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Hot News: October 28

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Mark Your Calendars: Season 2 of Years of Living Dangerously, the Emmy Award-winning climate change docu-series featuring some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, premieres on Sunday at 8 pm ET. Check out the Years Medium page for engaging climate content.

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Warmer Arctic, Colder America: The rapidly warming Arctic has been shifting the polar vortex away from North America toward Eurasia for the past three decades, a new studyshows. The shift could bring harsher winters to North America and parts of Europe by enabling colder temperatures to reach further south. The Arctic is warming at a rate more than twice the global average, driving this climatic change. (TIMEChristian Science MonitorClimateWire $, Xinhua)

Wind Sector Soars: A record 20 gigawatts (GW) of wind capacity is currently under construction in the US, joining the existing 75 GW fleet, the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) quarterly report shows. Iowa also became the first state to generate more than one-third of its electricity from wind power. Though new wind installations fell in the third quarter of this year compared to 2015, continued investment in renewables is driving new construction. The recent five-year extension of the tax credit for wind projects has considerably lowered the deadline pressure for developers. (ReutersQuad City TimesRechargePolitico Pro $)

Mediterranean’s Desertifying Future: Southern Europe’s landscape could undergo an unprecedented transformation by the end of the century if global warming continues unchecked, according to a new study. Even a 2°C rise in temperatures would alter the region’s ecosystems on a scale “unmatched in the past 10,000 years.” According to computer models used by the scientists, a worst-case scenario of 5°C warming would cause forests in southern Spain and North Africa to be completely overtaken by desert. The average temperature in the region has already increased by 1.3°C since the late 19th century. (GuardianCarbon BriefNatureInsideClimate NewsAP)

US News
  • Throwing green money after bad (ThinkProgress)
  • Climate change discussion sparse in US presidential race (VOA News)
  • How a President Trump could scuttle US role in climate accord (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Measure in Florida that claims to back solar power may discourage it (New York Times $)
  • Exxon enters no man’s land (Bloomberg)
  • On college campuses, signs of progress on renewable energy (Environment 360)
  • Poll: Voters disapprove of U.S. Rep Lamar Smith’s climate science ‘bullying (Texas Observer)
  • Lamar Smith’s challenger is trying to win on climate (ClimateWire $)
  • What can celebrities do for climate change? (Pacific Standard)
  • Inside one naval base’s battle with sea-level rise (ClimateWire $)
  • How air pollution on Wall Street might actually be bringing down the stock market (Washington Post $)
  • Oil lobby: Use natural gas to comply with climate rule (The Hill,Politico Pro $)
  • North Dakota pipeline protesters pushed back from site after 141 arrested (GuardianThe HillNPRThink ProgressCNN)
  • Why the country’s first offshore wind farm is such a big deal (Fortune)
  • Oil industry struggles to fill hole left by baby boomers (Financial Times $)
  • The price of Central Valley farmland is falling. Here’s why. (Sacramento Bee)
  • This fabric captures energy to power your electronic devices (LA Times $)
  • How new transmission can unlock 10 times more renewables for the Eastern U.S. (Utility Dive)
  • Green bonds are exploding. But questions remain about how the money is being used (Greentech Media)
  • How Volkswagen is faring after the emissions deception (New York Times $)
  • Energy, climate will influence young voters — Texas survey (EnergyWire $)
  • Georgia adopts new coal ash rules (The Business Journal)
  • This is what it looks like when you save last year’s snow to make a ski run in October (Washington Post $)
  • Here are six things we know about Tesla’s new solar strategy (Bloomberg)
  • Branstad said he’s trying to win over Trump on wind (Des Moines Register)
  • An American offshore wind market is here (Rhode Island Public Radio)
  • Offshore auction a big step forward for renewable energy (Public News ServiceRecharge)
  • Coal trains rumble back on US rail network (Financial Times $)
  • Bernie Sanders gets emotional on why Hillary is the best choice for our planet (Elite Daily)
  • New York’s air is more harmful to kids who exercise (Think Progress)
  • Dress up as a candy meteorologist this year—that’s now a real, scary thing (Fusion)
  • A Salton Sea geothermal company thinks it’s solved the lithium puzzle. Will this time be different? (Desert Sun)
  • Sen. Ron Johnson thinks climate change is fine because people like warmer temperatures (Slate)
  • This case could spell the end for coal trains (Think Progress)
  • Exxon appeals N.Y. ruling upholding subpoena (E&E News $)
  • Ky. Dem accuses Rand Paul of ‘war on coal miners’ (E&E News $)
  • How energy-efficient upgrades can increase your home’s value (AP)
  • Icahn-backed report says oil giants reap big profits on RFS (Politico Pro $)
  • Vestas says rotor blades fracture on 2 wind turbines in Michigan (Reuters)
  • State regulators cool to Kansas City utility’s electric vehicle plans (Midwest Energy News)
  • Independent power producers in Michigan band together to fight major utility (Midwest Energy News)
  • PUC in middle again as companies disagree on wind-power price (Rapid City Journal)

World News

  • Maritime nations agree to cut pollution from ships in 2020 (Wall Street Journal$, ReutersClimate Home)
  • Mosul conflict reflects ‘ongoing ecocide’ in Iraq, says U.N. environment agency (Washington Post $)
  • World’s largest marine park created in Antarctic Ocean (ReutersWashington Post $, Wall Street Journal $)
  • The amazing creatures of the world’s newest marine protected area in Antarctica (Quartz)
  • Impacts of climate change on global food security (
  • Prince Albert calls Donald Trump ‘dangerous’ on climate change (People Magazine)
  • When China wants better air readings, cotton does the trick (New York Times $)
  • Wind and solar advance in the power war against coal (Economist $)
  • Climate change help should be in aid, not loan, Bangladesh parliamentary panel head says (BDNews24)
  • Ireland takes major step towards nationwide fracking ban (EcoWatch)
  • Total beats third-quarter expectations helped by new projects, cost cuts (Reuters)
  • Bosnia faces legal action over Chinese-backed coal dash (Climate Home)
  • EU urged to plug clean energy investment gap or miss climate targets (BusinessGreen $)
  • Fears for isolated Bolivian tribe met by Chinese oil firm in Amazon (Guardian)
  • An incinerator with a view: Copenhagen waste plant gets ski slope and picnic area (Guardian)
  • New Zealand to double electric fleet to reduce oil bill (Reuters)
  • Carbon majors respond to climate and human rights inquiry (Climate Home)
  • In energy milestone, solar and wind power have overtaken coal (Mashable)
  • Brexit sees UK drop to new low in global renewable energy league table (Independent)

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