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Hot News: November 8, 2016

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Get Out and Vote: US elections will have major implications for climate policy. Find your polling place here.

Climate on the Ballot: While the fate of Obama’s climate legacy hangs in the balance of the presidential election, there are several important climate and energy initiatives on various state ballots today. Voters in Florida may be confused by Amendment 1, which claims to be pro-solar but is funded by utilities looking to limit rooftop solar, while Amendment 71 in Colorado is backed by the oil industry to halt future grassroots environmental action. Meanwhile, the Koch Brothers and other oil and gas interests have thrown their weight behind the hotly-debated carbon tax proposal in Washington state in the last days of the campaign to encourage a “no” vote. (Presidential Election: BloombergThinkProgressGuardian, Deutsche WelleNPRWall Street Journal $, IndependentBallot Initiatives: ThinkProgressAtlantic, TIMEWashington Post $, SlateMorning ConsultSeattle TimesKIRO 7ScienceE&E News $. Commentary: Vox, David Roberts columnCNBC, John Berger op-edWashington Post, James Downie column;ThinkProgress, Joe Romm columnFusion, Ari Phillips columnForbes, Kevin Anderton op-edColorado Independent, Christine Berg op-edThe Conversation, David Holmes op-edTampa Bay Times editorialAtlantic, Peter Johnson analysisThomson Reuters Foundation, Samantha Adler & Jeffrey Barbee op-edTIME, Jonathan Granoff op-ed)

Study Warns of Fastest Sea Level Rise in Human History: Without the emissions cuts laid out in the Paris Agreement, global temperatures could reach 2°C as early as 2040 and cause the fastest acceleration in sea level rise in human history, according to a new study. Sea levels could rise up to a foot in the most vulnerable cities by mid-century, with the rate of sea level rise reaching 6 millimeters per year by 2040 and more than 10 millimeters a year by the end of the century. The current rate of sea level rise is estimated to be around 3.4 millimeters a year. (Washington Post $, Mashable)

Tax Meat, Cut Emissions: Instituting a tax on meat and milk along with subsidies for healthier food could help avoid one billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in the year 2020 while saving half a million lives. A new global study finds that a 40 percent tax on beef and a 20 percent tax on milk would offset damages done by climate change (cattle production is the largest source of food sector emissions) and lead to a significant drop in consumption. This would help to decrease food-related health issues like obesity. The study recommends pairing this theoretical tax with subsidies for plant-based foods. (GuardianThomson Reuters FoundationThe Times $)

US News
  • What the world can learn from Burlington and Bernie Sanders (Pacific Standard)
  • Udall, Gregoire said to be on Clinton’s short list for Interior secretary (Politico Pro $)
  • WikiLeaks: Clinton camp flagged potential issues with ‘clean energy challenge’ (Politico Pro $)
  • Tim Kaine: Rerouting the Dakota Access Pipeline is the ‘right thing to do’ (Fusion)
  • Environmentalists backing standing rock protesters target bankers behind pipeline (New York Times $)
  • At least 7 journalists charged with crimes during ND pipeline protests (Bismarck Tribune)
  • Standing Rock protesters sit out the election: ‘I’m ashamed of them both’ (Guardian)
  • Iowa landowners on pipeline work: ‘They show no respect’ (Des Moines Register)
  • UCSD grad students travel to Morocco for climate talks (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Mounting opposition highlights Cuomo’s nuclear paradox (Politico)
  • Rare rift in green energy movement over Obama leasing rule (The Hill)
  • Could South Carolina’s booming solar market soon bust? (Greentech Media)
  • GHGs fell in 2015, but transportation is up (ClimateWire $)
  • How rising natural gas prices will affect the power sector in 2017 (Utility Dive)
  • Solar advocates file appeal challenging Nevada PUC net metering decision (PV-Tech)
  • You no longer need to own a solar panel to reap the financial benefits of solar energy (Quartz)
  • Eyesore’ solar farm gets state approval (Courier-Journal)
  • Tesla Motors plans to charge for its quick-charge access (Wall Street Journal $)
  • EPA calls mining industry’s claims on modeling ‘defective’ (E&E News $)
  • Oklahoma’s “Pipeline Crossroads of the World” just had another major earthquake (Fusion)
  • Need an excuse not to bag up and haul off those fallen leaves in the yard? Compost them to benefit your gardens and wildlife, experts say (
  • Electric garbage trucks? Wrightspeed delivers (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • ExxonMobil: Tough times for Big Oil? (Barron’s)
  • Charges dropped against pair who filmed pipeline protest (AP)

World News

  • COP22 day one: A news digest, in quotes (Pacific Standard)
  • Ignoring Trump, U.N. talks seek to turn climate pledges into action (ReutersPolitico Pro $, MashableLA Times $, Climate CentralInsideClimate News)
  • Food on the table at Marrakesh (Deutsche WelleThe Fern)
  • In Marrakech, higher ambition is an early sign of progress after Paris (Pacific Standard)
  • Spend climate cash smartly to make it stretch, experts urge (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Japan ratifies Paris Agreement after the pact enters into force (Reuters)
  • COP22: UN reports increase in climate aid flows (Climate Home)
  • Morocco officially takes over presidency of COP22 (Morocco World News)
  • Chinese official says integrity, fairness remain major principles of COP22 (Xinhua)
  • Countries told to be more ambitious at COP22 (Jakarta PostLatin America Herald TribuneMorning ConsultCarbon Pulse $)
  • IMO represents shipping at COP22 climate conference (Maritime Executive)
  • COP22 kicks off in Morocco with controversial presence of fossil fuel industry representatives (Inhabit)
  • China “indispensable” in global climate change agenda: UNEP chief (Xinhua)
  • Photos of a changing world: Brazilian beef and deforestation (Pacific Standard)
  • Smog chokes Delhi, leaving residents ‘cowering by our air purifiers’ (New York Times $)
  • German climate plan to include CO2 targets for all sectors –draft (Reuters)
  • Europe at risk of missing 2030 climate goal, researchers say (Bloomberg)
  • OPEC: oil demand could peak in just over a decade (Financial Times $)
  • Wind turbine maker Vestas sees US slowdown next year after “extraordinary” 2016 (ReutersBloomberg)
  • Denmark’s DONG Energy to get out of oil and gas business (Reuters)
  • HSBC’s UK pension scheme to invest £1.85bn in eco-friendly fund (Financial Times $)
  • Investors call for moratorium on Arctic high seas oil & gas activity (Reuters)
  • Moody’s warns of climate change impact on sovereign ratings (Reuters)
  • China’s electric cars are chasing Volkswagen (Financial Times $)
  • Climate change: record-breaking heat of 2015 could become the ‘new normal’ within years (Independent)
  • How this Bangladeshi woman’s family lost its battle with climate change (Quartz)
  • World’s first steel CCS project comes online (BusinessGreen $)
  • FAO prepares to open carbon markets to the milk sector (EurActiv)
  • Arctic Circle: explore in 360 (Channel 4)
  • China doubles down on coal despite climate pledge (Wall Street Journal $, Bloomberg)
  • Germany to follow up on latest Volkswagen emissions findings (Wall Street Journal $)
  • City of Montreal invests $7.3M to save skating rinks from climate change (CBC News)
  • Australian unions call for ‘just transition’ from coal-generated electricity (Guardian)
  • Wind turbine collisions killing hundreds of UK bats each month, study finds (GuardianNew York Times $, Financial Times $)
  • Solar power agency Masen issues Morocco’s first green bond (Reuters)
  • Australian coal champion AGL cautiously expands in renewables (Reuters)
  • Which country will become the first to ban internal combustion cars? (Greentech Media)
  • If we want to stop climate change, we’re going to have to pay for it (Huffington Post)
  • Canada to unveil panel to review pipeline regulator (Wall Street Journal $)
  • These are the cities most at risk from sea level rise (Mashable)
  • A meat-free Turin? Is Italy’s first ‘vegetarian city’ a recipe for disaster? (Guardian)
  • Study reveals huge acceleration in erosion of England’s white cliffs (Guardian)

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