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Hot News: November 4, 2016

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EV Road Trips To Become Easier: The Obama administration announced 48 new electric vehicle-charging corridors along 25,000 miles of US highways. The corridors, which span 35 states, are part of the White House’s effort to curb emissions and accelerate electric vehicle growth. Drivers will have access to a charging station approximately every 50 miles on those routes. According to recent DOE data, emissions from the transportation sector overtook the power sector for the first time in 38 years this February. (ReutersWashington Post $, The HillClimate CentralTIMEBusiness InsiderVergeMashableNPRUSA TodayCNETGreenwire $)
The Road Through Paris: The Paris Agreement officially takes effect today, 30 days after it crossed both thresholds needed to enter into force and three days before COP22 begins. As of today, 97 countries representing nearly 70 percent of global emissions have joined. However, a new United Nations Environment Programme report serves as a timely reminder that countries still need to scale up ambition. Global temperatures would rise 3°C by the end of the century if countries only met current pledges, the report shows. (Paris Agreement: New York Times $, APGuardianTIMEReutersGMA NewsABC AustraliaThe HillClimate HomePacific StandardNewsweekUNEP: Climate HomeGuardian, InsideClimate NewsMashableChristian Science MonitorPacific StandardDeutsche WelleIndependentBloomberg, Climate CentralCommentary: AP, Karl Ritter analysisGuardian, Sam Mostyn op-edJakarta Post, Warief Djajanto Basorie op-edInquirer, Leon Dulce op-edClimate Home, Patricia Espinosa & Salaheddine Mezouar op-edThe Conversation, Chris Hope op-ed)
Shrinking September Arctic Ice: The average American’s annual carbon footprint causes 538 square feet of Arctic sea ice melt in September, when ice cover is already at its lowest. A new study calculates that every ton of carbon dioxide emission melts 29 square feet of September sea ice into the Arctic Ocean. In total, Americans are melting an amount of ice equivalent in size to nearly a billion parking spaces. Without drastic emissions reductions, the Arctic could be free of ice for all of September by mid-century. (AtlanticAPReutersGuardianLA Times $, InsideClimate NewsUSA TodayScience MagazineVOA NewsChristian Science MonitorGizmodoMashableGrist)
US News
  • U.S. has been preparing mid century plan for some time (Politico Pro $)
  • ExxonMobil tells independent groups to preserve records of their climate case communications — including with the press (Washington Post $)
  • Donald Trump given short shrift over climate change threat (Financial Times $, BusinessGreen $, CBC AustraliaCNBCGreenwire $)
  • GOP senators warn negotiators: US climate goals might not last (The Hill)
  • Battered U.S. coal industry hopes for Trump, prepares for Clinton (Reuters)
  • Long road for industry reform outlined in Podesta emails (Greenwire $)
  • What the election outcome will really mean for climate and energy (Washington Post $)
  • A Trump presidency could mean 3.4 billion tonnes more carbon emissions than a Clinton one (PV-Tech)
  • Greens: Trump would be only climate change doubting world leader (The Hill)
  • Duffy, Hoeft highlight differences at debate (USA Today)
  • The planet is screwed if Democrats don’t win the senate, warns Paul Krugman (Huffington Post)
  • Pipeline expert slams Corps’ Dakota Access environmental review (Politico Pro $)
  • A reality check on Trump’s big idea to fix the budget. (Grist)
  • Climate activists face decades in jail for shutting down oil pipelines (King5)
  • Drought epicenter: In parched Central California, water trumps other election issues (CNBC)
  • California cap-and-trade programme hits 100% compliance rate for 2015 (Carbon Pulse $)
  • Can fracking bans succeed in oil and gas country? All eyes are on Monterey (Wall Street Journal $)
  • FL Supreme Court to consider removing Amendment 1 from ballot (Fox NewsWall Street Journal $)
  • Solar-powered boat touring Florida to fight Amendment 1 (Palm Beach Post)
  • Protesters shot with rubber bullets as tensions over Dakota Access pipeline escalate again (Think Progress)
  • The battle to bring offshore wind power to America (Gizmodo)
  • Nuclear plants closing early leave decades of toxic waste stranded (Bloomberg)
  • Vote on nation’s first carbon tax divides greens (The Hill)
  • Deforestation opponents enlist powerful ally: Big Food. But there’s a catch (NPR)
  • Your slacktivism isn’t as useless as everyone thinks (Mashable)
  • Are voters getting greenwashed at the polls? (The Nation)
  • The Hip Hop Caucus is giving voice to the environment this election (Fusion)
  • Indiana utility outlines plan to shutter coal units and replace with gas generation (Utility Dive)

World News

  • Preview: The UN’s COP22 climate talks in Marrakech (Carbon Brief)
  • Climate talks in Morocco aim to Set Paris Agreement in motion (InsideClimate News)
  • Oil majors pledge $1 bln for technologies to fight climate change (ReutersFinancial Times $, ReNewsCNBCBloombergWall Street Journal $)
  • Shell, Total CEOs question solar in room full of solar investors (BloombergClimate HomeReuters)
  • Ultra-low cost renewables are on the horizon, says Lord Turner (BusinessGreen$)
  • Don’t ignore impact of climate change, utility regulators urged (Jamaica Observer)
  • Greece set to win €1.75bn from EU climate scheme to build two coal plants (Guardian)
  • Environmental activist gears up for 6,000-mile bamboo bike ride (Guardian)
  • Climate diplomats to meet on implementing Paris accord (The Hill)
  • African Wetlands Project: A win for the climate and the people? (Environment 360)
  • World’s first zero-emissions hydrogen train unveiled in Germany (EcoWatch)
  • Australia being ‘left behind’ by global momentum on climate change (Guardian)
  • South Korea leads list of 2016 climate villains (Climate Home)
  • Amazonians call on leaders to heed link between land rights and climate change (Guardian)
  • Nissan: We gave you clean cars, now give us clean energy (Bloomberg)
  • A song of ice and fame (New Republic)

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