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Hot News: October 7

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Hurricane Matthew Hovers Near Florida: Hurricane Matthew is churning close to Florida’s east coast after it weakened slightly overnight to a Category 3 storm. While it is still uncertain whether it will make landfall, the hurricane has already dumped torrential rain and left more than 300,000 Florida residents without power. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting up to 15 inches of rain in some areas and storm surges up to 11 feet from Florida to South Carolina. More than 339 people have died in Haiti as a result of the hurricane, which has been the longest-lived Category 4-5 hurricane in the eastern Caribbean on record. The number of major hurricanes in the Atlantic basin has doubled since the 1970s — fueled by warmer waters. (NewsNew York Times $, USA TodayCNNOrlando SentinelReutersWashington Post $, BBCBloombergMashableABC NewsNPRSun NewsWashington Post $, E&E News $, TIMEAPFox NewsNBC NewsMiami HeraldCNBCCommentary: CNN, Issac Bailey columnPacific Standard, Eric Holthaus op-edNew York Times, Andrew Revkin column $; Vox, Brad Plumer columnAP, Seth Borenstein columnBackground: Climate Signals)

Global Aviation Emissions Deal Takes Off: Nations reached a global agreement to limit aviation emissions, the first ever from an international sector rather than a country. More than 65 countries, including the US, China and the EU, will join the first phases of the deal in 2021. If left unchecked, aviation emissions could consume about a quarter of the world’s remaining carbon budget for 1.5°C by 2050. The agreement is estimated to cover approximately 76 percent of international aviation emissions growth between 2021 and 2035. Some civil society and other stakeholders criticized the deal for falling short of achieving carbon neutral growth by 2020 and not aligning with the Paris Agreement. (APWall Street Journal $,The HillPolitico Pro $, BusinessGreen $, ReutersClimate HomeFinancial Times $, New York Times $, Washington Post $, GuardianBBCBloombergJakarta PostNew York MagazineDeutsche WelleClimate Central)

Spring Springs Earlier at National Parks: Spring is coming early to more than 200 national parks across the US thanks to climate change, according to a new reportannounced by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. This creates ideal conditions for invasive species and earlier snowmelt, and throws off pollination cycles. By looking at data over a 112-year period, researchers also found that about half the parks are experiencing “extreme” early onsets of springs, with the season starting weeks earlier than usual. (National GeographicScience Daily)

US News
  • This is how political the decline of coal has become (Fortune)
  • New weather satellite a sitting duck a month before launch (E&E News $)
  • Trump is lightning rod in debate between candidates in Northern Virginia race (Washington Post $)
  • Liberal groups accuse ALEC, Exxon of tax violations (The Hill)
  • Major Hawaii wind farm shut down after turbine parts fall to ground (Pacific Business News)
  • Oklahoma governor wants you to pray for the oil industry (no joke) (EcoWatch)
  • Senate Dems ask Obama to block Atlantic, Arctic offshore drilling (The Hill)
  • Six states sue EPA to force action on upwind ozone petition (Politico Pro $)
  • Huckabee: DiCaprio, Obama ‘elitist snobs’ (The Hill)
  • Over half of U.S. fracking wells are in water-stressed areas, report says (Mashable)
  • The new offshore wind playbook: Inside the feds’ plan to spur 86 GW by 2050 (Utility Dive)
  • NJ looks to capitalize on new federal subsidies for solar (NJ Spotlight)
  • SolarCity expands into SC and starts hiring (Solar Industry Magazine)
  • GE drones are coming to squeeze more savings from the oil patch (Bloomberg)
  • Blankenship to send out 250,000 booklets declaring innocence (West Virginia Gazette-Mail)
  • Opposition to Washington’s historic carbon tax initiative is coming from the unlikeliest of sources (Think Progress)
  • Massachusetts’ new rate case ruling is good news for distributed energy (Greentech Media)
  • No resting on laurels for climate law architects (ClimateWire $)
  • Mine expansion to have minor climate impact (AP)
  • Tesla shares slide as investors hit the brakes (Financial Times $)
  • Toxic algae blooms linked to over-fertilization and climate change (Food Tank)

World News

  • The Paris Agreement of refrigeration – a bluffer’s guide (Climate HomeE&E News $)
  • Poor countries urge fast action on Paris deal to stop catastrophic warming (Guardian)
  • Green Climate Fund urged to blacklist coal-funding agencies (Climate Home)
  • Japan to sign global climate pact ‘as soon as possible’: minister (Reuters)
  • World needs $90tn infrastructure overhaul to avoid climate disaster, study finds (Guardian)
  • Approval of new oil search permit for Great Australian Bight sparks moratorium call (Guardian)
  • 109 glacial lakes formed in Himachal in two years (IANS)
  • I.P.O. values Innogy unit of German Utility RWE around $22 billion (New York Times $)
  • As the world hails Paris, Africa’s energy plans are stagnating (Climate Home)
  • Australia will head to first meeting of the Paris Agreement an outsider (Climate Home)
  • Sewer warmth to heat Paris swimming pool (Reuters)
  • Local impacts outweigh climate change for energy project opponents: report (CBC News)
  • Collaboration vital for cities to tackle climate change (Clean Technica)
  • Government accused of ignoring its own climate change experts over fracking (Independent)
  • Mr Consistency (Arctic Journal)
  • Exxon Mobil fined $74 billion by Chad court over royalties (Bloomberg)
  • How climate change will completely transform wine as we know it (Vice Munchies)

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