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Hot News: September 6

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US, China Formally Join Paris Agreement: The United States and China formally joinedthe Paris Agreement a day before the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, raising hopes that the climate accord could enter into force this year. The two countries are the first major emitters to join the climate pact, bringing the total number of nations to 26 comprising 39 percent of global emissions. For the agreement to enter into force, 55 countries representing 55 percent of global emissions must join. At the end of the summit, G20 leaders committed to ratifying the agreement and said they “welcome efforts to allow its entry into force by the end of 2016.” Joining the Paris Agreement is President Obama’s latest step toward cementing his climate legacy and ensuring that the US remains a global leader on the issue. (NewsGuardian,  ReutersWashington Post $, APNew York Times $, Politico Pro $, LA Times $, Financial Times $, BloombergPoliticoIB Times $, The HillBBCIndian ExpressInsideClimate NewsThe HinduChristian Science MonitorClimate HomeCommentaryAP, Seth Borenstein & Josh Lederman analysisIndependent editorialThinkProgress, Gwynne Taraska & Andrew Light op-edGuardian, Fiona Harvey analysisClimate Home, Shelagh Whitley op-ed)

Flooding On The Rise…Nuisance flooding along the East and Gulf Coasts of the US is increasing as sea levels rise and cities find themselves sinking due to climate change. Areas such as Tybee Island, Georgia and Fort Lauderdale, Florida are reporting an increased number of tidal flooding events that are affecting traffic, swamping basements and interfering with storm water systems. Though local governments, like those in the Miami area, have begun to act, state and federal action has been wanting. (New York Times $, Mashable)

…As Climate Change Turns Up the Heat on Storms: Hermine, a rare hurricane-turned tropical storm, brought strong winds, dangerous currents and property damage to Florida and mid-Atlantic states over Labor Day weekend. The slow-moving storm is expected to weaken in the next few days as it lingers in the Atlantic, but could continue to affect coastal states. The risk of storm surge has risen in recent years because of sea level rise, and warming waters can fuel stronger hurricanes. A new study also shows that typhoons across Asia have intensified by 50 percent since the 1970s due to warmer seas. (Hermine: New York Times $, AP, GuardianAtlanticCBS LocalBoston GlobeMashableTyphoons: AP, Phys.orgClimate CentralSydney Morning Herald $, GuardianNew ScientistCommentary: FiveThirtyEight, Eric Holthaus op-edBackground: Climate Signals)

Support for Global Aviation Emissions Deal: The US, China and Europe pledged support for a global, market-based measure to curb emissions from the airline industry. Aviation emissions, which are not covered by the Paris Agreement, represent about two percent of global carbon emissions. The countries’ support has increased momentum for a global aviation deal to be finalized during a late September meeting held by the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization. (ReutersClimate HomeWall Street Journal $, Carbon Pulse $, Korean Portal)

US News
  • U.S. companies tout climate policies, fund climate skeptics (Reuters)
  • Future climate change field test doesn’t make Earth greener (
  • Trickiest energy bill fights may come over water provisions (Politico Pro $)
  • ‘Rolling coal’ in diesel trucks, to rebel and provoke (New York Times $)
  • Hottest summer? Snowiest winter? Yes, data shows, weather is getting more extreme (Boston Globe $)
  • Maryland balks at push for deeper cuts to power-plant carbon emissions (Washington Post $)
  • Tackling food waste as a way to save the climate, too (InsideClimate News)
  • For lizards, climate change is a deadly — and complex — threat (NPRIB Times$)
  • California’s new climate change laws almost didn’t happen this year. Here’s how lawmakers pulled it off. (LA Times $)
  • Climate change activists hope for Clinton presidency (NBC News)
  • Bernie Sanders hits Fox News over climate change (The Hill)
  • 5.6-magnitude earthquake likely to bring new scrutiny to Oklahoma energy sector (Washington PostNPRWall Street Journal $)
  • Eastern Kentucky tries to keep former coal miners from leaving (NPR)
  • AP exclusive: $90m investment for 2 new met coal mine (AP)
  • Big hydro fights to be part of New York’s clean energy targets (Bloomberg)
  • Hurricanes cut swath through US politics (Climate News Network)
  • Bill to shield retired miners divides coal-state Republicans (AP)
  • The rising impact of water costs on energy production (Greentech Media)
  • Federal rule to fast-track renewables on public lands (Climate Central)
  • Fish deaths in Montana’s Yellowstone river tied to warming waters (InsideClimate News)
  • Birds adapt to climate change (Clarion-Ledger)
  • Debate peaks over vast coastal southern California oil land (AP)
  • NYC garbage dump world’s largest landfill-to-park project (AP)
  • San Antonio Federal Credit Union installs solar power at headquarters, 10 branches (The Business Journal)
  • Startup sense raises $14m for super-accurate home energy disaggregation (Greentech Media)
  • Murray slams Sen. Brown over miner aid; UMWA to rally in D.C. (E&E News $)

World News

  • EU can submit Paris deal ratification without backing of all members (Politico)
  • Poland ties climate-deal ratification to EU concessions on coal (Bloomberg)
  • Funds leader BlackRock calls on investors to assess climate change impact (Reuters)
    Banks pump billions into deforestation-linked firms in Southeast Asia – study (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Asia needs $7.7 trillion to meet climate change goal: Study (PTI)
  • City of Sydney council to divest from fossil fuels regardless of election result (Guardian)
  • For second time this year, Royal Caribbean cruise ship sails straight into a monster storm (Mashable)
  • EU lawmakers launch push to get shipping in the EU ETS (Carbon Pulse $)
  • Endangered glaciers: Alpine ice begins Antarctic voyage (BBC)
  • Named and shamed: the top funds blocking climate action (Climate Home)
  • Pollution particles ‘get into brain’ (BBC)
  • Climate change threatens to double malaria risk from African dams, say researchers (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Hybrid solar and wind systems attract turbine makers in India (Bloomberg)
  • Siemens is expecting a surge in German demand for batteries (Bloomberg)
  • Global warming disrupts oceans, seen lingering in the depths (
  • Prompt up on rising consumption, low wind (Reuters)
  • ISIS’ oil empire is employing thousands of children (Climate Home)
  • One photographer portrays climate change differently (TIME)
  • Ghana’s growing energy sector attracts Chinese firms (Xinhua)
  • Australia seeks $120m for Great Barrier Reef damage from Chinese coal ship (AP)
  • Regional fisheries, climate change, disaster risk management top Forum agenda (Asia Pacific Report)
  • Turkish coal plants in line for public subsidies (Guardian)
  • G-20 study urges finance firms to better assess environment risk (Bloomberg)
  • Argentina clean-power auction attracts proposals for 6 gigawatts (Bloomberg)
  • Gov’t hikes climate change budget 20% (Malaya)
  • Meet the woman who first identified the greenhouse effect (Climate Home)
  • Sellafield safety concerns uncovered by BBC Panorama (BBC)
  • How Storm Desmond left its mark on the Lake District (Guardian)
  • Latin America’s largest Ramsar Site facing 586 km transmission line (Guardian)
  • Untrue and dangerous’: Climate Change Authority board at war over own advice (Sydney Morning Herald $)

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