In today’s edition, the U.S./China deal on climate further explained – and criticized by GOP leaders. Also, how Chinese hackers breached United States federal weather tracking and prediction systems in September, causing officials to cut off access to the data.

Quote of the day

“Renewable and nuclear energy accounted for 9.8 percent of China’s energy mix in 2013. They have just promised to double that percentage by 2030. That target will light a fire under China’s already-aggressive renewable deployments and put even stronger limits on coal and other fossil fuels.”

Melanie Hart, Director of China Policy at the Center for American Progress, in the Climate Progress’ story China’s Gigantic New Commitment To Renewable Energy, Explained

Lead stories

Secret talks and a personal letter: how the US-China climate deal was done 
Suzanne Goldenberg,
The climate deal announced on Wednesday between the world’s two biggest carbon polluters was struck after a personal letter from Barack Obama, and nine months of intensive diplomacy.

China’s Gigantic New Commitment To Renewable Energy, Explained
Kiley Kroh, Climate Progress
Late Tuesday night, the U.S. and China announced an historic agreement to combat climate change, a major step forward from the world’s two largest greenhouse gas emitters.

Nukes and Shale Win The Day in U.S.-China Climate Deal
Joe Carroll and Jim Polson, Bloomberg News
Natural gas drillers and nuclear power producers can celebrate aggressive new emissions cuts promised by the U.S. and China, even as other parts of the fossil fuels world push back.

Boehner: China climate deal threatens ‘affordable, reliable energy’
Timothy Cama, The Hill
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) attacked the climate deal the Obama administration made with China as a threat against the cheap energy that the middle class relies upon.

Inhofe blasts US-China climate pact as ‘non-binding charade’
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) slammed President Obama for forging a pact with China to cut greenhouse gas emissions, calling the deal a ‘non-binding charade.”

Report: Chinese hacked US weather systems
Timothy Cama, The Hill
Chinese hackers breached United States federal weather tracking and prediction systems in September, causing officials to cut off access to the data, according to a report.
***LB: Also in this story “Apart from the attack itself, NOAA is now under fire for not acknowledging a problem until Oct. 20 and not notifying the proper channels in a timely fashion.” 

Draft Texts for Lima COP 20 Released
UN press release
New documents capturing recent progress and advances made towards a new universal climate agreement in Paris in 2015 were issued today.

Opinion: We can build a better climate solution today 
Tripp Shealy and Elke U. Weber, The Daily Climate
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has called for “urgent, daring action” to help deliver on his pledge to reduce New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

Hundreds of business groups want EPA water rule scrapped
Timothy Cama, The Hill
The Chamber of Commerce joined 374 business groups Wednesday in telling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw its rule redefining its jurisdiction over ponds and streams.

GOP promises Cassidy seat on Energy panel
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
Republicans are promising Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) a seat on the Senate Energy Committee if he wins the runoff election in Louisiana next month.

Landrieu pushes for Senate Keystone vote
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is pushing for a vote on to approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Wednesday, a move Democrats hope could boost her to a victory in her December.

Dueling Keystone Votes Aim to Influence Louisiana Race
Kathleen Hunter and Jim Snyder, Bloomberg News
The Louisiana Senate runoff is playing out on Capitol Hill as both parties moved to set votes tomorrow to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, each designed to bolster their candidate in the contest.


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 


IEA Pushes Nuclear as Carbon Emissions Set to Reach Limit
Mathew Carr, Bloomberg News
Nuclear power is needed to help reduce global fossil-fuel emissions that are set to reach limits advocated by scientists by 2040, according to the International Energy Agency.

Businesses put a price on pollutants
Michael Green, The Hill
With the increased frequency of extreme weather causing disruption in supply and production chains, climate change is the biggest threat to business continuity.

Fossil Fuels With $550 Billion Subsidies Hurt Renewables
Alex Morales, Bloomberg
Fossil fuels are reaping $550 billion a year in subsidies and holding back investment in cleaner forms of energy, the International Energy Agency said.

Ethanol Scheme to Clean Air in Billions of Kitchens Goes Up in Smoke
David Biello, Scientific American
An effort to build a scheme involving crop rotation, ethanol and clean cookstoves in Mozambique was defeated by bad roads, old trucks, slow carbon credits, civil unrest and tradition.

Natural gas / coal

Seaborne Coal Prices May Rise 40% to $100/Ton by 2020, IEA Says
Alessandro Vitelli, Bloomberg News
Seaborne thermal coal prices may rise 40 percent by 2020 as producers shut high-cost mines and demand increases, according to the International Energy Agency.

40% of Wisconsin ‘Frac Sand’ Producers Violated Environmental Rules, Study Says
Zahra Hirji, InsideClimate News  
Over 40 percent of frac sand producers in Wisconsin have broken state environmental rules in recent years, according to a new report.

Ministers’ shale gas ‘hype’ attacked
Roger Harrabin, BBC News
Researchers from the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) told the BBC promises of lower prices and greater energy security from UK shale gas were “hype” and “lacking in evidence”.

Carbon Tracker predicts renewables, not coal, will solve African energy crisis
Developing economies seeking to provide universal energy access are more likely to step up investment in renewables than coal infrastructure, despite coal industry claims to the contrary.


Cruel sea, scarce cash hinder quests to harness ocean’s might
Katherine Ling, E&E
Engineers are chasing clean power’s great white whale in the bay’s cold, dark waters.

Iberdrola completes construction of its first Kenyan wind farm
Spanish energy giant Iberdrola has this week completed construction of its first Kenyan wind farm, the 13.6MW Ngong II wind farm 30 kilometres west of Nairobi.

Clean tech

EPA gives $3M in tech grants to small businesses
Timothy Cama, The Hill
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is giving nearly $3 million in grants to small businesses to help them develop technology that helps the environment.


Delays in Drought Response Push East Africa Toward Another Food Crisis
Codi Kozacek, Circle of Blue
The international community’s failure to respond quickly to early warnings of drought and food insecurity in 2011 led to the first famine of the 21st century, which devastated the Horn of Africa and killed 260,000 people.

Sinking Jakarta Starts Building Giant Wall as Sea Rises: Cities
If you worry that rising sea levels may one day flood your city, spare a thought for Michelle Darmawan. Her house in Jakarta is inundated several times a year — and it’s 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) from the coast.


Feds move to protect ocean-dwelling coral
Tim Devaney, The Hill
Ocean-dwelling coral will be protected under new rules from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency announced Wednesday.

Europe’s cycling economy has created 650,000 jobs 
Arthur Neslen,
Europe’s cycling industry now employs more people than mining and quarrying and almost twice as many as the steel industry, according to the first comprehensive study of the jobs created by the sector.

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