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Hot News: October 6

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Most Powerful Storm in A Decade Threatens US: Nearly two million people have been urged to evacuate along the East Coast and more than 12 million are under hurricane watch or warning, after Hurricane Matthew strengthened overnight with winds reaching 125 mph. The storm is forecast to impact Florida today, possibly as a Category 4 storm. If it makes landfall, it would be the most powerful storm since Hurricane Wilma in 2005 to do so, and could cause as much as $15 billion in economic disruption. This morning, the National Hurricane Center warned of “life-threatening inundation during the next 36 hours along the Florida east coast and Georgia coast.” Matthew has caused at least 26 deaths across the Caribbean. (NewsNBC, CNNBBCUSA TodayWashington Post $, Fox NewsReutersNew York Times $, APNPRClimate Central, Mashable.  CommentaryAP, Seth Borenstein Q&AThinkProgress, Joe Romm columnForbes, Marshall Shepherd columnGrist, Scott Dodd columnNew York Times, John Schwartz Q&A $; Discover Magazine, Tom Yulsman columnPacific Standard, Eric Holthaus op-edMiami Herald editorialBackgroundClimate Signals)

No Going Back – Paris Agreement Takes Effect: The Paris Agreement crossed the last threshold needed to take effect after 12 more countries joined, bringing the total to 74 countries accounting for 58.82 percent of global emissions. The deal is now set to enter into force after 30 days, just days ahead of the 22nd UN Conference of the Parties in Marrakech. This is one of the fastest ever ‘entry into force’ of a comprehensive, multilateral treaty, and commits parties for at least four years. President Obama hailed the development as “turning point for our planet” and said, “This gives us the best possible shot to save the one planet we’ve got.” (NewsTIMEReutersNBC NewsCNNCBS NewsPacific StandardBloombergAPWashington Post $, GuardianWall Street Journal $, The HillClimate CentralThomson Reuters FoundationCommentary: TIME, Carter Roberts & Ray Offenheiser op-ed; Huffington Post, Jake Schmidt op-edDeutsche Welle, Sonya Angelica Diehn op-ed)

99.99% Drought Risk for American Southwest: The American Southwest is “virtually certain” to be plagued by “megadroughts” by the end of the century if global warming continues unchecked, according to a new study. Rising temperatures are a major factor in increasing the risk of megadroughts, which could last 35 years and match the intensity of the Dust Bowl. California, which just entered its sixth year of drought, has already experienced economic losses, drastic water restrictions and more intense wildfires.However, limiting global warming to under 2°C would cut the risk of megadrought in half. (Guardian, Carbon Brief, Popular MechanicsAPMashable, Desert SunIB Times $)

Methane Emissions Blow Past Current Estimates: Methane emissions from the global fossil fuel industry are up to 60 percent greater than existing estimates, according to anew comprehensive analysis of global methane emissions. The unaccounted-for emissions are 300 times more than California’s Aliso Canyon leak. According to current estimates, the fossil fuel industry contributes about 22 percent of global methane emissions and about 30 percent of total US methane emissions. Methane has a higher warming potentialthan carbon dioxide in the short term. (Guardian, New Scientist, TakePartTIMEAL Jazeera, New York Magazine, NPR, Colorado Public Radio, Gizmodo)

US News
  • Clinton drives climate wedge between Trump and swing voters (Politico Pro $)
  • Brown, Schwarzenegger say landmark climate change bill boosted state’s economy (PoliticoLA Times $)
  • Weaker water conservation numbers prompt fears that California is going back to its old bad habits (LA Times $, Pacific Standard)
  • Arch Coal emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection (AP)
  • Murphy Energy Corp. files for Chapter 11 (Wall Street Journal $)
  • Climate change brings more extreme weather for Iowa, scientists say (Des Moines Register)
  • Moratorium on mining and alternative energy extended (Rapid City Journal)
  • Why insiders think the EPA got the best of the Clean Power Plan hearing last week (Utility Dive)
  • SunEdison said to map restructuring plan with TerraForm stake (Bloomberg)
  • DiCaprio climate change film ‘Before the Flood’ debuts as Hurricane Matthew looms (Miami Herald)
  • Massachusetts regulators limit fixed charges, reject new fees for PV systems (PV Magazine)
  • Why some Las Vegas casinos are gambling on solar (City Lab)
  • Greens say BLM proposal targets ‘keep it in the ground’ (E&E News $)
  • Fuel-cell market jumps 65% (E&E News $)
  • Energy storage financing is coming into its own (Greentech Media)
  • US aiming to reach new refrigerant emissions deal (The Hill)
  • Oil glut? Here comes some more! (New York Times $)
  • Duke Energy to remove coal ash from North Carolina plant (AP)
  • Exxon partners with NBA in U.S. and China (Reuters)
  • Opposing a pipeline near sacred Sioux Sites (New York Times $)

World News

  • Airline climate deal moves toward final approval in Montreal (BloombergCarbon Pulse $, HinduBlue & Green Tomorow)
  • Greener infrastructure said key to Paris climate deal: study (ReutersBloomberg)
  • Removing CO2 from the air only hope for fixing climate change, new study says (InsideClimate News)
  • Typhoon-proof, egg-beater-shaped wind turbine on trial in Japan (Bloomberg)
  • Typhoon causes widespread flooding in Busan, S Korea (BBC News)
  • 94 percent of India’s planned coal capacity will be lying idle (Clean Technica)
  • Great Pacific garbage patch’ far bigger than imagined, aerial survey shows (Guardian)
  • Global warming could kill off ‘good bacteria’, exposing an ‘Achilles’s heel’ in the ecosystem (Independent)
  • Life on a vanishing ice highway in Canada (BBC)
  • Climate change is threatening to exterminate the Wayúu people (Pacific Standard)
  • Can trees adapt to climate change? Perhaps not easily (Radio Canada International)
  • The loneliest frog on earth dies (Dhaka Tribune)
  •  Toads are croaking at a worrying rate: Research (CNBC)
  • Your jacket may soon recharge your iPhone—using the sun (Bloomberg)
  • Energy groups and businesses plead for ‘strategic response’ before ministers meet (Guardian)
  • Chile mines to turn greener, says power auction winner Mainstream (Reuters)
  • UK fracking scheme gets go-ahead after government intervenes (Financial Times$)
  • Sweden to spend up to $3.5 million on renewable energy R&D in India (Economic Times)
  • Australia’s split on renewables may thwart consensus at energy meeting (Reuters)

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