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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Sierra Club and the Clean Air Task Force release a report showing cutting methane emissions in half is a feasible goal. (The Hill)

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“Wind energy provides a powerful success story. In 2012, wind was our nation’s fastest-growing source of new electrical capacity. Wind power is a clean, renewable energy source that produces no greenhouse gases or air pollution and consumes virtually no water,” said Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director and Leo Gerard International President of the United Steelworkers in a joint op-ed. (The Hill)

WHAT’S TRENDING

Shortfall – The United Nations Climate Fund fell short of its $10 billion target  to help developing countries adapt to climate change. (ABC News)

Agreement – In climate talks, China and India are said to have taken a dramatic step forward by agreeing to include refrigerants in a new climate treaty. (Bloomberg)

Letter campaign – Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey writes the Obama administration to express support for climate action as well as request special consideration for the energy industry in his state. (The Republic)

Wheeling & dealing – Last week diplomats from all over the world sat up and took notice of the U.S.-China climate agreement. Some experts say this agreement has laid the groundwork for a strong agreement at the Paris negotiations. (Bloomberg)

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Huffington Post: 10 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint This Thanksgiving

Salon: House Republicans just passed a bill forbidding scientists from advising the EPA on their own research

Cleveland Plain Dealer: The Ohio green-energy jobs report that, shamefully, stayed buried until now: editorial

MPR News: 6 ways Minnesotans can adapt homes for climate change

Washington Post: Why environmentalists think the political tide is turning on climate change

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Source: Yale Project on Climate Communication

A new Yale study reveals two-thirds of the public acknowledge climate it change is happening—which is up from last year at this time. However, what many people don’t agree on are the causes of climate change. (Yale)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"My interpretation of 2014 elections is not standing up for things you deeply believe in is not a good idea; not standing up for things you believe in an attempt to protect yourself doesn't seem like a good strategy," said Tom Steyer reflecting about the midterm elections and preparing for his next moves.

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29 million homes – Experts predict renewable energy could power 29 million homes by 2030 in U.S. (Click Green)

CA hits pause – Technical difficulties have led officials from the California Air Resources Board to postpone its carbon credits auction. (Sacramento Bee)

Plan of action – After the U.S.-China agreement on climate change, specifics emerge from Chinese leaders about how they plan to diversify their energy mix and lower emissions. (New York Times)

Good odds – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse who recently introduced legislation to put a $42 per ton tax on carbon emissions expressed optimism about the bill’s prospects over the next year. Senator Portman echoed that same optimism on his energy efficiency legislation. (The Hill)

Vulnerable to climate change – Former New Mexico governor and Energy Secretary Bill Richardson explains how the Clean Power Plan offers unique benefits to Native American communities. (Arizona Republic)

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USA Today: Climate change to increase flood, crop insurance losses

Wired: Amazon Vows to Run on 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Sacramento Business Journal: Report: Sacramento residential solar grew six fold in six years

The Pueblo Chieftain:‘Cli-fi’ flicks fueling eco-festivals

RTCC: Pacific Islands face bleak future as 1.5C warming target slips away

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Photo source: NOAA

More than half of the U.S. is covered with snow this morning and 80 percent has freezing temperatures. Here’s a cool picture that shows the full extent of that coverage. (Syracuse Post-Standard)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Here we are, weeks away from the 30th anniversary, and it's tragic that so many victims remain unsatisfactorily compensated and the environmental remediation remains incomplete," said Bennett Freeman senior vice-president for Sustainability Research and Policy at Calvert Investments about the Bhopal, India chemical disaster that killed thousands and exposed hundreds of thousands to a toxic chemical.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Won’t back down – Despite threats by Republicans, EPA head Gina McCarthy will continue to pursue efforts that fight climate change and curb carbon emissions. (Washington Post)

By the book – A major textbook publisher in Texas has announced it will drop passages from its books that cast doubt on climate science. (Houston Chronicle)

Anti-EPA agenda – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX) calls out House Republicans for their anti-health and anti-EPA agenda. (The Hill)

Steps closer to clean power - A closer look at energy efficiency efforts reveals ability of these policies to help states meet targets set in the Clean Power Plan. (E&E News)

Mounting pressure – Responding to pressure to act, French President François Hollande urged countries to cut carbon emissions. (Wall Street Journal)

Lake effect – Ohio leaders consider legislation to set standards limiting water use that would impact other Great Lakes states and Canada. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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Reuters: Exclusive: NRG betting big on rooftop solar in California

New York Times: A Road Test of Alternative Fuel Visions

New York Times: Abu Dhabi Energy Company Aims for Solar-Powered Travel

Think Progress: Over 1,400 Endangered Species Are Threatened By Climate Change, Says New ‘Red List’

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Here’s a cool visual of both the extent of the cold temperatures across the country last week and the sharp dividing line between the unseasonably cold weather. (Climate Central)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"At the local level, we just shake our heads at Washington. The Congressional dialogue seems to be a fight over ideology rather than the realities on the ground which we deal with every day," said Ralph Becker, mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah and member of the president’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force On Climate Preparedness and Resilience.

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Put on ice – A  report that highlighted there are over 30,000 jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency in the state of Ohio was quashed by officials in the state's Ohio Development Services Agency. The report would have shed light on the growth spurred by the state's renewable energy and energy efficiency law that was frozen by the legislature and Governor Kasich. (Columbus Dispatch)

The fight to preserve our groundwater – The earth’s population has doubled over the past 50 years, but our limited supply of groundwater has not grown along with it. How do we learn to better balance this supply and demand? (60 Minutes)

Clean energy creates jobs – By building $2.4 billion worth of clean energy projects in San Francisco, the city stands to gain 8,100 jobs, according to a new report. (San Francisco Chronicle)

G-20 Summit – The world’s 20 largest economies have pledged their support of U.N. led climate action at the G-20 summit in Brisbane this weekend. (Bloomberg)

Standards with teeth – Continuing to set a strong example of what’s possible for other states, next year California’s cap-and-trade program will expand to include companies that produce fuel. (The Weather Channel)

Over five years – A closer look at what led China’s leaders to reconsider its position on policies to curb carbon emissions. (Businessweek) 

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Los Angeles Times: Chemical firms try to reverse setbacks over California's fire retardant rules

The Hill: Partisan politics and the appeal of a clean energy economy

Beta Wired: Facebook embraces renewable energy to power its new data center

The Boston Globe: China’s vow to cut emissions offers huge lift to climate talks

The AGE: Climate change 'won't stop at the Pacific Islands', Angela Merkel tells Australia

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This midterm election year, ballot measures in support of transportation investments enjoyed a 71 percent success rate. In California, voters approved several local ballot initiatives that expand transit options. (LA Streetsblog)

WHAT’S TRENDING

Climate politics – From her new seat as chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Senator Lisa Murkowski plans to take the threat of climate change seriously. (NPR)

McConnell’s plans – Rising Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered a glimpse into his plans as leader of the senate—saying he plans to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency. (The Hill)

Relying on renewables – A new report wind and solar energy could supply 40 percent of Minnesota’s annual electric sales. (Clean Technica)

Hating on wind – This week over 60 (mostly) far-right energy groups urged members to reject efforts to renew the wind tax credit. (The Hill)

Bull’s eye – President Obama’s pledge to send $100 billion per year to help developing nation’s prepare for climate change may fall by the wayside during a Republican controlled Congress. (Bloomberg)

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Reuters: Climate Extremes Could Stop Asian Growth in Its Tracks

NJ Spotlight: How will the GOP sweep affect clean energy in New Jersey?

MPR News: Minn. communities look for ways to adapt to climate change

RTCC: Meet the climate sleuths keeping carbon reporting honest

Christian Science Monitor: Slow climate change or end energy poverty? Let's do both.

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Source: Climate Central

Most of us may have put our pollen counting days behind us—at least at this point in the year—but a new report could have us bracing for a sneezy spring. According to a new study, warmer temperatures could cause even higher pollen counts. (Washington Post)

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Thumbs up - In Florida, 75 percent of voters approved a measure that would create the largest state-based conservation initiative in history. (Tampa Bay Times)

A midterm victory - The Northeast’s nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative gained another supporter with the election of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. (National Journal)

Climate scientists’ problems – The effects of climate change are having an effect on the psyches of many Americans, especially climate scientists. (Smithsonian)

Yikes! – Senator Inhofe (OK)—a man who has described himself as a lonely crusader against an environmental-liberal conspiracy—is poised to take the gavel on the Environment and Public Works Committee. (Washington Post)

Washington’s way forward - Washington State Governor Inslee brainstorms alternative energy boosting proposals. (Crosscut)

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San Jose Mercury News: Did Tom Steyer's $65M gamble to make climate change an election issue pay off?

ABC News: 'Go solar': Queensland farmer sends giant climate change message to G20 organisers

New York Times: Republicans, Meet Science

Powersource: Pennsylvania DEP revises proposal to limit emissions from coal-fired power plants

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Regardless of which candidates voters elect today, polls show a plurality of likely voters believe human activity is resulting in climate change. This mid-term election also marks a new high in spending from green groups. (Huffington Post & New Republic)

WHAT’S TRENDING

Sun shines on Massachusetts – Massachusetts now ranks fifth in the nation on deployed solar energy—with enough solar power today to power 94,100 homes. (Boston Globe)

Emissions performance – EPA issued a record fine to two automakers yesterday for understating greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks. (Washington Post)

Water wars – A dispute between Floridians and Georgians over water in the Chattahoochee and Flint river basins will head to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Reuters)

Renewed push – A top House member urges more research be done on expanding ways to use renewable energy.  (The Hill)

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Scientific American: 29 Bullets Tell All about Climate Challenge

The Economist: Of warming and warnings

RTCC: UK to pledge “strongly” to Green Climate Fund

Grist: The Tom Steyer campaigns you haven’t heard about yet

Gulf News: Increasing adoption of renewable energy to fight climate change

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A new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report by hundreds of scientists from 80 countries around the world reveals that with 95 percent certainty humans and greenhouse gas emissions are causing climate change. Republicans counter that the report is nothing new, which is also nothing new. (USA Today & The Hill)

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3,000 miles, 246 days – That's how many miles in how many days it took people doing the Great March for Climate Action to complete their cross-country trek. (Des Moines Register)

Coastal defenses – Jersey City begins to implement its $2 billion coastal defense plan with the planned construction of a two mile long sea wall. (Jersey Journal)

Toledo’s warning sign – Lake Ontario faces similar problems that plagued Lake Erie this summer. (Great Lakes Echo)

Mission Ready – The Department of Defense considers climate preparedness to be a key defense strategy. (High Country News)

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Across America, science center offerings on climate change are often scant

Bloomberg: Chris Lehane's Found 1 Million Voters Who Can Save the World

Grist: After Irene, Vermont shows us what climate resilience looks like

Clean Technica: Renewable Energy = 10% of US Electricity Generation In August

National Journal: Victims of Toxic Chemicals Fight for Benefits From VA

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An innovative report released today shows that repairing America’s infrastructure could create 2.7 million jobs across the economy and increase the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by $377 billion, while reducing carbon pollution and other greenhouse gas emissions and better protecting communities from the impacts of climate change. (BlueGreen Alliance)

WHAT’S TRENDING

EU to lower emissions – Leaders from 28 European union countries have agreed on a target to lower emissions by at least 40 percent, compared with 1990 levels, by 2030. (New York Times)

Renewables at home – According to a new study, politics and income may not be as important factors in solar use as previously thought. (Washington Post)

$15 billion – The additional amount Warren Buffet plans to commit to investing in renewable energy projects. (Wall Street Journal)

Going solar – Big utility companies that have in the past resisted solar investments are now getting in on the game. (Reuters)

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Gulf Business: Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power Shifts Toward Renewable Energy

The Guardian: Canada switches on world's first carbon capture power plant

Los Angeles Times: 199 drought maps reveal just how thirsty California has become

Washington Post: Meet the mysterious microbes fueling climate change

Think Progress: Texans Call On School Board To Remove Climate Denial From Textbooks

USA Today: Eight automakers join in electric car charging test

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Want to know how your state ranks on energy efficiency? The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) releases a state-by-state report card today. The report card will be released at 11:30 a.m. ET today. (ACEEE)

WHAT’S TRENDING

Through the campaign lens – The upcoming midterm elections serves up a chance to view how energy and environmental issues are polling in battleground states. (New York Times)

Uptick – According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, carbon emissions rose 2.5 percent last year. (The Hill)

Building a supergrid – In response to concerns about power grid vulnerability from hackers and extreme weather, the Pentagon is pushing for the construction of stand alone power grids at military bases. (Wall Street Journal)

Odd couple – Senator Joe Manchin (WV) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) team up to figure out how climate change affects their respective states. (Los Angeles Times)

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The Washington Post: Climate records are breaking so often now, we’ve stopped paying attention

Scientific American: Oceans Could Lose $1 Trillion in Value Due to Acidification

EcoWatch: Top 10 Greenest Countries in the World

New York Times: Is There Room for Agreement on the Merits and Limits of Efficient Lighting

Grist: We were promised methane regulations! Where are our methane regulations?!

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