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Hot News: October 31

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Musk Debuts Solar Roof: Elon Musk unveiled solar-powered roof tiles and an upgraded Powerwall battery as he prepares for Tesla’s $2.2 billion takeover of SolarCity. The tiles, made of textured glass integrated with solar cells, look very similar to traditional roof tiles. The solar roof would cost less than a conventional roof and could be rolled out as early as next summer. “We need to make solar panels as appealing as electric cars have become,” said Musk as he explained his vision. (News: ReutersArs TechnicaWall Street Journal $, GizmodoIB Times $, WiredBBCLA Times $, ForbesCNBCChristian Science MonitorMashableAPCommentary: Bloomberg, Tom Randall analysisForbes, Jeff MacMahon column)

Exxon To Write Down Reserves: ExxonMobil will eliminate nearly 20 percent of its oil and gas prospects if oil prices remain low for the rest of 2016, the oil giant said. This announcement comes after the SEC and New York State investigations of Exxon for its accounting practices and whether it misled its shareholders on climate risk. (Wall Street Journal $, Reuters, BloombergNew York Times $, Financial Times $, CNBCHouston Chronicle)

TV Show Talks Solar Politics: Years of Living Dangerously, the Emmy Award-winning docu-series, premiered its second season on Sunday, with the goal of elevating climate change as a voting topic by showing viewers the frontlines of the issue. Episode one featured David Letterman reporting on renewable energy development in India in his first TV appearance since retiring from the Tonight Show. SNL’s Cecily Strong highlighted utility attempts to block rooftop solar development in the U.S, focusing on NV Energy’s anti-solar efforts in Nevada and the closely-watched Amendment 1 solar fight in Florida. (News: MashableClimateWire $, Morning ConsultPacific StandardThinkProgressRolling StoneFinancial ExpressCommentary: BusinessGreen, Joel Bach interview $)

Shipping Industry to Deliver Emissions Plan by 2023: Over 170 members of the International Maritime Organization agreed to a timeline for a comprehensive emissions reduction strategy by 2023. The six-year delay is longer than many stakeholders had argued was necessary. An initial plan is expected in 2018 followed by a three-year collection of fuel use data by large ships, which will then inform a final plan. International shipping emissions, which are not covered under the Paris Agreement, could rise from two percent to 17 percent of global emissions by 2050 if left unregulated. (News: Carbon Pulse $, GuardianClimate HomeClimate CentralCommentary: Climate Home, Ed King column)

US News
  • Trump takes aim at NASA’s climate budget (The Hill)
  • The ambitious Clinton climate plan nobody is talking about (PRI News)
  • These coal companies went broke, yet their PACs found money to give to candidates (Miami Herald)
  • How Louisiana turned disaster into dollars (Politico)
  • Why Hollywood, environmentalists and Native Americans have converged on North Dakota (Washington Post $, Guardian)
  • Con Ed says plan to install rooftop solar panels will aid poor New Yorkers (New York Times $)
  • Exxon claims right to depose ‘everybody’ from AG announcement (ClimateWire$)
  • In California, a $350 million social experiment over lawns (APLA Times $)
  • Cleantech rebrands as ‘smart city’ to attract venture dollars (Bloomberg)
  • 6 ways New York City is preparing for the next Superstorm Sandy (Business Insider)
  • Williston Reservoir emissions a big question mark (Alaska Highway News)
  • Coal ash a hot-button issue in tight North Carolina governors’ race (InsideClimate News)
  • It’s going to be hot in the U.S. on election day, and that’s really weird (Mashable)
  • As climate changes, meteorologists relying less on ‘using the past to inform the future’ (KTOO)
  • Clinton ‘smart’ not to make climate big issue — top enviro (Greenwire $)
  • Can a town that has defied history survive climate change? (ClimateWire $)
  • Four gas companies join EPA’s voluntary methane-cutting program (Politico Pro$)
  • Wind experts think prices will fall faster than official models predict (Greentech Media)
  • Behind the retreat of the Koch brothers’ operation (Politico)
  • Climate change, erasing student debt top policies for Stein (AP)
  • Payments promised town residents if voters ok wind project  (AP)
  • Solar battle rages in swing-state Florida (The Hill)
  • Cedar Rapids officials press flood protection with presidential candidates (The Gazette)
  • Exxon Mobil partners for new carbon capture pilot project (Fuel FixBusinessGreen $)
  • New England says no to natural gas, yes to renewables (E&E News $)
  • Scientist goes it alone on climate change to save his state (National Geographic)
  • Battleground bros.: Concerns over climate change action (NBC)
  • Ayotte touts support for Clean Power Plan (Greenwire $)
  • Watchdog pushes Texas to investigate solar industry (Greenwire $)
  • Their mission: save Minnesota’s rare orchids before it’s too late (Minnesota Public Radio)
  • Plug in these numbers: Electric cars could save states $21 billion (TakePart)
  • Climate change threatens sewage cleanup plans (Courier-Journal)
  • Feds want to store nuclear waste aboveground in New Mexico desert (KJZZ)
  • How a dot-com millionaire became a social media crusader against solar amendment (Miami Herald)
  • Groups aim to halt Texas nuclear waste facility (The Hill)

World News

  • 1 in 7 children globally lives with ‘toxic’ air, study finds (Washington Post $, New York Times $, Guardian)
  • Why Europe’s climate action has been put on hold (EurActiv)
  • As Earth warms, the diseases that may lie within permafrost become a bigger worry (Scientific American $)
  • Solar industry rollercoaster offers a bumpy ride (Financial Times $)
  • Time to buy more Canadian wine? Climate change driving up prices from other wine regions (CBC News)
  • China asks coal miners at latest meeting to cap 2017 prices-sources (Reuters)
  • Solar could have role in new Australia copper mine (Reuters)
  • Japan’s negative rates prod megabanks to offshore wind loans (Bloomberg)
  • Delhi pollution level alarming post Diwali, people complain of ‘zero visibility’ (Hindustan TimesTIME)
  • How ethical is your ‘socially responsible’ fund? (Financial Times $)
  • Why energy farms wind up the neighbors (The Times $)
  • Subsidy culture undermines UK’s green industry (Financial Times $)
  • Indian farmers fight against climate change using trees as a weapon (Guardian)
  • Fantastic Beasts: Our secret weapon in combating man-made climate change — animals (Salon)
  • Canada not ready for climate change, report warns (Globe and Mail)
  • The role coral plays in climate change (Gizmodo)
  • President Duterte urged to ratify global pact on climate change (CNN)
  • Prince Charles joins clean soil project to combat climate change (Guardian)
  • France avoids nuclear plant closure decision as election looms (Reuters)
  • Renewable energy, electric cars to boost copper demand (Reuters)
  • Secret government papers show taxpayers will pick up costs of Hinkley nuclear waste storage (Guardian)
  • Warming to lithium-ion, Toyota charges up its battery options (Reuters)
  • Company directors to face penalties for ignoring climate change (Sydney Morning Herald $)
  • Climate scientists feel weight of world on their shoulders (ABC Australia)
  • Tata Power to invest in renewable energy sector in India (PTI)

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