fossil fuel divestment movement skyrocketed in the past year as hundreds of institutions and thousands of individuals committed to selling their oil, natural gas and coal holdings, according to a new report.

Natural gas / coal  

U.S. regulators allege Total rigged natgas market for three years 
By Scott Disavino  – Reuters 
U.S. federal energy regulators extended their years-long effort to crack down on a contested form of market manipulation on Tuesday, alleging that French firm Total SA and two of its traders rigged southwestern natural gas prices for years.


China Three Gorges Weighs $2.3 Billion Offshore Wind Investments 
Bloomberg News
China Three Gorges Corp., the world’s biggest dam operator, won deals to design two separate offshore wind farms that may require investment of as much as 14.7 billion yuan ($2.3 billion).

Investors shun UK’s £24bn Hinkley Point nuclear project 
By Christopher Adams – Financial Times
Delays and cost overruns that have dogged two nuclear reactors being built in France and Finland have deterred investors from joining a £24bn project to build a plant at Hinkley Point. 
***LB: also in this story “French utility EDF is in advanced talks with two Chinese partners — China General Nuclear Corporation and China National Nuclear Corporation — over their final shares of construction spending and roles in the building of up to three nuclear plants in the UK. An agreement could be reached this year.”

Clean tech

Vancouver’s Chrysalix Energy partners with Hong Kong Cleantech incubator 
By Terry Dawes – cantech letter
Vancouver-based Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital has partnered with the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP), the largest technology incubator in Hong Kong, with the aim of connecting SMEs with global venture capital funds.


Here Comes the Sea: The Struggle to Keep the Ocean out of California’s Coastal Aquifers 
By Brett Walton – Circle of Blue
Driving on the world-famous Route 1, just south of town, a traveler looking west across fields of strawberries can see the great silvery expanse of the Pacific Ocean.

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