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Hot News: October 21

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Matthew’s 1-in-1000 Year Rainfall: Hurricane Matthew caused levels of rainfall in the Carolinas usually seen once in a 1,000 years, according to a new analysis by NOAA. This is the sixth thousand-year rainfall event in the US since last October. Parts of North Carolina received up to 14 inches of rain, leading to record flooding and several deaths. Damages from Matthew total at least $4 billion, and the number of Americans filing for jobless claims rose the week after the storm. Warmer oceans and high atmospheric moisture due to rising temperatures fueled the storm’s intensity. (Pacific StandardMinneapolis Star TribuneGristWall Street Journal $)

Solar Capacity Leaps in the US: Utility-scale solar power in the US will increase by nearly 40 percent from 10 gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2014 to 27 GW in 2017, according to a new report by the Department of Energy. Corporations are also building their solar arsenals, another new report by the Solar Energy Industries Association shows. Compared with other American businesses, Target produces the most solar power, with 147 megawatts (MW) of solar at 300 facilities. It’s beaten Walmart, which produces 145 MW at 364 locations. Every week, two percent of the US population visits a solar-powered Walmart. (Climate CentralFortune)

In Vino Veritas: Global wine production for 2016 is projected to fall five percent from last year due to “climatic events,” according to the International Organization of Vine and Wine. Global production could be among the lowest in 20 years, led by a drastic disruption in South America and a 12 percent decline in France, the world’s second largest producer, due to frost and hailstorms in the spring and drought in the summer. Weather volatility and rising temperatures are predicted to increasingly impact wines. (GuardianMashableCNN MoneyMiami HeraldSputnik International)

US News
  • The other war on coal: Thousands of retired miners could lose their health care and pensions (Mother Jones)
  • Four climate lessons from the Clinton campaign’s hacked emails (Politico Pro $)
  • In Kentucky coal country, democrats fear Trump (AP)
  • Coalition sounds flood alarm as Trump, Clinton put climate on backburner (Politico Pro $)
  • Clinton aides mulled carbon fee in climate policy memo (Politico Pro $, ClimateWire $)
  • The climate questions the next president should answer (Climate CentralBusiness InsiderUtility Dive)
  • Climate change threatens 90 percent of all industries — report (ClimateWire $)
  • Inching closer to climate goals, New York contracts for 300 EV charging stations (Utility Dive)
  • Maryland pension system begins weighing portfolio’s carbon footprint (Baltimore Sun)
  • Hampton Roads’ solution to stop the land from sinking? Wastewater. (Washington Post $)
  • Winter outlook: Warm south; cooler north; middling in middle (AP)
  • Ethanol mandate for 2017 nears finalization (The Hill)
  • Air board contemplates cap-and-trade’s future in Fresno meeting (Fresno Bee)
  • A climate activist tried to buy oil and gas land in Utah. The federal government just said no. (Desert Sun)
  • US Department of Energy invests $21 million in 17 projects (PV Tech)
  • Global climate pact may bump into Senate roadblock (The HillChristian Science Monitor)
  • Documentary film-makers face decades in prison for taping oil pipeline protests (GuardianReuters)
  • Federal report urges shoring up aging natural gas facilities to prevent leaks (InsideClimate News)
  • Solar-powered tiny houses take the spotlight in California competition (Curbed)
  • EPA releases new oil and gas pollution guidelines (The HillPolitico Pro $)
  • Florida ballot measure could halt rooftop solar, but do voters know that? (InsideClimate News)
  • King tides are fun—until they become an everyday reality (
  • Compensation for solar power not enough, nonprofit report finds (Fuel Fix)
  • Minnesota Power shutting down two more coal generators (Duluth News Tribune)
  • California’s dire drought message wanes, conservation levels drop (NPR)
  • What we’re doing wrong in the search for better batteries (MIT Technology Review)
  • After 20 years of nuclear dormancy, a new reactor emerges in the US (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Utility admits Kemper Project could be costlier to operate than originally estimated (Watchdog)
  • De Blasio admits more than 1k Sandy-ravaged homes won’t be rebuilt on schedule (Gothamist)
  • Factory farms get bigger, pollution grows, but regulators don’t even know where they are (InsideClimate News)
  • Top-down, bottom-up urban design (New Yorker)
  • Three local organizations partner to demonstrate climate-change mitigation efforts to other organizations (AZO Cleantech)
  • Turbo fuel to fight climate change? (Deutsche Welle)
  • AG Healey asks court to reconsider discovery order in Exxon climate change case (SE Texas Record)
  • 4 debates, no climate change questions: a ‘gigantic missed opportunity,’ top environmentalist says (Fortune)
  • Renewable energy is about to get supersized (TakePart)
  • In drought-ridden California, a new fertilizer technology from KDC Ag could bring relief (Tech Crunch)

World News

  • Super typhoon wipes out nearly every home in this Philippine city (Huffington Post)
  • France to abandon carbon floor price –media (Carbon Pulse $, Reuters)
  • UK calls for delay to stricter coal pollution rules (Financial Times $)
  • U.S. and U.K. announce major research mission to enormous, melting Antarctic glacier (Washington Post $)
  • Let the haggling begin (Economist $)
  • Brazilian senate approves new coal funding (Climate Home)
  • Thermal coal plants in India, China key source of emission (PTI)
  • Put people, not cars, first in transport systems: U.N (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Small farmers can overcome climate change and feed the world – Zimbabwe farmer (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • World Bank: Emissions trading could cut carbon mitigation costs by a third (BusinessGreen $)
  • Study reminds rich nations the climate bill is coming due (ClimateWire $)
  • Climate change has turned Bolivia’s glaciers into time bombs (Motherboard)
  • 50 years on, a Welsh village remembers a disaster (AP)
  • Canada energy regulator could be curbed after pipeline fiasco (Reuters)
  • Governments agree U.N. study of tough climate limit, despite doubts (Reuters)
  • Netherlands’ accounting trick lowers 2020 climate target (Climate Home)
  • World’s first wind-hydro farm supplies power even when there’s no wind (EcoWatch)
  • Latest ‘Rice Almanac’ focuses on climate change, food security (Business Mirror)
  • Climate change stats are churned into ice cream (Seeker)
  • Climate change is already causing more inequality and global violence (MIT Technology Review)
  • Royal Society accused of allowing ‘anti-scientific coal baron’ to preach benefits of global warming (Independent)
  • Banks question the cost of Chile’s renewable energy revolution (Bloomberg)
  • GreenWish plans to build 100 MW solar capacity in north Nigeria (Bloomberg)

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