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Hot News: November 21, 2016

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Trump’s Climate Denying Staff Picks: One similarity between the three Trump cabinet picks announced on Friday: they are all climate change deniers. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the choice for attorney general, has refused to accept the 97 percent consensus on climate change and believes carbon dioxide is simply “plant food.” Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), the pick for CIA director, denies the scientific consensus on climate change, has received enormous backing from the Koch brothers, and opposes the Paris Agreement. Retired. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, tapped for National Security Advisor, does not believe climate change is a national security threat, even though dozens of military and defense experts say otherwise. (News: ThinkProgressMother JonesFusionIB Times $. Commentary: Motherboard, Grennan Milliken column)

COP22 Ends With Promise of Continued Action: Countries presented a united front at the close of the UN climate talks in Marrakech with a pledge to forge ahead in the fight against climate change, and issued a call to Trump to join them. While climate finance remained an unresolved issue, nearly 200 countries agreed to develop an emissions reduction rulebook by 2018 and 47 of world’s poorest countries pledged to meet all their domestic energy needs from renewables as rapidly as possible. Despite the political uncertainty created by the US election, big emitters such as Britain and Australia ratified the Paris Agreement during COP22, bringing the total to 111 countries with 77 percent of world’s emissions now officially backing the deal. (News: APThomson Reuters FoundationReutersNew York Times $, Wall Street Journal $, BloombergFinancial Times $, Climate HomeNPRTIMEBNO NewsMotherboardBBC NewsMashableLA Times $, AFPBusiness Standard,  CNNStraits TimesiNewsCommentary: Bloomberg, Jonathan Tirone & Jessica Shankleman analysisGuardian, Graham Readfearn op-edPacific Standard, Ted Scheinman columnWashington Post, Stephen Stromberg op-ed$;Thomson Reuters Foundation, Paula Caballero & David Waskow op-edThe Hill, Naina Lal Kidwai op-edXinhua, Wu Zhiqiang columnCarbon Brief, Sophie Yeo analysisAl Jazeera, Aly Abou-Sabaa op-edNational Post, Rex Murphy columnNew Indian Express, Gustavo De Aristegui op-edHindu editorialCape Cod Times, Philip Dufffy op-ed)

New Ban on Arctic Oil & Gas Drilling: The Obama administration announced a ban on Friday on new oil and gas development in the Arctic Ocean for the next five years. While the incoming Trump administration could overturn the ban, it would involve months of public comment periods and environmental reviews. Industry interest in offshore drilling in the region has been waning due to low prices, and a ban on new development will help protect whales, walruses and other wildlife from oil spills and other ecological disasters. (APGuardianWashington Post $, Wall Street Journal $, The HillPoliticoBloombergInsideClimate NewsNPRThinkProgress)

US News
  • Massachusetts AG ‘surprised’ at deposition order in Exxon case (Politico Pro $, Wall Street Journal $, Bloomberg)
  • Obama blueprint aims to cement his regulatory legacy (Greenwire $)
  • What Trump’s climate legacy could look like (New York Times $)
  • Dakota Access oil pipeline developer won’t consider reroute (AP)
  • Police clash with North Dakota pipeline protesters, arrest one (ReutersThe Hill)
  • A bleak outlook for Trump’s promises to coal miners (New York Times $, USA TodayAP)
  • Climate scientists brace for funding battles under Trump (ClimateWire $)
  • Battle lines over Trump’s lands policy stretch across 640 million acres (New York Times $)
  • Trump loses energy transition head over lobbying restrictions (The Hill)
  • Trump has climate change skeptics eager, scientists and green groups anxious (San Diego Union Tribune)
  • U.S. cities and states poised to take on new role in climate diplomacy (NPR)
  • Now that Tesla has approval to buy SolarCity, here’s what a combined company might look like (Greentech Media)
  • Large solar in Virginia is growing, but for how long? (Southeast Energy News)
  • Donald Trump expected to slash NASA’s climate change budget in favour of sending humans back to the moon – and beyond (Telegraph)
  • What’s the outlook for electric vehicles under Trump? (Detroit Free Press)
  • Volkswagen cuts 30K jobs after emissions cheating scandal (The Hill)
  • In Vermont’s bid to lure pro skiers, a warm welcome is unwanted (New York Times $)
  • Students protest choice of climate-change skeptic to head EPA transition team (Washington Post $)
  • Solar energy deployment could double in Massachusetts (PV-Tech)
  • Sanders: ‘Trump is wrong – climate change is not a hoax’ (CNS News)
  • Young climate researchers are facing a Trump reality (Climate Central)
  • Corporate wave to cut carbon continues under Trump (Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel)
  • West Virginia just sued a major coal company for fraud (Mother Jones)
  • Octopus in the parking garage is climate change’s canary in the coal mine (Miami Herald)
  • Atlas V rocket launches next-gen GOES-R weather satellite (Florida Today)
  • Trump’s pledge to ‘open up the water’ for valley farms: easier said than done (KQED)
  • Hundreds of dead puffins are mysteriously washing ashore in Alaska (Huffington Post)
  • Trump win adds pressure to U.S.-Mexico water negotiations (Politico Pro $)
  • Donald Trump and the U.N.: Signs of clashing views on many issues (New York Times $)
  • Largest bank in Norway sells its assets in Dakota Access pipeline (EcoWatch)
  • Massive forest death continues in California (Summit County Citizens Voice)
  • Drought reveals life before the reservior (North Jersey)
  • Military plans for climate change despite skeptics (LA Times $)
  • Paul Douglas lays out a faith-based approach to climate change (CBS)
  • Why have there been so many wildfires this fall? (WABE)
  • NY regulators approve FitzPatrick nuclear plant sale (
  • Sununu’s energy director could influence Northern Pass, other major projects  (Concord Monitor)
  • Faith-based environmentalists hope Trump’s views on the climate change (Houston Chronicle)
  • Lawmakers want to run out clock on climate-focused order (E&E News $)
  • FERC proposes to open up wholesale markets for energy storage and aggregation (Greentech Media)
  • Climate change denial won’t stymie regional approach to sea level rise (San Francisco Examiner)
  • Alabama to build its largest solar farm, with enough power for 15K homes (Computer World)
  • R.I. ‘leading the charge’ in projecting risks from coastal storms (Providence Journal)
  • U.S. renewables may slow under Trump – E.ON CEO in Handelsblatt (Reuters)

World News

  • Zika is no longer a global emergency, W.H.O. says (New York Times $)
  • China looks for a new climate dance partner as the U.S. waltzes away (Politico Pro $)
  • Marrakech climate summit marks the start of a new era (Climate Home)
  • The Marrakech Proclamation and the ‘COP of Action’ (Pacific Standard)
  • Paris, D.C. Mayors vow to make city voices louder than Trump’s (City Lab)
  • Global climate change accord seen slowed, not halted, by Trump (Reuters)
  • Donald Trump’s opening shot: The wind farm at his golf course (Sunday Express)
  • Pacific island poet marshals youth against climate threats (Thomson Reuters FoundationDemocracy Now!)
  • ‘He who shall not be named’: Even in absentia, Donald Trump overshadows COP22 (Pacific Standard)
  • Drought-hit women struggle as “compassion” runs dry at climate talks (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Small island-States most vulnerable to climate change: Mauritius President (Hindu Business Line)
  • Global Trumpism seen harming efforts to reduce climate pollution (Bloomberg)
  • Temperatures soar, sea ice hits record lows at North and South Poles (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Chinese solar firm to build plant in Chernobyl exclusion zone (Reuters)
  • Climate change won’t wait for Brexit, campaigners say (BBC)
  • Why shipping must up its game to fight global warming (Hellenic Shipping News)
  • Scientists take big step toward safely burying CO2 (Climate Central)
  • China’s Xi calls for ‘smooth transition’ in relationship with U.S. (Reuters)
  • Tidal power developers bet on sea change in Indonesia renewables sector (Reuters)
  • Shell fights lawsuits over environmental record in Nigeria (Wall Street Journal $)
  • Oil wildcatters flee African deep water to weather rout (Bloomberg)
  • IEA: $44 trillion in energy investment won’t limit climate change to 2 degrees (Greentech Media)
  • China prepares to open national carbon market (China Dialogue)
  • North Pole above freezing in sign of ‘sudden’ and ‘very serious’ climate change (Independent)
  • Could carbon footprint labelling still prove a popular way to trim emissions? (BusinessGreen $)
  • Magnitude of challenge’ in 2050 climate strategy may not be fully understood by Canadians (CBC News)
  • Why some people take action on climate change — and others don’t (Huffington Post)
  • In one more bleached Pacific reef, some corals are ‘back from the brink’ (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Avocados imperil Monarch Butterflies’ winter home in Mexico (New York Times $)
  • Energy efficiency key to limiting global warming to 2°C (Clean Technica)
  • Former Great Barrier Reef marine park head calls for ban on new coalmines (Guardian)
  • Wasps survive the cold to fight another day (Guardian)
  • First power drawn from tidal turbines off the coast of Scotland (Ars Technica)
  • Tidal power developers bet on sea change in Indonesia renewables sector (Reuters)
  • Seaweed pasta on the menu as agtech looks to feed world (Financial Times $)

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