In today’s edition, we highlight the fact that G20 countries spend $88 billion a year on fossil-fuel exploration, five years after pledging to phase out industry subsidies, while China blocks access to US air pollution data for Beijing. Luckily, cap-and-trade grants are now available to an array of local groups in California (in the Carbon section).

Quote of the day

“Not only are companies continuing to look for fossil fuels and trying to find new reserves, but governments are putting more money and support towards exploration than companies, which is basically governments fueling dangerous climate change.”

Shelagh Whitley, a research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), in the Bloomberg News’ story G20 Spends $88 Billion a Year on Fossil-Fuel Exploration

Lead stories

Apec: China blocks access to US air pollution data for Beijing 
Tania Branigan, The Guardian
They banned the burning of funeral offerings, closed restaurants and factories, halted deliveries and took millions of cars off the roads.

G20 Spends $88 Billion a Year on Fossil-Fuel Exploration
Alex Morales, Bloomberg News
The G20 group of major economies spend $88 billion a year on fossil-fuel exploration, five years after pledging to phase out industry subsidies, a study showed.

Climate change: India to keep up pressure on first world 
Aesha Datta and Richa Mishra, The Hindu  
India will remain firm on its demand for greater commitments by developed countries at the UN conference on Climate Change in Peru, in December.

On climate change, Australia will be left behind by China, the US and the EU 
Tim Flannery,
Australia’s most important trading partners and allies, such as China, the US and the European Union are strengthening their responses to climate change.

A Tricky Transition From Fossil Fuel
Justin Gillis, The New York Times
Denmark, a tiny country on the northern fringe of Europe, is pursuing the world’s most ambitious policy against climate change. 
***LB: Also in this story “It aims to end the burning of fossil fuels in any form by 2050 — not just in electricity production, as some other countries hope to do, but in transportation as well.”

Climate change ‘will see more UK forces deployed in conflicts around world’ 
Damian Carrington,
The impacts of climate change will drive violent conflicts that require the deployment of British military forces around the world, according to one of the UK’s most senior military figures.

Glimpses of Phase 4 of the EU ETS – The 2030 Climate and Energy Policy framework
Peter Zaman, Pryderi Diebschlag, Nicholas Rock and Richard Webb, Reed Smith
On 24 October 2014, the European Council announced a package of measures designed to further reduce the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Former Louisiana sen: GOP could win climate rule challenge
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
Former Sen. J. Bennett Johnston (D-La.) says the new GOP majority should be able to “delay” or alter the president’s landmark climate regulation on existing power plants. 


U.S. Solar Market Insight Conference 
The U.S. Solar Market Insight Conference presents data, analysis and expert forecasting on the state of the solar market in the U.S.
Dec. 8 – 10, 2014
San Diego, CA 


Cap-and-trade grants available to array of local groups
Allen Young, Sacramento Business Journal
Businesses big and small have scorned California’s cap-and-trade program for its wholesale set of new fees and regulations. 
***LB: Also in this story “Local private and public firms engaged in housing, transit and other sectors related to cutting pollution are now organizing to get a bite of some $832 million in proceeds from the program.”

How the DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge is pushing deep decarbonization
Matthew Stepp, The Hill
On paper, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Challenge is rather modest.

Kariba REDD+ project removed 5,6 million tons of carbon since 2011 
South Pole Carbon
The Kariba REDD+ project has achieved 5,6 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2) emission reductions since operations began in 2011, reported project implementers, Carbon Green Africa (CGA) and South Pole Carbon.

Eelgrass could save the planet 
Derrick Z. Jackson, The Boston Globe
Standing in a cove off Massachusetts’ North Shore, Juliet Simpson holds a tube filled with some of the most precious mud in the world, mud that could have significant impact in the fight against climate change. But first, that mud needs to revolutionize how we think of sea grass.

Global meat demand plows up Brazil’s ‘underground forest’ 
Autumn Spanne, The Daily Climate
South and east of Brazil’s famous Amazon, the air becomes dryer and the humid rainforest gives way to emerald green patches of irrigated pasture carved from scrubby woods and native grasslands.

(Australia’s) Carbon Farming 
Sean Murphy, landline
Last week, the Senate breathed life into the Abbott Government’s Direct Action climate policy, which features a $2.5 billion Emissions Reduction Fund.

Natural gas / coal

Senate panel to vote on natural gas exports
Timothy Cama, The Hill
A Senate committee will vote this week on a bill that would speed the federal government’s approval of applications to export liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The real story of US coal: inside the world’s biggest coal mine 
Suzanne Godenberg, The Guardian
In the world’s biggest coalmine, even a 400 tonne truck looks like a toy.

Chevron says yet to finish Romanian shale gas assessment 
U.S. energy major Chevron has yet to complete an assessment of Romania’s natural gas potential from shale, it said, one day after the country’s prime minister expressed doubt about the existence of shale gas reserves there.


Americans for Prosperity urges Congress to reject wind tax credits
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
The conservative Americans for Prosperity is pressing Congress to oppose an extension of tax credits for the wind power industry. 
***LB: Also in this story “The group, backed by billionaire donors Charles and David Koch, adds that any vote in support of the wind tax credit would be in support of “President Obama’s destructive climate action plan.” 


Water Stress Makes World Economic Forum List of Top 10 Trends for 2015
Circle of Blue
Worsening water stress was identified by the World Economic Forum as one of the top global trends to watch next year.

Study: Climate change makes waterway dead zones worse
Timothy Cama, The Hill
Dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers are being exacerbated by climate change in more ways than scientists previously thought, a new study found.  

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