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Hot News: November 11, 2016

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States Will Drive Climate Progress: Despite the incoming Trump administration’s likely hostility to clean energy development, state governments with energy transition plans already in place will continue their paths to a low-carbon economy. California Gov. Jerry Brown has vowed to “continue to confront the existential threat of our time – devastating climate change” while Richard Kauffman, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s energy czar, has also affirmed the state’s continued commitment to climate action. The nine northeastern states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative cap-and-trade program are also expected to continue with their emissions reductions plans. (Bloomberg BNAClimate CentralPoliticoLohudLA Times $, APSacramento BeeKXTV)

“Climate Kids” Case Moves Forward: A federal judge in Oregon allowed 21 young climate activists to take their groundbreaking lawsuit against the US government to federal court. The case’s legal counsel says Donald Trump will automatically become a defendant in the case when he assumes the presidency next year. The young plaintiffs and climate scientist James Hansen allege that the government isn’t doing enough to curb greenhouse gas emissions and demand stronger efforts on climate change. The case has been contested by the federal government as well as several fossil fuel and industry groups. (NewsAPTIMEPolitico Pro $, KLCCCommentary: CNN, John Sutter column)

Govt. Finalizes Rule for Renewables on Public Land: The Interior Department approveda new leasing program to encourage renewable energy on public lands as the Obama administration attempts to streamline patchwork policies to make renewables development more efficient. The plan includes competitive leasing provisions that would apply on 700,000 acres of land in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. This rule is part of a set of last-minute regulations the Interior Department and EPA are attempting to finalize before the start of the Trump administration. (Wall Street Journal $, APThe HillGreenwire $)

Ratchet Up Climate Ambition: new Climate Action Tracker report estimates that current pledges under the Paris Agreement will lead to global temperatures reaching 2.8°C by the end of the century, with more aggressive commitments needed to reach the Agreement’s ultimate goal of keeping warming under 1.5°C. Despite the uncertainty of US emissions reductions commitments under a Trump administration, the report’s co-author said that increased climate action from world leaders like China coupled with rapid growth in renewables, battery storage and electric vehicles should allow riding through “the turbulence that a climate skeptic in the White House could bring.” (ReutersClimate HomeScientific American)

US News
  • Trump may ‘dig’ coal, but industry’s outlook is flat at best (BloombergGreenwire $)
  • Harold Hamm says he’s staying in Okla. (Greenwire $)
  • Al Gore offers to work with Trump on climate change. Good luck with that. (Washington Post $)
  • Amid GOP wave, transit measures still win approval across the Southeast (Southeast Energy News)
  • The mood inside the Environmental Protection Agency: ‘Somber’ (Pacific Standard)
  • Trump likely to try to reverse Obama environment initiatives (APBloomberg)
  • Minneapolis attorney’s tax plan could clear the way for more solar (Midwest Energy News)
  • Todd Stern warns killing accord would be ‘hugely damaging’ (E&E News $)
  • Carmakers to Trump: Roll back mpg rules (Detroit NewsThe Hill)
  • The Senate lost some more GOP climate moderates. (Grist)
  • Solar earnings in a Trump World: SunPower, SolarCity, SolarEdge, Vivint (Greentech Media)
  • GOP chairman sails to victory, setting up showdown with enviros (ClimateWire $)
  • As Trump administration looms, advocates seek Atlantic drilling ban (Southeast Energy News)
  • Brattle: Market forces push coal off the Texas grid (Utility Dive)
  • Trump could pull out of global climate accord in a year: lawyers (Reuters)
  • RGGI prices throttled by US election results (Carbon Pulse $)
  • Cramer says pipeline issue will be moot by Trump’s inauguration (Bismarck Tribune)
  • Without congressional action, retired coal workers could lose benefits by end of the year (St. Louis Public Radio)
  • Michael Bloomberg has a plan to shift the conversation on climate change (Business Insider)
  • Trump, climate change and Delmarva (Delmarva Public Radio)
  • What the future looks like with a climate change denier in the White House (VICE)
  • Oil lobby lines up Trump administration agenda (The Hill)
  • EPA rejects plea to tweak ethanol mandate’s rules (The Hill)
  • What to watch in oil when Trump moves into the white House (Bloomberg)
  • La Niña arrives, likely to exacerbate southern drought (Climate CentralNPR)
  • NARUC issues new manual on distributed power generation (Politico Pro $)
  • North America is flooded in warmth and there is no sign of real winter (Washington Post $)
  • The sea is swallowing the White Cliffs of Dover at faster rates, thanks to thinned beachfronts (Washington Post $)
  • This floating, solar-powered bike path could give Chicagoans a better commute (Fast CoExist)
  • Colorado gives green light to Xcel’s plan to add a lot more solar power (Denver Business Journal)

World News

  • Canada PM says to stick to carbon price plan despite Trump win (Reuters)
  • Trump win opens way for China to take climate leadership role (ReutersQuartz)
  • How youth delegates at COP22 are mobilizing ahead of a Trump presidency (Pacific Standard)
  • UN climate boss offers to work with Trump on carbon plan (Climate HomeCalgary Herald)
  • Thorny issue of who will pay for climate damage simmers at U.N. talks (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • John Kerry lands in Antarctica, highest us official to visit (AP)
  • Donald Trump could put climate change on course for ‘danger zone’ (New York Times $)
  • Electric buses from China serve Marrakech at COP22 (XinhuaNet)
  • Photos of a changing world: The coal mines of Poland (Pacific Standard)
  • Pakistan ratifies Paris Agreement to fight global warming (AP)
  • COP22 focus on renewables (The National)
  • COP22: American Muslims vote to ditch fossil fuels (The Ecologist)
  • Africa flying blind as continent tips into climate crisis (Climate Home)
  • Josh Frydenberg insists Paris climate deal lives on, despite MPs’ claims (Guardian)
  • Photos of a changing world: Russia’s Yamal Peninsula (Pacific Standard)
  • Paris climate deal not dead: minister (SBS)
  • 7 things you missed while Trump hogged the headlines (Climate Home)
  • Living in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew (Reuters)
  • Food made from natural gas will soon feed farm animals – and us (New Scientist)
  • Oil prices steady after OPEC data subdues sentiment (Wall Street Journal $)
  • Climate change ripples through life on Earth (
  • If you’re looking for good news about climate change, this is about the best there is right now (Washington Post $)
  • Canada’s big dams produce clean energy, and high levels of mercury (New York Times $)
  • How prepared is Britain for extreme weather? (Financial Times $)
  • You’ll never believe where your old computer could end up after you hand it in for recycling (TIME)
  • A lesson for India in a fog so thick it could kill a cow (New York Times $)
  • Renewables are outpacing coal in India (Greentech Media)
  • Climate activists now hope Trump was just joking about that whole China thing (Quartz)
  • Investment in urban development to help tackle climate change (Blue & Green Tomorrow)
  • Record hot years could be ‘new normal’ by 2025 (Huffington Post)
  • Coal boomtown in China warms to renewables (China Post)
  • Tanzanian herders, hit by drought, trade firewood for food (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Venezuela: A nation in bondage (Financial Times $)
  • Earth’s plants are countering some of the effects of climate change (Economist$)

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