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Energy companies agree to methane pact

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The Wall Street Journal

Six major energy companies – including Houston-based Southwestern Energy Co. and Norwegian giant Statoil – have agreed to monitor and disclose their methane emissions under a new United Nations framework, The Wall Street Journal reports ahead of the official announcement Tuesday.

Obama climate speech to United Nations

Washington, September 23, 2014, 12:45 pm

President Barack Obama delivers speech on climate change at United Nations summit.

Google to leave ALEC, Schmidt tells NPR

Source: 
NPR

In an interview with Diane Rehm on NPR affiliate WAMU, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said the tech giant would leave the American Legislative Exchange Council because of the group’s position on climate change and environmental issues, National Journal reports.

White House Photo

Obama to tout his climate plan at United Nations

In previews of arguments President Barack Obama is to deliver Tuesday at the United Nations climate summit, administration officials claimed his climate plan has been a success and should serve as a model for other countries in reducing their carbon emissions.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Obama will lay out "the tremendous progress" achieved under his Climate Action Plan, and call for a "strong" international deal to curb carbon emissions.

Detroit tells judge: We can't give away free water

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit's water department defended its shutoff policy Monday and warned that free service to people with unpaid bills could be "very devastating" to the bottom line.

Judge Steven Rhodes set aside Detroit's bankruptcy trial to hear evidence in a controversy that has been boiling all summer. A coalition representing low-income residents is asking him to suspend water shutoffs and restore service to people who have lost it.

The water department would be violating Michigan law and breaking agreements with bondholders if forced to supply water and ignore overdue bills, attorney Sonal Mithani said.

Protesters stage Wall Street climate crisis sit-in

NEW YORK (AP) — A day after 100,000 people marched to warn that climate change is destroying the Earth, more than a thousand activists gathered Monday in lower Manhattan's financial district, chanting, carrying signs and — in some places — sitting down in the street to protest what they said was corporate and economic institutions' role in the climate crisis.

There were reports of some isolated arrests of protesters, who police said did not obtain a permit for the rally. But by and large, the police, office workers and tourists watched alike as the activists chanted: "We can't take this climate heat; we've got to shut down Wall Street," and bounced two large, inflatable balloons meant to represent carbon dioxide bubbles. Police later punctured the balloons.

IAEA urges Iran to meet investigation request

VIENNA (AP) — The head of the U.N. atomic agency is urging Iran to provide answers over suspicions that Tehran worked on nuclear arms.

Speaking at Monday's general conference of his International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano said Iran had implemented some measures in an agreement meant to give the agency a deeper knowledge of Iran's nuclear program.

GOP Senate could affect regs, say green groups

Source: 
The Hill

Environmental campaigners are expressing fears about how possible Republican control of the Senate following the November elections could chip away at important regulations in the sector, The Hill reports.

NYC to boost energy efficiency in buildings

Source: 
Bloomberg

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday announced a plan to reduce New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions by boosting the energy efficiency of existing buildings, Bloomberg reports.

Fossil fuel investments still dwarf divestment totals

Source: 
National Journal

Despite the growth of the fossil fuel divestment movement – tracked in a report from the Divest-Invest coalition – the totals involved still pale in comparison to the overall money invested in the fossil fuel industry, which is valued in the trillions, according to National Journal.

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