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Hot News: October 24

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Trump Would Attack Climate Programs in First 100 Days: If elected president, Donald Trump promised he would immediately redistribute funds earmarked for UN climate change programs and channel them to domestic projects. In a speech in Gettysburg, Trump said during his first 100 days in office, he would also lift restrictions on energy production, including oil, natural gas and “clean coal,” and greenlight projects such as the Keystone XL Pipeline. (Wall Street Journal $, USA TodayLA Times $, VOA NewsDeutsche WelleNew York Post)

Climate Change Brings Dermatology Woes: Skin diseases are expanding across North America as rising temperatures make new regions habitable for bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, a recent research review shows. Lyme disease, for example, is spreading north from North England into parts of Canada and Valley Fever is expanding in the Southwest. The research also notes higher skin cancer risk and the spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika from tropical regions to Texas and Florida. (Reuters)

China’s Climate Refugees: China’s deserts have been expanding at an accelerated pace due to climate change and human activities, swallowing villages and creating tens of thousands of “ecological migrants.” Since 1975, desert regions have expanded by about 21,000 square miles — an area approximately the size of Croatia. The worsening drought across northern China and rapid desertification have made it difficult to farm and plant the trees required to stabilize the soil. Sand storms have become more frequent and intense, increasingly affecting major cities such as Beijing. (New York Times $)

US News
  • SunEdison creditors launch lawsuit against lenders in bankruptcy battle (ReutersBloomberg)
  • Emails show machinations behind Clinton’s shift on pipeline (Washington Post $)
  • Tapping landfills to generate power seemed smart. So why is the industry threatened? (LA Times $)
  • Hundreds in Los Angeles protest climate change, North Dakota pipeline (Reuters)
  • More than 80 Dakota Access pipeline protesters arrested, some pepper sprayed (NBC)
  • Climate lessons from the Clinton campaign’s hacked emails (Politico)
  • Hundreds of towns broke heat records this week. Thanks, climate change! (ThinkProgress)
  • Gordon Hamilton, climate scientist, dies in accident in Antarctica (New York Times $, AP)
  • New study to characterize methane emissions from natural gas compressor stations (
  • Winter drought forecast for much of U.S. (Climate Central)
  • Industry study: Value of Iowa wind energy outweighs its costs (Midwest Energy News)
  • Greens look to tie GOP House candidates to Exxon climate fight (The HillTIME)
  • Exxon heads for courtroom faceoff with N.Y. in climate probe (Bloomberg)
  • Can Elon Musk’s business empire survive and thrive? (Economist $)
  • Here’s how the drought is impacting investment markets (KQED)
  • Why investor pressure is growing on oil and gas firms to tackle methane emissions (BusinessGreen $)
  • ‘Like something out of a horror movie’: Flesh-eating bacteria infection kills man in four days (Washington Post $)
  • Why it took years to shut down Texas Tea (Colorado Independent)
  • Waste, families left behind as nuclear plants close (NPR)
  • Here’s how Clinton and Trump are responding to Florida’s toxic algae (Buzzfeed)
  • After denying any spills, Duke Energy ordered to clean up spilled coal ash (Think Progress)
  • Major California river adding key ingredient: Water  (AP)
  • Americans are more afraid of clowns than climate change, terrorism, and … death (Vox)
  • Kerry: ‘It pisses me off’ that climate change got left out of presidential debates (PJ Media)
  • EPA rethinks smog exemptions for small producers (E&E News)
  • Chamber faults Clinton on fossil fuels, has no quarrel with Trump (Greenwire $)
  • Closing in on a solar power breakthrough (EnergyWire $)
  • State may expand funding for dairy farm digesters (Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel)
  • Why it matters: climate change (AP)
  • Why it matters: energy (AP)
  • Bankruptcy bust: How zombie companies are killing the oil rally (Wall Street Journal $)

World News

  • Food industry goes beyond looks to fight waste (New York Times $)
  • Big companies fail to meet carbon goals (Financial Times $)
  • Greenhouse gases reach symbolic milestone; opens “new era”-WMO (ReutersPress AssociationBBC NewsClimate HomeClimate Central)
  • Green groups call for action on global shipping emissions from latest IMO meeting (BusinessGreen $)
  • New climate-friendlier coolant has a catch: It’s flammable (New York Times $)
  • Wind, solar costs undercut new coal plants in South Africa (Climate HomeBusinessGreen, Renew Economy)
  • Climate change could spark the world’s next financial crisis, former Bank of England executive warns (IndependentBloomberg)
  • Russia’s Arctic obsession (Financial Times $)
  • Air pollution more deadly in Africa than malnutrition or dirty water, study warns (Guardian)
  • Snow leopards could lose two-thirds of their habitat due to climate change (Scientific American)
  • Fake Twitter army that trolls renewable energy linked to mining lobby (Buzzfeed)
  • Royal Dutch Shell to sell $1 billion of western Canadian assets in latest divestment (Wall Street Journal $)
  • UK has started its Paris ratification process (Politico Pro $)
  • Petrol cars allowed to exceed pollution limits by 50 percent under draft EU laws (Guardian)
  • The coming fast-fashion boom in the developing world spells big trouble for the environment (Quartz)
  • Environment group named in WikiLeaks email release responds to attacks (Guardian)
  • Pakistan’s plan to cut disaster risk aims at a new target-schools (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • India ‘to classify large hydro as renewables to meet green targets’ (Energy Live News)
  • Toyota unveils big hydrogen bus plans in Japan (BusinessGreen $)
  • A three-bed house with £500 energy bills? How you too can slash your costs (Guardian)
  • The latest disaster risk from climate change — huge glacial floods (Washington Post $)
  • Solar lighting has eliminated 20 million kerosene lanterns (Greentech Media)
  • Iceland drills hottest hole to tap into energy of molten magma (New Scientist)
  • Greenland isn’t in a rush to fight climate change because it’s good for the country’s economy (Quartz)
  • Shocking level of pollution in India and China: Kelly (PTI)

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