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JLN Environmental/Energy: Fresh Hopes on Climate Change; Shutdown Would Scuttle House Pipeline Hearing; Intel Targets Share of $5 Billion Smart-Grid Market

Let’s call this edition’s Leads section our science and technology collective. Articles include: IPCC Scientist: Climate change will hit Europe’s competitiveness; South Korean Scientists Use E. Coli to Make Gasoline; Can Bob Inglis Make Republicans Relevant in Climate and Clean Energy Policy? and Intel Targets Share of $5 Billion Smart-Grid Market.

Quote of the Day:

“This is a space is occupied by the environmental left. We need to break the connection between the observed problem of climate change and the assumed solution. Our goal is to show there is a problem, but [to use a] limited role of government to solve it.”

–Former South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis in Greentech Media’s “Can Bob Inglis Make Republicans Relevant in Climate and Clean Energy Policy?”

 

Lead Stories

Fresh hopes on climate change
New technologies, practices may help shift effects, U.N. official says
Alvin Powell, Harvard Gazette
You may have to dig to find it, but there’s good news out there on climate change, and not just a little. Really.

http://jlne.ws/15FnY9N
**RKB — We followed Ms. Figueres’ address in several news articles over recent editions. Here’s Harvard’s take. Repeating the report, below.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report
The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) will provide a clear view of the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change. It will comprise three Working Group (WG) reports and a Synthesis Report (SYR). The outline and content can be found in the AR5 reference document and SYR Scoping document.

http://jlne.ws/19RSY3g

IPCC Scientist: Climate change will hit Europe’s competitiveness
EurActiv.com
One of the lead authors of a key UN climate report launched on Friday (27 September) has told EurActiv that Europe’s business competitiveness would be badly hit by global warming of the sort most scientists now believe is likely to arise this century.
http://jlne.ws/1eVdiXF

South Korean Scientists Use E. Coli to Make Gasoline
The Wall Street Journal Asia
Escherichia coli can cause serious food poisoning but Korean scientists have come up with a more helpful use for the sometimes-deadly bacteria: producing gasoline.
http://jlne.ws/18mb4ve

Why More Climate Science Hasn’t Led to More Climate Policy – Yet
The New York Times’ Dot Earth blog
Will the fresh assessment of global warming from the panel matter where it counts, in the realm of environmental and energy policy and diplomacy?
http://jlne.ws/1hgmX7W

Can Bob Inglis Make Republicans Relevant in Climate and Clean Energy Policy?
Greentech Media
As Congress inches closer to shutting down the federal government without agreement on raising the debt ceiling, journalists are figuring out how to describe the situation.
http://jlne.ws/1aFQRkj

Intel Targets Share of $5 Billion Smart-Grid Market
Bloomberg
Intel Corp. (INTC), the world’s largest chipmaker, plans to expand in the global smart-grid market following a jump in demand for energy-saving technologies.
http://jlne.ws/16bpA9J

Events

Climate Strategies Forum
Association of Climate Change Officers
October 14-17
Washington, D.C.
http://jlne.ws/14cGFtN

Verge: Where Tech Meets Sustainability
October 14-17
San Francisco, California
http://jlne.ws/1bAKXT4

FT Global Shale Energy Summit
October 21
London
http://jlne.ws/1cemi7d

Solar Power International
October 21-24
Chicago
http://jlne.ws/184e0wa

Climate Leadership Conference
Association of Climate Change Officers
February 24-26, 2014
San Diego, CA
climateleadershipconference.org/

Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuel

Shell to Sell Stake in Eagle Ford Shale in Texas
The Wall Street Journal
Royal Dutch Shell plans to sell its stake in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, following a $2 billion write-down of North American assets that the company announced in August.
http://jlne.ws/1bY4EX6

Victoria won’t rush CSG: Ryan
Climate Spectator
Warnings of price hikes and supply shortages will not rush Victoria into allowing exploitation of coal seam gas, deputy Victorian Premier Peter Ryan has told The Australian Financial Review.
http://jlne.ws/14Z6MJI

Origin raises billion for LNG debt
Climate Spectator
Origin Energy has taken advantage of low interest rates to sell $1.17 billion in euro bonds to refinance debt, according to a report on news.com.au.
http://jlne.ws/18HEVx9

Shutdown would scuttle House pipeline hearing
The Hill’s E2 Wire
Wednesday’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on legislation to speed up cross-border energy projects and pare back environmental review won’t happen if the federal government is partially shut down, a GOP aide said.
http://jlne.ws/1eVgVgh

Power

IKEA Starts U.K. Solar Push
The Wall Street Journal
IKEA Corp., already a major purchaser of renewable-energy equipment to power its own facilities, plans to sell solar panels to customers at 17 stores in the U.K. as the Swedish furniture giant tries to meet a growing customer demand for sustainable products.
http://jlne.ws/18Hox1y

Credits to Spur Renewable Energy Sources Seen Set to End: Taxes
Bloomberg
Tax credits for the production of wind power and other renewable energy sources face expiration at year’s end amid few signs Congress will decide to continue them, tax lobbyists and other analysts say.
http://jlne.ws/1bnjCqp

Water

Sumitomo Sells Half of U.K. Water Supply Holding to Osaka Gas
Bloomberg
Sumitomo Corp. (8053) sold half of the holding in a U.K. water supplier that it acquired in February to Osaka Gas Co. (9532), making the group Japan’s first urban gas utility to be involved in an overseas water-supply business.
http://jlne.ws/19Rrslm

Reports

Global 500 Climate Change Report 2013 (Posted September 12, 2013)
CDP
http://jlne.ws/16mBo8p

The Future of China’s Power Sector (posted August 27, 2013)
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
http://jlne.ws/14Bk1k2

Sub-national involvement in NAMA development (posted August 7, 2013)
Ecofys’ International Climate Policies Unit
http://jlne.ws/19LKChs

U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather (Posted July 14, 2013)
U.S. Dept. of Energy
http://jlne.ws/12z1YK5

Turn down the heat: climate extremes, regional impacts, and the case for resilience (Posted June 19, 2013)
World Bank
http://jlne.ws/14KrLza

Four energy policies can keep the 2 Degree C climate goal alive (Posted June 10, 2013)
IEA
http://jlne.ws/12Bpk41

Maneuvering the Mosaic: State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2013 (Posted June 10, 2013)
Ecosystem Marketplace
http://jlne.ws/12Cyi0X

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Koning Beals is a contributing editor to JLN Environmental/Energy.