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Environmental Energy: India to launch alliance of ‘sunshine nations’ in Paris; Biggest Climate Threat You Never Heard of Is Stronger Than CO2.


In today’s edition, a sunshine alliance! It will be spearheaded by India and act as a block to get a better deal in the rising renewable energy market. The “alliance of solar-rich countries” will be launched in Paris on November 30. Also, beware of your refrigerator: it contains hydrofluorocarbons, which can be thousands of times more potent, pound for pound, at heating up the planet. If 100 billion tons wouldn’t get into the air, it would eliminate a half-degree of warming. 

Quote of the day

“If we can avoid 100 billion tons and eliminate a half-degree of warming, that’s a pretty good down payment.”

Durwood Zaelke, president of the Washington-based Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development, about hydrofluorocarbons,  in the Bloomberg News’ story Biggest Climate Threat You Never Heard of Is Stronger Than CO2

Lead stories

Everyone’s favorite climate change fix 
By Cristina Maza – The Christian Science Monitor 
In the first day of the hottest June ever recorded, a letter from a group of concerned citizens arrived at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Biggest Climate Threat You Never Heard of Is Stronger Than CO2
By Alex Nussbaum – Bloomberg News
The biggest global warming battle you’ve never heard of kicks off in Dubai this weekend. 
***LB: Also in this story “Climate negotiators from across the globe will gather in the Persian Gulf city to debate how to get rid of hydrofluorocarbons — a class of hundreds of artificial chemicals used in refrigerators, air-conditioners, fire suppressants and other widely used products. While less common than greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide or methane, HFCs can be thousands of times more potent, pound for pound, at heating up the planet.”

India to launch alliance of ‘sunshine nations’ in Paris 
By Vishwa Mohan – Times of India 
Seeking to present a group of sunshine countries as a block to get a better deal in the rising renewable energy market, India will launch an “alliance of solar-rich countries” in Paris on November 30 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the French capital along with other top world leaders to attend inaugurals of the crucial climate summit.

Meet the Real Climate Warriors Going to Paris 
By Louis Belanger (blog) – The Huffington Post
As world leaders, diplomats, climate activists and journalists are set to meet in Paris at the end of November for a crucial conference to tackle climate change, a group of leading indigenous peoples groups are also making their way to the French capital.

Latin America needs stronger climate pledges – analysts 
By Megan Darby – Climate Home
Climate Action Tracker awarded Brazil and Peru a “medium” rating for their targets, being at the weaker end of a “fair” contribution to global efforts. That is the same category as the EU, US and China.

Buddhists call for strong Paris climate deal to limit warming 
By Matt McGrath – BBC News 
The 15 signatories, including the Dalai Lama, are urging politicians to completely phase out fossil fuels.

Russian media take climate cue from skeptical Putin 
By Andrey Kuzmin – Reuters  
Wildfires crackled across Siberia this summer, turning skies ochre and sending up enough smoke from burning pines to blot out satellite views of the 400-mile-long Lake Baikal.


19th Annual Environmental Markets Association Meeting 
October 28-30, 2015 

EMA Annual Meeting
October 28-30, 2015
Omni Parker House Hotel
Boston, MA  

2015 Rising Seas Summit 
Association of Climate Change Officers 
November 12-13, 2015, Cambridge, MA    

Call For Nominations: Environmental Markets Association 
The Environmental Markets Association is calling for nominations for two (2) openings on the Board of Directors for 2015/2016. 
If you are interested in running or would like to nominate someone, please call the EMA Headquarters at 202-591-2465
or email 


No court decision on climate rule before UN talks 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill 
You’ll Have To Wait: Climate change rule opponents who had hoped to get it blocked in court before or during the Paris climate talks are out of luck. 
***LB: Also in this story “The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit set a briefing schedule that will wrap up the court briefs Dec. 23, at which point judges can start to consider whether to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule.”

Hillary joins calls for federal probe of Exxon climate change research 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill 
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she wants a federal investigation into how Exxon Mobil Corp. has communicated about its research into climate change. 

Natural gas / coal

BHP pins future of Indonesian coal mine on new rules 
By Fergus Jensen – Reuters 
The world’s top exporter of coking coal, BHP Billiton, said plans to develop a massive mine in Borneo will hinge on a revision of Indonesia’s mining rules, including on compulsory divestment and contract extensions.

LNG glut to steal coal market share 
By Sarah McFarlane – Reuters
A wave of liquefied natural gas due to hit energy markets over the next couple of years is expected to displace tens of millions of tonnes coal demand globally, helped by government initiatives to move away from polluting power generation.

Green groups sue U.S. government over permit for Alabama coal mine 
By Ayesha Rascoe – Reuters 
Two environmental groups have challenged a federal permit for a surface coal mining project in Alabama, arguing that the government failed to consider the impact of pollution from nearby coal mines when it approved additional mining. 


Chairman admits climate change advisers got it wrong on offshore wind costs 
By Jessica Shankleman – BusinessGreen 
Lord Deben, the chairman of the UK’s independent climate change advisory body, has admitted mistakes five years ago on the future costs of offshore wind power are the root cause of government cut-backs to renewable energy support. 

Wanted: wind power experts for new national college 
By Madeleine Cuff – BusinessGreen 
Educators working to create a National College for Wind Energy have invited industry experts to get in touch if they are interested in becoming a skills provider for the educational hub.

Ericsson partnership to develop smart energy services for solar sector 
By Jocelyn Timperley – BusinessGreen 
A new cross-industry collaboration consisting of Ericsson, ABB and E.ON aims to develop smart energy services and products for several industries including the solar power sector. 

Bolivia plans to build $300m nuclear complex with research reactor 
Bolivia has announced plans to build a $300m nuclear complex, including a research reactor, with Russian technology and help from Argentina.  

Britain and Iceland to revive volcano power project 
By Susanna Twidale – Reuters  
Iceland‘s volcanoes could heat British homes within 10 years via the world’s longest subsea power cable under plans to be announced by Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday.

RWE finds partners for $2.3 billion British offshore wind park 
By Christoph Steitz and Tom Kächenhoff – Reuters 
German utility RWE has found three partners to finance the 1.5 billion pound Galloper wind park to be built off the British coast, it said on Friday, expanding the renewables business critics said it neglected for too long.

China considers price cuts for solar, wind generators -source 
China is considering cutting the electricity price paid by grid firms to solar and wind power generators to reflect recent declines in operating costs, a government source familiar with the situation told Reuters on Friday.

Clean tech

Scientists announce progress toward better battery to power cars 
By Will Dunham – Reuters  
Scientists have created a battery whose technology in principle could power electric cars and other energy-hungry devices far better than current lithium-ion batteries, but it remains years away from commercial use.


Malawi Hydropower Declines By Two-Thirds
The Stream  
Low water levels in Lake Malawi are significantly cutting hydropower production on Malawi’slargest river, wells are going dry in northern India as groundwater levels drop, and Chinook salmon are declining in California’s Sacramento River as the state’s drought continues.

Protected California salmon numbers drop as drought warms water 
By Sharon Bernstein – Reuters  
The number of young winter run Chinook salmon in the Sacramento River is considerably lower so far this year than in 2014, federal authorities said, prompting concerns that the drought is making it harder for the endangered species to recover. 

Water too warm for cod in U.S. Gulf of Maine; stock near collapse 
By Alister Doyle – Reuters
A rapid warming of the Gulf of Maine off the eastern United States has made the water too hot for cod, pushing stocks toward collapse despite deep reductions in the number of fish caught, a U.S. study showed on Thursday.

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