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Hot News: September 26

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Calls for Climate Question in Debate: With more than 100 million Americans expected to watch the first presidential debate tonight, there are growing calls to question the candidates’ stance on climate change. Lester Holt “owes it to future generations” to talk about climate change this campaign season, wrote John Sutter of CNN. Shawn Otto, chairman of, said climate change is the most urgent science question to ask during the debate. The issue also figured prominently in recent polls by the Washington Post and New York Times regarding questions the readers would like to ask the candidates. (CommentaryCNN, John D Sutter columnWashington Post, Greg Sargent column $; Newsweek, Shawn Otto interviewGrist, Emma Foehringer Merchant columnE&E News, Jennifer Yachnin analysis $; LA Times, David Lauter analysis $; Business Insider, Rebecca Harrington analysisColumbus Dispatch, Jessica Wehrman analysisLas Vegas Review-Journal, Ben Botkin analysisBuzzfeed, Dino Grandoni analysis)

Planning for COP22: Morocco’s Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, who will preside over the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakesh, said a major focus of COP22 will be the details needed to mobilize $100 billion per year in climate finance. Mezouar expressed confidence that countries accounting for over 55 percent of global emissions will join the Paris Agreement by early November, thus triggering it to take effect. On Sunday, India — the world’s third largest emitter — announced it will ratify the treaty October 2nd. (COP22: APWall Street Journal $, Morocco World NewsIndia ratification: Business StandardTimes of IndiaAPHinduReutersWall Street Journal $, MashableChristian Science MonitorLivemintEconomic TimesCommentaryNewsweek, Andrew Hammond op-edHuffington Post, Kelly Stone op-ed)

Climate Change Spurs Tern Migration to Alaska: The Wildlife Conservation Society has discovered that Caspian terns, usually found in Washington state, are breeding 1,000 miles farther north than previously recorded in Alaska. The significant expansion of locations where these birds can nest is driven by climate change, with Alaska warming at the twice the rate as rest of the US, and will likely put a stress on the region’s flora and fauna. “The arrivals of new species are mirrored by the challenges for existing ones adapting to new conditions such as walrus and polar bear,” Peter Zahler of WCS said. (GuardianZee NewsUPI)

US News
  • Obama climate plan, now in court, may hinge on error in 1990 law (New York Times $, Wall Street Journal $, Politico Pro $, Greentech Media)
  • Coal industry mounts unusual court-focused ad campaign (Politico Pro $)
  • Cruz cites energy as a key reason for voting Trump (Politico Pro $)
  • Hamm’s ex-wife to host Oklahoma fundraiser for Clinton (AP)
  • Hillary takes the nuclear-energy option (National Review)
  • NextGen Climate lobs attack on Libertarian nominee Johnson (E&E News $)
  • Conservatives pour money into races for state attorneys general (Washington Post $)
  • Apple’s secret solar plant in Arizona could power 12,500 homes (Arizona Republic)
  • How a small, family forest can help save the planet (New York Times $)
  • California eyes unusual power source: its gridlocked roads (AP)
  • Elon Musk plans to unveil new solar roof on October 28 (Fortune)
  • Warmer waters might prevent baby lobsters from surviving (AP)
  • Massachusetts state report recommends 600 MW energy storage target (Utility Dive)
  • American Geophysical Union again agrees to continue accepting Exxon money (InsideClimate News)
  • Could climate change give trees ‘Heart Attacks?’ (Daily Campus)
  • Gary Johnson’s solution for climate change involves moving to other planets (Gizmodo)
  • The White House launches a new site to track climate change (Reuters)
  • EPA foes say California’s CPP strategy bolsters case to strike down rule (Politico Pro $)
  • Taking the economic temperature 10 years after A.B. 32 (E&E News $)
  • President Obama will meet with Leonardo DiCaprio to talk climate change (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Donald Trump still doesn’t understand energy markets (Greentech Media)
  • Iowa and Wisconsin face flood threat with swollen rivers (CNN)
  • At D.C. conservative conference, clean energy is ‘now a family value’ (Southeast Energy News)
  • Joining trend, NY suspends review of oil train terminal permit (InsideClimate News)
  • In appeal to millennials, pro-Clinton group hits Gary Johnson on climate (Mashable)
  • California solar company Verengo files for bankruptcy, plans sale (Reuters)
  • Toxic algal bloom explodes in Chesapeake Bay this summer (Daily Press)
  • Beached boats, pink water as drought saps Great Salt Lake (AP)
  • EPA urges ports to voluntarily cut emissions (Greenwire $)
  • Foes find surprise weapon in Calif. compliance plan (E&E News $)
  • Smith: Study says climate change bad for walleyes (Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel)
  • Polar explorer’s new challenge: climate change (Arizona Daily Sun)
  • Can sustainability and bottled water really coexist? (LA Times $)
  • Tech giants put big data to work for climate resilience (Bloomberg BNA)
  • The gradual greening of New England (Boston Globe $)

World News

  • ‘Aviation’s Paris moment’ as nations near emissions deal (New York Times $, BloombergFinancial Times $, ReutersWall Street Journal $)
  • Donald Trump’s ‘other wall’ divides opinion (BBC)
  • Investors urge food companies to shift from meat to plants (Reuters)
  • Dutch parliament votes to close down country’s coal industry (GuardianIndependent)
  • When will Dunkin’ Donuts get rid of its Styrofoam cups? (Christian Science Monitor)
  • UK climate pledge faces stiff test amid carbon tax drive (Financial Times $)
  • Asset managers accused of climate change hypocrisy (Financial Times $)
  • Bjørn Lomborg centre got $640,000 for report saying limiting warming rise to 2C not worth it (Guardian)
  • Solar cycle not to blame for warming (Climate News Network)
  • Europe’s offshore wind industry prepares for Atlantic crossing (Reuters)
  • Poland says has begun ratification of Paris climate deal (Reuters)
  • Carbon prices about 80% too low to protect climate, OECD says (Bloomberg)
  • Sudden power price rises show need for climate policy certainty – report (Guardian)
  • Labour government would ban fracking in UK (Guardian)
  • A majority of Australians believe in climate change. So let’s do something. (MashableSydney Morning Herald $)
  • Malcolm Roberts says he will consider CSIRO’s evidence on climate change (Guardian)
  • Goldman’s ReNew Seeks $300 million more before Indian green IPO (Bloomberg)
  • In the time of climate change, a few smart lessons for Delhi (Hindustan Times)
  • Latin America sees surge in carbon pricing interest (Climate Home)
  • Volkswagen just won an award for its emissions cheating scandal (Fusion)
  • On the verge of extinction, a Chinese fishing village resists (New York Times $)
  • Volkswagen commits to speeding up Dieselgate car repairs by fall 2017 (Politico)
  • Solar industry urges government to tear down barriers to storage deployment (BusinessGreen $)
  • ‘We are thirsty’ say Tunisians as drought creates tensions (AP)
  • Chinese solar power project developers offer record low tariff price –media (Reuters)
  • Poland says has begun ratification of Paris climate deal (Reuters)
  • In Australia, China’s appetite shifts from rocks to real estate (New York Times $)

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