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Hot News: October 18

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Global Temps Continue to Soar: Last month, global temperatures reached 1.6°F (0.9°C) above the 20th century average, making it the second hottest September ever, according to NOAA. This marks the 381st consecutive month with temperatures above the global average, and NASA’s Monday report pegged September as the warmest on record. Both agencies continue to project that 2016 will be the hottest year ever, beating the global heat record set just last year. (News: APThe HillUSA TodayClimate CentralMashableABC NewsBloombergCommentary: Washington Post, Jason Samenow analysis $)

SolarCity, Airbnb Team Up for the Planet: SolarCity and Airbnb announced a new partnership that makes home-renting hosts eligible for up to $1,000 cash back if they install solar panels. This is an opportunity for SolarCity to tap into the millennial market while positioning Airbnb as a “climate friendly travel option.” The rental start-up struck a similar deal with NRG Energy last year, but it fell through after NRG restructured its home-solar arm. (BloombergTechcrunchEcoWatchFortuneIncHuffington PostAZ CentralLA Times $, USA Today)

Philippines Braces for ‘Monster’ Typhoon: Typhoon Haima is projected to be one of the strongest typhoons ever to hit Philippines, potentially packing winds of 190 miles per hour and storm surges of up to 15 feet. Haima, locally known as Lawin, is the fifth super typhoon of 2016 — the average for this time of year is three. The Philippines weather agency has warned its impact could be similar to Super Typhoon Haiyan, which killed 6,000 people in 2013. Authorities have ordered the evacuation of thousands of residents as the typhoon could make landfall today. (News: Washington Post $, TIMEDeutsche WelleInsurance JournalReutersCNNThomson Reuters FoundationBackground: Climate Signals)

Fitch: Big Oil Should Wise Up to EVs: Rapid advancement in battery technology could accelerate demand for electric vehicles and create an “investor death spiral” for the oil market, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings. The agency recommends that oil companies plan for a “radical change” and diversify into batteries or renewables or invest more in natural gas. Last year, battery prices fell 35 percent, and EVs are projected to become as cheap as gas-powered cars in the next few years. (BloombergFinancial Times $, Investor’s Business DailySeeking AlphaClimate Home)

US News
  • Obama team looked into economywide cap-and-trade regs (ClimateWire $)
  • Nevada voters weigh deregulation of electricity market (Wall Street Journal $)
  • Record October warmth broils parts of the US (ABC News)
  • New analysis of natural gas storage warns of ‘significant’ consequences from leaks (Think ProgressAP)
  • US energy: California’s cleaner dream (Financial Times $)
  • EIA: Hurricane Matthew interrupted power to millions, but grid largely stood firm (Utility Dive)
  • US residential solar suffering due to ‘wrong business model’, say finance execs (PV-Tech)
  • Obama Administration driving force behind utility-scale PV, says DOE (PV-Tech)
  • Beef companies failing in effort to slow Amazon deforestation, study says (InsideClimate News)
  • How Republicans reshaped the House science committee (Nature)
  • Solar advocates say PUC plan to limit incentives would cost Maine jobs (Portland Press Herald)
  • Conservative desert town on the cusp of emerging solar trend (ClimateWire $)
  • Dems could revive climate panel, push renewables if they prevail (Greenwire $)
  • DiCaprio says he’s cooperating with DOJ in Malaysian scandal (AP)
  • Leaked email: Podesta wanted student protests backing Obama climate rule (The Hill)
  • The scientists who support Donald Trump (Nature News)
  • Aziz Ansari is baffled by people who are still on the fence about voting (Huffington Post)
  • Share your ‘King tide’ photos with researchers (Boston Globe $)
  • Eyeing hydro imports, New York regulators call for transmission expansion (Utility Dive)
  • The West is burning, and climate change is partly to blame (FiveThirtyEight)
  • NY Gov. Cuomo urged to sign ‘farm to foodbank’ bill (AP)
  • The future of food: Can environmentally focused activist shareholders transform animal-based agriculture? (Salon)
  • Keegan-Michael Key delivers apocalyptic weather ‘forecast’ in anti-Trump ad (Mashable)
  • Trump met with a leader of the land transfer movement (High Country News)
  • FirstEnergy ‘bailout’ raises questions of corporate separation (Midwest Energy News)
  • Maplewood honored by EPA as nation’s Green Power Community of the Year (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
  • Scientists accidentally discover efficient process to turn CO2 into ethanol (Popular Mechanics)

World News

  • Shipping ‘progressives’ call for industry carbon emission cuts (Guardian)
  • Analysts dismiss ‘carbon bubble’ warning (Financial Times $)
  • Canadian carbon price worries farmers, fertilizer makers (Reuters)
  • World Bank to loan $2 billion to Bangladesh to fight climate change (Reuters)
  • British doctors and health professionals call for rapid coal phase-out (Guardian)
  • Three ways to beat champagne’s climate-change problem (Wall Street Journal$)
  • Shanghai Electric said near deal to buy Pakistan’s K-Electric (Bloomberg)
  • From April, govt will keep tabs on new vehicles’ emissions (Economic Times)
  • Adani coal mine would wipe out Direct Action gains within a year, estimates show (Sydney Morning Herald $)
  • Wealthy countries doing ‘nowhere near enough’ to help poorest cope with climate change (Independent)
  • British Airways: UN aviation deal won’t bite till 2030s (Climate Home)
  • Climate change greatest threat to development: Rachmat Witoelar (Jakarta Globe)
  • Can this woman restore Kenya’s faith in solar power? (Climate Home)
  • Indonesia’s parliament ratifies Paris climate change deal (AP)
  • In fume-choked Kochi, a solar rickshaw glides to the rescue (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • India receives payment for 500-megawatt SunEdison solar project (Bloomberg)
  • UN tells Bangladesh to halt mangrove-threatening coal plant (Climate Home)
  • Hillary Clinton campaign emails: US hoped PM Modi’s rise would boost climate talks (Indian Express)
  • India headed for coal power overcapacity (India Climate Dialogue)

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