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Hot News: October 17

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Cranking Up Climate Action: More than 170 countries reached a deal to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), powerful greenhouse gases used in air-conditioners and refrigerators. Under the new amendment to the Montreal Protocol, developed countries will begin phasing down HFCs in 2019, while developing countries have two different timelines. More than 100 countries will start their HFC phase down in 2024, and a handful of countries, including India, Pakistan and some Gulf states, will start in 2028. The amendment is the “largest temperature reduction ever achieved by a single agreement” and could avoid nearly 0.5°C of global warming. (AgreementNew York Times $, GuardianReutersWashington Post $, The HillBBCAPFinancial Times $, LA Times $, Climate HomeNPRVICE NewsCNNIndustry: ReutersNew York Times$, Wall Street Journal $. Commentary: Kigali New Times editorialGuardian, John Vidal columnReuters, Alister Doyle analysisMashable, Andrew Freedman analysisVox, Brad Plumer columnWall Street Journal, Daniela Hernandez analysis $; The Nation editorial)
Navy Makes Big Solar Energy Buy: The US government made its largest renewable energy purchase, a 150-megawatt solar array in the Arizona desert that can meet about one-third of the electricity needs of 14 naval bases in California. The Navy will buy solar power from the array at a fixed price for 25 years. “It’s going to be reliable, it’s going to be cheaper than what we’re paying for brown power and it just diversifies our energy sources for these bases,” said Dennis McGinn, the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment. (Washington Post $, BusinessGreen $)

The Great Barrier Reef Isn’t Dead: Scientists are pushing back against a viral obituaryfor the Great Barrier Reef, saying there is hope that the severely sick 1,400-mile reef network can bounce back and that doomsday messaging is not the right way to engage the public on climate change. While an estimated 22 percent of the reef’s coral have died due to this year’s mass coral bleaching event, coral reefs are remarkably resilientand curbing global warming can help the reef become healthy again. “We’re very far from an obituary,” assured NOAA’s Russell Brainard. (News: GuardianHuffington PostCNNThinkProgressMashableCommentary: LA Times, Kim Cobb interview $)

US News
  • SEC sidesteps Lamar Smith’s document request, declines to confirm Exxon probe (InsideClimate News)
  • Magnate’s twin goals: Fighting climate change and electing Donald Trump (New York Times $)
  • Oil bets big to hold GOP Congress, sits out Trump-Clinton brawl (EnergyWire $)
  • Hurricane Matthew: Days of disaster unfold under a cloudless sky (CNN)
  • ‘We cannot breathe:’ A poor Alabama town has lived with the rotten egg stench of gas for 8 years (LA Times $)
  • In Pennsylvania, one senate seat with big climate implications (InsideClimate News)
  • Climate change makes waves in Florida races (The Hill)
  • Cargill’s food empire adapts to a changing world (Wall Street Journal $)
  • Factory farming practices are under scrutiny again in N.C. after disastrous hurricane floods (Washington Post $)
  • NYC unions get update on fossil-fuel divestment (Public News Service)
  • Walking on sunshine: Idaho company debuts solar sidewalks (AP)
  • Tesla, Panasonic to collaborate on solar cells production (Reuters)
  • For Our Future PAC raises about $29 million (Politico Pro $)
  • Clinton WikiLeaks update: Leaked emails show Hillary told climate change activists to ‘get a life’ (IB Times $)
  • Polar bears, growing desperate for food, threaten native Alaskans (PBS)
  • Before the Flood: Leonardo DiCaprio hopes his new film will inspire climate action (Guardian)
  • Obama carbon rule ‘far exceeded’ EPA authority, challengers say (The Hill)
  • Top nuclear power lobbyist pushes green energy case (The Hill)
  • Election finds Americans at crux of climate change (Toledo Blade)
  • Shailene Woodley urges Clinton to be firmer on climate change (NY Daily News)
  • Storm leaves thousands without power in Pacific Northwest (NPR)
  • Dominion wants to put a pipeline through farmland designated for conservation (Think Progress)
  • Texas has millions of smart meters. So why haven’t third-party energy services blossomed? (Greentech Media)
  • Walmart leads the nation in corporate solar deployments. What will it do with storage? (Greentech Media)
  • How the western water wars may end (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Calling all climate activists: “Go out and get yourself in some holy trouble” (Yes! Magazine)
  • Florida’s climate crisis inspires artists across the nation (Miami New Times)
  • Should Leonardo DiCaprio resign from UN climate change post? (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Minn. approves plan to close state’s largest coal plant (The Hill)
  • Conservatives make case for market-based approach to tackling climate change (Al Alabama)
  • W.Va. operators stick with Trump; union not endorsing (Greenwire $)
  • EV leaders, politicians sound alarm bells over settlement (ClimateWire $)
  • N. Carolina investigates possible coal ash spill (AP)
  • Georgia court filing: Water wars case could cost state $18 billion (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
  • Chicago-area mapping tool sparks interest in community solar (Midwest Energy News)
  • Natural gas released from McKenzie County well after mechanical failure (Bismarck Tribune)
  • Strange bedfellows form coalition to increase water supply (Capital Public Radio)

World News

  • Green Climate Fund approves 10 more projects amid controversy (Carbon Pulse$, ReutersPakistan Today)
  • China’s coal capital is spending millions to go green (Bloomberg)
  • IEA to lift solar, wind outlook after decade of underestimates (BloombergPV Magazine)
  • BP to decide on first green energy investment for five years (Financial Times $)
  • Climate change will change how we grow food (National Geographic)
  • Most farmers still doubt they have anything to do with climate change (Huffington Post)
  • Without urgent action, climate change will push millions into hunger: U.N (Thomson Reuters FoundationGuardian)
  • India commits to rework solar power program in line with WTO rules (Politico Pro $)
  • Islands to lose fresh water as rising seas sink them from within (New Scientist)
  • How climate change triggers earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes (Observer)
  • ‘Elect more women to build sustainable, inclusive cities’: Female mayors’ group (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • The latest strategy to secure the Environmental Goods Agreement (Politico Pro$)
  • Military system to be used for pollution monitoring (Global Times)
  • Attenborough hails construction of ship nearly called Boaty McBoatface (PA)
  • Citizens are the mayor, will lead urban sustainability drive, says Seoul’s mayor (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • The debate over saving rain forests has gotten ugly. Now a Brazilian environmental official is dead (LA Times $)
  • Global warming experiment turns up the heat in Puerto Rican artificial forest (Guardian)
  • In Scotland, gusts of wind usher in a quiet energy revolution (Washington Post $)
  • Germans to pay higher surcharge for renewable energy in 2017 (Reuters)
  • Ocean heatwave destroys Tasmania’s unique underwater jungle (Climate Home)
  • Antarctica: science at the end of the Earth (New Zealand Herald)
  • Important global warming pollutants excluded from ‘historic’ aviation pact (National Observer)
  • World Food Day: coping with the climate’s impact on food security – in pictures (Guardian)
  • This new technology could save the troubled nuclear power industry (Guardian)
  • Energy storage vital to keep UK lights on, say MPs (Guardian)
  • China’s Envision joins investors in German battery firm sonnen cash boost (Reuters)
  • Antarctic marine reserves deal within reach as Russia thaws environmental stance (Guardian)
  • Anti-nuclear candidate heads for win in Japan local election, blow to Tepco (Reuters)
  • Learn from California on energy storage, U.K lawmakers say (Bloomberg)
  • The British village powered by rotting garbage (City Lab)
  • 6 ways climate change is threatening food security — and what we can do about it (Mashable)
  • Economic impacts of climate change on global fisheries could be worse than we thought (Mongabay)
  • Three parties in Iceland pass the climate-change test (Iceland Monitor)
  • World climate talks address agriculture (The Economist)
  • Nigeria may lose N69trillion to climate change, says Minister (The Nation)
  • Poor ‘chakara’ hints at climate change? (The Hindu)
  • Coal price rally raises Australian hopes – but it won’t last, say economists (Guardian)
  • Vietnam floods: deaths reported, tens of thousands of homes destroyed (AFP)

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