Hot News: November 18, 2016 - The Years Project

Hot News: November 18, 2016

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Global Show of Strength on Climate: Nearly 200 countries reaffirmed their unequivocal commitment for the Paris Agreement in the Marrakech Action Proclamation, demonstrating a show of strength amid fears that Trump would withdraw from the climate deal. “We call for the highest political commitment to combat climate change, as a matter of urgent priority,” reads the Proclamation. Forty-seven of the world’s most climate vulnerable nations, including Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Costa Rica, also pledged to aim for 100 percent renewable energy “as rapidly as possible.” Meanwhile, California is exploring whether it could join the climate talks as a sub-national party if Trump pulls the US out of the agreement. (MAP: Reuters, Climate Home, APBloombergBusinessGreen $, HinduMorocco World NewsNews GhanaDeutsche WelleMongabayCVF: Climate HomeSky News AustraliaWeekly Times)

O’Reilly to Trump: “Accept the Paris Treaty”: Fox News host Bill O’Reilly called on Donald Trump to let US remain a member of the Paris Agreement “to buy some goodwill overseas.” O’Reilly claimed the deal “doesn’t really amount to much anyway,” despite the fact that global leaders and more than 365 top companies in the past week have reaffirmed their commitment to the agreement. (News: Mother JonesHuffington PostGristCommentary: The Atlantic, Robinson Meyer analysis)

SolarCity, Tesla Merger Approved: Shareholders approved the $2.6 billion bid by Tesla Motors to buy SolarCity, paving the way for the clean energy giant to become a one-stop shop for electric vehicles, rooftop solar and energy storage. “I think your faith will be rewarded,” Elon Musk said after the merger was approved by 85 percent of the company’s unaffiliated shareholders. Next year, Tesla plans to begin rolling out the $35,000 Model 3 sedan and a new solar roof. (LA Times $, ReutersCNBCUSA Today,Wall Street Journal $, BloombergFinancial Times $, Greentech Media)

Exceptional Warming in the Arctic: Last month was the third warmest October on record behind 2014 and 2015, and the year-to-date remains the hottest on record, according to NOAA. The Arctic in particular has witnessed “a meteoric rise” in October heat and the exceptional warmth contributed to the region’s record low sea ice extent for the month, which clocked in at 28.5 percent below the 1981-2010 average. Presently, the North Pole is recording temperatures 36°F (20°C) above average. One of the clearest consequences of climate change is greater surface warming in the Northern Hemisphere high altitudes, including the Arctic. (News: APClimate CentralWashington Post $, GristReutersBBCMashableBackground: Climate Signals)

US News
  • Massachusetts, New York AGs to be deposed in Exxon climate case (Politico Pro$)
  • U.S. native groups promised input on development as pipeline dispute looms (Reuters)
  • Environmentalists get a dose of good news (Politico)
  • The Trump effect on environmental investing: Positive? (AP)
  • How much damage will Trump do to US climate policy? (CityLabChristian Science Monitor)
  • America’s first all-renewable-energy city (Politico)
  • Trump win energizes push to hand over public lands to states (Buzzfeed)
  • Polluting the outlook (Economist $)
  • Obama reckons with a Trump presidency (New Yorker)
  • Can Trump make coal great again? At least some companies think so (Reuters)
  • Senate energy bill negotiators eager for House counteroffer (Politico Pro $)
  • Inside the climate movement’s Trump-fighting strategy (Grist)
  • ‘First line of defense’: Democratic states vow to fight Trump in court (Reuters)
  • Intensified by climate change, ‘king tides’ change ways of life in Florida (New York Times $, Climate Central)
  • States ask Trump to restrain but not eliminate EPA (E&E News $)
  • Sen. Shaheen: Concern about Trump’s positions on climate change, immigration (New Hampshire Public Radio)
  • Portland considers new fossil fuel restriction (Next City)
  • What will a Trump presidency mean for Florida’s environment? (Bradenton Herald)
  • Swamp’ may say ‘no thanks’ to Trump administration (E&E News $)
  • Meet the man deciding the Department of the Interior’s future (ClimateWire $)
  • During Sandy, wetlands averted US $625-million in damages (Hakai Magazine)
  • Judge throws out felony charges against north camp protesters (Bismarck TribunePBS Newshour)
  • CNN’s Jake Tapper exposes Trump adviser Myron Ebell as industry-funded climate change denier (Media Matters)
  • Stephen Hawking just gave humanity a due date for finding another planet (Washington Post $)
  • Maryland asks EPA to crack down on pollution from Midwest coal plants (Baltimore Sun)
  • Canadian First Nation cleans up latest fuel spill mess (Al Jazeera)
  • Obama administration cancels oil and gas leases on Blackfeet tribe’s sacred grounds (Washington Post $)
  • Trump won: It’s time for climate NGOs to stop preaching to the choir (Climate Home)
  • What energy storage policy could look like under President Trump (Greentech Media)
  • First solar restructures: Expedited new module rollout, 25% workforce cut on modest 2017 outlook (Greentech Media)
  • West Virginia regulator sues Alpha Natural on fraud allegations (Reuters)
  • ‘In This Climate’ sets the record straight over climate change (GQ Magazine)
  • City to install electric car charging stations across NYC (NY Daily News)
  • Momentum on climate change poses hurdle for Trump (Houston Chronicle)
  • Over the course of five years, this bay in the Great Salt Lake has basically dried up (Washington Post $)
  • Tesla, SolarCity merger gets shareholder approval (Wall Street Journal $)
  • Why Ikea is using solar rooftops to ‘green’ its supply chain (Supply Chain Dive)
  • How do you value DERs? New York PSC staff rolls out new pricing scheme for REV (Utility Dive)
  • US mines see safest year on record, feds say (The Hill)
  • Leon Billings, Senate aide who helped shape environmental laws, dies at 78 (Washington Post $)
  • A New York coal plant’s lessons for Colstrip (Kpax)
  • Huge deposit of untapped oil could be largest ever discovered in US (Guardian)

World News

  • UN talks tangle over cash to ease climate pain for poor (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Current energy system could eat up entire carbon budget (AP)
  • UK ratifies Paris climate agreement  (GuardianReuters)
  • COP22: Least developed, island nations call for greater action (IANS)
  • Trump’s other wall: is his Irish resort a sign he believes in climate change? (Guardian)
  • Greenland’s getting warmer, but farmers there are struggling more than ever (NPR)
  • Nations to quickly follow U.S. on 2050 low-carbon plans (Bloomberg BNA)
  • A super-nerdy insurance plan could save poor countries from damage caused by climate change (Quartz)
  • Chile announces plans for 1GW solar park at COP22 (PV-Tech)
  • Germany reasserts climate leadership, outlines path to carbon-neutral economy by 2050 (InsideClimate News)
  • India’s silence on Trump noted at Marrakech climate talks (Climate Home)
  • With tougher rules, China wants fewer, but better, electric car makers (Reuters)
  • Three amigos launch beyond-Trump 2050 climate strategies (Climate Home)
  • Paris climate target slips away as Donald Trump rises (Climate Home)
  • South Africa authorizes coal splurge during UN climate summit (Climate Home)
  • In graveyard of dead coral in Pacific, hope and life bloom (AP)
  • BHP Billiton: World will be in ‘trauma’ if Donald Trump imposes tariffs on China (Telegraph)
  • Climate change in pictures: photographs from around the world show droughts, floods and melting ice (Independent)
  • One man’s quest to save the forests of Tanzania (Pacific Standard)
  • Oil groups ‘not investing enough’ in green energy (Financial Times $)
  • Trump has called climate change a Chinese hoax. Beijing says it is anything but. (New York Times $)
    For a Welsh city, the tides offer renewal (New York Times $)
  • Indigenous Latin American women craft climate change solutions in Marrakech (National Observer)
  • In Canada, a direct link between fracking and earthquakes (New York Times $)
  • BP Deepwater Horizon oil in land-animal food chain (BBC)
  • Canadian First Nation cleans up latest fuel spill mess (Al Jazeera)
  • Full speed ahead: Shipping plans grow as Arctic ice fades (Environment 360)
  • Oil and gas companies will invest $1 billion in carbon reduction efforts, but won’t give up on fossil fuels (ThinkProgress)

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