In today’s edition, the first news roundup after the UN Climate Summit in New York: lots of finger-pointing, lots of promises (to end deforestation by 2030, cut EU’s emissions 80% by 2050 and use clean energy, among other things) from governments and companies – and a gnawing feeling of emergency in the stomach.  

Quote of the day

“We are also ‘mainstreaming’ climate action into all our policies”

José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, in The Hill’s story European Union to cut emissions 80 percent by 2050

Lead stories 

UN climate summit sets goals to save forests, use clean energy
Alister Doyle, Reuters  
A United Nations summit on climate change agreed on Tuesday to widen the use of renewable energy and raise billions of dollars in aid for developing countries in an effort to increase the prospects for a wide-ranging deal to slow global warming.

U.N. Climate Summit Harvests a Host of Commitments
Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times 
It’s heartening to review the summary of governmental and private climate and energy commitments compiled by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the end of his daylong climate change summit.

World pledges to end deforestation by 2030
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
Businesses, world leaders, green groups and indigenous peoples have for the first time set a deadline to end net deforestation, in a bid to reduce billions of tonnes of carbon emissions each year.

European Union to cut emissions 80 percent by 2050
Timothy Cama, The Hill
The European Union will cut its greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent to 95 percent by 2050, its top leader said.

China pledges to cut emissions at UN climate summit
Jennifer Duggan (Blog)
China has pledged to take firm action on climate change at the UN Climate Change Summit in New York and said it will ensure its carbon dioxide emissions peak as early as possible.

Companies Are Taking the Baton in Climate Change Efforts
Justin Gillis, The New York Times
With political efforts to slow global warming moving at a tortuous pace, some of the world’s largest companies are stepping into the void, pledging more support for renewable energy, greener supply chains and fresh efforts to stop the destruction of the world’s tropical forests.

UN launches global mayors network to fight climate change 
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
The United Nations unveiled a global Compact of Mayors on Tuesday, forming the world’s largest effort for cities to combat climate change. 
***LB: Also in this story “The new coalition of megacities, or C40, will spur public commitments from cities for ambitious greenhouse gas emission reductions, and report annual progress to meet such targets.”

Hong Kong aims to halve greenhouse gas emissions
Hong Kong businesses are to be offered incentives to help the city meet its goal of halving its greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2020, according to reports.

New CO2 Emissions Report Shows China’s Central Role in Shaping World’s Climate Path
Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times
While President Obama and more than 100 other heads of state are expected to participate in the United Nations Climate Summit today, President Xi Jinping of China, the country making by far the biggest contribution to the atmospheric buildup of greenhouse gases, will not appear.

Climate summit ends with rebuke to leaders 
Pilita Clark, Financial Times
One of the biggest gatherings of world leaders to discuss climate change ended on a sobering note when Nelson Mandela’s widow said lofty pledges they had made failed to match the scale of the problem.

Report: Little climate aid for poor countries could threaten global treaty
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
Failure by wealthy countries to help poor nations build up their defenses against climate change impacts is threatening negotiations on a global treaty addressing greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report. 
***LB: Also in this story “A report released ahead of Tuesday’s United Nations Climate Summit in New York found that poorer countries are spending substantial amounts from their national budgets on climate change adaptation, and international support has not been forthcoming.”

Cameron warns world must “act now” to deliver legally-binding climate treaty
Jessica Shankleman and James Murray, BusinessGreen
David Cameron has thrown his weight fully behind global efforts to deliver an ambitious and legally-binding climate change treaty next year, arguing that bold action to tackle climate change is essential for economic, security, and environmental issues.

Canada-Australia ‘Axis of Carbon’ an Obstacle to Climate Pact
John H. Cushman Jr., InsideClimate News
The flags of all its member states flutter outside the United Nations as world leaders gather for a summit meeting on September 23 to help shape a global treaty confronting the climate crisis.

The meager sum total of Obama’s environmental policies
When Hurricane Sandy swept across New York City almost two years ago, it also hit Elizabeth Yeampierre’s neighborhood in Brooklyn.


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 


California, Quebec to hold first joint carbon auction
Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee
In a significant milestone for “cap and trade” carbon markets, California and Quebec have announced that their first combined auction of greenhouse gas emission credits will be held Nov. 19.

US to give $15M for methane reductions
Timothy Cama, The Hill
The United States will contribute $15 million toward a World Bank program to fund projects to reduce methane emissions.

Oil Companies Quietly Prepare For a Future of Carbon Pricing
Mark Schapiro and Jason Scorse, environment 360
In the winter of 2013, after mounting pressure from shareholder groups who wanted to understand the impacts of any future climate legislation, the biggest U.S.-based oil companies were nudged into a surprising revelation: ‘Carbon,’ the stand-in for carbon dioxide and all other greenhouse gases, had been given a price in the companies’ internal accounting.

What Does ‘Carbon-Neutral’ Really Mean? 
Chris Clarke, KCET
Protesters clogged the streets of New York City on Sunday in the largest march ever focused on the threat of climate change.

Q&A: The Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax 
Hillary Rosner, National Geographic
As world leaders convene at the United Nations this week for a climate change summit, the overarching question is how, exactly, to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions.

Natural gas / coal 

Reports: David Cameron to tout fracking role in tackling climate change
Will Nichols and Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
Shale gas can help tackle climate change and should not be restricted by “green tape”, David Cameron is expected to tell the UN Climate Summit in New York today.

Coal revival cripples Germany’s $130 billion green drive
Cecilia Jamasmie, 
Germany is likely to miss its 2022 climate targets and greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants, as the country’s use of coal continues to increase.

Liquefied Natural Gas Studies Another North American Project
James Paton, Bloomberg News
Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd. (LNG), the Australian company planning to build plants to liquefy gas in the U.S. and Canada, is considering a third project in North America to take advantage of increasing demand.

European refiners pressured by US onslaught at home and away
European refiners will enjoy only a brief period of improved margins before high product imports and weak demand will undermine profitability, industry experts say.

(India’s) Oil minister may discuss gas pricing in cabinet meet – sources 
Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan will attend a cabinet meeting on Wednesday ahead of a deadline to raise local gas prices by Oct. 1, two government sources told Reuters.


Companies propose Wyoming wind farm plan to power Los Angeles 
Associated Press
An $8bn project to supply the Los Angeles area with large amounts of electricity from a wind farm in Wyoming via an energy storage facility in Utah was proposed Tuesday by four companies. 
***LB: Also in this story “The electricity would be enough to serve 1.2m homes, the statement said.”

Masdar buys Dudgeon offshore wind stake for £525m
Will Nichols, BusinessGreen
Abu Dhabi renewable energy company Masdar is to invest £525m in acquiring a 35 per cent stake in the planned Dudgeon offshore wind farm.


No Drought Relief in U.S. West Without Deep Mountain Snow
Brian K. Sullivan, Bloomberg News 
The drought in the U.S. West is unlikely to end any time soon, and that makes the coming winter one of the most crucial in recent years.

Flooding Risk From Climate Change, Country by Country
The New York Times 
If global carbon emissions and sea levels are affected by climate change, about 2.6 percent of the global population (about 177 million people) will be living in a place at risk of regular flooding.

Feds draft renewable energy plan for California desert
Timothy Cama, The Hill
The Interior Department released a draft plan Tuesday along with state regulators to guide renewable energy development in California’s desert. 
***LB: Also in this story “The plan is meant to balance the needs of solar, wind and geothermal energy development with conservation and wildlife protection.”

DDOE Approves Trade For First Of Its Kind Stormwater Retention Credit Trading Program 
Ecosystem Marketplace
The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) has approved a trade of 11,013 Stormwater Retention Credits (SRCs). This trade, valued at $25,000, is the first in the nascent SRC trading program, which is the first of its kind in the nation.  
***LB: Also in this story “The program allows property owners who voluntarily implement green infrastructure that reduces stormwater runoff to earn credits and generate revenue.”

Arctic sea ice melts to 6th-lowest level on record
Doyle Rice, USA TODAY
Arctic sea ice shrank to its summer minimum — and sixth-lowest level on record — on Sept. 17, according to data released Monday by the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Morocco to Expand Water Resources at Cost of $27 Billion
Circle of Blue
A national plan to increase Morocco’s water resources by 5 billion cubic meters by 2030 will cost the country $US 27 billion, a price it is hoping to cover primarily with investments from the private sector.


Tackling Climate Change Presents A ‘Golden Opportunity’ For Public Health 
Lynne Peeples, Huffington Post
For Carol Kelly, biking to and from work is a no-brainer: She doesn’t have to deal with the notorious Seattle traffic, she can exercise without visiting the dreary gym and she saves money on gas.

Green group endorses Nunn in Georgia Senate race
Timothy Cama, The Hill
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund threw its weight behind Democrat Michelle Nunn in the midterm race for Georgia’s Senate seat.

The 5 Climate Week reports you shouldn’t miss
Elsa Wenzel,
There’s no doubt that this year’s Climate Week is louder and bigger than ever. The week-long forum of some 100 events brings a seemingly end of research reports, policy pronouncements, crystal ball-gazing and partnership news.

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