Great news in today’s edition: EU leaders have struck a broad climate change pact obliging the EU as a whole to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030. The EU commitment might create a momentum ahead of the Paris 2015 Climate Summit. Australia is already under pressure. 

Quote of the day

“It was not easy, not at all, but we managed to reach a fair decision that sets the EU on an ambitious but cost-effective climate path.”

Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, in’s story EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 

Lead stories

EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 
Arthur Neslen,
European leaders have struck a broad climate change pact obliging the EU as a whole to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030. 
***LB: Also in this story “As well as the greenhouse gas, two 27% targets were agreed – for renewable energy market share and increase in energy efficiency improvement.”

Coke, Philips, Shell call for big climate cuts in Europe
James Murray,
A group featuring some of Europe’s largest businesses has called on the European Union to strengthen its proposed energy and climate change policy package for 2030, arguing it should deliver an emissions reduction target of “at least” 40 percent and impose legally binding deployment targets for clean technologies. 
***LB: Also in this story “The Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, which includes blue chip firms such as Acciona, Coca-Cola Enterprises, DSM, Ferrovial, Philips, Skanska, Shell and Unilever, issued its latest call for a more demanding set of targets, describing its proposals as “the most progressive stance taken by a group representing such a wide variety of sectors.””

(Australia’s) Coalition urged to raise its commitment for greenhouse gas cuts 
Oliver Milman,
The Australian government has been urged to scale up its ambitions for greenhouse gas cuts after European Union leaders struck a deal to reduce emissions by at least 40% by 2030.

Energy Traders’ Obsession With Winter Begins
Brian K. Sulliva, Bloomberg News
 Atlantic and Pacific hurricanes have a season. So do cyclones in the Indian Ocean and off Australia, fall foliage in the U.S. and cherry blossoms in Japan and Washington.

Wuxi Suntech Back From Dead Eyeing 1.5 Gigawatt Shipments
Justin Doom, Bloomberg News
Wuxi Suntech Power Co., the solar manufacturer acquired earlier this year by Shunfeng Photovoltaic International Ltd., plans to ship almost twice as many modules this year, in the latest sign of a rebound.

Patagonia launches ‘Vote the Environment’ campaign
Robert Kropp,
The apparel company is campaigning to overcome voter apathy in order to elect officials who will support replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy.


EMA’s 18th Annual Meeting 
Join the Environmental Markets Association and environmental industry professional for two days of dynamic sessions, two nights of networking receptions, and countless opportunities to increase your business contacts. 
October 22 – 24, 2014
Santa Monica, CA


Hazardous Smog Levels in Beijing Prompt Health Warning
Bloomberg News
Pollution will remain at hazardous levels in China’s capital until a cold front is forecast to arrive on Oct. 26, according to Beijing authorities.

Shipping emissions could grow 250 per cent by 2050
Will Nichols, BusinessGreen
Shipping emissions made up 2.2 per cent of global CO2 emissions in 2012 down from 2.8 per cent in 2007, but the sector’s carbon impact is likely to grow significantly in the coming year, according to a new UN-backed study.

Natural gas / coal

Air Liquide Third-Quarter Sales Miss Estimates as Europe Slows
Francois de Beaupuy, Bloomberg News
Air Liquide SA , the world’s second-largest industrial gas company, reported third-quarter revenue that missed analysts’ estimates as Western European manufacturing demand slowed.


Polish Power Utilities Jump to Record After Climate Deal
Maciej Martewicz, Bloomberg News
The Polish utilities’ index jumped to a record after European Union leaders agreed to give domestic electricity producers free carbon permits beyond 2020.

New York pursues microgrids for widespread resiliency
Elisa Wood, 
The New York Power Authority is poised for a “sea change,” and microgrids are part of the transformation, according to Gil Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive.

Israeli engineers fire up solar energy tree
Does energy grow on trees? Israeli engineers have created a “solar tree” that is capable of producing electricity and of fulfilling a number of practical functions. 
***LB: Also in this story “Sologic’s eTree can produce electricity, give free WiFi, charge electronic devices and act as a computer.”

Vermont’s largest municipal utility goes 100 percent renewable
Laurie Guevara-Stone,
Vermont may be best known for maple syrup and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, but now its largest city can boast another accomplishment.

Clean tech

Sales Of Plug-In Cars Exceed 600,000 Worldwide 
Christopher DeMorro, Clean Technica
It hasn’t even been four full years since the first plug-in hybrid and electric cars went on sale across the globe, and in many places plug-in cars are still few and far between.


EPA review board finds ‘strong scientific support’ for water rule
Tim Devaney, The Hill
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) water rule passed a crucial test Thursday, gaining the approval of the agency’s internal review board.


A Florida city voted to split the state in two because of concerns over climate change
Hunter Schwarz, Washington Post
The South Miami City Commission voted 3 to 2 for Florida’s 23 southern counties to secede and form a new state named South Florida because of frustration over environmental issues and a lack of concern by state leaders.

New Methane-Releasing Microbe Key Player in Climate Change 
Jenna Iacurci, Nature World News
A new methane-releasing microbe, just recently discovered in Sweden, is a key player in climate change, according to new research. 
***LB: Also in this story ” Earlier this year, an international team of researchers discovered this previously unknown microbe living in permafrost soils in northern Sweden that have begun to thaw in our warming world.”

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