Today’s edition features a major breakthrough: a deal between the U.S. and China on climate. Hopefully, the two countries will deliver. Today’s edition also addresses strategic issues, such as Iran’s nuclear equipment and the GOP’s will to challenge the EPA’s rules. 

Quote of the day

“Climate change is now Chinese business. It’s not just someone from the outside pressing us”.

Wang Yiwei, director of the Institute of International Affairs at People’s University in Beijing, in the Los Angeles’ story U.S. and Chinese leaders make major breakthrough on climate change 

Lead stories 

U.S. and Chinese leaders make major breakthrough on climate change 
Christi Parsons, Julie Makinen, Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times  
Reflecting the urgency and scale scientists have called for to cope with climate change, the U.S. and Chinese presidents laid out ambitious new targets Wednesday to cut pollution in a deal that negotiators hope will inspire similarly dramatic commitments from other countries.

White House: China needs to come to table in ’serious way’ on climate
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
President Obama will talk with Chinese President Xi Jinping about climate change and the ongoing negotiations to forge a global treaty during his visit to China this week, according to White House officials.

McConnell: US-China deal ‘unrealistic’
Timothy Cama, The Hill
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wasted little time Tuesday night in blasting President Obama’s climate agreement with China as another costly, unpopular environmental move.

Obama must deliver at climate fundraiser in Berlin
Pete Ogden and Gwynne Taraska, RTCC (Responding To Climate Change)
Next week, the Obama administration will have its first post-midterm election opportunity to demonstrate to the world its determination to continue leading in the fight against climate change.

Russia-Iran nuclear reactor deal raises eyebrows
Sam Jones and Kathrin Hille, Financial Times
Russia has agreed to build eight new nuclear reactors in Iran in a deal raising eyebrows in Washington and Europe as fraught international talks to curb Tehran’s atomic ambitions near their deadline.

RRJ Capital, Temasek Buy Cheniere Energy Bonds
Singapore state investment firm Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd and RRJ Capital are teaming up to purchase $1 billion of convertible notes issued by Houston-based Cheniere Energy Inc., according to the companies. 
***LB: Also in this story “The proceeds from the convertible notes issued by Cheniere will be used to fund a portion of the Corpus Christi liquefaction project in Texas, the companies said in a statement.” 

CAP Analysis Finds that U.S. and Indian Leaders Should Prioritize Coastal Ecosystems to Fight Climate Change
Center for American Progress
As leaders from the United States’ and India’s civil society, academic, and business sectors convene today in Delhi to address challenges and opportunities that the two countries share in climate change and energy policy, the Center for American Progress released new analysis urging both nations to prioritize coastal ecosystems as a strategic asset in slowing global warming and building resilience to the impacts of climate change.

First Litigation Challenge to EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Rule
The National Law Review 
The First Litigation Challenge to EPA’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Rule is likely to be decided fairly soon after the December 1, 2014 deadline for comments on the rule.

14 states pen brief supporting EPA climate rule
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
Fourteen states and the District of Columbia are backing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a lawsuit against the administration’s landmark climate rule on pollution from power plants.

Deforestation in supply chains leaves business exposed 
CDP (Driving Sustainable Economies)
In a year that has seen a record number of companies promising to rid their commodity supply chains of deforestation, new data from CDP’s forests program shows that nearly 90% of companies see opportunities in shifting to sustainably sourcing key commodities.

Opinion: ‘Ecofiscal’ policies adjust market forces for the sake of the environment 
Jean Charest, Chris Ragan, Montreal Gazette  
Almost exactly a year ago, the governments of Québec and California announced an unprecedented North American partnership to link their carbon markets, as part of the Western Climate Initiative.

Putin snubs Europe with Siberian gas deal that bolsters China ties
Lucy Hornby, Financial Times
Moscow and Beijing signed an agreement to supply gas from western Siberia to China, in a deal that could eventually see more of Russia’s gas flowing to its vast eastern neighbour than to its traditional European markets.

EU carbon prices hit 8-month high on market reform prospects
European carbon prices rose to an eight month high on Tuesday after the new European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy urged nations to agree speedy reforms of the bloc’s carbon market.


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 


Tall prairie grass being planted at airport to cut carbon footprint
Cornelius Frolik, Dayton Daily News
The Dayton International Airport will plant about 270 additional acres of tall prairie grass with a goal of reducing the facility’s carbon footprint and bird strikes and creating a home for neotropical songbirds.

Kumho And Greenfleet Continue Alliance To Combat Carbon Emissions 
Paddock Talk
Kumho Tyre has re-affirmed its commitment to the environment by re-signing with carbon offsetting organisation Greenfleet, which will continue the program that sees a native tree planted on behalf of Kumho for every Ecowing tyre sold in Australia.

Pressure on Australia to slash emissions – but no cost-effective policy to get us there 
Lenore Taylor,
Ross Garnaut is usually professorial in his language. But the academic who wrote two voluminous climate policy reports for the former government used front-bar vernacular when asked where Wednesday’s historic climate announcement by China and the US has left Australia. “Up shit creek,” he said.

Peru has massive opportunity to avoid emissions from deforestation
Rhett A. Butler,
Nearly a billion tons of carbon in Peru’s rainforests is at risk from logging, infrastructure projects, and oil and gas extraction, yet opportunities remain to conserve massive amounts of forest in indigenous territories, parks, and unprotected areas, finds a study published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Natural gas / coal

Fracking no silver bullet for energy security or climate change, study says
Will Nichols, BusinessGreen
Natural gas could help reduce emissions until renewables deployment is more widespread, but investment in gas infrastructure could result in the fossil fuel outstaying its welcome, scientists have today warned in a report that also accuses the British government of over-hyping the potential for a domestic shale gas industry.

Peabody sees reprieve from US carbon cuts push
Lucy Hornby, Financial Times
The Republican party’s victory in US congressional elections last week has raised industry hopes for a rollback of the Obama administration’s plan to slash emissions from coal-fired power plants, according to Peabody Energy, a vehement opponent of the proposal.

Turkish firm must scrap olive grove coal plant, says government
Agence France-Presse
The Turkish government said a company that chopped down 6,000 valuable olive trees in order to build a new power plant must obey a court ruling blocking the construction of the facility, reports said Tuesday. 


Ford to debut wind and solar powered dealers
James Murray, BusinessGreen
Auto giant Ford has this week announced innovative new plans that could see its dealers across the country become renewable energy hubs.

Beer-makers back Obama’s climate plan
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
Founders of Widmer Brothers Brewing is backing a key piece of President Obama’s climate legacy: his signature rule on carbon pollution from existing power plants.

SunEdison, Aboitiz to Develop Solar Power Plants in Philippines 
Norman P. Aquino and Cecilia Yap, Bloomberg News
SunEdison Inc. and Aboitiz Renewables Inc. agreed to develop and operate as much as 300 megawatts of solar power plants in the Philippines in the next three years.

RenewableUK hits out at offshore wind red tape
James Murray, BusinessGreen
The UK’s offshore wind industry is being hampered by excessive red tape that has led to higher consenting costs, even as the industry has successfully streamlined other aspects of project development.

Renewables industry celebrates wind energy jobs surge
James Murray, BusinessGreen
The number of people employed in the on and offshore wind farm industry has climbed eight per cent in the past 12 months to more than 15,400 direct, full-time jobs, according to new figures from trade association RenewableUK.

Clean tech

Mercedes CEO: No One Will Make Money On Electric Cars In ‘Reasonable Time’
John Voelcker, Green Car Reports 
With the first Mercedes-Benz electric car now on sale, its parent company Daimler joins the expanding ranks of global automakers offering plug-in electric vehicles in the U.S. But CEO Dieter Zetsche doesn’t seem any too happy about it. 


Scientists Look to Wastewater to Track Public Health
Circle of Blue
Scientists in New York City are studying health and disease outbreaks through wastewater, while hundreds are ill with a waterborne disease in Portugal.

Larger ‘dead zones,’ oxygen-depleted water, likely because of climate change
Darryl Fears, The Washington Post
Three years ago, the Chesapeake Bay was hit by an unusually large “dead zone,” a stretch of oxygen-depleted water that killed fish from the Baltimore Harbor to the mid-channel of the Potomac River and beyond, about a third of the bay. 
***LB: Also in this story “Ninety-four percent of places where dead zones have been recorded are areas where average temperatures are expected to rise by about 4 degrees Fahrenheit by the turn of the century.”

Africa’s Largest Reverse-Osmosis Seawater Desalination Plant Opens in Algeria
Circle of Blue
The city of Oran, Algeria is turning to the sea, while the city of Jakarta, Indonesia is trying to shut it out.


Filling In The Information Gap On Market Based Instruments For Biodiversity Conservation
Kelli Barrett, Ecosystem Marketplace
Biodiversity conservation lacks funding. Market-based instruments (MBIs) like payments for ecosystem services may be able to help.

The Ecosystem That Is Disappearing Faster Than Any Other on Earth
Ann Clark Espuelas and Tundi Agardy, Ecosystem Marketplace
Mangroves–the uniquely salt-adapted trees and shrubs that line our tropical and subtropical coasts, the critical membrane between land and sea–are disappearing at faster rates than virtually any other ecosystem on Earth.

Food and forests: Bolivia’s balancing act
Barbara Fraser, Forests News
In Bolivia, Mother Earth has the right to life, biodiversity, clean water and air, equilibrium, restoration and pollution-free living. That law, passed in 2012, gives humans the duty to protect those rights.

Kell: ‘Climate change is bad for business’
Deutsche Welle
One thousand companies as well as investment powerhouses such as BlackRock and BT Pension and the Rockefeller and Rothschild funds are pushing for a global carbon deal. UN Global Compact founder Georg Kell tells DW why.

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