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Hot News: September 19

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A Race Against Time: Kick off Climate Week and spotlight the global choice on climate by watching (and sharing) A Race Against Time – a six-minute short featuring Years of Living Dangerously correspondents Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gisele Bündchen, Harrison Ford and others on locations all over the world highlighting the urgency of climate change action.

Momentum Builds Ahead of Climate Week: United Nation officials expressed confidence that the Paris Agreement would enter into force by the end of 2016, with 20 countries expected to join the deal at a September 21 UN event. European Union leaders also announced over the weekend that all members stand ready to ratify the agreement “as soon as possible” with a possible fast-track approval occurring by October 7. On the refugee crisis, all eyes are now on Tuesday’s summit by President Obama, with its own climate component (the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants draft declarationrecognizes that climate change creates refugees). (News: GuardianThomson Reuters FoundationBloombergClimate HomeIrish TimesAP , NPRWashington Post $, BusinessGreen $, APCommentary: Huffington Post, Morgan Johansson op-edGuardian, Alexander Betts op-edGreenBiz, Noah Deich op-ed)

Report: Most States Suing Over CPP On Track to Meet Goals: Most of the states that have challenged the Clean Power Plan in court as being too strict already appear on track to meet the rule’s early emissions targets. While the Obama administration’s climate rule faces an appeals court this month to decide its fate, states such as Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Dakota have been aided by changes in the power market and favorable policies towards clean energy. The full US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral arguments over the case on September 27. (Reuters)

MA Gov. Orders Carbon Caps: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, signed an executive order directing officials to establish caps on greenhouse gas emissions along with a statewide adaptation plan by next summer. The order follows a court ruling that held Massachusetts had not done enough to meet its carbon reduction goals. A new studyprojects that the number of below-freezing days in the state could decline by two-thirds to just 20 by the year 2050. (News: Boston GlobePolitico Pro $, APWBURState House News ServiceCommentary: Daily Hampshire Gazette editorial)

Relief for Existing NV Home Solar: Nevada regulators approved a deal to grandfather existing 32,000 rooftop solar customers under original, more favorable rates for 20 years. The settlement between NV Energy, SolarCity and the Public Utilities Commission does not roll back the higher charges for future home solar users. The decision coincided with a State District Court ruling that overturned the PUC’s rate hike for existing solar customers. (BloombergGreentech MediaUtilityDiveForbesMotley FoolLas Vegas NowLas Vegas Review-JournalPV-TechReuters)

US News
  • Long-term coal contracts pose hurdle for cooperatives trying to boost renewables (Politico Pro $)
  • Scientists published climate research under fake names. Then they were caught. (Washington Post $)
  • An American tragedy: why are millions of trees dying across the country? (Guardian)
  • Los Angeles City Council backs planning for 100 percent renewable energy (Think Progress)
  • Soberanes Fire becomes costliest to fight in US history (Monterey HeraldBackground: Climate Signals)
  • Sierra Club unveils voter guide for climate change voters (Morning Consult)
  • David Letterman returning to TV for National Geographic docuseries on climate change  (NBC NewsRolling Stone)
  • Republicans to rally around renewable energy in D.C. (Washington Examiner)
  • ‘We built an app’: Keeping track of Louisiana’s flood-tossed tombs (New York Times $)
  • Biomass power slumps as EPA, industry spar on science (Climate Central)
  • Trump’s climate science denial clashes with reality of rising seas in Florida (LA Times $)
  • Trump and Clinton’s unlikeliest promises (Politico)
  • Hesitance to link some weather events to climate change ‘no longer appropriate’ (InsideClimate News)
  • How MGM prepared itself to leave Nevada’s biggest utility (Greentech Media)
  • Lamar Smith invites legal scholars to tell him what he’s doing is fine (Ars Technica)
  • Who loses in coal bankruptcies? The coal miners. (Market Place)
  • As our cities grow hotter, how will we adapt? (New Yorker)
  • Are California’s hybrid and electric vehicle markets losing power? (Sacramento Bee)
  • How green is Clinton really? (Deutsche Welle)
  • A mosquito killer, unwelcome to many (New York Times $)
  • U.S. meeting on ocean conservation nets $5.3 billion in pledges (Reuters)
  • Global warming could make the drought last for a century, says UCLA study (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)
  • First wave-produced electricity in us goes online in Hawaii (AP)
  • Art and science meld as NASA announces a new artist collaboration (New York Times $)
  • The ‘tortuous and sordid history’ of a state incentive for a powerful energy upstart (LA Times $)
  • Survey: Batteries still can’t give consumers what they expect for backup power (Greentech Media)
  • New mapping tool showcases clean energy policies and projects (Midwest Energy News)
  • It’s not just Venezuela: The U.S. has its own petro-states and petro-towns (Washington Post $)
  • Oakland aims for clean energy fix to health, jobs gap (GreenBiz)
  • Tribes open new front in fight over pipelines (The Hill)
  • Dakota Access Pipeline construction temporarily halted (Think Progress)
  • How U.S. cities might look if they polluted like China (Huffington Post)
  • Dialogues give rural areas voice on climate change (La Crosse Tribune)
  • California’s drought could continue for centuries (Southern California Public Radio)
  • Senate’s odd couple: Boxer, Inhofe forge unlikely alliance (AP)
  • More are willing to pay to fight climate change, survey says (USA Today)

World News

  • 28 dead, 15 missing after typhoon lashes eastern China (AP)
  • Urban Chinese willing to pay extra for green electricity (China Dialogue)
  • Canada will impose nationwide carbon price: minister (Reuters)
  • Many car brands emit more pollution than Volkswagen, report finds (Guardian)
  • Mercedes-Benz Trucks and Krone team up to cut emissions (Financial Times $)
  • Indonesia’s 2015 fires killed 100,000 people, study estimates (Climate Home)
  • Sea ice, near record low, is not rebounding (ClimateWire $)
  • Is La Niña here? Depends who you ask (Climate Central)
  • In Ohio, frackers are drilling. Soon Ineos will be doing the same in Britain (Guardian)
  • China must wait four years for decision on Bradwell nuclear plant (Guardian)
  • Volkswagen promises its next electric car will be as revolutionary as the Beetle (Fortune)
  • Protection of Amazon’s biodiversity could fuel ‘fourth industrial revolution’: study (Reuters)
  • India loses WTO appeal in U.S. solar dispute (Reuters)
  • Segolene Royal calls for UN action on shipping emissions (Climate Home)
  • Facing the Change: Toronto grapples with the effects of extreme weather (CBC News)
  • Nuclear power will help India attain energy security’ (Economic Times)
  • Fast food chains largest contributors of carbon emissions: Study (Business Standard)
  • New patent boosts CO2 capture hopes (Climate News Network)
  • Arctic nations square up as clamour for resources grows (Guardian)
  • China to build at least 60 nuclear plants in coming decade -industry official (Reuters)
  • Damage to Great Barrier Reef costs ship owner $30 million (AP)
  • Adani Carmichael coalmine faces new legal challenge from conservation foundation (Guardian)
  • Sarkozy’s climate change denial sparks anger (Politico)
  • Solar-powered tuk-tuk completes India to UK trip (BBC)
  • Nepal to set up climate-smart villages (Kathmandu Post)
  • Coorg’s coffee planters are tracking climate change by recording rainfall patterns on their estates (Scroll)
  • Keep on walking: Veteran Hong Kong architect urges government and business to dump car-oriented planning approach (South China Morning Post)
  • For China’s polluted megacities, a focus on slashing emissions (Environment 360)

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