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Hot News: November 17, 2016

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Obama Adm. Unveils Final Climate Vision, Big Businesses Agree: Outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry told a packed audience in Marrakech that climate action in the US is not something that “can or will be reversed” and called on the private sector to help ratchet up the transition to a low-carbon future. The White House also released and formally submitted a detailed mid-century strategy report for deep decarbonizationto slash emissions by 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050, giving a glimpse of the opportunities available to the US to combat climate change. On Wednesdayhundreds of US companies urged Trump not to back out of the Paris Agreement, writing in a joint letter that “failure to build a low-carbon economy puts American prosperity at risk.” (Kerry: APGuardianClimate HomePacific StandardThinkProgressChristian Science MonitorReutersWall Street Journal $, The HillVOA NewsIndependentXinhuaClean TechnicaBusiness letter: New York Times $, Financial Times $, CNBCBloomberg BNABBCPV-TechStrategy report: Washington Post $, Politico Pro $, LA Times $, InsideClimate NewsTIME,  Huffington PostEdie)

Bannon on Climate: Trump’s nomination of Breitbart News CEO Steve Bannon as chief strategist has put the spotlight on Bannon’s influence on Trump and ignited widespread criticism for his racist and anti-Semitic worldviews. Under Bannon’s guidance, Breitbart editor James Delingpole was allowed to regularly attack climate scientists on the site. Delingpole’s climate “coverage” included using a fake TIME cover as evidence for “global cooling,” calling alternative energy “madness,” and comparing climate activism to underage human trafficking. (InsideClimate News)

China, Posed to Lead on Climate, Rebukes Trump “Hoax” Claims: In a briefing with reporters, China’s Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin noted that Donald Trump’s now-infamous Tweet that global warming is a hoax created by the Chinese could not possibly be true. “If you look at the history of climate change negotiations, actually it was initiated by the IPCC with the support of the Republicans during the Reagan and senior Bush administration during the late 1980s,” Liu said. Many speculate that a possible international leadership vacuum on climate caused by a Trump presidency may pave the way for China to take the lead — and it has offered strong signals of its intention to take up the challenge. (News: BloombergThe HillTIMEUSA TodayGlobal TimesGuardianVoxChristian Science MonitorLA Times $, SBSWashington Post $, VergeCNNMashableGizmodoNew York Daily NewsCosmopolitanGuardianCommentary: Global Times, Kathleen Naday columnSouth China Morning Post, Li Jing analysis)

Protecting the World Economy: Limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C is feasible and would avoid $12 trillion in economic losses by 2050 when compared to a 3°C rise, according to a new report by the United Nations Development Programme. The study also finds that staying within a 1.5°C rise would reduce the length of extreme heatwaves each year by a whole month.(Thomson Reuters FoundationIndependent)

US News
  • Rick Perry considered for Energy Secretary (The HillWall Street Journal $)
  • GOP lawmakers envision slimmer State Dept. under Trump (Greenwire $)
  • Take a deep breath and don’t freak out about the future of clean energy under Trump  (Washington Post $)
  • Coal industry looks to Trump for lifeline (The Hill)
  • What shape is U.S. coal in? (Wall Street Journal $)
  • There’s actually a way Trump could help both coal and the climate (Washington Post $)
  • Clean power is too hot for even Trump to cool (Bloomberg)
  • Climate hawks unite! Meet the newest members of Congress who will fight climate change (Grist)
  • Climate denier Barrasso to replace climate denier Inhofe as head of Senate environment committee (Grist)
  • Dakota Access pipeline decision unlikely until early 2017 (AP)
  • Wind will power General Motors’ Arlington Assembly Plant, 15 others (Dallas Business Journal)
  • NARUC after Trump: Utility regulators see a ‘whole new world’ for fossil fuels (Utility Dive)
  • What if Trump dumps Paris climate deal? (CNN)
  • White House removes petition for climate skeptic’s ouster from Trump transition (Washington Post $)
  • Myron Ebell, the climate contrarian now plotting the EPA’s precarious future (InsideClimate News)
  • Labor, greens struggling with Trump trade (Politico Pro $)
  • Capito proposes tax credits for hard-hit communities (E&E News $)
  • Florida’s 10 House freshmen a mixed bag on climate front (E&E News $)
  • Climate advocates get a huge donation Trump bump (Climate Central)
  • Feds cancel drilling leases near tribal land in Montana (The Hill)
  • Obama to block new Arctic drilling (The HillBloomberg)
  • US sustainable investment soars 33 per cent to $8.7tr (BusinessGreen $)
  • Climate change, hurricanes and floods: An LSU dialogue (Times-Picayune)
  • Study: Old gas wells are major emitters of methane (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
  • It’s a pretty good time to catch up on your environmental justice reading (Grist)
  • PACE securitizations top $400m in November (Greentech Media)
  • November has been exceptionally warm, but hints of more wintry weather surfacing (Washington Post $)
  • Oil market latest pressure for Dakota Access pipeline (UPI)
  • Will climate skeptics, Sarah Palin snag top Trump jobs? (E&E News)
  • Fishermen hope Trump will alter Obama’s Atlantic protections (AP)
  • Supermoon-spiked king tide offers sneak preview of sea level rise along East Coast (Washington Post $)
  • Environmentalists brace for battle against Donald Trump (Mother Jones)
  • Feinstein: ‘Madness’ to talk nuclear power build up without waste solution (Politico Pro $)
  • Tesla’s SolarCity vote comes as rooftop solar growth hits the brakes (ReutersBloomberg)
  • Illinois lawmakers introduce energy bill with controversial coal supports (Midwest Energy News)
  • California drought puts renewed focus on dry grape growing for wineries (CBS Local)
  • USGS announces its largest oil and gas discovery ever in the states (NPR)

World News

  • Massive report details the energy economy that limits warming to 2°C (Ars TechnicaNew York Times $, MashableABC AustraliaReuters)
  • EU ready to resist Trump on climate as Kerry offers assurance (BloombergAP)
  • UN chief Ban says Trump is changing, slowly (AP)
  • Farm impasse at climate talks threatens goal to end hunger – FAO chief (Reuters)
  • Syria’s food production edging nearer to collapse, UN warns (Guardian)
  • After America’s election, a mix of unease and optimism at the Marrakech climate talks (Greentech Media)
  • UK poised to ratify Paris climate deal (BBC)
  • Germany to hold 2017 climate talks with Fiji as host: source (Reuters)
  • As oil palm expands, African nations agree to protect forests (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Morocco lights the way for Africa on renewable energy (Guardian)
  • Morocco’s mosques join the fight against climate change (CNN)
  • Climate cash promises lack clarity, warn poor nations at UN talks (Climate Home)
  • You need to get inside the mind of a climate change denier if you want to change it (Quartz)
  • African countries bid for climate self sufficiency (Climate Home)
  • Note to UK: China sees green economy as trade essential (Climate Home)
  • From France to Canada, countries are reeling from Trump’s climate plans (Washington Post $)
  • US fund pullout may scale back India’s climate change policy (PTI)
  • India and US launch USD 95 million clean energy projects under OPIC financing (PTI)
  • Donald Trump’s climate change denial means ‘game over for the planet’, claims Labour (Independent)
  • Boosting energy efficiency investment crucial for hitting climate targets (BusinessGreen $)
  • China must increase clean and efficient use of coal: state radio (Reuters)
  • Saudis, Chinese team up to build 170MW of solar power in Morocco (Bloomberg)
  • Australia ranked among worst developed countries for climate change action (Guardian)
  • Australia dubbed ‘fossil of the day’ after lobbying for coal mine at climate talks (Guardian)
  • Top moments from Marrakech climate talks (Bloomberg BNA)
  • Secretary of State John Kerry at COP22: Aviation’s emissions plan helps ‘move the needle’ (Pacific Standard)
  • Alberta environment minister sees carbon tax increases from 2021 to align with federal rules (Carbon Pulse $)
  • Climate change might be messing up volcanoes’ planet-cooling powers (Motherboard)
  • India’s black money crackdown won’t hit solar but other malpractice rumoured (PV-Tech)
  • Rising coal production in India may push up atmospheric CO2 levels (Economic Times)
  • Global solar demand: Still shrinking, but at a lower rate (Greentech Media)
  • If trees die in the U.S., do South America and Siberia feel it? (Pacific Standard)
  • Environmental-impact tax on food? People healthier, planet benefits (Ars Technica)
  • November has been exceptionally warm, but hints of more wintry weather surfacing (Washington Post)
  • Men, women ‘experience climate change differently’ (Fiji Times)
  • Saudi Arabia set to reveal depth of oil reserves (Financial Times $)
  • The extraordinary effects of dust on global weather (Pacific Standard)
  • Expanded reindeer cull arouses fear, suspicion in Siberia (AP)
  • Big chill: early winter stokes North Asian appetite for oil, coal, gas (Reuters)
  • Rajasthan villages realizing ‘Digital India’ dream on solar power (PTI)
  • MEPs back raiding aviation’s free carbon allowances to help EU industry (Carbon Pulse $)
  • Farmer changes his mind on climate change (Manitoba Cooperator)

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