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Hot News: December 1, 2016

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Possible Climate Rationalism at DOD, OMB: Retired Marine Corps brigadier general Stephen Cheney, a colleague of US defense secretary candidate James Mattis, tells Climate Home that Mattis understands the threat of climate change to national security. Cheney asserts that, if Mattis is tapped for the role at DOD, he will ensure climate change remains in long-term military strategy regardless of any opposing orders from the Trump administration. Gary Cohn, a possible pick to head OMB, said he supported renewable energy tax credits during a 2008 hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, calling tax incentives for wind and solar “very important.” (Climate HomePolitico Pro $)

California Explores Tightening Water Use: California officials, seeking tougher long-term water conservation methods to reduce consumption, proposed Wednesday requiring urban water districts to show a five-year water supply plan and a permanent ban on wasteful activities like watering lawns. Relaxation of tight water conservation rules earlier this year led to an increase in water use, with the State Water Resources Control Board now calling them “clearly inadequate.” Two-thirds of the state remains under a severe drought that is entering into its fifth year.  (News: ReutersSacramento BeeSan Francisco ExaminerCourthouse News Background: Climate Signals)

EPA Seeks to Lock In Fuel Efficiency Rules: The EPA said Wednesday that it recommends keeping the car and light truck fuel efficiency standards for 2022-2025, which were created by President Obama in 2012. While the EPA denies speeding up its approval process, some speculate that the announcement is a bid to finalize the mileage target of 54.5 miles a gallon before Trump takes office mid-January. The auto industry has beenlobbying Trump against these tougher efficiency standards, although it also has been significantly ramping up production of electric vehicles. (ReutersWall Street Journal$, The HillPolitico Pro $, USA TodayForbesBloombergWashington Post $)

Thousands of Worried Scientists Pen Open Letter to Trump: More than 2,300 scientists, including 22 Nobel laureates, released a letter on Wednesday to Trump and the 115th Congress with a wish list that includes respect of scientific evidence and letting scientists work without political or private-sector interference for the public’s benefit on policies such as climate change. “Congress and the Trump administration should ensure our nation’s bedrock public health and environmental laws—such as the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act—retain a strong scientific foundation,” the letter reads. (Scientific AmericanBuzzfeedWashington Post $, Huffington PostNBCGuardian)

US News
  • ‘Pipeline purgatory’ the goal as U.S. activists take fight local (Bloomberg)
  • Ivanka Trump, climate czar?(Politico)
  • North Dakota’s pipe dreams are the key to its future (Bloomberg)
  • Blocking supplies to pipeline protesters would be ‘huge mistake,’ N.D. Governor says (NPR)
  • Energy bill deal still elusive as negotiators pledge to keep talking (Politico Pro $)
  • Obama’s dirty secret: the fossil fuel projects the US littered around the world (Guardian)
  • How much damage can Trump actually do to the environment? (Vanity Fair)
  • Obama admin leaving HFC deal to Trump White House (E&E News $)
  • The Koch brothers, big oil, and Texas utilities are already shaping Trump’s environmental agenda (ThinkProgress)
  • Trump’s stance on climate change puts him in direct opposition to the pope (Business Insider)
  • Study: 7,000 Seacoast properties could be under water by 2100 yet NH keeps building (New Hampshire Union-LeaderConcord Monitor)
  • What you should know about Trump’s cabinet & climate (Climate Central)
  • They’re taking over residential solar, but Enphase and SolarEdge still face the fight of their lives (Greentech Media)
  • This Boulder 16-year-old has spent more than half his life in climate change fight (Colorado Public Radio)
  • Without the Clean Power Plan, are nuclear plants essential to combat climate change? (Utility Dive)
  • Trump’s environment plans could spark ‘fierce resistance’ (BBC)
  • Mayor Eric Garcetti in Mexico City on climate change summit (Patch)
  • Focused on climate change, San Diego makes bicycling committee permanent (San Diego Union Tribune)
  • DC Mayor to address climate change conference in Mexico (NBC)
  • After new regulations, Oklahoma’s shakes calm down a bit (AP)
  • Walden emerges as clear favorite in key committee battle (The Hill)
  • Hurricane season ends, busiest since 2010 (USA Today)
  • The Southeast is burning: Wildfires feast on hot, dry region (InsideClimate News)
  • Report: How much does a solar PV system cost in 2016? (Greentech Media)
  • 4 reasons why Trump being a climate change doubter could spell disaster for the planet (Mic)
  • Researchers examine climate change impacts on Alaska hunters (AP)
  • Ohio clean energy standards may go from ‘frozen’ to voluntary in coming weeks (Midwest Energy News)
  • LePage rails against energy deals (Maine Public Radio)
  • For this company, Trump’s a gas (Wall Street Journal $)
  • Most environmental riders out of reauthorization (E&E News)
  • Trump said the U.S. doesn’t make windmills. It’s just not true (ClimateWire $)
  • Cher, Mark Ruffalo and Vivienne Westwood star in documentary ‘In This Climate’ (Billboard)
  • Nicolas Cage to star in climate change disaster movie (Guardian)

World News

  • Merkel ready to take on Trump while seeking climate compromise (Bloomberg)
  • Mayors look to tackle climate change at city level (ReutersFinancial Times $, LA Times $)
  • Climate change will stir ‘unimaginable’ refugee crisis, says military (Guardian)
  • Shell studies green energy deals to prepare for future after oil (Reuters)
  • Scientists have long feared this ‘feedback’ to the climate system. Now, they say it’s happening (Washington Post $)
  • Winnipeg’s mild November smashes 1899 record (CBC News)
  • EU plan for CO2 limit to power reserve schemes hasty: Poland (Reuters)
  • He created a beloved blog about the melting Arctic. But it got harder and harder to write (Washington Post $)
  • Arctic sea-ice struggles to build volume (BBC)
  • EU reinforces climate plans as Trump preps policy bonfire (Climate Home)
  • Brazil needs new coalitions to halt forest clearance surge (Climate Home)
  • Deforestation of the Amazon up 29 percent from last year, study finds (NPR)
  • Odd rifts in Antarctic ice could mean ‘sayonara, glacier’ (Climate Central)
  • Devastating images of climate change, from California to India (Fast Co.Design)
  • A-G highlights climate change refugee help – and the issues that need to be addressed (Fiji Sun)
  • A Chinese artist consumed by the idea of inevitable change (New York Times $)
  • EU: On track to meet 2020 targets on renewables, emissions (APClimate Home)
  • Australia braces for extreme weather as summer gets off to sweltering start (Guardian)
  • Exclusive: Indian government officials propose break-up of Coal India-sources (Reuters)
  • How energy companies woo First Nations on controversial projects (Vice News)
  • ‘Prepared for the worst’: Bolivians face historic drought, and global warming could intensify it (Washington Post $)
  • From tufts to dust, cotton accelerates Xinjiang desertification (Sixth Tone)
  • Crowd-sourced maps for natural disasters boosted by new algorithm (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Dramatic NatGeo photos show how climate change is transforming the world (Mashable)
  • Siemens’ £310m Hull plant will take windfarm technology to new level (Guardian)

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