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Hot News: September 9

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Wet Hot American Summer: Every state in the contiguous US experienced above average temperatures between June and August, with California, Connecticut and Rhode Island recording their warmest summer ever. New data from NOAA also reveal that although this year’s summer tied with 2006 as the fifth warmest on record, nights were the hottest ever, with average low temperatures about 2.4°F above normal. Hotter nights are a signature of climate change and particularly dangerous because they reduce the possibility of relief during heatwaves. (USA TodayClimate Central)

California Extends Climate Bill: California Governor Jerry Brown signed the nation’s most ambitious climate bill into law yesterday, extending the state’s climate change law by 10 years. “This is big, and I hope it sends a message across the country,” Brown said at the signing ceremony. Senate Bill 32 requires the state to reduce emissions 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030, and could to give Brown leverage to extend California’s embattled cap-and-trade program. (LA Times $, AP, Sacramento BeeReutersWall Street Journal $, NPRThe HillSF Gate)

Human Cost of Climate Change: An exhaustive review of nearly 200 different studies quantifies the present everyday effects of climate change on people. The mega-study by researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory reaffirms previous conclusions (e.g. climate change increases the risk of conflict and will impact the global economy) but also explores lesser-known consequences, from higher infant mortality rates to the “adaptation gap” in agriculture. (

US News
  • Chelsea Clinton cites climate change as reason to vote for her mother (CNN)
  • U.S. coal miners hit Congress to rally for pension protection (Reuters)
  • GOP plan to kill Obama’s coal leasing pause clears committee (Politico Pro $)
  • EPA sued over clean water rules to curb ocean acidification (Reuters)
  • Louisiana flood price tag could hit $15 billion (CBS News)
  • Mass. not pushing tougher carbon cap (ClimateWire $, Carbon Pulse $)
  • U.S. forests are so full of dead trees that some want to burn them instead of coal (Washington Post $)
  • Coal shutdowns make climate goals doable — report (ClimateWire $)
  • Hawaii prepares plan to help coral recover from bleaching (AP)
  • France’s Total takes control of Barnett shale in Texas (Wall Street Journal $)
  • Self-driving cars could help save the environment—or ruin it. It depends on us (TIME)
  • Is this the tipping point for electric cars? (Bloomberg)
  • With hopes fading, lawmakers meet on energy bill (AP)
  • Threat of salmon extinction turns small tribe into climate researchers (Yes! Magazine)
  • White House: No change in fracking stance since Oklahoma quake (UPI)
  • Rate impacts of decoupling in Minnesota are minimal so far (Midwest Energy News)
  • California’s water conservation dips in July — are eased rules to blame? (LA Times $)
  • Study: Yellowstone snowmobile season will shorten (Post Register)
  • The birth and troubled childhood of an American supergrid (E&E News $)
  • Promoters of cleaner electric grid zapped by roadblocks (E&E News $)
  • EPA finalizes cross-state pollution rule for ozone-causing nitrogen oxides (Utility Dive)
  • World’s loneliest snail lives in Hawaii but can’t get a date (New Scientist)
  • Renewables, imports replace natural gas in California energy mix (Greentech Media)
  • How New York grocery stores plan to use ice batteries (Fortune)
  • Advocates say Duke Energy long-term plans ‘woefully inadequate’ (Southeast Energy News)
  • ‘Scary’ climate change may force zoning changes: Planning Commission (New York Post)
  • National Academies panel urges overhaul of energy policies (Greenwire $)
  • Tesla gets $300 million lease credit line from Deutsche Bank (Reuters)
  • Vermont sues Volkswagen over emissions-rigging scandal (AP)

World News

  • Brazil to ratify Paris climate deal amid forest fire surge (Climate Home)
  • EU a potential stumbling block for Paris climate change deal (Financial Times $)
  • PM Modi pledges India will join Paris climate change deal this year (AFPPTI)
  • China hits 60 pct of 2016 target for coal output cuts -state media (Reuters)
  • VW says ‘no room or need for compensation’ in emissions scandal (EurActiv)
  • La Nina is already here according to Japan as U.S. drops watch (BloombergMashable)
  • The global energy storage action is heading east (Greentech Media)
  • The world is nearly out of wild areas and that’s bad for climate change (ThinkProgressWashington Post $, Vox)
  • Norway dismisses talk of lifting Arctic islands oil, gas ban (Reuters)
  • China, Japan, Korea step up efforts on carbon market cooperation (Carbon Pulse$)
  • Utility companies told to boost flood preparations (Financial Times $)
  • Giant cruise ship makes historic voyage in melting Arctic (AP)
  • Getting more sophisticated about green investing (Economist $)
  • What’s holding back off-grid renewable energy in Zimbabwe? (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • Ecuador begins drilling for oil in pristine corner of Amazon (VOA News)
  • Three groups said to plan bids for U.K. Green Investment Bank (Bloomberg)
  • Britain to miss its 2020 renewable energy targets – MPs (Bloomberg)
  • China’s sinking coal mining towns and villages – in pictures (Guardian)
  • Taiwan plans solar power boost in push to become free of nuclear (Bloomberg)
  • China to relax 276-day limit on coal mine operations, say market sources (Platts)
  • India, US stuck in a deadlock on refrigerant gases (Business Standard)
  • Air pollution costs trillions and holds back poor countries, says World Bank (Guardian)
  • World War II economy is a master class in how to fight climate change (Bloomberg)
  • Abu Dhabi’s Masdar seeks partners for clean-energy desalination (Bloomberg)
  • World’s biggest backer of renewables is scaling back lending (Bloomberg)
  • Scientists are racing to unravel an ice avalanche mystery (Climate Central)
  • Electric car etched into Suffolk wind turbine field (BBC)
  • Public inquiry halts opencast mine plan (Financial Times $)

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