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Hot News: November 29, 2016

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Climate Red Flags Fly in Trumpland: Incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus pushed back on the suggestion that Trump is “softening” his stance on climate, saying in an interview with Fox News Sunday that the president-elect’s default position on climate change is that “most of it is a bunch of bunk.” Meanwhile, Kathleen Hartnett White, senior fellow with Koch-connected Texas Public Policy Foundation and a rumored pick for an EPA or Interior Department cabinet position, met with the president-elect on Monday. White strongly opposes climate regulations, was once called “an apologist for polluters” during her stint as Chair and Commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and has claimed the coal industry abolished slavery in the British empire. Military experts also told ClimateWire they worry that the president-elect will downplay climate change as a national security threat. The appointment of Fox News analyst K.T. McFarland as deputy national security adviser probably won’t assuage these fears: McFarland denies the climate-security link and claimed Obama’s attendance at the Paris Agreement talks last year gave “encouragement” to terrorists. (News: Houston ChronicleMorning ConsultThinkProgressGreenwire $, Politico Pro $ Commentary: ThinkProgress, Joe Romm columnThe Conversation, Travis N. Rieder op-ed)

Largest Die-Off on Record: A new map released by the Australian Research Council shows unprecedented coral bleaching in the last nine months in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, resulting in the largest coral die-off ever recorded. About two-thirds of reefs have died in the most-impacted northern region stretching 435 miles and researchers estimate the damage could take up to 15 years to recover. Global warming, combined with a strong El Niño, caused disastrous coral bleaching across the world this year. (New York Times $, Washington Post $, US News & World ReportGuardianMashableUSA TodayForeign PolicyAPReutersBloombergFinancial Times $, Buzzfeed)

Pope Says Keep the Climate Pact: In an address to a group of scientists at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope Francis called on world leaders to fully implement the Paris Agreement. Without directly mentioning Trump, the pope also criticized climate deniers for “the ease with which well-founded scientific opinion about the state of our planet is disregarded.” Francis’s comments come two weeks before the one-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement and more than a year since he penned an encyclical on the issue. (ReutersCruxCatholic PhillyVOA NewsDeutsche Welle)

US News
  • Trump rollback of Obama climate agenda may prove challenging (APScientific American)
  • Trump can’t kill Solyndra loan program that outperforms banks (Bloomberg)
  • Trump promised to bring back coal. Now some worry he will take away miners’ black lung benefits (Stat News)
  • A wrenching choice for Alaska towns in the path of climate change (New York Times $)
  • GAO: Biofuel rule won’t achieve greenhouse gas reduction targets (Politico Pro$)
  • Can RGGI flourish under a Trump administration? (ClimateWire $)
  • In the weeks before Trump takes office, Obama’s mad dash to save public lands (Huffington PostClimate Central)
  • Naval Base Ventura County to fight climate change (Ventura County Star)
  • Trump adds renewable energy advocate to DOE team (Greenwire $)
  • N.Y. court orders attorney general to turn over Exxon docs (Greenwire $)
  • Massachusetts AG protests order summoning her to Texas for Exxon deposition (Wall Street Journal $)
  • How warming is threatening the genetic diversity of species (Environment 360)
  • The history of the Dakota Access Pipeline in pictures (BBCE&E News $)
  • Neil Young pens message of solidarity to Standing Rock protestors (Rolling Stone)
  • Environmental proxy proposals are making more demands (Wall Street Journal $)
  • Inside the environmental fight against cap and trade (ClimateWire $)
  • North Dakota governor orders pipeline protesters expelled (ReutersNBC News)
  • Aspen mayor urges Trump to act on climate change (Aspen Public Radio)
  • ‘It’s scary.’ City worries Trump could hurt climate plan (ClimateWire $)
  • Would you bike 200 miles to save a glacier? (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
  • California targets dairy cows to combat global warming (AP)
  • Valero unnerves biofuel makers by joining RFA (Politico Pro $)
  • Iowa co-op’s new net metering policy may undercut fledgling solar effort (Midwest Energy News)
  • New mapping shows extent of yellow-cedar die-off in Alaska; analysis forecasts big losses in the future (Alaska Dispatch News)
  • Oil and Water: 11,700 Gulf oil spills since BP raise new fears (WWL TV)
  • ALEC members survey new energy outlook (E&E News $)
  • Another Ohio renewable-energy freeze possible before Christmas, return to full-utility regulation delayed (Cleveland)
  • Shale fracking rebound starts with costlier grains of sand (Bloomberg)
  • EPA’s failure to regulate factory farm pollution draws new scrutiny (InsideClimate News)
  • New lawsuit targets company retirement plan (ClimateWire $)
  • Zika surfaces in Texas, likely to be first local transmission (Washington Post $)
  • OPEC may give Trump energy goals a boost (Wall Street Journal $)
  • Trina Solar slips as vote on $1.1 billion buyout offer nears (Bloomberg)

World News

  • Trudeau reveals playbook on tackling Trump climate denial (Climate Home)
  • Nova Scotia plans cap-and-trade program for power plant CO2 emissions (Utility Dive)
  • Is small-scale hydro the answer to India’s clean energy needs? (Guardian)
  • China to invest $174 billion in hydro and wind from 2016-2020: NEA (Reuters)
  • New Zealand to save $31 billion by using Paris carbon market (Bloomberg)
  • China’s getting into solar in a big way, and Aussie giant mirrors could help (Mashable)
  • BNP Paribas launches inaugural green bond (BusinessGreen $)
  • Canada to allow Saskatchewan to keep burning coal for power (Reuters)
  • France’s Tignes ski resort is building an indoor slope (Conde Nast Traveller)
  • Danny Lyon on why he’s naming and shaming ‘climate criminals’ (Guardian)
  • Exclusive: EU to attach CO2 limits to power reserve subsidies – source (Reuters)
  • France turned to fossil fuels in October to offset nuclear shortfall (Reuters)
  • Large parts of West Antarctic Ice Sheet could collapse ‘in our lifetimes’ (Mashable)
  • Indonesian lower court rejects bid to protect prized forest (AP)
  • Coal keeps firm grip on Germany even as renewables flourish (ClimateWire $)
  • Climate change forces fashion students to study the weather (Independent)
  • Solar-powered sensors help Walkers Crisps slice farm water and carbon use in half (BusinessGreen $)

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