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Hot News: October 13

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Energy Emissions Lowest Since 1991: US energy-related CO2 emissions for the first half of 2016 fell to their lowest level since 1991, driven by renewables and mild winter temperatures. According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), renewable energy use rose nine percent during the period compared to 2015’s first half, while coal and natural gas consumption dropped 18 percent and one percent respectively. The EIA projects energy sector emissions for 2016 will be the lowest since 1992. (The HillPolitico Pro $, PV MagazineBloombergWall Street Journal $, APClimate Central)

HFC Deal Looks Close to Completion: Senior State Department officials are “optimistic” that the 150 nations meeting in Kigali will strike a deal this week to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), they told Reuters. HFCs are powerful, short-lived greenhouse gases, and an agreement to phase them out would avoid 0.5°C of global warming — key for meeting Paris goals. While there is general consensus among the negotiators on the need for a phase down, there is some debate on when to set the baselines for developing and developed countries. Most countries, including Brazil and China, favor peaking emissions in developing nations before 2025, while India, which initially lobbied for a later peak, has suggested a 2024-2026 baseline for all developing nations except China. (News: ReutersNew Times,  Morning ConsultIANSEconomic TimesTimes of IndiaAPIndian ExpressCommentary: Vox, Brad Plumer column)

EPA Dings FERC on Climate Assessment: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) did not properly account for climate change in its environmental impact assessment of a $1.4 billion natural gas pipeline, according to the EPA. In April, FERC found that the 160-mile pipeline would have a limited impact on the environment, but the EPA argues potential emissions from burning the natural gas transported by the pipeline need to be factored in. The EPA’s statement comes just a few months after the Obama administration called on federal agencies to consider the climate impacts of their projects and at a time of increasing pipeline protests due to environmental justice and climate impacts. (BloombergNatural Gas Intelligence)

US News
  • Flooding from hurricane hits lower-income North Carolina residents hard (Washington Post $, MashableThe Hill)
  • Flooded North Carolina farms are likely littered with drowned livestock (Washington Post $, EcoWatch)
  • The “climate change election” that never came (New Republic)
  • Leading fossil fuel companies fail climate responsibility test (InsideClimate News)
  • Southern’s $6.9 billion clean coal plant produces first power (Bloomberg)
  • Montgomery County would sell off fossil-fuel investments under council members’ plan (Washington Post $)
  • Gore and Clinton hold a wonkfest (Politico)
  • Gwen Graham: Trump ‘absolutely clueless’ on environment (Politico Pro $)
  • EPA agrees its emissions estimates from flaring may be flawed (InsideClimate News)
  • Fight pipeline, drill for oil: Either way, tribes want control of their lands (BloombergAP)
  • WH: Federal officials investigating pipeline shutdowns (The Hill)
  • New York to give $10 million boost to clean energy companies (AP)
  • Solar developers signs lease at former Loring Air Force Base (AP)
  • Tesla to provide plans for combined company before SolarCity merger vote (Reuters)
  • Utilities squeezed as corporations seek renewable energy elsewhere (Midwest Energy News)
  • Solar split: How a new petition is dividing rooftop and utility-scale installers in SEIA (Utility Dive)
  • Emails reveal Clinton’s ‘go-to’ advisers on energy, science (Greenwire $)
  • Provo mayor to veto new solar energy fee (Deseret News)
  • Madison to see more renewable energy projects (Badger Herald)
  • When spark meets sprawl: Building in wildlands increases fire risk (Reveal)
  • 10 of the most sustainable coffee businesses in the United States (Civil Eats)
  • Once just a cabin, now an emblem in debate over wind energy  (AP)
  • Ranchers tote guns as tribes dig in for long pipeline fight (New York Times $)
  • Vermont wind project needs votes, so company offers to pay voters (New York Times $)
  • Mark Ruffalo asks Obama to crack down on fracking (The Hill)
  • PA senator touts the future of coal and natural gas in bid for re-election (Think Progress)
  • World’s largest solar project would generate electricity 24 hours a day, power 1 million US homes (EcoWatch)
  • Why insurance companies want to subsidize your smart home (MIT Technology Review)
  • A maturing industry: Assorted insights from energy storage North America (Greentech Media)
  • Two Broward commission seats up for election (Sun Sentinel)
  • How Google is using big data to protect the environment (Guardian)
  • Texas man sues ‘climate cult’ for faking warming (ClimateWire $)

World News

  • ‘Extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Nicole to pummel Bermuda (APCBS NewsWall Street Journal $,BBC)
  • How to reduce risks from mega-storms? (Deutsche Welle)
  • Can global climate cash keep Senegal’s salt collectors afloat? (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • UK must focus on carbon removal to meet Paris goals, climate advisers urge (GuardianBloombergClimate Home)
  • Australian selected as head of the Green Climate Fund (Climate Home)
  • EU lawmakers dismayed by ICAO aviation deal but wary of sector’s full return to ETS (Carbon Pulse $)
  • COP22: EU climate financing still only theoretical (EurActiv)
  • Electric cars set to pass 2m landmark globally by end of 2016 (Guardian)
  • Global wind capacity set to hit 500GW by year end (BusinessGreen $)
  • China September coal imports surge again as domestic cuts bite (Reuters)
  • Tasty insects benefit poor and climate (Climate News Network)
  • Tens of millions face poverty unless cities plan for disasters: World Bank (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • International Solar Alliance to be ratified at COP22 in Marrakech in November (Economic Times)
  • How global warming is leading people to re-use their clothes (Independent)
  • Coffee and climate change: In Brazil, a disaster is brewing (NPR)
  • Clinton’s climate approach better for Saskatchewan than carbon tax, Brad Wall says (Toronto Star)
  • National Grid: two coal plants to get £77m to be on standby this winter (Guardian)
  • Environmentalists conflicted over emissions deal (ClimateWire $)
  • Scientists invent grass that reduces dangerous methane emissions from flatulent cows (Independent)

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