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Wow. 
Henry Paulson, Treasury Secretary during President George W. Bush’s administration, says the stresses that nearly brought down the U.S. financial sector in 2008 are now playing out in climate.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kitconews/2014/09/22/climate-change-is-single-biggest-risk-to-global-economy-paulson-at-cgi2014

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Meanwhile, in the UK, September was the driest month on record and among the top warmest.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-29419202

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Policy and solutions / Re: Not Such Good News from India
« on: October 02, 2014, 02:47:17 AM »
In an interview with the Guardian, India's new energy minister insists his country's electrification with coal and renewables will still be cleaner than the west's historical path.

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India will be a “renewables superpower” according to its new energy minister, but its coal-fired electricity generation will also undergo “very rapid” expansion.

However, Piyush Goyal dismissed criticism of the impact of India’s coal rush on climate change, as western governments giving “homilies and pontificating, having enjoyed themselves the fruits of ruining the environment over many years.”
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/01/india-will-be-renewables-superpower-says-energy-minister

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Consequences / Re: CA Drought Emergency Declared
« on: October 01, 2014, 02:19:29 PM »
California begins a new water year with total reservoir storage at 36% of capacity.

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"One of the reasons that agriculture hasn't done worse this year is because of the tremendous amount of groundwater withdrawal that took place," Cowin said. "That's essentially borrowing on tomorrow's future. We'll pay that price over time."

Even a normal rainy season wouldn't be enough to end the drought and refill reservoirs. And although the latest forecast from the federal Climate Prediction Center gives a 60% to 65% chance that El Niño conditions will develop this fall and winter, water managers know better than to count on it.
http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-water-year-20141001-story.html

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Attempts to regulate residential solar power face difficulty balancing the energy companies' costs to maintain the grid versus consumer pricing for solar energy supplied to the grid.

Some good links at the bottom of the article, also.

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/29/6849723/solar-power-net-metering-utilities-fight-states

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Given the increased activity in investing in clean energy, divesting from fossil fuels, and legislation supporting (or hindering) the switch to renewables, perhaps a thread devoted to the "Money and Politics" of addressing climate change is apropos.

Recent divestitures:

Rockefellers, Heirs to an Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity of Fossil Fuels
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/22/us/heirs-to-an-oil-fortune-join-the-divestment-drive.html


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Separately, almost 350 global institutional investors representing more than $24 trillion in assets have called on governments to put a price on carbon dioxide emissions and phase out subsidies to fossil-fuel industries. The signatories to the carbon-price statement include the California Public Employees' Retirement System, or CalPERS, BlackRock and major investors from Europe, Asia and Australia.
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-climate-investors-20140921-story.html

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ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, has been pushing anti-renewables legislation in the States, with a few successes out of their many attempts.  But recently they have fallen out of favor with numerous large companies, due to that stance -- or, granted, perhaps purely due to the companies' public image concerns.  But less money and support for ALEC means less anti-climate-change legislation making the rounds.

Tech Companies Are Dropping ALEC En Masse
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/09/25/3572195/companies-dropping-alec/

Occidental Petroleum is cutting ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council amid backlash against the organization’s stance on climate change.
http://www.nationaljournal.com/energy/large-oil-company-bolts-from-alec-20140929

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The new, clearer approach of talking about "Zero Net Carbon in 2050" rather than "limit warming to 2°C" is a genius kind of (political) marketing.  Similarly, the idea of ditching a "carbon tax" and instead calling for "major support for renewables and renewable product development" (partially funded by carbon emitters and consumers???) just seems so much more palatable.  "Support more jobs and keep ahead in the global tech race!"  Rather than "let's punish you and those nasty fossil fuel companies who made your life so comfortable."

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The UNFCCC recently introduced the idea of ‘carbon neutrality’, which the Marshall Island’s Foreign Minister representative who was also speaking on the panel said engages more people than the “2 degrees” conversation, and should therefore be the “guiding light” for global talks in Paris. Carbon neutrality means reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero and then ‘offsetting’ an equal amount of any remaining emissons.
www.theclimategroup.org/what-we-do/news-and-blogs/net-zero-should-be-north-star-of-our-sky-track-0-launched-at-climate-week-nyc

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A couple cross-posts:

Steven Cohen argues in the Huffington Post that a carbon tax is not needed; we should instead fight for the funding of the basic research required to make the transition to a fossil fuel-free economy.

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...The fact that the U.S. has not signed onto a meaningless non-binding resolution on the way to another round of meaningless climate talks in Paris next year is a non-issue.

Instead of wasting time and effort on a futile attempt to tax carbon, we should be gearing up our national laboratories, research universities and high-tech sector on a massive effort to invent new forms of renewable energy. New battery technology, carbon capture and storage, new energy efficiency technologies and smart energy transmission technologies should be part of the mix....
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-cohen/its-time-to-abandon-the-d_b_5899448.html


Big businesses climate momentum increased during Climate Week NYC:
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"There were a lot of heads of state leading up to this [summit] that were very curious about what companies were going to say because they needed talking points for their speeches...so they could say, look, this isn't going to kill jobs, this is something that a lot of companies are behind, and this is, in a lot of cases, good for the economy," Metzger said.

He paraphrased comments from Ikea CEO Peter Agnefjall, who urged an audience of government leaders to act boldly on climate change, reassuring them, "You take that ambitious step, and we'll be there to support you. We'll be there behind you."

That kind of message, Metzger said, "helps a lot for those heads of state who feel like they're putting their neck out there with industry if they're going to regulate carbon or put a price on carbon."
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20140929/big-business-climate-change-movement-grows-size-and-heft

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Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: September 30, 2014, 02:19:25 PM »
Feeding hundreds of people with quality food rescued from dumpsters behind grocery stores across the US:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rob-greenfield/the-food-waste-fiasco_b_5896154.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

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Consequences / Re: Weird Weather and anecdotal stories about climate change
« on: September 30, 2014, 01:57:01 PM »
Studies showing attribution of extreme weather events to climate change (or not) start to pile up.

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The savage heat waves that struck Australia last year were almost certainly a direct consequence of greenhouse gases released by human activity, researchers said Monday. It is perhaps the most definitive statement climate scientists have made tying a specific weather event to global warming.
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The new reports come as scientists, responding to popular demand, are trying to speed up their analysis of extreme weather events and the role of greenhouse gases.

It used to take them years to come to a clear view of any particular event; now, papers are being published within several months. By sometime next year, researchers hope to reduce that to a matter of days, with three groups of researchers around the world training their sights on extreme events as soon as they occur, then putting out reports while the public is still discussing the aftermath.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/30/science/earth/human-related-climate-change-led-to-extreme-heat-scientists-say.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140929&nlid=38021197&tntemail0=y&_r=1

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: September 30, 2014, 03:15:38 AM »
Steve Cohen argues in the Huffington Post that a carbon tax is not needed; we should instead fight for the funding of the basic research required to make the transition to a fossil fuel-free economy.

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...The fact that the U.S. has not signed onto a meaningless non-binding resolution on the way to another round of meaningless climate talks in Paris next year is a non-issue.

Instead of wasting time and effort on a futile attempt to tax carbon, we should be gearing up our national laboratories, research universities and high-tech sector on a massive effort to invent new forms of renewable energy. New battery technology, carbon capture and storage, new energy efficiency technologies and smart energy transmission technologies should be part of the mix....
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-cohen/its-time-to-abandon-the-d_b_5899448.html

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Big businesses climate momentum grows during Climate Week NYC.

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"There were a lot of heads of state leading up to this [summit] that were very curious about what companies were going to say because they needed talking points for their speeches...so they could say, look, this isn't going to kill jobs, this is something that a lot of companies are behind, and this is, in a lot of cases, good for the economy," Metzger said.

He paraphrased comments from Ikea CEO Peter Agnefjall, who urged an audience of government leaders to act boldly on climate change, reassuring them, "You take that ambitious step, and we'll be there to support you. We'll be there behind you."

That kind of message, Metzger said, "helps a lot for those heads of state who feel like they're putting their neck out there with industry if they're going to regulate carbon or put a price on carbon."
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20140929/big-business-climate-change-movement-grows-size-and-heft

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: September 29, 2014, 07:28:15 PM »
Britain's first floating solar panel project installed.

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The technology, which is already being used at far larger scale in Japan, involves solar panels mounted on plastic floats, forming a giant pontoon.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/solarpower/11110547/Britains-first-floating-solar-panel-project-installed.html

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's final summary of the UN Climate Summit.

http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/un-climate-summit-ban-ki-moon-final-summary/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Why are (white) males dominating the debate?
« on: September 29, 2014, 02:58:08 PM »
What if people of color dominated the climate debate?  US study shows different attitudes by race.
http://grist.org/news/americans-of-color-put-whites-to-shame-on-climate/

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Consequences / Re: Sea Level Rise and Social Cost of Carbon
« on: September 29, 2014, 03:17:58 AM »
Sea level rise is changing the real estate market in Norfolk, Virginia, USA.

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About a quarter of properties in Norfolk - just over 17,000 - are in high-risk flood plains, with values totaling 34 percent of the tax base, according to city figures.

The number of homes that repeatedly flood, so-called "repetitive loss" properties, has increased from about 200 in 2002 to almost 900 today, said Lenny Newcomb, the city's zoning administrator.
http://hamptonroads.com/2014/09/norfolk-sea-level-rise-takes-shine-waterfront-homes

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Consequences / Re: CA Drought Emergency Declared
« on: September 28, 2014, 08:19:21 PM »

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: September 28, 2014, 03:39:44 PM »
High fuel costs and lack of grid access spur airborne wind power tests in Alaska.

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/energy/will-they-fly-wind-power-alternatives-buffeted-technical-squalls-n211571

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: September 28, 2014, 02:00:32 PM »
New "sunflower" design for concentrated solar energy produces electricity, hot water, and desalinization.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/28/solar-energy-sunflower-ibm-airlight-electricity

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Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: September 27, 2014, 05:54:40 PM »
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Irish teenagers Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow, all 16, have won the Google Science Fair 2014. Their project, Combating the Global Food Crisis, aims to provide a solution to low crop yields by pairing a nitrogen-fixing bacteria that naturally occurs in the soil with cereal crops it does not normally associate with, such as barley and oats.
http://m.inhabitat.com/all/16-year-old-irish-girls-win-google-science-fair-2014-with-world-changing-crop-yield-breakthrough#1

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Policy and solutions / Re: Why are (white) males dominating the debate?
« on: September 27, 2014, 02:53:44 PM »
Could there be an albedo effect in the global warming debate? LOL. Some people. Remind me why it matters what colour skin people who talk about melting ice–caps have.

It matters because the people not being heard on climate change are the ones most being affected, and they are the ones least able to effect change on their own.  They suffer while the (white, male) minority with the most power ignore their needs.

Why not try actually reading the thread?  It might assist with your memory problems.

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Quoting Martin Luther King Jr, Obama said, "There is such as a thing as being too late."

6 Climate Week stories that businesses can't afford to ignore:
http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2014/09/26/6-climate-week-stories-businesses-cant-afford-ignore

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New York City Mayor de Blasio Commits to 80 Percent Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050, Starting with Sweeping Green Buildings Plan

http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/451-14/mayor-de-blasio-commits-80-percent-reduction-greenhouse-gas-emissions-2050-starting-with#/0

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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: September 25, 2014, 09:51:20 PM »
Statoil calls off Canadian oil sand development, for economic reasons.

http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFO9N0MH01720140925

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Policy and solutions / Re: Coal
« on: September 25, 2014, 09:47:35 PM »
Brave decision from the Supreme Court of India against corruption in the coal industry.

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MUMBAI, India — India’s top court on Wednesday canceled years’ worth of coal field leases, a judgment that drew wide attention in a nation with persistent fuel shortages.

The leases, an earlier investigation had found, had been sold below market price and cost the government about $30 billion, a scandal that has added to concerns of corruption and crony capitalism at high levels.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/25/business/international/indias-supreme-court-revokes-hundreds-of-coal-concessions.html?_r=1

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: September 25, 2014, 07:37:44 PM »
Developers Plan Huge $8 Billion, 2.1-GW Wind Plus Storage Project in California

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NEW YORK -- Four energy companies are proposing an $8 billion renewable energy project that would supply Los Angeles with more than twice the power generated by the Hoover Dam.

The project includes a 2,100-megawatt wind farm in Wyoming, a 525-mile (845-kilometer) power line and a $1.5 billion storage facility....

“This project would be the 21st Century’s Hoover Dam — a landmark of the clean energy revolution,” Jeff Meyer, managing partner of Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy, said in the statement. Magnum Energy Inc. is the fourth developer.
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/09/developers-plan-huge-8-billion-2-1-gw-wind-plus-storage-project-in-california-2?cmpid=rss

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Policy and solutions / Re: Coal
« on: September 25, 2014, 06:23:24 PM »
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It’s widely known that Robert Murray, the founder of the country’s largest privately-owned coal company, likes to use colorful language. And on Monday, the Murray Energy Corp. CEO took his personal hyperbole to new heights, saying proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations will have the effect of permanently destroying the coal industry in the United States.

“It isn’t coming back. It’s permanent,” Murray said at a coal marketing conference in Pittsburgh, repeatedly using the word “destroyed” to describe the state of the industry....

What Murray projects is an eventual decrease in U.S. coal generation from its current rate of 39 percent to between 30 and 34 percent, according to SNL’s report. That means 230 million tons of coal-fired generation lost by 2020, Murray said, and anyone who believes the industry will bounce back is either bad at business or “smoking dope.”
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/09/23/3570853/murray-ceo-coal-grandma-is-going-to-be-cold/

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A good summary of the steps needed to fight global warming, even absent an international agreement.

http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/218563-a-step-by-step-manual-to-halting-warming

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Policy and solutions / Re: But, but, but, China....
« on: September 25, 2014, 03:00:56 PM »
"We are doing it for our own sake."

Andrew Freedman on the Chinese emissions statement.
http://mashable.com/2014/09/23/china-carbon-emissions-climate-summit/

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Policy and solutions / Re: But, but, but, China....
« on: September 25, 2014, 01:59:43 PM »
The severe drought in China is affecting coal and gas production.

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/drought-worsens-chinas-long-term-water-crisis-n210736

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Policy and solutions / Re: Why are (white) males dominating the debate?
« on: September 25, 2014, 01:20:50 AM »
538: the racial gap on global warming (in the US).

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Given the talk about the need for diversity in the global warming movement, you might expect that the people who say fighting global warming should a top priority would be overwhelmingly white. You’d be wrong.
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It seems clear from the polling that whites are more skeptical of the need for government intervention on global warming than non-whites. If the leaders of climate-change movement are overwhelmingly white, then they are not representative of the larger the slice of the public most sympathetic to their cause.
http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/the-racial-gap-on-global-warming/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Coal
« on: September 23, 2014, 02:45:32 AM »
Carbon Tracker has a new report out.
"@jackcushmanjr: There are signals that Chinese demand for coal is close to peaking which will cause a seismic shift in the market."

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Is coal a sinking ship?
The current slump in the coal market puts the coal sector in a weak position. Over the last three years the Bloomberg Global Coal Equity Index has lost more than half of its value during a period when the MSCI World Index has increased by over thirty percent.
In the US, recent years have seen 26 companies go bankrupt – including once-major producers such as Patriot Coal Corp. and James River Coal. Remaining listed US coal miners have debt ratings below investment grade. These companies are having to pay more to borrow, on the assumption that the market for their coal will pick up in the near future. This may just be delaying the inevitable, rather than creating value for shareholders.

Structural decline or cyclical downturn
Coal analysts are already questioning whether the current slump in the seaborne coal market is just the bottom of a commodity cycle, or a trough that the sector cannot escape. The decline of demand in key markets has created oversupply, further weakening prices and devaluing assets.
http://www.carbontracker.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/CTI-Coal-report-Sept-2014-WEB1.pdf

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The US secretary of state, John Kerry, promised to put climate change “front and center” of American diplomacy on Monday, raising expectations for this week’s United Nations climate summit.

A day before the first world leaders’ meeting on climate change in five years, Kerry said he would take it upon himself to make sure the international community steps up to deal with the threat.

“This is an enormous challenge, and this is why the United States is prepared to take the lead in order to bring other nations to the table,” Kerry said in remarks at the start of a week of climate-themed events in New York.

“As secretary of state, I promise you I am personally committed to making sure this is front and centre of all our diplomatic efforts.”
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/22/us-climate-change-john-kerry-un

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The UN is expecting only modest results this week.

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What the outcomes of the UN Climate Summit in New York mean for the UN climate process

The commitments made in New York on energy can play a central role in allowing countries to show greater ambition when agreeing their emission reduction pledges as part of the 2015 universal climate agreement, and when taking immediate climate action.

The commitments can help governments prepare their “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions” to the 2015 agreement and strengthen the participation of non-State actors in tackling climate change, which can be further advanced in Technical Expert Meetings under the UNFCCC.

Governments meeting under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change have this year been focusing on renewable energy and energy efficiency as a key area with high potential to curb greenhouse emissions.

At Technical Expert Meetings in Bonn in May, governments identified numerous options to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy, many of which are reflected in the commitments that will be made at the Summit.
http://newsroom.unfccc.int/clean-energy/un-climate-summit-what-to-expect-on-energy/

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Unfortunately, the linked National Geographic article indicates that march, or no march, there is little chance of an effective, formal, legally binding treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol by December 2015:
...

I agree the likelihood of a strong binding agreement is uncomfortably dependent on the outcome of upcoming elections, among other things.  However, that does not mean no progress can be made while we wait for one.  Cities, states, and companies big and small are discovering it's to their advantage to go green, and the economic climate is clearly starting to tilt away from fossil fuels. 

It will be interesting to see what the biggest countries are willing to put on the table at the UN conference this week -- and, what level of popular outrage ensues if, indeed, it is not much.  Again: think elections....

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Today, it's the Flood Wall Street protest in New York City.

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After nearly 400,000 people turned out for a climate march in New York City on Sunday, activists are taking that momentum to protest in Lower Manhattan on Monday in what they’re calling Flood Wall Street. The slogan is “Stop capitalism. End the climate crisis,” and the goal is to “confront the root cause of the climate crisis – an economic system based on exploiting frontline communities, workers and natural resources.”
http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/09/22/3570292/flood-wall-street/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: September 22, 2014, 08:24:46 PM »
Sir Richard Branson is tackling the unsexy job of making the trucking industry more fuel efficient, cutting fuel costs by 30%.  Estimates are the US alone has 2 million tractor-trailers.

The website Truckingefficiency.org features many different technologies.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102021428

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Policy and solutions / Re: Coal
« on: September 22, 2014, 08:01:23 PM »
Gloomy financial write-up for coal ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds -- an index fund that is traded directly on the Exchange).  Goldman Sachs downgraded Peabody, the largest US coal producer, to "Sell" last week.

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China, the world's largest coal producer as well as consumer, is the main driver of the global coal market. Though coal production in China dropped 1.4% annually in the first eight months of the year, it has risen 40% since 2000 and thus still facing a supply glut given the declining demand.

This is especially true as China is on track to decrease its consumption of coal gradually from 69% in 2011 to 65% in 2017, 63% in 2020 and 55% in 2040, as per the U.S. Energy Information Administration. In addition, the Chinese government has put a ban on the sales or import of coal with 40% or more of ash content and 3% or more of sulfur content effective next year. Since China accounts for about one-fourth of Australia's coal exports, the move will hit most Australian miners, pushing down the prices of coal further.

Further, rising export volumes from Indonesia, Columbia, Russia and other coal producing countries are exerting downward pressure on prices and making the coal export market highly competitive (read: Indonesia ETFs Set to Climb Higher).

Apart from weak global industry fundamentals, the negative outlook is confirmed by a sluggish outlook for Peabody – the largest U.S. coal producer and a bellwether for the space. This is especially true as Goldman Sachs (GS) downgraded Peabody to ‘Sell’ from ‘Neutral’ last week, citing persistent pressure on the global coal markets.
http://www.zacks.com/stock/news/147954/black-days-ahead-for-coal-etfs

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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: September 22, 2014, 07:39:41 PM »
Major irony alert:  businesses debate solar vs. conventional energy -- to power the enhanced drilling of old oil wells!

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101995330

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The New Yorker: 
Largest Climate-Change March in History Unlikely to Convince Idiots
Satire by Andy Borowitz

http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/largest-climate-change-march-history-unlikely-convince-idiots

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@Peoples_Climate: UPDATE: Final count from NYC march is 400,000! #PeoplesClimate #PeopleClimateMarch #ClimateMarch

This updated article (from Fox News?!!) mentions how the number was obtained.  (The article never states climate change is real, so I guess that makes it acceptable for Fox.)   ;) 
"New York climate march attracts nearly 400,000 people"
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/09/21/new-york-climate-march-attracts-over-310000-people/

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via Twitter:

Behind this banner stands the largest climate march ever. #peoplesclimate http://t.co/s7GTQLkwk4

@_michaelpoland_: Another aerial shot of #PeoplesClimate March NYC http://t.co/H3a8Yy9m4S

@timmcdonnell: Group passing 57th @ 6th now is all about oil drilling in the Amazon #PeoplesClimate http://t.co/tbbBBd5bLJ

@energyaction: Youth contingent fired up and ready to step off! #PeopleClimate http://t.co/1eozzN8MCe

@dbiello: NYC represent @ people's climate march. Hurricane Sandy survivors http://t.co/oQBYCrlPKE

@TarSandsSolns: We are here to tell Canada to march with the world toward #solutions! #PeoplesClimate #tarsands @Tzeporah http://t.co/q0YxcL4Cvp


And its not just in New York City. 

@EricHolthaus: Not just NYC, climate action all over the world today: RT @CleanNergyPhoto: #Melbourne rally attracts 30,000 people http://t.co/xtqFif9B1d

@EricHolthaus: UK: RT @_michaelpoland_: London #PeoplesClimate March is HUGE http://t.co/mCVZfhDyM8

@EricHolthaus: Netherlands: RT @Sustainable2050: Amsterdam #PeoplesClimate event is on! Thanks to @urgenda and @marjanminnesma ! http://t.co/cm3PQD8vsK

@EricHolthaus: Japan: RT @gpjen: Happy Friday! NGOs marched for "Nuclear Free, Carbon Free" in Tokyo, Japan.  #PeoplesClimate http://t.co/nQSyPr4I5X

@EricHolthaus: Indonesia: RT @Peoples_Climate: Another one from Jakarta, Indonesia today. #PeoplesClimate http://t.co/Y5FQcNwWTD

@EricHolthaus: Nepal: RT @climatebrad: Beautiful: @Peoples_Climate March in Kathmandu, Nepal via @sunilnpl #peoplesclimate #pcm http://t.co/ePc42qhj5o

@EricHolthaus: Turkey: RT @350ankara: #PeoplesClimate today in #Ankara!
#İklimLiderleri http://t.co/4BakuT2Ro8

@EricHolthaus: Tanzania RT @Peoples_Climate: Africa joins the crowd! Hundreds of students marched in Tanzania today. #PeoplesClimate http://t.co/KHi28IQ4sg

@EricHolthaus: Kenya: RT @NeilDMV: #PeoplesClimateMobilisation in #Nairobi, #Kenya. #PeoplesClimate http://t.co/E6s9caZmS7 http://t.co/S1LfCLF6BY

@EricHolthaus: Paris: RT @MarieYared: Le chanteur @patricemusic à fond pour la #marcheclimat ! #peoplesclimate http://t.co/y5TY6ccEOB

@EricHolthaus: Germany: RT @Momentum_UNFCCC: People form the shape of a heart at the #PeoplesClimate march in Cologne. http://t.co/TSpjMG4436

@EricHolthaus: Finland: RT @KallioJ: Thousands demand action in the senate square. #peoplesclimatemarchhelsinki #PeoplesClimate http://t.co/XrJM2cxG6A

@EricHolthaus: India: RT @freedomgirl2011: #PeoplesClimate Marchers demand "Action and Not Words" from leaders in New Delhi. http://t.co/gZ8Mqm43DG




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@350Europe: BREAKING: Official count just in from New York City.  We just smashed the record for largest climate march in US history. 310,000 PEOPLE!!

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/22/nyregion/new-york-city-climate-change-march.html

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Interview with Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org.

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Do you think that the events of the past few years—Hurricane Sandy, the shrinking Arctic ice cap, and drought in the American West—have awoken people to the looming problems of climate change?

I look at the places I know, and those kinds of events cause real change. In Vermont, where I come from, Hurricane Irene, in 2011, changed not only the physical landscape but the political landscape. The governor now talks incessantly about climate change—within a few hours, a rhetorical problem turned into a real one.

It’s not only a local thing. Metropolitan Manila was just shut down with hideous flooding. In Pakistan and Kashmir, too, they’re recovering from flooding. The people there know that this is an issue. The question is how to put enough pressure on the system. What we’re trying to do is add pressure into the system so that our leaders will feel the need to relieve it somehow, by doing some of the things that economists and scientists have been telling them to do.
http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/peoples-climate-march-interview-bill-mckibben

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Policy and solutions / Re: But, but, but, China....
« on: September 21, 2014, 01:16:01 AM »
Here is a lengthy article on Secretary of State John Kerry's recent visit to China, discussing the country's evolving environmental issues.

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The final reason for hope, paradoxically, is China's relentless demand for energy. China is in the midst of a profound economic and social transformation, trying to reinvent itself from an economy based on selling cheap goods overseas to an economy based on selling quality consumer goods at home, while keeping growth rates high and cutting dependence on fossil fuels. Energy demand is expected to double by 2030, and at that pace, there is not enough oil, coal and gas in the world to keep their economy humming. So China's ongoing energy security depends on the nation developing alternative energy sources in a big way. "We need more of everything," says Peggy Liu, a sustainability leader who works across China. "Wind, solar, a modernized grid. We need to leapfrog over the past and into a clean-energy future."
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/china-the-climate-and-the-fate-of-the-planet-20140915


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"The growing global momentum for carbon pricing in both the public and private sectors will be on full display next week at a United Nations leaders summit on climate change."
http://www.bna.com/un-climate-summit-n17179895075/

$24 Trillion Investor Group Calls for Carbon Price:
http://newsroom.unfccc.int/financial-flows/investors-call-for-climate-policy-leadership/

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This Sunday, upwards of 100,000 people are expected to take to the streets of New York City in a worldwide climate protest that organizers say will be the largest and most diverse in history.

If these numbers prove correct, then the "People's Climate March" will likely mark the moment when global warming transitions from being a science and policy issue into a full-fledged social movement. Perhaps it will become as large as the gay rights and civil rights movements. But even if it doesn't, it could play a crucial part in changing the political environment on this seemingly intractable issue.

As a sign of the march’s import, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will “lock arms” with protesters in New York, a highly unusual step for a someone in his leadership position. The march is intended to help build the social movement while also prodding world leaders to make meaningful commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions when more than 120 of them gather at a U.N. Climate Summit that Ban is hosting on Tuesday.
@afreedma: Keep seeing signs for #PeoplesClimate march all over NYC. Why this event may be a really big deal: http://t.co/Y6VM8IMwuq

@insideclimate: Next week will be a big one for #climatechange activity and ICN will be there covering it. Here's our plan: http://t.co/m8E3cGY8CO




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