Featured in today’s edition, new ways to fight climate change: collaborative economy – and ants. Also, companies such as Kellogg set targets to cut carbon emissions, while architects commit to a carbon-neutral built environment. These individual or collective initiatives are taking place against a backdrop of climate change denial (again) and advocacy for action against it. 


Quote of the day

“I would say the biggest handicap we have right now is some nutcases in our country that don’t believe in global warming.”

Former President Jimmy Carter, in the Hill’s story Carter: ‘Nutcases’ are stopping climate action

Lead stories

Owyang: Greening corporations via the collaborative economy
Amy Cortese,
Jeremiah Owyang is the chief catalyst at Crowd Companies, a brand council that aims to help big companies navigate the collaborative economy. Amy Cortese talked with him about the collaborative economy and how large companies are responding.

Carter: ‘Nutcases’ are stopping climate action
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
Former President Carter says climate skeptics are the “biggest handicap” for the U.S. when it comes to acting on global warming.

Ants May Boost CO2 Absorption Enough to Slow Global Warming
Kevin Schultz, Scientific American  
What if you could build a brick fence in your backyard that would offset a portion of your daily carbon dioxide emissions, such as those produced on your drive home from work? Would you do it? 
***LB: Also in this story “Using ants to help capture CO2 and help fight global warming stems from a study Dorn published recently in Geology linking ants to the acceleration of natural carbon dioxide absorption in rock by up to 335 times, compared with absorption in ant-free areas.” 

House Republican to EPA: Double-check numbers on climate rule cost
Laura Barron-Lopez, the Hill
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to double-check its figures on the cost of the administration’s climate rule after a recent report faulted the agency on its analyses of regulations.

(Australia’s) Environment minister Greg Hunt admits Great Barrier Reef is in trouble 
Oliver Milman, 
They say the first way to treat a problem is to admit the problem exists. In that respect, the Australian government may be coming to terms with what it will take to turn around the worrying state of the Great Barrier Reef.

(Australia’s PM) Tony Abbott adviser warns of threat of ‘global cooling’ 
Oliver Milman,
The Abbott government’s chief business adviser, Maurice Newman, has warned that Australia is ill prepared for global cooling owing to widespread “warming propaganda” in his latest critique of mainstream climate science. 


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

FT European Gas Summit 
The FT European Gas Summit brings together leading and aspiring gas suppliers from around the globe, as well as energy industry experts, commentators and government decision makers to review the potential barriers to new gas supplies for Europe, and the impact on the region’s economic competitiveness. The summit will be chaired by Guy Chazan, Energy Editor, Financial Times. 
23 October 2014 
London, UK 


Kellogg to set targets for suppliers to cut carbon emissions
Valerie Volcovici, Reuters
Global food giant Kellogg’s will set targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its worldwide supply chain, it announced Wednesday, responding to consumer pressure to be accountable for its contribution to climate change.

Architects commit to carbon neutral built environment 
The International Union of Architects has unanimously adopted a declaration committing to the phasing out of carbon dioxide emissions in the built environment by 2050, presented to it by Australian Institute of Architects chief executive David Parken.

UNECE, UNEP and FAO Consider Forest PES within a Green Economy
IISD Reporting Services 
The UN has released a report on the role of payments for forest ecosystem services (PES) in a green economy. The report makes use of 14 case studies to identify the implications of PES, their potential use in a green economy and alternative options when PES may not be appropriate.

Natural gas / coal

Did China Just Kill the Coal Industry?
Motley Fool
Already under the gun here in the U.S., last week the coal industry received potentially devastating news that China was banning the use of coal in Beijing and other major cities by 2020 in an effort to clear the air in smog-clogged metropolises.

Mexico Opens Oil Fields to Foreigners
Elisabeth Malkin, The New York Times
Mexican officials on Wednesday outlined the changing landscape of the country’s oil and gas industry as the country looks to foreign players to help develop its energy future.

Report faults EPA for failing to regulate fracking with diesel
Susan Phillips, Stateimpact Pennsylvania
A new report out today reveals natural gas drillers could be using diesel to frack wells without the mandated federal permits.

10 Years Into the Fracking Boom, Wildlife Effects Still Unknown
Lisa Song, InsideClimate News
A decade into America’s oil and gas boom, and scientists still know very little about how hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and shale development affect wildlife, according to a recent scientific study. 

Fracking Companies Fight Texas Families’ Air Pollution Suits, Fearing Precedent
David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
Two major oil companies have asked a Texas judge to dismiss a civil lawsuit that could draw new attention to the toxic air emissions from oil and gas production.


NRG Energy Buys Solar Start-Up Goal Zero
Diane Carwell, The New York Times
NRG Energy, one of the country’s largest independent power producers, is getting into the mobile solar business with the acquisition of a start-up called Goal Zero, company executives said on Thursday.

Hello, sun — Welcome to Alcatraz’s microgrid
Elisa Wood,
The 22-acre island in San Francisco Bay is now a tourist attraction operated by the National Park Service. But until 1963, “The Rock” housed a supposedly inescapable prison made famous by the movie “Escape from Alcatraz.”

RWE set to shut power stations as energy profits fall
Jeevan Vasagar, Financial Times
RWE, Germany’s second-biggest utility by market value, posted a 62 per cent drop in profit on Thursday and announced plans to shut down more power stations.

Adani joins India energy revamp with $321m power deal
James Crabtree, Financial Times
Indian billionaire Gautam Adani has struck a Rs20bn ($321m) power station deal with Lanco Infratech, the latest in a series of acquisitions involving industrial tycoons who are reshaping the country’s battered energy sector.


Lawmakers in drought-hit California finally agree on water plan 
California Governor Jerry Brown approved on Wednesday a $7.6 billion plan to improve water supplies in the drought-stricken state that will be put before voters in November, ending a year of political wrangling over the measure.

World Bank Initiative Moves Talk On Water Energy Nexus To Action
Genevieve Bennett, Ecosystem Marketplace
Thirsty energy is a catchy phrase that encompasses the water for energy aspect of the water-energy-food nexus.


Tibet’s glaciers at their warmest in 2,000 years: report
The Tibetan plateau, whose glaciers supply water to hundreds of millions of people in Asia, were warmer over the past 50 years than at any stage in the past two millennia, a Chinese newspaper said, citing an academic report.

No One Likes Power Plants, But They Get Better When You Put A Ski Slope On Them 
Fast Company
How do you create a power plant that people actually want in their neighborhood? For a new waste-to-energy plant now under construction near the center of Copenhagen, the answer was to re-imagine what the building could do. Instead of just creating energy and reducing air pollution, the plant will also have a ski slope on top.

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