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Hot News: October 25

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Climate Projections Legally Threaten Species: A US appeals court ruled that federal agencies can list species as threatened based on projections of how climate change will impact their habitats. Oil companies and Alaska natives had challenged the National Marine Fisheries Service’s decision to list a seal species as threatened because of sea ice loss, but the court upheld the decision. “The service need not wait until a species’ habitat is destroyed to determine that habitat loss may facilitate extinction,” Judge Richard A. Paez wrote. (LA Times $, APThe HillArctic Daily NewsGizmodoIB Times$, Climate Home)

Renewables Ruled in 2015: There was a record amount of new renewable energy installations globally in 2015, with 500,000 solar panels installed every day. According to the International Energy Agency, total clean power capacity increased by 153 gigawatts, overtaking coal for the first time. The agency also raised its five-year forecast for renewable energy by 13 percent and now expects renewables to be 42 percent of global energy capacity by 2021. (GuardianReutersPolitico Pro $, Financial Times$, BloombergPV MagazineSan Diego Union-TribuneCNBCBusinessGreen $)

CO2 Levels Passed Key Threshold in 2015: Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere averaged 400 parts per million (ppm) in 2015 for the first time on record, ushering in a “new era of climate change reality,” according to the World Meteorological Organization. The CO2 concentration in 2015 was 144 percent above pre-industrial levels. The organization also projects that CO2 levels will stay above 400 ppm for the rest of 2016 and “not dip below that level for many generations.” (TIMEDeutsche WelleIB Times $, The HillMashableChristian Science MonitorWiredCNBC)

Shipping Industry Targets Climate Reform: The International Maritime Organization’s meeting this week in London will consider several policies that could help curb emissions from the international shipping industry. A measure requiring large ships to begin collecting data on fuel use is expected to be approved, and the meeting could deliver a long-term strategy for the sector’s ‘fair share’ of emissions reductions. Last week, 51 shipping organizations, including industry giants Maersk and Cargill, called for “ambitious action” at the meeting to align with the Paris Agreement goals. (Climate CentralClimate HomeHellenic Shipping NewsMarine LogPlattsShip & BunkerCBCCarbon Pulse $)

US News
  • Original subpoena finally surfaces in Exxon case (ClimateWire $)
  • On the ballot: two clashing visions of how America will power its cars, homes (Reuters)
  • Leaked Clinton emails mention climate change more than Obamacare (Greentech Media)
  • Large Maine companies to get millions back in cap-and-trade payments (Maine Public Radio)
  • Why Arizona’s long-awaited value of solar schemes please no one (Utility Dive)
  • What El Niño can teach us about the way climate change drives infectious disease (Washington Post $)
  • GOP senator on climate change: ‘mankind has actually flourished in warmer temperatures’ (Huffington Post)
  • EPA to FERC: ‘We really need to talk’ (Greenwire $)
  • Food policy experts to Trump team: Climate matters (ClimateWire $)
  • Trump’s newest policy promises show a deep misunderstanding of energy and the economy (Think Progress)
  • Pope Francis’s edict on climate change has fallen on closed ears, study finds (GuardianThe HillClimate Home)
  • Solar amendment campaign scrubs its web pages after leaked recording (Miami Herald)
  • In this California congressional district, water is more important than Donald Trump (LA Times $)
  • California cap-and-trade regulators eye post-2020 supply cut, new allocation rules (Carbon Pulse $)
  •  22 insurers seriously assess climate risk — does yours? (GreenBiz)
  • Detroit incinerator is hotspot for health problems, environmentalists claim (Guardian)
  • Middleton referendum vote on climate change could have national implications (WKOW)
  • Chevron sees big profits in California despite regulations (Reuters)
  • Carbon price ‘simplest’ way to comply — Southwest Power Pool CEO (E&E News$)
  • The growing electoral power of green Latino voters (Think Progress)
  • Energy Choice ballot question would create thousands of jobs, analysis shows (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
  • In California’s methane-reduction crosshairs, dairy industry faces regulation for the first time (InsideClimate News)
  • Oil sector suit targets EPA methane rules (Argus Media)
  • With treaty claim, pipeline protesters move to private land (AP)
  • 2 main Vermont governor candidates differ sharply on energy (AP)
  • Moniz: Congress needs to stop holding nuclear waste storage ‘hostage’ (Politico Pro $)
  • Environmentalists question Georgia Power coal ash closure plans (Northwest Georgia News)
  • Longterm affordability of rooftop solar an issue in ACC race (Arizona Daily Star)

World News

  • Hacked emails reveal plan to counter Rupert Murdoch’s climate denial (Guardian)
  • Plunging solar equipment prices fuel trade complaints (AP)
  • More coal plants will deepen – not cut – poverty, researchers warn (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Paris withdraws plans for carbon tax on coal (EurActiv)
  • Red meat top source of gas emissions in our diet (Independent)
  • Driven to Dhaka by disasters, Bangladeshi girls harassed into marriage (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Haiti’s hurricane raises risk of women, children being trafficked – U.N. (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Company climate change plans too weak to meet Paris goals – survey (Reuters)
  • If we ate climate change data, would we understand it more? (Fast Co.Exist)
  • Humans and global warming to blame for sharp rise in shark attacks, study finds (Independent)
  • A 1912 news article ominously forecasted the catastrophic effects of fossil fuels on climate change (Quartz)
  • Alberta mulling legislated target for renewable electricity generation (Reuters)
  • Coal will be important ‘for many, many decades to come’, says Turnbull (Guardian)
  • Tata Power CEO says to buy stranded power assets in India (Reuters)
  • India-Pakistan tensions hit climate finance (Third Pole)
  • Exposure to air pollutants linked to high blood pressure (Financial Times $)
  • Japan faces ballooning bill to deal with Fukushima meltdowns (AP)
  • 1000-year-old remote Himalayan village lit up through solar microgrids (India Today)
  • Testing the climate-drought-conflict connection (Ars Technica)
  • Spain will be run on 100 percent renewables, energy boss vows (Independent)
  • Quarter of government’s flood relief funds reaches UK farmers (Financial Times$)
  • Venezuelan oil is largely staying in ground or going up in smoke (Wall Street Journal $)
  • Retro-electric: making petrol-guzzling cars eco-friendly (Guardian)
  • Alan Jones launches Great Barrier Reef site after criticizing ‘global warming hoax’ (Guardian)
  • No water and no mercy (Khmer Times)

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