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Hot News: October 4

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Obama: We’re In a Race Against Time: President Obama devoted an hour to climate change with climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe and actor Leonardo DiCaprio during the White House’s South by South Lawn event. “We’re really in a race against time. We can’t put up with climate denial or obstructionist politics for very long, if we want to leave for the next generation beautiful days like today,” Obama asserted. If you don’t believe in climate change, DiCaprio said, you “should not be allowed to hold public office.” In 2000, the actor also discussed climate issues with President Bill Clinton, and since then the state of the climate has worsened considerably, notes the Washington Post. (News: Washington Post $, Business InsiderFirst PostHuffington PostGuardianThe Hill, APVarietyEntertainment WeeklyPoliticoPolitico Pro $. Commentary: Washington Post, Juliet Eilperin analysis $)

Hurricane Matthew Hits Haiti: Category 4 Hurricane Matthew continues to gain strength, packing 145-mph winds, and has caused at least three deaths. The storm, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in years, brought life-threatening rain, wind and storm surges and caused power disruptions in Haiti. The nation is particularly vulnerable to extreme weather, and is still recovering from a widespread cholera-outbreak after a destructive earthquake in 2010 killed more than 200,000 people.  Matthew could hit parts of Florida Thursday night, and the governors of Florida and North Carolina have issued a state of emergency. (News: CNNReutersFirst Coast NewsUSA TodayMashableAl JazeeraNBC NewsBBCNew York Times $, Miami HeraldVOA NewsNPRAPBackground: Climate Signals)

Trudeau Targets Carbon Pricing by 2018: Canada is setting a national price on carbon in order to meet its Paris Agreement pledges, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced.  The federally imposed floor price would go into effect at C$10 per metric ton in 2018 and rise steadily to C$50 a ton in 2022. The country’s provinces can meet or exceed the minimum price through either a tax or a cap-and-trade system. Though the four most populous provinces already have or have plans for some form of carbon pricing, oil-rich provinces oppose the plan. But as Trudeau pointed out, “Eighty five percent of the Canadian economy is located in provinces where there is pricing on carbon pollution in one shape or another. We are going to bring that up to 100 percent.” (BloombergWall Street Journal $, CBC NewsAPGlobe and MailCanadian PressReutersThinkProgress)

Say Cheers to Planet-Saving Beer: The newly released Long Root Ale may be the world’s first beer that can boast it’s good for the planet. Instead of just malted barley or wheat, this beer incorporates Kernza, a perennial grain. Kernza can stay planted for years at a time, uses less water than most grains, and its deep roots help lock in carbon dioxide. “We’re using beer as a force for good,” said Christian Ettinger, the brewmaster. (BloombergWashington Post $, Civil EatsTakePartGrub StreetMoney MagazineTransworld BusinessMen’s JournalFast CompanyVentura County StarOutside Magazine)

US News
  • What a Donald Trump EPA will look like with climate change skeptic Myron Ebell at the helm (Newsweek)
  • Where the veep candidates stand on climate and energy (Grist)
  • Pence changes opinion on climate change (The Star Press)
  • Clinton’s plan to reduce US oil consumption probably won’t work (CNBC)
  • On Fire Island, a scar from Hurricane Sandy is seen as a good thing (New York Times $)
  • US says climate change threatens national park’s insects (AP)
  • Hoax or threat: Climate change sets candidates apart (Citizen-Times)
  • Self-bonding shortcomings (Risk & Insurance)
  • The season premiere of Madam Secretary dealt with climate change, and some people didn’t like that. (Grist)
  • Ethanol in U.S. gas tanks is backfiring for climate change (Climate CentralPolitico Pro $)
  • Meet Obama’s climate champion (E&E News $)
  • Nevada task force recommends restoring net metering as PUC welcomes 2 new regulators (UtilityDive)
  • Chicago aquarium’s battery will have broader impact on the grid (Midwest Energy News)

World News

  • Paris climate pact set to enter force after EU greenlight (APReutersBloombergClimate HomeThe Hill)
  • Planet at its hottest in 115,000 years thanks to climate change, experts say (Guardian)
  • Airlines pin low-carbon future on fuels nobody has mass produced (BloombergTaiwan TodayArabian Aerospace)
  • A milestone for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere (New York Times $)
  • The tech ice hunters use to track the Arctic melt (Wall Street Journal $)
  • Brazil development bank scraps financing for coal-fired plants (ReutersBloomberg)
  • Insured crabs, tea help China’s farmers avoid extreme weather losses (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Taiwan to send delegation to COP22 despite opposition from China (IANS)
  • Solar-powered airports are taking off worldwide (Renewable Energy World)
  • BP shuts Shetlands platform after oil spill (Financial Times $)
  • How Hillary Clinton’s state department fought for Ghana’s oil (Buzzfeed)
  • Paris climate accord to go into force: but faces test of enforcement (Reuters)
  • 10 global energy graphs that may surprise you (Climate Home)
  • UK has 3.2 GW of energy storage capacity – REA (SeeNews.Renewables)
  • How the Earth will pay back our carbon emissions with … more carbon emissions
    (Washington Post $)
  • Africa’s farmers need help: can the UN climate talks deliver? (Climate Home)
  • Solar outstrips coal in past six months of UK electricity generation (Guardian)
  • India’s NTPC to expand solar goal, slow thermal power, BNEF says (Bloomberg)
  • Sensing opportunity, cities seek business backing for climate change efforts (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Renewable energy: get your story straight, ACT tells Coalition (Guardian)

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