Today’s edition deals with the midterm elections, of course, with stories on how climate change could affect the ballot. Also in this edition, the removal of carbon price in Australia has already led to a surge in the use of brown coal generators, while the British business community calls for energy efficiency to be made infrastructure priority. 

Quote of the day

“Where hard decisions have been taken on issues like energy, populist political rhetoric threatens to send us backward.”

Katja Hall, CBI Deputy-Director-General, in the BusinessGreen’s story CBI calls for energy efficiency to be made infrastructure priority as supply fears escalate

Lead stories 

From Drought Relief to Oil Revenues, 5 Climate-Related Ballots To Watch
Katherine Bagley and John H. Cushman Jr.,  InsideClimate News
A record number of anti-fracking measures are on the midterm ballots—but gas drilling isn’t the only climate and environmental issue that will be put to voters on Tuesday.

Record Number of Anti-Fracking Measures on Nov. 4 Ballots
Zahra Hirji, InsideClimate News
Eight towns and counties across the country are taking their health and environmental concerns about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to the ballot boxes next week.

Climate change emerges as priority for black and Hispanic voters
Alexandra Tempus, Al Jazeera America
It is a point noted with some morbid curiosity year after year — climate change ranks low on the list of Americans’ priorities. But this version of the story tends to exclude the concerns of those whose interests are often marginalized at the polls and left out of legislation: people of color.

After 5 reports: Future of UN Climate body debated 
After a six-year scientific marathon that involved about 4,000 authors, contributors and reviewers and 30,000 climate studies, the U.N.’s expert panel on climate change has published its latest assessment on global warming.

World’s wetlands play key role as carbon sinks 
Climate News Network
Researchers in the US propose yet another way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and at the same time prevent soil subsidence − by preserving and even restoring the world’s wetlands.

Carbon tax demise leading to large rise in emissions, says academic 
Oliver Milman, the Guardian
Removal of carbon price has led to a surge in the use of brown coal generators in Australian electricity sector, analysis shows.

CBI calls for energy efficiency to be made infrastructure priority as supply fears escalate
James Murray, Business Green
The CBI has today underlined its support for the campaign to make energy efficiency one of the government’s national infrastructure priorities, arguing that energy saving has been “overlooked” for too long and needs to move up the political agenda in the next parliament.”

Saudi’s Naimi, Venezuela’s Ramirez to meet amid oil price debate -source
Eyanir Chinea, Reuters
Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi and Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez will meet on Wednesday on the sidelines of a climate conference, according to a person close to the Saudi delegation. 


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 


U.S. Fines Automakers Hyundai and Kia for Misstating Mileage
Coral Davenport and Bill Vlasicnov, The new York Times
In the largest-ever penalty for a violation of the Clean Air Act, the Korean automakers Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors will pay the federal government a combined $300 million as part of a settlement for overstating vehicle fuel-economy standards on 1.2 million cars, Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency officials said on Monday.

Natural gas / coal

China’s power consumption growth forecast down by half in 2014
The growth of China’s power consumption is expected to halve to between 3.5 percent and 4 percent in 2014, the China Electricity Council forecast, marking the slowest growth in at least a decade.

How 3,500 Voters in North Dakota Could Put the Brakes on America’s Biggest Fracking Boom
Tim McDonnell, Mother Jones
The run-up to the midterm elections has seen an unprecedented spending surge from environmental groups.

Talisman Energy profit beats estimates on lower expenses
Canadian oil producer Talisman Energy Inc reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly profit as tight cost controls helped offset lower oil and gas prices.


Micropower eclipses coal and nuclear energy
Paul Hanley, The Starphoenix 
Back in the early 1990s, I wrote a series of articles on the billions of dollars in public subsidies required to support Saskatchewan’s uranium and Canada’s nuclear industries.

Power producers to face shortage in S. Korea carbon market-Point Carbon
South Korea’s emissions trading scheme, which launches on Jan. 1 next year, is likely to see power producers face a shortage of permits in the first three years even as the overall market is oversupplied, forecasting firm Point Carbon said on Tuesday.

Clean tech

Mercedes puts Tesla tech under the hood to chase BMW 
Mercedes-Benz’s first mainstream electric car has Tesla technology under the hood, though it’s not flaunting it.


Sao Paulo’s Water Waiting Game Avoided Rationing But Produced Huge Risk of Severe Shortage
Codi Kozacek, Circle of Blue
A risky decision by Brazil’s largest city to manage its severe drought by spending millions to tap the deepest pools of its drained reservoirs and not to order a program of water rationing has put leaders of one of the world’s largest water utilities under a global media microscope, and invited harsh criticism from some hydrologists and politicians.

Flooding could worsen Pakistan’s water shortage, experts warn
Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio, Thomson Reuters Foundation
 In an ironic twist to Pakistan’s struggles with extreme weather, experts warn that the increasingly frequent and intense flooding in the country could lead to catastrophic water shortages.


China Planning $16.3 Billion Fund for ‘New Silk Road’
Bloomberg News 
China plans a $16.3 billion fund to finance construction of infrastructure linking its markets to three continents as President Xi Jinping pushes forward with his plans to revive the centuries-old Silk Road trading route. 
***LB: Also in this story “The fund, overseen by Chinese policy banks, will be used to build and expand railways, roads and pipelines in Chinese provinces that are part of the strategy to facilitate trade over land and shipping routes, according to government officials who participated in drafting the plan.” 

More than two fifths of English fishing quotas ‘held by foreign businesses’ 
Press Association
More than two fifths of England’s quota for the fish it can catch is held by foreign-controlled fishing businesses, according to an investigation by Greenpeace.

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