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Hot News: September 13

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August Another Record Month: August tied July as the warmest month ever recorded, preliminary NASA data reveal. With temperatures 1.76°F (0.98°C) above the 1951-1980 August average, last month became the 11th straight to set a new heat record. This year is likely to be the hottest ever, NASA’s Gavin Schmidt affirmed. Many scientists expected La Niña to temporarily slow the rise in global temperatures, but the event hasn’t materialized. (New York Times $, MashableClimate CentralThe VergeFox NewsPopular ScienceMicMinnesota Public Radio)

Scholars Condemn Lamar Smith Subpoenas: A group of renowned legal professors urged House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith to withdraw his subpoenas related to investigations of Exxon’s climate denial. In a letter to Smith, the group called the subpoenas a threat to the First Amendment and noted that they are “invalid and constitutionally impermissible.” Smith will hold a full committee hearing on the issue tomorrow. (NewsInsideClimate NewsCommentary: Boston Globe editorial $)

Brazil Ratifies Paris Agreement: Brazil formally ratified the Paris Agreement, increasing the possibility that the global climate pact will enter into force this year. Including the US, China and now Brazil, 28 countries accounting for 41.5 percent of global emissionshave joined the agreement. For the deal to enter into force, at least 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of global emissions must join. Ban Ki-moon is holding an event at the UN next week where more countries are expected to submit their articles of ratification. (NewsAPAFPNew York Times $, The HillReutersDeutsche WelleCommentaryWashington Post, Chris Mooney & Dom Phillips column $)

India Retaliates on Solar Dispute: India filed a dispute with the World Trade Organization (WTO) over “buy-local” provisions and subsidies for renewable energy in eight US states. This development comes after the WTO backed a US complaint against domestic content requirements in India’s national solar program in February. The US has a 60-day window to settle the dispute, after which India could ask the WTO to rule on the issue. (ReutersPolitico Pro $, Economic TimesHindu Business Line)

US News
  • Top takeaways from presidential candidates’ views on science (National GeographicTIMEHuffington PostScientific AmericanWashington Post $)
  • Above the Arctic Circle, climate change closes in on the remote town of Barrow (Washington Post $)
  • Wind power is going to get a lot cheaper as wind turbines get enormous (Washington Post $, Greentech Media)
  • Clinton-aligned PAC using digital ads to hit Trump on climate (E&E News $)
  • Donald Trump’s newest adviser says global warming is a huge threat to national security (Mother Jones)
  • Trump campaign taps GOP energy lobbyist as adviser (Politico)
  • Arch Coal agrees on mine cleanup coverage plan to exit bankruptcy (Reuters)
  • Why Democrats in western Pennsylvania are voting Trump (Atlantic)
  • The ‘Tesla of buses’ just made a big move to eliminate diesel buses forever (Business Insider)
  • Rhode Island lawmakers push FERC to integrate state climate policies into regional pricing (Utility Dive)
  • After Hurricane Hermine batters Tallahassee, Scott says he wants to bridge divide among utilities (Politico)
  • NYC named America’s most sustainable city (NBC)
  • Animal-free dairy products move a step closer to market (Guardian)
  • Saudi bid on a Houston oil refinery is a big strategic bet (New York Times $)
  • Michigan Tribe aims to block Enbridge pipeline spill settlement (InsideClimate News)
  • SolarCity raises $305 million to fund solar projects (Reuters)
  • State’s new climate law could resonate across nation — if Clinton wins (ClimateWire $)
  • Back from the brink: California expands climate goals, but doubt and distrust linger (Desert Sun)
  • For climate change science, the need for basic biology is urgent (NPR)
  • Developers, opponents spar over need for Mid-Atlantic projects (Greenwire $)
  • Tom Steyer says he doesn’t like getting enmeshed in Democratic legislative fights (Sacramento Bee)
  • Energy secretary: Administration working hard for coal power (AP)
  • Curbelo gets help from super PAC backing pro-climate change Republicans (Politico Pro $)
  • Research group asserts ratepayers will pay for W.Va. coal plant transfers (SNL)
  • Cash-strapped Alaska looks to Senate energy bill for help (E&E News $)

World News

  • The answer to the global methane mystery? Fossil fuels, a study finds (Washington Post $)
  • EU Leaders said due to discuss fast-track climate-deal approval (Bloomberg)
  • China’s electric vehicle industry shaken by scandal (AP)
  • Battery that could revolutionize renewables on trial in Scotland (Financial Times$, Climate Home)
  • A famous name and 3D printing combine to aid Caribbean coral (AP)
  • Wind-power price driven to record in North Sea by Vattenfall (Bloomberg)
  • Reykjavik unveils plan to limit urban sprawl to become carbon neutral by 2040 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Pacific nations signal support for UN aviation emissions deal (Climate HomeBusinessGreen $)
  • See the giant crack that could collapse part of an Antarctic ice shelf (TIME)
  • Saudi Arabia warns UN over 1.5C climate study (Climate Home)
  • EU to decide on its carbon market for airlines after ICAO deal (Bloomberg)
  • Wheat, one of the world’s most important crops, is being threatened by climate change (Washington Post $)
  • Category 5 Super Typhoon Meranti is strongest storm of 2016 season (Mashable)
  • G20 communique: India sat on final nod to Paris deal to get back at China over NSG (Indian Express)
  • Narendra Modi government looks at ashrams to harness solar power (Times of India)
  • How snow leopards were brought back from the brink in Afghanistan (Christian Science Monitor)
  • India wants to build 10 gigawatts of pumped hydro storage to support solar (Greentech Media)
  • Yacht sails through low-ice Arctic sea routes (BBC)
  • How are UK universities responding to the Paris climate agreement? (BuisinessGreen $)
  • Shark numbers dwindle in Atlantic Canadian waters (CBC News)
  • In Toronto, Leonardo DiCaprio delivers ‘Before the Flood,’ a documentary rallying cry about climate change (LA Times $)
  • ‘Unelected swill’: One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts calls for Australia to leave UN (Guardian)
  • Labor accused of being ‘clean energy charlatans’ after deal to cut $500m from Arena (Guardian)
  • Bitcoin technology harnessed to push electricity revolution (Bloomberg)
  • UN urged to hold world leaders’ climate bash every five years (Climate Home)
  • Oceans are absorbing almost all of the globe’s excess heat (New York Times $)
  • World’s first large-scale tidal energy farm launches in Scotland (Guardian)
  • Arctic death spiral: Icebreakers reach North Pole as sea ice disintegrates (ThinkProgress)
  • Christiana Figueres departs UN secretary general race (Climate Home)

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