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Hot News: October 11

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Hurricane Matthew Causes Record Flooding: Hurricane Matthew caused record-breaking rainfall, storm tides and historic flooding in the southeastern US after making landfall in South Carolina as a Category 1 storm. North Carolina residents are bracing for more flooding due to swollen rivers and at least 30 people have been reported dead across five states. In Haiti, the death toll has risen to over 1,000 and the UN has called for $120 million of emergency aid. Climate change amplified the worst impacts of Matthew, fueling record-breaking rainfall and adding to storm surge through sea level rise. (USNew York Times $, ABCWall Street Journal $, NBC NewsReutersBBCUSA TodayGizmodoNPRWashington Post $, LA Times $, Public News ServiceMother JonesVOA NewsFlorida Times UnionHaitiNew York Times$, GuardianCNNTIMEABC AustraliaCommentaryNational Geographic, Laura Parker analysisFiveThirtyEight, Eric Holthaus op-edAP, Seth Borenstein Q&ALA Times, Michael Hiltzik column $; Mashable, Andrew Freedman analysisTIME, Laurel Blatchford op-edNew York Times editorial $. BackgroundClimate Signals)
Coal Worker Sparks Energy Debate: Climate change made a cameo appearance at the second presidential debate with an audience question. Illinois coal plant operatorKenneth Bone asked the candidates how their energy policies would meet the nation’s energy needs while remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job losses. Hillary Clinton laid out her plan to fight climate change that includes renewable energy and natural gas as a “bridge fuel.” Donald Trump attacked the EPA for “killing energy companies” and said he supports “clean coal.” Clinton, along with former Vice President Al Gore, will campaign in Florida today with a focus on climate action. (NewsInsideClimate NewsHuffington PostCNBCThinkProgressCourier-JournalBusinessGreen $ GristPolitico Pro $, The HillUtility DiveEcoWatchCommentaryWashington Post, Chris Mooney column $; Forbes, David Blackmon op-edFortune, Katie Fehrenbacher analysisBloomberg editorialVox, Brad Plumer columnWashington Post, Erik Wemple column $; Gizmodo, Sophie Kleeman columnUS News & World Report, Gene Karpinski op-edSlate, Daniel Gross columnHuffington Post, William S. Becker op-edNew York Times; Robert B Semple Jr. column $; Grist, Ben Adler column)

Climate Change Linked to Western Wildfires: Climate change was responsible for 44 percent of the forest area burned in the western US from 1985 to 2015, according to a new study. Using modeled climate projections, the scientists also found that more than half of the dryness of Western forests since 1979 is the result of rising temperatures. Wildfire season across the western US has become more intense and longer, resulting in an exponential rise in firefighting costs. (New York Times $, Climate CentralMercury NewsWashington Post $, IndependentTIME)

US News
  • Hillary and Al’s change of climate (PoliticoWashington Post $, Fusion)
  • On climate change, Trump and Clinton supporters agree on absolutely nothing (Newsweek)
  • Top green group to spend at least $40 million this election, shattering past records (Washington Post $)
  • Hillary Clinton expresses support for fracking in Wikileaks document (IB Times$, Intercept)
  • Donald Trump gets called out on climate change … by kids (Huffington Post)
  • Hurricane Sandy-level flooding is rising so sharply that it could become normal (GuardianPacific StandardCarbon BriefThomson Reuters Foundation)
  • McConnell vows to keep up pro-coal fight during next administration (The Hill)
  • Minn. companies that took climate change pledge give to deniers (Minnesota Public Radio)
  • EPA’s plan for electric vehicles could upend RFS politics (Politico Pro $)
  • Environmentalists to millennials: Donald Trump’s climate policies are dangerous (PRI News)
  • Wind is the new corn for struggling farmers (Bloomberg)
  • The 6 most influential green cars in history (Washington Post $)
  • Thousands of retired miners, widows receive letters announcing end of health care benefits unless Congress acts (West Virginia Metro NewsAP)
  • US farmers seek to double ethanol exports (Financial Times $)
  • Seattle substation is cool enough to draw a crowd (CIO)
  • Solar workforce in isles declines 42 percent (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • Solar group: Georgia Power not on track to meet 100 MW solar target by year’s end (Utility Dive)
  • Advocates seek to bring industry into energy efficiency conversation (Midwest Energy News)
  • Justice delayed: Billionaire candidate’s coal companies owe $15m in taxes, fines (Ohio Valley Resource)
  • The best views in the country have gotten better, thanks to air pollution laws (Washington Post $)
  • As tensions rise, tribes protesting pipeline dig in: ‘We’re staying’ (New York Times $)
  • Billionaires wage door-to-door battle for votes in Nevada (Bloomberg)
  • Widow seeks to ‘protect my heritage’ against proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (Richmond Times- Dispatch)
  • Advocates, residents and city leaders spar over Provo’s solar charge (Deseret News)
  • Matthew is gone. What about Nicole? (USA Today)
  • Time for a carbon tax? A former Bush official says yes (USA Today)
  • APS first non-California utility to surpass 1GW of solar capacity (PV-Tech)
  • Innogy to push windfarms, electric car charging in U.S.: paper (Reuters)
  • SF Bay ecosystem collapsing as rivers diverted, scientists report (SF Gate)
  • Oil’s clout ebbs in Alaska as state cuts billions in tax credits (Bloomberg)
  • Army Corps spends millions to begin West Bank mitigation projects (The Times-Picayune)
  • What’s the best way to save the whales? (Washington Post $)
  • Coal Miner’s CEO calls Tesla a ‘fraud’ and Elon Musk tweets it (Bloomberg)
  • Tough decisions are coming to FERC amid leadership uncertainty (Politico Pro $)
  • Climate change identified as greatest threat to tropical frogs (Xinhua)

World News

  • World Bank says Paris climate goals at risk from new coal schemes (Guardian)
  • India under pressure on HFCs as world seeks third climate accord (ReutersScientific AmericanGuardianEconomist $)
  • Global third-quarter clean energy investment at weakest since 2013: research (Reuters)
  • Court battle threat hangs over climate change law (Financial Times $)
  • Plans for an electric car charging point in every new home in Europe (Guardian)
  • World got cannier at using energy last year: IEA (Reuters)
  • Sustainability starts to gain traction with investors (Financial Times $)
  • Global demand for energy will peak in 2030, says World Energy Council (Guardian)
  • Green ‘abuse’ warrants Australian law review, says resources minister (AP)
  • Japan sees 60 percent chance of La Nina continuing through winter (Reuters)
  • Global economy could ‘self-destruct’ if world carries on burning fossil fuels, leading economist warns (Independent)
  • The next Zika (Scientific American)
  • The huge impact Goldman Sachs’ billions are having on clean energy (Fortune)
  • EU celebrates Paris Agreement, claims credit at UN  (AP)
  • The Ghanaian villages destroyed by climate change – in pictures (Guardian)
  • Taboo coffee gets reappraisal amid climate, market changes (Reuters)
  • Argentina expects $1.8 billion investment from renewable energy auction (ReutersWall Street Journal $)
  • Libya starts expanding oil exports — for now, at least (New York Times $)
  • Six scientists, 1,000 miles, one prize: The Arctic Bumblebee (New York Times $)
  • Brighton gears up for new fleet of solar-powered buses (Guardian)
  • ECSA: Shipping to see next steps in emissions decrease soon (World Maritime News)
  • German push to ban combustion-engine cars by 2030 wins support (Reuters)
  • Richard Branson calls for Government to protect Green Investment Bank (Telegraph)
  • Scramble for green yield in Europe has big power beating banks (Bloomberg)
  • Rising sea levels could reduce several UK mountains to hills (Guardian)
  • BHP Billiton expects to thrive in a lower carbon emissions world (Reuters)
  • EU climate laws helped lead to Brexit, environment lobbyist says (Bloomberg)
  • Indigenous land rights fundamental to climate safety – Lord Stern (Climate Home)
  • Dutch grid operator TenneT launches fourth green bond (Reuters)
  • BP drops plan to drill for oil in Great Australian Bight (Financial Times $)
  • Mayor Sadiq sets wheels in motion for early launch of ultra-low emission zone (BusinessGreen $)
  • Uncharted waters: Mega-cruise ships sail the Arctic (Reuters)
  • How investors can help car companies tackle climate risk roadblocks (BusinessGreen $)

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